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Transplant Week 21, Other Stuff

The farther out I get from my Kidney Transplant, the less I have to write about (as I’ve said before, I’ll take  boring).

I had labs done last week, and my Creatinine is rock stable at 1.2, my Hemoglobin has leveled out at 11.3 for the past month and a half (still on Procrit), and my Prograf level took a fairly large jump.

I doubled my Valcyte the week before, and my WBC dropped noticeably from 5.2 to 3.9. I predict that I’ll get Neutropenic again, and have to go to once a day Valcyte. As for the Prograf, I took my dose late the night before (I had a “dumping” episode from eating a small amount of ice cream), so it’s possible that I took it later than I thought, and thus drew my labs an hour early.

Appointment next week with the Transplant Surgeon, but not with the Nephrologist.  I’ll also have labs as well.

I just put up a new entry at my blog at MyKidney.  It involves the story of a 21 year old (Sam Pifer) who signed an organ donor card, died of a head injury, and had his organs harvested against his parents’ wishes.

Jackie and I went to Bethlehem this past Saturday to a Celtic Music Festival.  We mainly went to see The Elders, and again, we weren’t disappointed. Many in the crowd weren’t disappointed, and I’m sure they picked up a lot of new fans. (you can hear samples of their albums here). We also caught part of the previous band, The Town Pants. I probably will download an album or 2 of theirs off of iTunes; their fiddle player was awesome.

Confused about the “Bailout”? My personal opinion is that the plan is just another BOHICA from those we elected to represent us.  Giving 700,000,000,000 to 1,000,000,000,000 to the Treasury Secretary to “fix” the problem that was caused by greedy politicians and executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is akin to letting the fox guard the henhouse, not to mention all of the pork that will be piled on top of this money.  Jeffrey Miron, a lecturer on economics at Harvard has an excellent commentary on the bailout. Worth reading.

Speaking of the Bailout, I decided to contact my 2 Senators who will be voting on the Senate bailout plan this evening. I first phoned Bob Casey’s office, and the phone was answered on the first ring. I gave my opinion, she asked my zip code, and was ready to hang up. But I asked her if she was going to take my name; replied that she wasn’t. When I asked why, she told me it was because “we are getting too many calls”. I hung up; so much for my Senator caring about his constituents’ opinions. I tried numerous times to contact Arlen Spector’s office, and got either a busy signal, or a “circuits busy” message.  Pennsylvania had a movement called PA Clean Sweep after the thiefs Assemblymen in the Pennsylvania General Assembly tried to vote themselves a raise in a session held in the middle of the night. I personally hope that such a movement takes hold nationally.

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