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Feeling Better

December 31, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Well, I’m definitely feeling better. My creatinine went down a little, but I’m still acidotic (that’s what happens when you have diarrhea or vomiting, and what causes  you to feel so terrible; it’s measured by the CO2 level).  My hemoglobin is lower (not worrisome), and my white blood cell count is coming down nicely. (labs are below)

My appetite is almost back to normal, and I’m much better hydrated as well. Although this intestinal virus has hit many of us at work, I think that I got hit so hard with it and that it lasted longer than usual because my immune system is suppressed. But that’s a small price to pay for having a functioning kidney.

Christmas day was rough, because I physically felt horrible. I could barely lift my arms when opening presents (low potassium?), and slept for over 4 hours during the day. I barely ate, and had little energy. But once the weekend came, I started on the upswing, and today, I’m feeling fine.  It’s a good thing my appetite is back; I’ll be able to eat shrimp and lobster tonight!

One of the patients in our practice, a 6 year old, was placed on the transplant list this past fall for a kidney, and had begun Peritoneal Dialysis (the preferred dialysis for children). She received the best Christmas present ever: a new kidney the week before Christmas!

Kevin and I got Jackie a Nintendo Wii for Christmas, and they are both enjoying it. I haven’t played yet, because I’ve been too busy and too sick, but hopefully will get to play over the weekend.

For those readers who are computer geeks: Kevin’s computer is up and running. I spent about 7 hours this week trying to get it connected to the internet. The problem: there aren’t a lot of wireless adapters that have working drivers for Vista 64 bit.  I bought a Netgear WG311, because it’s listed as compatible. It installed without a hitch, but it just wouldn’t connect. As I said, I spent 7 hours on it, and was ready to run a CAT5 cable through the wall into Kevin’s room, but I first posted the problem on a Netgear forum. I’m glad I did; the problem was with a simple setting on the router, and once I changed it, I was connected.  He’s very happy with the computer; it’s lightening fast (8 gb RAM will do that).

Happy New Year!


Component         Your Value Standard Range Flag
BUN 21 6-20 mg/dL H
CREATININE 1.4 0.7-1.5 mg/dL  
SODIUM 136 135-146 mmol/L  
POTASSIUM 4.6 3.5-5.1 mmol/L  
CHLORIDE 109 98-111 mmol/L  
CO2 17 22-32 mmol/L L
GLUCOSE 88 70-120 mg/dL  
ANION GAP 10 7-15 mEq/L  
CALCIUM 8.2 8.3-10.5 mg/dL L
GFR ESTIMATED 58.2 >60-  mL/min L
Component         Your Value Standard Range Flag
WBC 7.37 4.00-10.80 K/uL  
RBC 6.35 4.50-5.25 M/uL H
HGB 12.9 14.0-16.5 g/dL L
HCT 40.3 40.0-47.0 %  
MCV 63.4 82.0-99.5 fL L
MCH 20.3 27.0-34.0 pg L
MCHC 32.0 32.0-36.0 g/dL  
RDW 15.7 11.5-15.5 % H
PLATELET COUNT 217 150-400 K/uL  
MPV 9.2 6.6-11.1 fL
  1. January 1, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Hi Jeff,

    SOrry to hear you’ve had a little scare. I hope you’re on the mend, now.

    I wanted to talk to you about MyKidney.com – specifically to thank you for participating as one of the bloggers this year and to let you know that after much thought, I’ve decided to discontinue the website all together.

    It hasn’t been an easy decision, but one I feel confident with. I simply can’t continue blogging about a topic that I truely need to put at a an arm’s distance so I can stop living in the past and move forward.

    I’m leaving the blog up (at least for now) but with all commenting disabled (no new blog posts, either). I didn’t want you to think that I’d ditched you 🙂

    Best of luck (and best of health!!) to you and your family in 2009. Contact me via email to discuss it further. It’s been really amazing knowing you and having you blog on MyKidney.com. Thank you from the bottom of my heart ((hugs)).


  2. January 8, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Hi Jeff!
    Have just caught up on your blog posts. I’ve been out of kelter blogging and reading blogs since about Thanksgiving. Hopefullly will get back on track in 2009. (Yeah, right)

    Hope you have a great year. It’s always good to hear your experiences.

  3. Robert B Ohman
    January 19, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Hi Jeff: Thanks for the update! Don and Dave Roberts came to California for the Rose Bowl and the following day drove to Santa Barbara to see us and spend the night. We talked about you and they promised to forward this blog to us. Thank God for the gift of modern medicine and the healing that can occur. I think all healing is ultimately a miracle whether it be outright or through medicine developed by the intelligence God gave to people to do the research and develop the means. May this year be the best year of your life to date! Bob and Carol Ohman

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