Transplant Update: July 2011

Organ Donation Saves Lives

[The 20th of every month, I give a kidney transplant update]

This past month was great.  My creatinine levels (the levels used to measure kidney function.  Normal creatinine is .5-1.2) were holding steady at 1.7, and I was feeling pretty good.

Recently, those good vibes have taken a bit of a turn.  The second week of July, I started experiencing sharp pain where my new kidney, a.k.a Kidd Rokkney is located.  I had a…scare the end of the week, email me or DM me and I’ll be more specific.

I probably should have gotten checked out, but Stubborn Lane kicked in and I didn’t.  Yes, I know I must take care of myself.  Yes, you are right and I feel your look through the screen, but its been a while since Stubborn Lane popped up, the scourge of common sense.

Boo convinced me to get my blood work done Monday and now we are waiting to hear the results.  Perhaps, all this is due to my training.

I’ve started running to get in shape for the Virginia Transplant Games this Oct. 1 in Richmond, Va.  By running, I mean doing very light jogging.  I’ll keep you posted on the games and my health.


To answer the questions I posed last week:

The best book I’ve read this year:  It is a three way tie between Escape from Cubicle Nation by Pamela Slim and Poke the Box by Seth Godin, and The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.

The last thing I hoped for:  My wife’s health to improve.  Also that Kidd Rokkney is okay and what is going on is nothing serious.

What I want to accomplish by the end of the year: I agree with David, to sell something I’ve written.

Favorite quote:  “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman

Bonus quote:  I took this quote from a poem my favorite poet, Saul Williams, wrote last month:

“There are phrases
soft turns of speech
that shake flesh to the bone.

There are ways
of our saying things
that shape truth into poems.”

ps.  As you can see, I’ve made a few changes around here at life unrestricted.  I’ll write more about that later 🙂


[photo by MT Silverstar]
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