Transplant Update: Low Creatinine

[The twentieth of every month, I’m posting an update about my kidney transplant.  Today is the 5th month.]

I received a call from the Transplant team and I was informed my creatinine level is down to 1.1!!!  Normal range is around .5 to 1.2. I am so excited!  To put it into perspective, last year before my transplant, my creatinine was up to 22.

Life with a creatinine level of 22 was…different.  I was sick every day.  I rarely if ever talked about it and when asked, I would say I was “ok”.  Why I did that would be a whole other blog post but to sum it up, I wasn’t ready to talk about it.

The muscle cramps, the extreme fatigue (if you knew me personally and I fell asleep while you were talking to me or we were hanging out, I’m so sorry.  It wasn’t you, it was the kidney disease. I even fell asleep: while driving, during church service, at staff meetings, etc.  Embarassing!), the inability to make urine…

Since my creatinine level was so high, that meant my kidney function was extremely low.  Which further meant my body’s ability to make urine was down down down down down.  I was at about a tablespoon worth a day.  The rest I filtered out through Peritoneal Dialysis.

Overall, I’m doing well, there isn’t new news on the BK Virus or my lymphocele. My lymphocele acts up every now and then, but nothing as bad as it did last month.

Thinking about that time and now, it is such a difference.  Night and day.  I am so speechless about how God saved the day.  I am finally at a place mentally and emotionally where I want to tell my story, about how God has walked with me through my life and the things I’ve learned.

I am thankful, and I also do not want to forget my fellow soldiers out there still on dialysis.  Still fighting the good fight.  Still waiting for their transplant, kidney or otherwise.  God is with you my brothers and sisters, hang in there.  May peace be with you, may peace be multiplied.

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