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YES, please operate on THIS arm

YES, please operate on THIS arm (94 / 365), originally uploaded by Krississippi.

My fistula surgery went well. I was surprised by the amount of pain in my arm when I woke up. Its tolerable, though and already diminishing. I'll be fine in a day or two.

94th day of 365

Why my arm hurts...

Why my arm hurts... (83 / 365), originally uploaded by Krississippi.

I've known for at least a week that my dialysis fistula (otherwise known as an 'access') was clotting - at least now and not before my transplant!

On my Tues appointment @ LifeLink, my transplant doctor wanted me to get an appointment with my regular kidney doctor by Monday to have my arm looked at. The thought was I would probably need to also see my vascular surgeon for minor surgery to either unclog the veins or tie off the fistula all together (my vote is for the latter)

After two days of my arm getting bigger (twice its normal size around the biggest part of the fistula) and swelling, tingling and general un-comfortableness in my lower arm and wrist, I called my doc's office again and talked to the nurse:

"Is it normal to have my arm hurt like this when my access is clotting off?" I asked.

She said she thought it was pretty normal but would mention it to the doctor. A few hours later the office called back and asked me to come in right away instead of wait until Monday. The verdict?

My access is definitely clotting off. The stent placed under my collarbone last year has probably collapsed, therefore impeding blood-flow out of my giant fistula vein. The fistula is still being fed by the artery in my arm, there's just no where for the blood/fluid to go. THEREFORE

The massive arterial blood-flow its stressing out the smaller veins and blowing out the smallest of them and bulging the others to the max. I have visible veins from my elbow, around both sides of my arm, up over my shoulder, up the back of my neck and down and across my chest. And L@@K at those crazy ones on/around my pit!

Oh, and my access might be infected so I'm on 10 days Keflex 3x day.

I hope when I see my surgeon on Monday he can figure out a quick solution for me so I can get this behind me, and maybe just stop having pain in one place or another all the time...

Me, Today - Daily Photo


Me a.k.a. 'Mom' - by Alek: age 7 (82 / 365), originally uploaded by Krississippi.

Taken by my 7-year-old with my very old HP PhotoSmart 2.1 MP camera that he's now decided to start using... Budding photographer? Possibly...

(82nd day of 365) - I guess posting "daily" pictures to his blog is a little more than sporadic. You can see all of my pictures (including more daily pics and other interesting things) by visiting my Flickr Page.

I'm either crazy, or Wonder Woman

After about a month from my transplant, and now after almost two, it feels like I have this crazy amount of energy that I never expected. NEVER. I'm either going crazy from the meds, or could it be, I actually feel great!?

I still get tired and achy if I push myself physically too much, but otherwise.... I'm like, SUPER MOM or SUPER WOMAN!


  1. I decided to do our laundry and stayed up until 5 am a few nights ago and did ALL OF IT (even the towels and sheets and misc stuff that usually sits there for months) and FOLDED/HUNG UP ALL OF IT and was still wide awake enough to clean the living room.
  2. If you've been following my Flickr Pics you've noticed that I've completely cleaned, (before / after) reorganized, and redecorated my side of the computer room (not counting Ken's stuff) - in one afternoon.
  3. I completely redecorated our bedroom, with actual pictures on the wall, matching accessories and even some flower arrangements!
  4. The dishes get put in the dishwasher and taken out ASAP instead of sitting in the sink or on the counter.
  5. We set an actual wedding date (December 2008), started organizing and picked out a dress. (Ken, you'd better not click on that link!)
  6. I watched the entire season one of Dexter, and never fell asleep once.
  7. And so on, and so forth.

I don't take naps every day, in fact I don't sleep all day, either. I've been getting up at 6:30 AM when my son comes from his dad's house (his dad goes to work very early in the morning) making him breakfast and then usually staying up (although this morning I went back to bed until 9:30). When my son is actually home (since its still the summer, its still time for his dad to have him 100% of the time... but since my ex just moved here, we're splitting the time around his work schedule, and until school starts) I actually spend time with him doing stuff. DOING STUFF WITH MY KID is the reason why I wanted this transplant.

Life is awesome. Every. Single. Day.

Update ---- I just cleaned the cleaning supplies. I think I am going crazy...

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