Drugs, Diet & Labs

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A (very brief) Explanation of the Results of MyKidney Biopsy

#MyKidney biopsy results = I've physically lost 25% of healthy kidney tissue in my transplanted graft due to scarring from an as yet still unidentified cause.

The only knowns are that 1) my original kidney disease (FSGS) does not appear to be re-occurring at this time; 2) there is no evidence of acute rejection, but 3) the damage could be the result of an on-going "chronic rejection".

What's up with #MyKidney... (my transplant, not this blog!)

I'm 2 years post-renal transplant. I've had no kidney complications, but I get bloodwork and see my doctor routinely every 1-2 months to monitor my health.

Three weeks ago during routine bloodwork, my serum (blood) creatinine level (a measure of kidney function) went from a very stable 1.0 (normal for me) to 1.4-1.5 (abnormal for me) indicating a problem.

Happy Kidney Day - My Two Year Kidneyversary!

On June 11, 2007 around 10:30 am my brother and I were in adjacent operating rooms. He was giving me the gift of life: one of his kidneys.

Two years have certainly flown by quite quickly - many changes, yet life still remains as mysterious and confusing as ever. Having a functioning kidney has allowed me much more freedom to LIVE, but I'm still figuring out my place in the world... then again, aren't we all?

'It' doesn't simply go away (but I wish it would)

I hesitate often to speak/blog about how I'm doing, because it seems that just when I say all things are good, I take a little step backwards.

"It" comes back - "It" is the fact that I have a life-long chronic illness that manifests itself in different ways, depending on how "It" feels. No, "It" doesn't simply go away, no matter how much I wish it would.

I'm still dealing with ongoing chronic pain/fatigue - and "It" is something no one can figure out.

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