Posts tagged ‘Kidney’

Ah HA!

Things I learned yesterday;

  • I had a full blown allergic reaction the meds I was taking.  It was not pleasant.
    • swollen throat & nose
    • BP & Pulse swinging UP & DOWN, which led to what they call mild confusion
    • Blurry Vision – now only in one eye
    • Dizzy Dizzy Dizzy
    • Coughing beyond belief
  • If you use three different types of BP meds in 8 days – Calcium/Channel blocker, ACE inhibitor, Beta Blocker – you feel a little funky.
  • I am considered Level 2 Kidney disease
  • Everyone should look at THIS WEBSITE, oh how I love Neil Patrick Harris & Josh Whedon
  • Byblos Restaurant on Reynolds Road has phenomenal chicken, and a cool ceiling.
  • Byblos_Ceiling
  • Scheduling a dentist appointment & Tai Chi on the day after my little episode of “confusion” may be a little too much.  We’ll see.
  • These two men are wimps, and complained about carrying 11, 40 pound partitions 50 feet.
  • Hefty_Hefty_Hefty
  • I apparently forcefully loaned someone $20.00 yesterday, and vaguely remember it.

I Feel MUCH more normal today!


Quirks, and Quirks II

I am anxious and full of dread today.  I also have my followup appointment with the nephrologist to go over all of the test results.  The two things are not related.  But because I am anxious about one thing, it’s giving me a false sense of anxiety about the other.  I am 98% positive that the nephrologist is going to say, everything is functioning as it should be, come back once a year for a recheck.  Maybe even 99%.

I have an odd story about packages and email conversations with a company, but I forgot to take a picture of the package and I just don’t think it will be the same without pictures. 

I’m hoping to go home and mow the grass.  I’m really finding it oddly calming.  I pop on my MP3 player and just zone out.  Sometimes the neighbor talks to me, but I pretend I can’t hear her.  Then I feel bad!

 Edit – Home from the Doctors.

My kidney function is at the lowest part of normal.  That’s much better than expected!  He said my particular type of kidney malformation, or as I like to call it mutancy, is very rare.  Sadly my blood pressure was not good, (154 / 98) so we have to get that under control before we can say Kidneys are as good as they’re going to get and then have just annual or so check ins.  So, off of my absolutely no side effects Blood pressure medicine and now we start experimenting with types and dosages.  Expect much whining. 

So  all and all a good appointment.  Off to mow the lawn now.

I have Failed!

That is right, I have failed.  I was unable to complete the last medical test.  I must say right now, if you know me and don’t want to hear any more about my internal workings, or if you don’t know me and you’re just fine without hearing about my bodily functions, leave right here.  No harm, no foul.  Come back some other day and I’ll talk about puppies and rainbows.

So this is my day I got up I set up my makeshift office at the kitchen table, and pottied in the jar for the last time.  Had two conference calls, a storm of emails and then hopped in the shower.
Ran to the lab dropped off my jug o’urine and let them suck out my blood.  Back home, more emails, blah blah blah.
Then off to the hospital.

Went straight to radiology, by this time I can find it in that maze of a hospital with my eyes closed, and checked.  I don’t know what was going on today, but there was only one other person in there. Wooo!  Well, let me tell you, if you get a test done that they don’t do alot they like to talk about it, so there we were talking about whether I was going to have to go up to the ER so they could catheterize me and then wander back down to radiology and I looked over and the one other person waiting for a test looked aghast!  LOL _ she was scared!  Poor thing was probably just there for a little xray and she got an earful.

I had to wait about 4 minutes, definite record!  Nurse came and got me and took me to a private xray room, which was pretty cool.  I got to strip from the waist down and then up on the table I hopped.  Let the fun begin!

So, the other nurse comes in and pops that little catheter in.  ooof.  Then she leaves and all the rest of the people come on back in.  They set up this xray machine over my abdomen, and there is a monitor by my head which they very nicely turned so I could see.  Then they opened up a bottle of xray dye and sent it right on in  I can now tell you that my bladder is bigger than the normal person.  How’s that for an interesting fact to know about me?

They filled it all up, pulled that catheter out, another oooof, and then said, okay go ahead.  Let it out.  Shoulda been the easy part, right?  Bladder is full laying flat on a table with people all around.  Nope, no go!  Not happening!  Apparently even I have my limits.  Got up, got to use the big girl potty, and then more xrays, and BAM Get Me the HELL out of here!

Done!  No more body fluid talk for at least two weeks!

Got home and my son had made a healthy cake.  Yes, there is such a thing.  Had a piece, then he went to Tim Hortons and brought me back a coffee and a chili to eat and drink while I finished up work emails and I’m feeling all back to human again.

Friends with Benefits

Somedays I do enjoy the little extra perks of my industry.  Today I’ve been working from home all day.  I have my laptop set up on the kitchen table, and connected via vpn to stockholm.  I forwarded my office line to my cell phone, and bam!  All Good.

I had a nice conversation with my boss today as well.  Because I was at home we could talk about things that were difficult to talk about in the office.  As an added bonus the work camera is still up and so I can stare at my empty desk while I’m in the kitchen.

Have an appointment this afternoon to go to with my daughter so I thought I would use this as the DAY I PEE IN A JUG!  Yay!  Uhg.  How annoying.  I have to work from home tomorrow as well.  I have to go to the lab tro drop off my work product of today and get a blood test and then I have yet another test at the hospital tomorrow afternoon.  I’m really dreading it, uncomfortable physically and mentally.  Blech.  It’s the last scheduled test, and then as far as I know nothing until the next appointment in July.

I’ve been planning my outfits for Orlando at the Cisco thing, and yesterday I found out I have a company shirt to wear.  In some ways that’s nice, but in other ways.  Now I hafta figure out pants and shoes and hope the shirt fits and .and and .  Well, you know.

It feels like a good day.  Hope you can say the same!

Nephrologists are Gods!

I loved my nephrologist!  Yay!  He asked lots of questions.  He was in the room just asking me questions for at least 15 minutes.  And he spent another five just reading all of my tests.
He said when they did the CatScan they did a full blood test on me, and just didn’t tell me.  My kidney chemicals? Enzymes? are well within normal ranges.
The first time he touched me he put his finger on the exact spot I have pain.  This made me inordinately happy!
I said “All of the tests keep finding things wrong, but every doctor says that the issues I’m having should not be causing pain, now that you’ve heard my symptoms and seen my test results do you see anything in there that could relate to my pain?”  and he said……..drumroll, please……. “Oh yes!”  “A couple of different things!”  HOT DAMN!

So, next step had a urinalysis today, and then they gave me a jug.  That’s right, a jug!  I have to pee in a jug for a full 24 hours.  I will be working from home on that day!  My husband thought it sounded much more convenient, just carrying a jug with you.  When I explained you have to keep it refrigerated I swear I could hear the wheels in his head turning, and I got an immediate picture in my head of my husband standing in front of an open fridge peeing in a jug.  After that’s done, more blood tests.  Back to the doc on July 1st.

I also stopped and ordered a pair of prescription sunglasses.  Cause I’m cool like that.  Oh, and because our vision insurance changed and so I’m eligible again and I don’t need new normal glasses. Yay!

And found out that a Gluten Free bakery is opening up next door to my eye-docs.  I know a girl who will be very happy!
Back to work!

Never Never on a Tuesday, A Tuesday, A Tuesday, A Tuesday is no good.

Back to work.  It was just me for the first couple of hours this morning.  That always makes it nice to get things accomplished.

Sunday was yard cleaning day.  Not very exciting, but certainly necessary. I’m pretty sure we did something Sunday afternoon/evening.  But I’ll be darned if I can remember what it was!

Monday, the only thing wild and exciting was a trip to finally see Iron Man!  Yay!  Liked it alot, so did my husband. 

I have many of those tall pedestal fans, you know.  White Cheap oscillating?  I keep it pointed at my Treadmill.  I’m not fond of being warm or sweaty.  So yesterday I went to lower it, I unscrewed the ring part at the bottom that holds it up and then gravity took over.  That sucker slid down so fast and pinched the palm of my hand between the base and the fan. OH MY!  That was a fun moment. It’s an inconvenient place to have a mess of broken blood vessels.

Tomorrow is the big day!  Off to the nephrologist.  I swear if he doesn’t order blood tests I’m just gonna scream.  I just want to know if my kidneys are doing what they’re supposed to.  Apparently the blood test is what tells you, and is the one test I haven’t had done!  I also have this totally unfounded hope that the doctor will hear the symptoms and say, No!  the other doctors are wrong! It does cause pain!  Having an undiagnosable pain makes you feel like a hypochondriac.  I guess no matter what it was good to have pain.  The pain sent me to the doctors, and that caused them to run all of the tests that found the mutant organ.  But still.

I am a little whiney today!  I came in and just got slammed with  “why isn’t this done!” emails.   I do not like having to explain to my bosses why things are not done.

And that’s all I have to say about that.


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