Something like half of all kidney transplant patients will experience some sort of rejection episode within the first few months. I’m not sure this qualifies as an “episode”. In three plus weeks of lab results, my creatinine simply hasn’t come down to where it needs to be (it has stabilized between 2.1 and 2.2). The kidney is not functioning optimally (maybe 45-55%). I will probably have to have a biopsy on it next week. That this is fairly standard is of little comfort. I am beyond afraid that something is terribly wrong. I won’t know if my fear is justified for another four or five days.
I did get some reassuring information from my friend and fellow PKD/transplant patient Rob. The doctors and nurses have been telling to me to drink lots of fluids–2-3 liters a day. I suspect I haven’t actually been doing this, as 2-3 liters is bloating and almost nauseating when you are engaging in limited physical activities. So I’ll try harder. I’ll get some more bloodwork done Monday which they’ll know the results of by Tuesday, and I am hoping these results allow for the biopsy, now scheduled for Wednesday, to be canceled.
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…compounded by the insane temperatures we’ve been having lately… half of what you drink is likely disappearing in trying to keep yourself cool.