I should provide a brief kidney update. The biopsy was relatively painless. The results were negative for any signs of rejection. This is good news. I consider it to be worrisome news that my creatinine remains around 2.25. My doctor doesn’t want to make any changes. Only.if my creatinine remains elevated for another six weeks will he want to change my meds. That would mean starting on the dreaded prednisone. By some measures, I may be doing well. I still feel like I am in limbo, far from being out of the woods.
Tangential problem I will try to have addressed next week–my AV fistula continues to grow on my upper arm, and the super vein is causing much discomfort. I’ll have the vascular surgeon take a look next week.
I’ve been through five dialysis sessions now: a week ago Friday and Saturday, and then the most recent Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. I’ll write more about what it’s like at some point, but for now, I’d like to share a wonderful image.
WARNING: this is only for those are not squeamish and probably only for those who actually like to see graphic medical images.
This is my scarily bruised upper arm, with AV fistula.
As a reference, I had posted this comparatively tame (still gross) image of the newly moved AV fistula following my January 2009 surgery.
My nephrologist said that bruising is normal when first starting out with a fistula, although it got worse after Saturday. He’ll see it first-hand on Tuesday.
I am also a bit concerned about some issues that seem to be related to my circulation.
I am having occasional tingling in my fingers, feet, and jaw. While these are also symptoms of heart attack and stroke, I don’t have any of more serious symptoms of those things. Whatever it is, it’s almost certainly dialysis and/or fistula-related. I understand that my hand on the arm with the AV fistula may experience some numbness and tingling, but I’m not finding anything that accounts for the other tingling. I’m not terribly concerned, and I think I can wait until I’ll see my doctor Tuesday to get some answers.
It looks like the result of a failed suicide attempt. It’s just my post-surgery bandage. I’m supposed to keep my arm elevated. Aremid curled up on my shoulder to keep me company last night.