No News Is Good News

No news was good news regarding my post-transplant health throughout September. My creatinine went down to 1.4-1.5, which is great. I didn’t write about it. I only write about bad news. There’s not much therapeutic value to writing about good news. 🙂

Today, the bad news. My white blood cell count has suddenly gotten quite low. A week ago, I was taken off immunosuppressant CellCept in favor of the similar medication Myfortic. Now, I’m off both and have started the dreaded prednisone. Pred has been one of my biggest fears since getting the transplant. Think bloated Jerry Lewis. I learned today that that awful side effect is known as “moon face”. I don’t want moon face. I don’t want to gain 50 pounds. Now, I’m on a fairly low dose, and I’m hoping my leukocyte count quickly goes up and then I won’t be on the prednisone too long.

And my leukocyte count will, I hope, go up quickly since I’m getting a couple of shots of Neupogen. At first, my nephrologists wanted me to go down to Charlotte right away to get these shots. Instead, I gave myself a shot tonight and will do it again tomorrow. I can actually credit Zellouisa for helping me do this so easily. I’ve been giving her insulin shots for awhile now, and she takes them so easily. I also consulted a YouTube video on how to inject yourself with insulin.