Monday, August 24, 2009

The Jury Has Reached a Verdict.

As you might know, I've seen a doctor about my swelling and feeling sick and so forth. I saw the kidney specialist today and we talked about what's been going on lately and he looked at the lab results that my last doctor sent to him.

.............DRUMROLL.......................

Because my protein levels are so low and comparable to a very sick person, the doctor made a suggestion that I didn't want to hear. I'll be starting dialysis at the beginning of next month and we will do lab work every month to monitor the progression. If that doesn't go well then the next step would be to start thinking about having family members tested for a tissue match in case the need for a transplant arises.

So the next step for me is to tell you that I am completely and totally kidding about all of that. Hee hee! I'm fine. The doc says it's most likely that the numbers are so low because pregnancy can do that to a woman's protein, and they've stayed that low because of the deep depression I was in and it caused my appetite to drop, which lead to the malnutrition. Just to check it out, he's doing pretty much a repeat to see how I'm progressing and says that from a kidney perspective, he doesn't see any problems. The swelling in my ankles is almost gone, which feels GREAT!

I'm also working with a Health Coach on getting back into a healthy lifestyle with eating the foods that my body needs and starting a personalized exercise program. I will actually be checked up on every few weeks to see if I'm doing what I said I would. :) I continue to loose weight for reasons unknown to me, but I'm thinking that these new lifestyle changes will help me be a healthier person.

I also have to factor in that I have been through a WHOLE LOT physically and spiritually the past few months and these have definitely taken their toll. I was beaten down in many ways and those all need to be addressed. It's a hard knock life. But that's life--it wasn't meant to be easy.

So there you have it. Just another day in Paradise.

10 comments:

Carlson Clan said...

You scared me you silly girl! I totally believed you. Now I'm even more relieved to hear that you are going to be okay!! Good luck with getting back to health in so many ways. It's not always easy but I know you can do it!

Ryan, Danna, and Adalee!! said...

Goodness you scared me! I am so glad you weren't telling the truth! Phew. I hope your new routines work well for you and that you start feeling better :) Love and miss you!

The Christensens said...

Oh gosh you sure had me! I am so glad for the good news. Goodluck with the new routine.

Sean and Tammy said...

Didn't your mom ever tell you it's not nice to lie? Really. I'm glad you are getting better. Love you!

Derek and Mary said...

Ok, I'm with everyone else when I say that you totally had me going! I hope you start feeling better and do great on the new routine!

Matt and Heidi said...

Yea, i'm with everyone else. That's not funny! I hope things continue to get better for you and you continue to get healthier every day. I'm so proud of you for being so strong, good luck!

Thompsons said...

AHHH you scared the crap out of me Dialysis is a horrible thing i have seen elderly people go through it. get to feeling better!

borninseattle@blogspot.com said...

I am so glad that you are doing better! I believe that these last months have taken a huge toll on your body. I love your humor and honesty. Thanks so much for being a part of our lives.

Torrie Nicholas said...

Holy Crap girl....I was like WHAT i just talked to you and you said things were fine. I was totally going to drive down to see if I was a match. DON'T DO THAT AGAIN.... .or I will divorce you as my sister..... NOT FUNNY!!!

K, I'm over it!!! LOL But still not funny!! :)

Love ya!!

J&L Photography & Design said...

You little sneak! My jaw was dropping to the floor but I'm so glad they have figured out a plan for you! :) I hope you feel better real soon! :)