Damn. Long day today. Started off with a patient in the office at 7:00 am. Then an hour’s drive west to one of our clinics to see two patients out there. Then headed back east 15 minutes to a Native American nursing home to see two patients there. Then back to the office to try … Continue reading Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana?
Two important appointments this week. The first was with Dr. E, my endocrinologist. She reminds me a bit of a hummingbird. She is tiny and in constant motion—not in a bad way, but you can tell her mind is always spinning. I’ve learned not to get too attached to doctors because when I have a … Continue reading “A Problem of Success”
My experiment with cutting my lisinopril seems to have helped. My creatinine this week was back down to 1.4, and my GFR increased to 40. My BP is still doing very well so I’m going to stay on the 20 mg lisinopril for another week to monitor and then try stopping it all together and … Continue reading I Got Your Meme Right Here
Well, as is typical, this entry will mostly be a repeat of previous stuff. Nothing earthshatteringly new. My last visit at the lab was two weeks ago as the previous week was my “off” week. My hemoglobin this past Wednesday had dropped to 9.7, so this was an Aranesp week. And I was wrong last … Continue reading Peanut Butter To The Rescue
Amazingly, everything is still heading in the right direction.Last week, my hemoglobin was 10.5, a smidge down from the week before (10.6). So no Aranesp once again. The last time I had to get a shot was 7/28/2021. Pretty good! Hopefully I’ll get to skip next week too. My creatinine continues to hold steady at … Continue reading Can’t Complain… But You Know I Still Will
But in my case, I’ll take boring. Boring means stable, and I’ll take that over all hell breaking loose. I'm pretty boring anyway, so it works for me. My hemoglobin was 10.6, a small decline from last week’s 10.9 but still good. No Aranesp. No Aranesp is the goal. My creatinine was 1.3, same as … Continue reading Short and Sweet and Boring
Wow. My hemoglobin was 10.9 today. WOW! That’s a record-breaker for me! I can definitely tell the boost in my energy over the past week and a half. And that’s not even “normal,” which is 12 or higher. But when I’m in the 10s I can surely tell the difference. I’m going to assume the … Continue reading Hold On To Your Hat!
Just a short update. No treatment last week. It’s nice to have a little break although it means I work a full day instead of a half day. But I appreciate not having to rush downtown, always running late, worrying if I’ll run into traffic or construction, and getting there just in the nick of … Continue reading Off Week
Wednesday lab day. My hemoglobin was right at 10 so I got to skip the Aranesp shot for the first time in forever. I just looked it up, and the last time my hemoglobin was at 10 or more was three months ago. The big news is that my creatinine was down to 1.2! … Continue reading Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad
I believe it was the last blog post in which I said something like I didn’t believe that my creatinine would get down to 1.4 as the doctor would like. I mean, 1.4 is the high end of normal. I’m not going to get back down to normal. WELL, I WAS WRONG. And happily so. … Continue reading Eating My Words