Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Sorry for the Delay

Sorry for the delay, everyone. I was so busy at work and at home last week that I did not have time to update my blog. I realized that this was a blunder after the third or fourth person asked me how I was doing (since I had not updated). I repeatedly heard people wondering about my health, hoping that I had not been too sick to post. Well, fear not, loyal readers, I have not been ill, I was just busy.

It has been over a week since I last posted. Not too much has been going on lately, which is nice, I suppose. My arm is still sore from the infiltration on the 7th. There is some minor bruising above one of the needle sites. I think the tech pinched my arm while she was taping it up on Saturday, and it left a bruise. My arm does not hurt too much, except for about an hour or so after each treatment. Most of the yellow coloring has gone away, which means that most of the blood has been reabsorbed into my arm. Thankfully, it was not a bad infiltration, so there was no damage.

I had mostly good treatments last week. Tuesday’s treatment ran a little slower because I don’t think the technician that stuck me has quite as good of an aim as some of the others. There are three technicians that I really like, and two or three more that do a decent job. The lady I had on Tuesday gets the needle in, but it must always be brushed up against the vein wall because it can’t pull blood quite as quickly as normal. Thursday and Saturday, I had some of the better technicians, and my machine was able to run at 400 ml/min.

My fluid intake has been pretty good lately. I had my dry weight raised to 71.5 kg, and I think that has helped a lot. My poor remaining kidney doesn’t do too much work when my dry weight is too low, so I try to get it raised up every once and while just so the kidney doesn’t get too lazy.

Well, it’s probably time for me to do some work today. I just wanted to shoot out a quick update to everyone and let you all know that I am doing well. I have not heard from the transplant doctors yet about Josh’s kidney, but when I do … you guys will hear everything.

Please continue to pray that God’s will be done in that situation. And, continue to pray that I have good health and good dialysis treatments.

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