Daily Archives: September 18, 2016

Me(dical) Update

So … it has been 2 months since I was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance for what turned out to be kidney failure (EGFR 14 = normal is >60). Then I developed an internal bleed which left me anemic (Hemoglobin 7 = normal is >12). With all that, when I was discharged, I was so weak that I couldn’t stand without help, so Dearest rented a walker and a wheelchair.

My doctor had me in once a week for a while, then bi-weekly. I saw him Friday and he’s so pleased with my progress that my next appointment is a whole month away!

My kidneys are healing (EGFR 26.1), I’m making new red blood cells at a normal rate, and the internal bleeding has plugged itself up. We’ve also determined that I have hypothyroid, so I’m on Thyroxine, which is helping a lot.

The walker and wheelchair have been returned and I am now able to do a little bit of quilting, gardening, yoga, and light housework.  I had a bone density scan of my lower spine and hips, which is recommended for menopausal women, and I’m going to a cardiologist for a stress test to try and determine why I have heart pain. He’ll talk to me about the results of those two tests, plus the latest round of blood tests, when I see him in a month.

In the meantime, BIG NEWS!  Warrior Princess (dd#3) is expecting her first child (my 6th grandbaby!) and Mama Buzz (dd#1) and Army Princess (dd#2) are coming HERE for a baby shower in 3 weeks!!!  What with deployments and the long distances involved, I haven’t had all 3 of my girls here at the same time in 9 years!  I’m over the moon!!

ALSO, I’m going to meet Baby Boots and visit again with Army Princess’ two young uns.  EEK!  Besides the baby shower, we’re going to take the kids to the Science Center, go to a local apple farm where we can watch them make cider and doughnuts from scratch, and visit a pumpkin farm that has a bunch of fun stuff for families every autumn.  We took our girls to those places when they were young, so it will be nostalgic for us adults and fun for all.

I’m sorry not to have energy for blogging, but I’m focusing really hard on my physical recovery.  I put a lot of energy every day into healthy eating — preparing lots of organic food from scratch.  I’m also home juicing now, which I really enjoy, and I’m getting back into fermenting.  I’ve got the kombucha brewing regularly and I’ve made one batch each of sauerkraut and fermented salsa, but I’m buying my kefir for now. Baby steps!

I’m thrilled I can get out of the house again, but excursions take a lot out of me.  Now that I am not going to the doctor so often for exams and blood draws, I hope to make the grocery store a regular thing. It’s been wonderful for my mental health to shop, have a fun time with my Dearest, and see people.  They have electric carts and very little in the way of fragrances (so long as I stay out of the cleaning aisle), plus a fantastic carry-out section with amazing entrees and sides. We often get a meal and bring it home for date night, which gives us a big incentive to get those groceries put away lickety-split. “)

I am still trying to plow through all the accumulated emails and keep up with my personal banking and bills.  That seems to be the limit of my energy for computering at this point.  I’m getting tired and spacey now, just writing this bit, but I really wanted to share the good news from Friday’s doctor visit. In the meantime, here is one of the many super-cute pics Mama Buzz has taken of Baby Boots!  He’s so photogenic and a really healthy, easy baby.  I can’t wait to meet him!

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