Transplant Athlete
Thursday, August 30, 2007
  This Is One Of Those Good News Bad News Posts

First, the Good News. ABL lifted the gag order on her pregnancy. I can now blog about kid #3. During her first pregnancy, we called Q, well Q, then for her second pregnancy, we called RJ, R...SO, logically this one should be called Chris...

ABL is going through the normal nausea and vomiting and she started to show early.

Now for the Bad News. My creatinine is 2.5, a number large enough to scare my nephrologist into ordering another biopsy. He says there are two main things he's worried about right now.

  1. Rejection: He kept using the word acute (which scared me). I thought that it was chronic instead of acute. If it is rejection, they might be able to treat it with medication.
  2. MPGN. Membrano Proliferative Glomerulo Nephritis. He's worried that my original disease could be rearing its ugly head. There was no treatment for my original disease and finding a treatment for a transplanted kidney would be even harder to find.

It's important to note, that the kidney is in no danger of shutting down, if my first kidney is any indication, it could take years for this one to get to the point where I would need to go on dialysis or find another kidney. I should have a biopsy scheduled in the next week or two and I'll keep everyone informed.


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Congrats on the new almost-here little-one. Hopefully the creatine numbers will get better and this is just a little bump on the road.
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I've gone through kidney failure twice. The first time in 2000, my mother donated a kidney; and again in 2008, I'm on dialysis waiting for a breakthrough in immuno-suppression medicines before seeking a new kidney.

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