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Transplant Athlete
Thursday, May 22, 2008
  Switch To Cipro

After the last post, I saw my Doctor to get some relief. He switched me to Cipro (750 mg Bid), so most of the side effects from the Tetracycline are gone, but I still feel weak. It feels like I can barely stand. Today I had to sit down in the shower 2 or 3 times before I could finish. Walking up a flight of stairs feels like I'm climbing Wolf Creek Pass.

My Nephro called once last night and once this morning to discuss my blood work from Monday. He was very concerned. My creatinine was 7.3, meaning I'm probably three months or less from dialysis. My other values were way off, and he wanted me to go directly to the ER to get blood drawn and to possibly get some additional medicine, but when I related the vomiting and diarrhea, he said that would explain the crazy results. I'll go in for repeat tests next week and then I'll see the Nephro the week after that.

 

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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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