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Transplant Athlete
Thursday, May 15, 2008
  When The Levee Breaks

I've been on Tetracycline for a little over a week, in that time, I've lost approximately 6 pounds. I'm at the same weight I was at the start of RAAM last year, 155; and I'm dying for real food. The antibiotic makes me nauseaus on a daily basis, I've been reduced to soup, crackers, toast, etc. I've thrown up twice. I've had daily diarrhea (as if I needed another medication giving me diarrhea). I've also got what appears to be hives popping up randomly around my body. More disturbing, I've had difficulty urinating, it feels like an issue with my prostate, but who knows.

All this means I had to cancel my trip to Massachusetts this weekend. My Aunt Gaetana is getting an honorary PhD tomorrow, she's also throwing a graduation party for my cousin Amanda on Saturday, and of course the Heidi's Chain Of Hope ride is Sunday. I was supposed to ride with Stephen Bugbee at the event.

I think the scary part for me is that some of these symptoms are the same as kidney failure (rapid weight loss, nausea, etc). Logically, I know it's the Tetracycline, but emotionally, I can't help but think, Is this end?

 

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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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