Transplant Athlete
Thursday, June 19, 2008
  Big Feet, Big Head, And Monkey Boy

With a touch of edema, (understatement of the year), I earned the nickname "big foot" on this year's RAAM trip. My legs actually looked like caricatures of real human legs as you can see from the photos. It actually started on the flight in to Oceanside, sitting in that airline seat allowed fluid to build up in my legs. A couple of days into the trip, I couldn't put my socks on anymore, they were just too tight.

So, I started just wearing sneakers, but eventually, even sneakers became too tight, the sneakers rubbed me raw along the ankle. At that point, there was so much fluid in my feet, I could feel it sloshing around as I walked. My ankles were swollen with fluid and would feel real stiff when I got up from an extended sitting or sleeping period. When I had my feet up on he dashboard, they were like silly putty wrapping themselves around the indentations in the dashboard. It was comical. I had to switch to Flip flops (not the one in the picture) because my feet just wouldn't fit into the sneakers anymore. They were the largest Walmart had, and they still weren't large enough.

After talking with my Nephrologist, Robin and I got a prescription of Lasix filled to get rid of some of the excess fluid. My feet are finally back to normal.

Unfairly, Dale got the nickname "Big Head" for his awkwardly sized noggin. Unfortunately, there's no medication for that. Robin almost had Nick wearing the moniker "monkey boy" for the way he would hop up onto the roof of the van to get stuff in and out of the roof rack.


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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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