Biopsy Results On 7/3/12, Steven went in for his re-biopsy to see if the rejection has been reversed. It is kind of fun to see familiar faces with the nurses in IRU, and even the transport workers. I really, truly enjoy getting to know people in the transplant community. There are some really inspiring people. There was an elderly couple there. The wife was getting her routine 3-month biopsy right before Steven's. I got to learn a lot about them, showing them which floors to go to and waiting during the procedures. It's about a 9 hour day, going to 3 different floors. I got a good amount of a book read, and Steven finished an entire level of Sudoku.
We are SO excited to report that the biopsy results from 7/3/12 show no signs of acute rejection! We were really anxious, because Steven's creatinine levels shot up a couple days prior. The team said that was concerning, and Steven was a little worried, too. He told me that he hoped this kidney wouldn't be rejected, because he didn't have time for another transplant. It was hard waiting for an extra day- since the holiday was the day after the biopsy- but I think the extra prayers really helped! Boy are we so grateful! The lady from the transplant team who called to give us the results stated that the transplant team will still meet next Tuesday to discuss the results, as they like to be extremely cautious when there has been rejection. However, she stated that the physician who performed the biopsy has already talk with the pathologist herself. We'll hear next week if there are any changes, but I think that it's safe to say that this has been a great day! I know I said a silent prayer as soon as I heard those words "no rejection" over the phone.
Steven's been feeling great (now that his anxiety is relieved after getting the results), and full of energy. I need to get used to Steven planning things to do, because before the transplant he just didn't have the energy to do a lot of extra things. We've gone to movies, the zoo, the OMSI museum, and most of all lots of walks. Of course, his mask, clorox wipes, and hand sanitizer accompany us everywhere. :) It's really been great to see him doing so well!
Jun 18, 2012
Next Biopsy Steven's next biopsy is scheduled for July 3. We'll know then what the rejection looks like. Steven is definitely feeling much better. Better color, has an appetite, and more energy! It's really SO great to see him looking and feeling so well. We have been out for many walks with the weather being nice at least a few days out of the week here. It's hard to believe that we won't have better news at the next biopsy, when he's feeling so much better. At any rate, we are grateful for Steven's health right now!
Steven's been very productive too with his activity/lifting restrictions. He has updated our budget spread sheets, created graph charts for his daily vital signs and lab stats, and updated his resume. He has even started studying for the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering)exam in October, which is a credential/certification that elevates your status in the engineering field. What a great guy!
Jun 11, 2012
Out in Public Steven has been feeling better, tapering off the huge doses of steroids. He even felt up to going to church on Sunday. Of course, he just wanted to slip silently in the back, but he...
Jun 08, 2012
June 8, 2012 The maxi-pulse of steroids is being tapered down now. Lab levels haven't really changed, but the only true indicator of knowing if the rejection has been reversed will be another...
Jun 01, 2012
Biopsy Results Well the results show that Steven does have rejection: mild acute cellular rejection. This is treated with mega doses of Prednisone. They'll do another biopsy next month to see if...
May 31, 2012
Biopsy Today, 5/31/12, Steven is getting a biopsy on his kidney. The doctor thinks there are some symptoms of rejection. I don't like that word, but there are several different "stages" of this,...
May 29, 2012
May 29, 2012 Steven was released from the hospital yesterday on May 28. Medical staff mentioned that he was an "ideal" patient. His doctor wants labs everyday, as he is concerned if there is...
May 26, 2012
May 26, 2012 Today has been a good day so far! It's after lunch, and Steven has graduated to real food! That means, toast and a tiny salad. Another great thing- he got to take a shower! It's really...
May 25, 2012
May 25, 2012 Apparently there is a universal knowledge in the surgical unit that the 3rd day is a hard one, emotionally, for patients. Steven and his brother both had a rougher time yesterday....
May 24, 2012
May 23, 2012 Steven is surprising us all with how well he is doing. He looks great, and he has even walked 4 times today! Granted, he needed a long nap after walking, but he deserved it. He is...
May 23, 2012
Transplant- May 22, 2012 Steven received his kidney from his brother, Matt, today. The transplant team is great, and we couldn't feel more at ease with the medical team providing their care. We...