If you remember my update from last Friday, I said we’ll have to wait and see the results of the biopsy. Well, the results are in and they’re not good. There is inflammation in the kidney. My doctor says that it could be possible early signs of rejection or just a response to medications. It’s mild enough that we could ignore it and hope it goes away and sometimes it does. However, they prefer a more aggressive treatment with high doses of prednisone. That’s right, prednisone. So … déjà vu all over again.
Monday I started the first of five infusions. Not as bad as the ones I had two years ago, which was 3000 milligrams; this session is only 1550 milligrams. But I’m already feeling the side effects – sleeplessness, swelling/moon face, sore limbs, fatigue. Pretty brutal and will only get worse. Saturday I’ll start a 5-week oral prednisone regimen and will then get another biopsy to see how the kidney has responded.
The difference between 2 years ago is that this time the steroid is being used for healing, which if you’ve ever used it before, it does a very good job, especially with inflammations. The doctors say that experience shows the chance of success is very, very high to save the kidney. So onward and forward and we’ll do our best.
Regardless, I am a blest man, more than I deserve. God’s perpetual presence brings comfort and motivation…