Health Update

A buncha people have been asking for an update, so here goes. But first…

On a particular dark day in my kidney disease journey – way before the transplant – I got a divinely-appointed phone call from my pastor – and good friend – Brian. After he talked me off the ledge, so to speak, and after my head started to clear, I said, “There’s a sermon in all this somewhere.” His response was, “Just tell me when you’re ready!” Two months ago I did, and it’s happening a week from today on August 27, 10:00 am at my church, Community Covenant Church, 1835 Granite Hills Dr. El Cajon, CA 92019: http://communitycovenantchurch.org/

You are invited.

Now, to our regularly-scheduled update: The summary is that the new kidney is 100% and I’m probably at 65%. This recovery has been sloooow. But each month I can see improvements – milestones, like doing something I haven’t been able to do for 4 years. Those are very encouraging.

I came into this year really hoping it was be the turnaround year. But frankly, the first 5 months were brutal. I seemed to pick up every sickness I met, and worse than I’ve experienced in years. (Thanks immune suppression.) Then I had an arthritis attack in my right knee, and was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both knees. (Thanks prednisone.) Top all that off with a bout with shingles, very common for transplant patients. (And we can’t get the vaccination, because of immune-suppression.) All of this brought with it 2 prednisone tapers, and all the side effects I’m intimately acquainted with.

All in all a pretty depressing – and painful – time.

But June started to see improvements and it’s been better and better each week since. Still some fatigue and lack of stamina, but improvements there, too. (Like I’ve played 2 full rounds of golf in the last couple month!)

Bottom line…I’M ALIVE!! And grateful to God, Stacy, my family and friends. I am a blessed man and more aware of that than ever.

I get periodic lab tests and doctor appointments, but less and less as time goes by. Two-year biopsy will happen first part of next year.

Thanks for your support!

Mike

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