I just returned from the clinic and all is fairly good. My blood pressure is still a little on the high side. We will adjust the medication and hopefully take care of that issue. My blood sugar has regulated itself and I no longer am having to take any insulin. After another couple of weeks I will probably not even have to check my blood sugar but once a day and then once a week. My liver function is back to normal having been elevated in the recent past because of the medications. So all that is good.
My creatine level was up one tenth. This is the test that determine kidney function. There are several reasons that it could be up one tenth. 1) It is just normal for me. 2) I could need to drink more water. I need 64 oz. per day. That can be hard to do. 3) Creatine levels bounce around and it could be that it is up a little today. Nothing to worry about yet. Just need to follow it.
Of course we want that number to stabilize and not go any higher. Going higher could mean rejection. However, when you are monitored as close as I am they have many, many things that they can do to help stop and reverse those trends. We will just hope that on Monday that it will be the same or possibly lower. I’ll just have to make sure that I drink plenty of fluid over the weekend.
Another good thing, the appointments are getting shorter. I think on average they will take about 45 minutes after next week. It only takes 10 minutes to get to the clinic from the apartment so we really have it good all things considered.
Ever since I knew that I was going to have to have a transplant and knew that a live donor was a possibility I have been thinking about John 15:13. “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay his life down for his friends.” Last night when I got in bed I studied this for a while.
Obviously, the actual giving of your life (to die for another) is one application of this scripture. However, I think that this scripture means so much more. I really think that it is calling for us to lay our lives down for our friends daily. I believe that one of the applications of the verse is to be selfless on a daily basis. Putting “our friends” first. Considering their needs and their concerns first. In essence taking care of them before ourselves. Obviously, exactly what Christ did for us. Also, what Keith (and Kate) did for me. They put me first. But you don’t have to die on a cross and you don’t have to give a kidney to “lay down your life for your friends.” There have to be many other ways. As I told one of my partners today, every time I’m tempted to be selfish in the future I will have a reminder in my body of the selfless act of another. (Of course, we should be thinking this way when we consider God’s grace — we just tend to take it for granted.)
The beauty of a blog is that it is interactive. So the question I present is what does this scripture mean to you? How do you interpret it? How do you apply it to your everyday life?
Food for thought…..
Thank your for your continued post and comments. I read them all. And thank you for your prayers. Keep praying that all will go well and that I can have this kidney for a long, long time.