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I had a follow-up appointment with my oncologist/urologist/surgeon (5 weeks post-surgery).  

He said that everything looks good, I'm healing well, I look healthy, blood work looks fine.

He did, however, seem to be concerned that my creatinine level was at 1.4, when it had been at 1.1 immediately post-surgery.

What are the "normal" creatinine  levels for a six-foot-tall, 50-year-old woman with one kidney?

(This sounds like the beginning of a bad joke...)

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Anne

  

 

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Anne, I give up - so what are the "normal" creatinine  levels for a six-foot-tall, 50-year-old woman with one kidney?  You're right about the joke!  With Gary and Fox on hand there's scope for a suitably funny answer.

Meantime, I think this link will give you some helpful info on this topic:

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/creatinine-and-creatinine-clearance?page=3

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Thank you, Mr. Wedge!

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...so a 50 yo 6' woman walks into a bar.....with one kidney mind you.....the bar tender says, "We don't serve 6' 50 yo women with one kidney here."  Anmazon says, "Thats OK, I wasn't going to order one!!!!!!!!!!"Smile

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Wink  I love it!

 

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The guy's a genius. I knew I could depend on Fox - cap that Gary!

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So I had to get cancer and lose a kidney to meet some people with warped senses of humor....

Again, a painful initiation, but I'm delighted to be here.

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No, I am not warped, I am perverted...  If I were warped, then I would tickle you with a feather... but being perverted I use the whole chicken....  :)

Ron

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Tongue Out

What kind of chicken, Ron?

This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.   

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So I had to get cancer and lose a kidney to meet some people with warped senses of humor....

Again, a painful initiation, but I'm delighted to be here.

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HI Anne...  not sure why your Doc is all worried about 1.4 level.   OK, so different doctors have different opinons on what is "normal" or not.  Yes lower would be better, but 1.4 is not dangerous at all.   However depending on the Doc, some won't use the Contrast (dye) when doing scans at above 1.4, some use 1.5, and some will use 1.7 as the "number."   I was at 1.7 before surgery, and due to the complex surgery I had, I went up to a whopping 7.6..!!   Now I am back to the 1.7 or 1.8 range pretty steady.   My levels are too high to use Contrast with my scans, but it does not seem to be an issue.

OK, so you lost a Kidney like many of us here..  Not sure how long ago that painful event happened, but your one Kidney is now doing 100% of the work.  Sometimes that single Kidney steps up and takes charge, sometimes it doesn't.. usually not a big deal overall.  But worth monitoring, as Createnine is an indicator of your remaining Kidney Health.  FYI, my remaining Kidney has a big Cyst in it, which was known prior to my surgery and is why my one Kidney is a bit sensitive.

Hope this helps...

Ron

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Anne, your sense of humour guarantees that you'll fit in a treat here and you wouldn't have felt quite right here, not being a caregiver, if you had two whole kidneys. 

It's all relative - hell, there are probably some doctors who would consider Ron normal!

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Laughing

Thanks, Mr.  Wedge.  

Maybe Ron should come to New Mexico,  we're anything but normal around here.  

I'm keeping track of all my funny stories for posterity or for when I have really bad days and need a laugh.  Between the marriage proposal and retraction and the busybody who thought I went out to get breast implants (which, trust me, I do NOT need), and 100 stories in between,  I've got hilarity to spare.

Am I scared?  You bet.

As long as I can laugh? And as long as I've got support from you all?  Cancer doesn't have a chance.

Warm regards.

Anne

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Ron, thanks.  My surgery was 5 1/2 weeks ago, and I'm still trying to figure out what is right or "normal.". He didn't present it like "Your C level is 1.4, and you have only hours to live!!!!," he just noted that it was higher than it was immediately post-op (1.1).  Which got me wondering where I really should be.

He's awesome and I trust him implicitly, but everything scares the pants off of me now (don't worry, not literally).

 

I'm sorry to hear about your cyst, Ron, and I appreciate you taking the time to explain this to me.

I've got quite a learning curve going on here.

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Anmazon, don't worry too much about the creatine level.  My mom's is now at 2.4.  When you have one kidney removed it usually takes a while for the other to kick in and yours is still in a great range!  All this new stuff can be quite alarming when you begin this journey (alot to learn) but trust us on this board to let you know when more investigation is needed!  You are doing great!  

Ron, I hope that chicken is cage free, grass fed, organic!  ;)

 

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Thank you for your kind response. I couldn't have possibly found a kinder, more supportive group.

I still want to know what kind of chicken Ron has, though--I have a real affinity for Rhode Island Reds.

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Or should I say who is chicken..??   Yes, I know it was scarey getting here... and hope your scare is over with..  do the follow ups, be villigant..!

So, the true story... Hmm.. hope this is not tooooooo much.. but about 1975 (ish).. I had some local pals.. fun folks.. well Mary decided she was going to make some artsy custom T shirts.. and she made me one...  I only wore it a few times...  why you ask..?  Well on the top part it had in large letters the word "SUPER"  and under it was ah er a picture of a male chicken... and it was NOT a Rooster...    People would ask why I would have a shirt that says Super Chicken on it.. and I would have to educated them on to determine sex of an animal...  I think I still have that shirt around here...  :)  Hope it made the ladies blush... heh...

Be Well All..!

Ron

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Plan to be quite vigilant.

Giggling over super chicken story.

 

A

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A 50 yo six foot woman with one kidney and dislexia walks into a bra...

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A 50 yo six foot woman with one kidney walks into a bar and knocks herself out cold

 

Did I mention she was also blind...

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Thanks, Gary!

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Mine crept from 1.0 or so in October post op to 1.6 a few weeks ago. They gave me a bag of IV fluid and I was told to drink at least 2.5 to 3.0 liters of water per day. The next week I was down in the 1.3 range. I think they wanted to make sure it wasn't a trend and had a bit to do with hydration. Hope they gave you some feedback on make sure you drink plenty of water. I am not 6' female, so the volume may be different. 

Sorry, no twisted humor from D on this one. looks like the usual suspects covered it pretty good though.

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I think it was his way of reminding me to stay hydrated and watch the sodium.   Point taken.  Just wondering where I should be, and it sounds like I'm not too far off.

I was hoping for a good joke from you this morning, but I guess I'll have to wait....

Thank you.

Anne

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I think it was his way of reminding me to stay hydrated and watch the sodium.   Point taken.  Just wondering where I should be, and it sounds like I'm not too far off.

I was hoping for a good joke from you this morning, but I guess I'll have to wait....

Thank you.

Anne

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So, a 50', 6 Year old woman walksinto a bar in Texas. . .Never mind!  If she's from New Mexico she has better taste than that!

Tongue Out

In spite of being slow, its good to be able to talk again!  I've missed all of you! 

Anne, you'll find a post from me on another thread!  Te Amo fellow (so  to speak) Nuevo Mexicana! (In spite of being temporarily located on the East Coast.)

Michael

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Te amo tambien.

 

Anne

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a 7 foot tall woman walks into a bar.She is excited to see a man almost 8 feet tall tending bar as smaller men have not been able to satisfy her.

She immediately insists they go somewhere they can be alone and satisfy her needs.

the bartender responds that he must warn her that his manhood is like a baby.

Disappointed, she starts to leave the bar, but the bartender immediately asked why she was leaving. 

She said she needed a man with exceptional manhood, not something like a baby's.

The bartender says "you misunderstood what I said. It is like a baby; 21 inches, 6lbs 4 oz"

 

 

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I love it!

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I watch the sodium more for blood pressure, which can also reduce kidney efficiency. They both can impact C levels by making filtration less efficient, and should both be considered equally. 

I imagine in New Mexico it is hot and dry, so both are critical.

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Where she is in Albuquerque, they get about 16 inches to 20 inches of rain a year.

If you're lucky, you're out of town the day it comes! LOL

Hydration is a big problem out there as it is normally. It is doubly inportant for Anne now!

Still my favorite city in th whole world!

BTW Anne,  I prefer Green, but red is nice!! 

Michael

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Regardless, I'm drinking lots and lots of water. Staying mucho hydrated.

 

Green is the best, and I'm pleased to know you're an aficionado, Michael.

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That's what I've been thinking....

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