Aug 17, 2013 - 2:52 pm
Hello all.....so I am now almost 4 months following a hand assisted laparoscopic radical nephrectomy. I experienced hardly any pain from the surgery, except for some twisting cramp feeling in my belly (like a leg cramp except in my belly). Other than that I rest when I need too and I am resuming college this fall along with my full time job and a part time job. I know, I know....Yes, I will rest when my body alarm goes off. After resting this summer, I know I will be ok. What other choice is there? Anyhow, I have seen my Urologist for my 3 month check up and he has referred me to a Nephrologist. I saw my new Dr last week and I now told that I will need to start taking blood pressure medications (my bp isn't too bad, 127/84 at my last visit) but the medication will help save my mighty kidney (that's what I call her). Its called Cozaar to be exact and this medication is known to help protect against kidney damage (spilling out protein). Yes, I am spilling little protein and I am a type 2 diabetic. I'm only 41 and generally very healthy. I keep my blood sugars down and do a pretty good job at it (taking metformin). Things have been overwhelming for me and I have been feeling pretty down. This is expected after my surgery and I am attempting to exercise again (keeping it light for now). I still get tired but I have been able to manage this far and I know I can keep up, if I just keep moving forward with a positive outlook. Things are definitely NOT perfect but I will continue to fight every day.
Lab Results from 8/16/13