Progress with a headache on the side

Today started off with a doozy of a headache that is still hanging around.  Since I can’t take ibuprofen at the moment I have to settle for Tylenol which as usual didn’t help.  Next up…Tramadol!  Strike 2!  Waiting to see what they want to try now.  I don’t like taking narcotic pain meds at all and only do as a last resort but this headache has hung on for dear life!  Anything and everything makes it worse too.  A knock on the door is amplified.  The light hurts.  Chipper people are extra annoying…hahaha.  I have spent the day trying to sleep in my dark room with no TV.  I even have the brightness turned down on my phone and laptop.  This headache can get to steppin!  We are going on 12 hours with this one.  Ouch!  

With all that said…my creatinine is finally lower!  This morning it was 3.21.  You would think I would feel better with it almost cut in half.  My potassium was a little low at 3.2 (normal is 3.5 – 5.0) so they had me take some potassium pills.  I’m glad it wasn’t the oral liquid stuff.  That is nasty.  It’s like taking a handful of a salt and sucking on it.  I would probably feel better had I not started my period last night.  Sorry guys, I know you don’t care to know about my periods but unfortunately they affect my lungs and my all over feeling.

I have mentioned before that I feel worse between ovulation to menstruation.  What do ya know; I’m in here during that time AND I was on IVs during that time.  I wish they could take all those lady parts out without causing another set of issues with early menopause and hormone replacement considering I’m not using them.  It’s all the hormones that are causing all the issues as it is.

Anyway, back to the matter at hand.  Since my creatinine went down, they stopped the fluids with sodium bicarb and went back to regular fluids (saline) to keep flushing these bad boys out.  They will draw labs again tomorrow morning to check the levels again.  Hopefully they are lower yet again and continue to decrease back to normal range over the next few days.  The kidney doc walked in and said, “Congratulations, your numbers are down almost in half!”  Remember what I said about chipper people being extra annoying?  That was one instance.  Haha Ouch!!  Your voice hurts my head!

Basically my kidneys took a hit (not literally) and it will take time for them to recover like a bruise would.  You get the initial “hit” that causes the damage and then have the lasting effects of the initial hit.  Surprisingly enough, I’m not scared or worried.  I’m just ready for it to be fixed.  I know it will take time so I’m trying my best to be a good patient and to be patient.  It’s a good thing that I don’t have enough energy to go stir crazy because that would make things even worse.

Thank you so much for all of your thoughts, prayers, texts, emails, phone calls, FB messages/posts, etc.  They mean a lot to us.  Thank you for those that are putting together meals for us also.  That is very sweet of you all.  I’m no fun when I don’t feel good.  Thank to my wonderful husband for enduring boring hours sitting at the hospital and snuggling me in this tiny bed.

Ok I took enough breaks while typing this to finally get it finished.  Now, to get Wi-Fi to get it loaded.   Oh yeah and if I forget something you told me, I’m sorry.  This week is a blur.  I can’t remember anything.  It’s like I have to go digging in my brain to find info.

Don’t forget that Shannonigan’s gear is ready to be included in your wardrobe.  Thank you for your support!  We need to sell lots and lots of gear!

Until next time…

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