It’s late and I have to get up extra early tomorrow. But I can’t sleep and perhaps I just need to write this all down before the details start to slip from my less and less reliable memory.
Where to begin. So I suppose it all started months ago with some wonky serum creatinine levels that I thought were just a weird fluke that would go away. All my other labs were great, just this one stubborn number, so my doctor kind of thought the same but he asked me to humor him while he ran some tests. The renal ultrasound came back unimpressive. But the creatinine which had been falling went back up again so he decided lets just try this other non-invasive test. He said he didn’t expect anything to come of it but let’s just check it off the list.
Well that’s not exactly how things went. The test showed that my left kidney is behaving completely normal but the right one? The right one is, shall we say, special. And decidedly abnormal.
So that all led up to today when I went to the office of a doctor I knew nothing about (not even really what kind of doctor he was) or exactly what test was being done on me there. It turned out to be a blood flow ultrasound thing and it confirmed that there is something wrong with part of the artery in my right kidney. What doesn’t make sense though is why is my blood pressure well controlled with meds, why aren’t I leaking any protein but why is my serum creatinine high?? People who have only one kidney can have normal creatinine numbers so if my left kidney is behaving like a healthy kidney then why would I have high creatinine levels just based off of one messed up kidney? The doctor said he was wondering that too so he will take a picture of my left kidney as well just to make sure it really is looking as nice and normal as the other reports have claimed.
Anyway this all means I have to have a semi unpleasant follow up procedure that involves cameras in my arteries. Which sounds scary as fuck. And Paul has gone to bed and I am definitely having a panic moment over the shittiness that has just shitted on my life.
I’m just so emotionally and mentally tired. So. Tired. This. Health. Stuff. Just. Ugh. Blargh.
I just want to pretend to be a normal person with a normal life and normal worries for a little bit. Not worry about medical procedures, mysterious kidney lab results and all the medical bills and figuring out how to plan my appointments while not getting fired.
I hope that this is it, if this could somehow “fix” me for now then I would be okay with it. But for some reason the lingering questions and the symptoms or lack thereof that don’t quite fit, make me worry that there is something else that everyone is missing and that this won’t be a fix at all.