No. 3 Patience

Todays visit with the Doctor was full of information.  A lot of it technical and overwhelming. The good news is that from the few tests that were performed so far on my kidney biopsy, they were able to understand part of the problem. A huge technical/Latin name that he wrote down for me, but in laypersons terms, the kidney acts as a filter for the blood, and the ends of the filter are a bit inflamed, allowing protein to enter my urine.  The damage is minor and there is treatment. The cause and the cure are not so simple.  We may never know the cause. The cure is a work in progress. More blood tests and urine samples to monitor the situation. Also I am on meds to help reduce the fluid buildup in my body /swelling, and an additional med to lower my blood pressure. The Doc told me today that we’ll just take it one day at a time until all the tests are in.  By mid January 2012 we should be able to have a game plan. Even then it may still be a work in progress to get the treatment that will work for me. I laughed inwardly when he said one day a at a time as I had just blogged about it a few days ago. Patience is now my new motto.

Being in and out of the hospital over the past few weeks has allowed me to see some people a lot sicker than me. I feel so fortunate to have the Dr. Verrelli looking after me. His attention to detail is incredible. He has a lot of patients and has total recall about every thing about my case. My problem is minor compared to what others are going through.

With apologies to the late Bing Crosby, here is an early Christmas gift to my friends who run.

I’m dreaming of an injury free Christmas,
just like the ones I used to know
Where the trails glisten and running partners listen
to hear sleigh bells in the snow

I’m dreaming of an injury free Christmas,
just like the ones I used to know
Where the trails glisten and running partners listen
to hear sleigh bells in the snow

I’m dreaming of an injury free Christmas,
with every Christmas trail I run
May your runs be merry and bright,
and may all your Christmases be injury free

I’m dreaming of an injury free Christmas,
just like the ones I used to know
May your runs be merry and bright,
and may all your Christmases be injury free

I’m dreaming of an injury free Christmas,
with every Christmas trail I run
May your runs be merry and bright,
and may all your Christmases be injury free

May your runs be merry and bright,
and may all your Christmases be injury free

And may all your Christmases be injury free (All your Christmases be injury free)
And may all your Christmases be injury free (All your Christmases be injury free)
And may all your Christmases be
(All your Christmases be injury free)
(All your Christmases be injury free)