Thursday, August 27, 2009
Good news at last!!! Please keep praying!!!
I am so happy to report that we received good news from the Transplant Team today!!! As I posted in the previous blog, Mark has a hernia around the transplanted kidney. Before scheduling the surgery to repair the hernia, the Transplant Team wanted to complete a new scan of the transplanted kidney. If the scan had shown decreased blood flow to the transplanted kidney, the surgeon would have removed the transplanted kidney when repairing the hernia. However, the scan today indicated an improvement in blood flow since the last scan! At this point, we are cautiously happy! Mark's creatinine is around 4.0. This is still high. As we've mentioned in previous posts, successful kidney transplants usually result in creatinine dropping to the 1.0 to 2.0 range. The Team decided to have Mark skip two dialysis sessions-the session on Friday and Monday. They will recheck his blood work on Tuesday. I suppose this will give them information about how the transplanted kidney is filtering waste without the help of dialysis. Upon receiving the results of his blood work, they will reassess the situation. Mark is scheduled for the surgery to repair the hernia on Wednesday of next week. His hernia is quite large-so he will have to spend at least one night in the hospital. As always, we are asking for continued prayer. We are praising God for the encouraging news we received today. In addition, we are praying that the blood work on Tuesday indicates continued improvement and a drop in creatinine. Finally, we are praying for the surgery to go smoothly on Wednesday.