389 days later, and lots of changes

artery narrowingI went down to Pittsburgh last night for my Annual clinic appointment today, and I had lots of good news and changes.

First off, I don’t have to return to clinic for a year! A whole freakin’ year!!! That to me is really almost inconceivable, there was no way I was ready for that to be the case. In part this has to do with all of my numbers looking great; except I had a slight fever this morning, why… I’m sure I have no idea, plus the fact that the RI on my Hepatic Artery was actually better with the results from the last CT scan, than the previous Ultrasound a few months ago. This is indeed good news, and means I may be reacting in a positive manner and not in need of another Angioplasty. You can see what the narrowing looks like in my rudimentary drawing on the right, the left branch is the artery where the stenosis is.

They also stopped my Cellcept, and reduced the amount of Magnesium Oxide that I will be taking. This is good for a couple reasons; first being that if I don’t take Cellcept, and now the mag ox only two times a day – no more 10pm meds! So if I am tired after 8pm I can actually go to bed, what a novel concept. And second, it will cost less dough, or more importantly I don’t need it. They did find I am quite a bit anemic right now, so I am going on iron, but getting off the Cellcept should help too since it reduces your iron count.  Finding out I am anemic is also kind of a relief because it helps to explain why I have been so tired and fatigued lately. Since June actually, since my count was better than what it is now then. So today was a good day.

I also have it on good authority that Prograf may be available as a generic drug soon, so the copay should go down on that as it becomes available.  I am really looking forward to this year and what it has in store for me and my family, my clinic visit was a well needed boost. It’s always good to hear right from the docs that everything is going well and they are very pleased with my progress….

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