As my kidney condition has moved towards its ultimate destination (End Stage Kidney Disease -ESKD) the range of medications needed to replace kidney function has both changed and grown. My morning pot of meds has now become quite a mouthful. In addition there are meds to take with each meal and meds to take at … Continue reading Medication
It’s just before 4am as I write this. The middle of yet another sleepless night. I have seen each hour of the night so far and it’s been like this for days now. The sleeping tablets (Amitriptyline) had limited effect and I have stopped taking them. Basically they made me drowsy but did not result … Continue reading Wide Awake
It’s now three weeks since my Fistula operation. The procedure has been a success and the scar is healing well. Unfortunately my health has deteriorated somewhat. My kidney is very much in the last stage of Chronic Kidney Disease. I have a GFR of just 3. This is a measure of my kidney’s ability to … Continue reading Race Against Time
Yesterday I travelled to Oxfordshire to the town of Banbury. The purpose of the journey was to undergo an operation on my arm to create a Fistula. The first stage of a process which will lead to Dialysis. The past couple of weeks have been challenging as I have come to terms with the magnitude … Continue reading Fistula
It’s virtually continuous and can strike anywhere on the body. It is often much worse at night, and has made it difficult to sleep. Imagine itching all over, the urge to scratch at the skin but with limited relief. This is one of the many effects of Chronic Kidney Disease. There are no obvious rashes … Continue reading It’s rather irritating!
When I started this blog in 2017. The principle manifestation of the Myeloma seemed to be orthopaedic ie related to my bones - I had developed lesions in various bones indicative of the actions of the Myeloma over the previous months. Hence, the title of the Blog was Battling the Bone Breaker. In truth, the … Continue reading Combatting the Kidney Crusher!
Today is the last day of Covid isolation. I return to work tomorrow morning. Thankfully I’m feeling a lot better. For me Covid has been similar to a heavy cold as far a symptoms. I am left with a heavy cough and blocked nose but little else. During the past 10 days the biggest issue … Continue reading Day 10
One of the side effects of Myeloma is Kidney Disease and one of the results of poor kidney function is high blood pressure. Although the Myeloma has remained in remission, my kidney function has remained low and since May (when I was briefly in hospital) my kidney function has been much less than in previous … Continue reading Pressure Tactics
The featured image shows my room from the outside. The long thin widows nearest to the grey tiled building are mine. As my neutrophils have continued to rise up to 0.6 at last count. The engrafted stem cells developing into neutrophils, red blood cells and platelets among other things. I have also had GCSF injections … Continue reading Transfusion
Since returning to the UK I have put on weight. This is a combination of the steroids Inhave needed to take, the water retention courtesy of my kidney problems and DVT, richer food and a lack of exercise brought on by the enforced bed rest as an inpatient and the effects of the Myeloma. In … Continue reading On ‘yer Bike
The potassium won't drop consistently and hovers around 6 - critical for most of the day teaching a high of 6.4. Haematology have suggested that it might be a false positive but Renal are more cautious and up the meds. I spent most of the night last night and all of the afternoon.and evening booked … Continue reading Frustrating Days
Our plans had changed once more. Our two day return trip to Nairobi had been rearranged to allow for the MRI and follow up consultation before we were take the bus back to Mwanza on the Friday overnight. Now this too was going to have to change. Changes were coming thick and fast. My wife … Continue reading Nairobi