Four week update

It’s been four weeks since surgery and I’d say I’m feeling about 85% back to normal. It will be another two to four weeks to get that last 15% back though.

I heard from my coordinator yesterday and was advised to use warm compresses on the knot in my arm from the heparin shot. And that the numbness I am experiencing around my belly button should slowly dissipate. I did get a little not so good news. My recipient’s last labs came back with some elevated numbers so they are checking him again today and may have to adjust his meds. I just hope it’s something that’s not serious and can be handled quickly and easily.

Finally, here are my scars now.

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Better and better

The past few days I’ve been feeling noticeably better.  I’m sleeping better, though with normally at least one interruption.  My scars are feeling better.  I still have the one numb spot, but everything else seems to be progressing.  I am really looking forward to being able to get back to working out.  I can’t believe how “soft” I feel.

Nothing

Nothing to report today, so far.  Nothing back from my coordinator regarding my questions from two days ago.  Nothing really new on my recovery, things are steady and slowly progressing.

I went into the office yesterday afternoon for a retirement reception for a couple of higher ups in our organization.  Spent about an hour and a half there, a lot of it standing around.  My back started bothering me toward the end and I really thought I would be pretty tired afterwards, but once I got home, I felt pretty good and I’m feeling pretty good this morning.  The commute time for the round trip was an hour and 45 minutes.  That’s definitely something I haven’t missed doing.  That is currently my biggest dread point of going back to work.  I am so sick of that drive.

Weight and other stuff

One thing I forgot to mention during yesterday’s update was that my weight has at least stabilized.  I’m not losing and I’m not gaining.  I’m pretty much staying right around 145 pounds.

As for my issues that I discussed with coordinator yesterday, I haven’t heard back yet.  I’m hoping I do today.

Three weeks

Today marks three weeks post surgery. I just spoke to my coordinator and covered the two issues I currently have. The first being the roughly one inch area below and to the left of my belly button that is still numb. And the second is a small (less than pea sized) knot in my arm at the site of the last heparin injection. It doesn’t hurt or anything, I just noticed its being there. She said she would follow up with the surgeon regarding these and get back to me. She also said my lab results from last week were looking good. My creatinine level was 1.48, the best it had been since surgery. This means my lone kidney is picking up like it should.

On other thing she said was that my recipient was doing well and would actually be coming in for labs today and that she would be able to give me a little more information on him later.

And, finally, here are my scars after three weeks. I won’t be posting this to Facebook. I feel like I’m an attention whore if I post a lot of stuff there.

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Updates

It’s been a few days since my last update, so I thought I should check in again.  I had a good weekend.  I actually got out Saturday night to hang with some friends.  This was my frist time out since the surgery and it felt good, though a bit draining.  Overall the weekend was good and I’m feeling better every day.  I still have a little pain, but it’s more a nuisance than anything else.  I also still have a numb spot around my belly button, but it feels like it is slowly getting some feeling back to it.  The spot on my right arm which had the huge bruise from my last heparin injection now has a small knot in it which I need to remember to mention to my coordinator (whom I plan on calling this week), but the bruise is now gone.  I can almost cough and sneeze now without enduring excruciating pain.  That’s all for now…

Another pretty good day

Following another decent night’s sleep (thanks again, Benadryl!), I had a pretty good day.  My stitches aren’t itching that much today.  However they do feel odd.  They feel almost like I’m cramping along them.

Feeling pretty good

Given the circumstances, I’m feeling pretty good today.  I’m wondering if it was the good night’s sleep that really helped.  And, in other news, Zyrtec doesn’t really help with the itching. 🙁