Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Kidney Saga part 24

The blood draw was painless on Monday, with one of those techs who really knew what she was up to. Getting a urine sample is always harder, but it happened. Eventually.

Family members arrived later in the day, as promised, and I was able to get up and talk a little. Inkwell was curious but not overburdened by them. He seems to be accepting of the extra human slaves we bring in for temporary help.

I didn't spend a lot of time upright, but I got some family time in along with rest time.

Tuesday morning was going to be a little test. I wanted to get up and shower and then go to the Department of Licensing to renew my driver's license, but I wasn't sure I'd have the energy. I didn't. Family members got themselves dressed and up and went on an excursion while I rested further. In the afternoon, I had some energy and managed to shower. Then my sister took me to the DoL and we did the thing, so now I can legally drive again for another six years. Although I suspect it will be a few months before I'm behind a wheel again.

The woman taking care of me at the DoL was extremely kind and made the process as quick as possible. Fortunately, I was still in the grace period and so the whole thing just took a few minutes once my number was called. And since it's a small-ish office, the line was short. Not bad at all.

The trip took a lot out of me, and to be honest I wasn't sure I'd be able to handle two trips outside the house in two days. Well, tomorrow is another day, since I have an appointment with the lupus specialist tomorrow afternoon. So I hope I can build up a little endurance. It did feel good to get out and walk, even if it wasn't entirely comfortable.

So now I wait until tomorrow's appointment and see what the blood tells the doctors. In roughly 24 hours we may have to make some hard decisions... or I may get lucky and the numbers will have turned for the better. Tots and pears for me, everyone.

Full Kidney Saga