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    Re: Happy Birthdays Thread

    Happy Birthday Anne!
    Hope you have a great day and a year of good health.
  2. Re: First Rituxan for Relapse - Check! Thanks everyone!

    Hi Kim,
    Glad the RTX infusion went well, especially after slowing it down and giving you a different antihistamine.
    I think you're correct with the 2-3 month period before RTX starts working, but...
  3. Thread: Transplant

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    Re: Transplant

    Latest blood results were really good. Kidney function has risen 2% to 38%.
    From mid April I had constant declining kidney function for 3 months and was concerned I maybe rejecting my kidney. But...
  4. Re: Wegeners/GPA for 41 years - Transplant for 25 - Having a Relapse

    Welcome Kim (and thanks for tagging me in Alysia),

    41 years is great, especially with kidney involvement!

    It's very helpful to read that lowering your anti-rejection meds may have caused the...
  5. Thread: Transplant

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    Re: Transplant

    Latest results show kidney function has stayed the same at 36%. I'm happy with that, as on the odd occasion when I've had an improvement (like the last result), the following test result has shown a...
  6. Thread: Transplant

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    Re: Transplant

    Just a quick update.
    There was a delay in receiving my latest blood test results, but I'm happy to report my kidney function has improved slightly (by 1%, to 36%). It's not a big improvement, but...
  7. Thread: Transplant

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    Re: Transplant

    It's hard to say. I'm still having good days where I definitely have more energy than before the transplant. But my bad days seem even worse than before transplant.
    There is the possibility that my...
  8. Thread: Transplant

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    Re: Transplant

    As mentioned in my last post, after weeks and weeks of a slow decline in kidney function, I eventually had a 4% increase, which we thought was due to a change in dose of my anti-rejection drug.

    I...
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    Re: Happy Birthdays Thread

    Happy Birthday Phil and Barbara (and my wife who also shares their birthday). I would have liked to tell you all about my successful kidney transplant, but I guess you were already there with me...
  10. Thread: Transplant

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    Re: Transplant

    I'm sorry for any worry caused by not updating as frequently as usually. My blood results from the last day I updated (June 19th) showed still no improvement of kidney function, but thankfully, no...
  11. Thread: Transplant

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    Re: Transplant

    Hi Alysia,
    My kidney function has continued to decline 1-2% evey couple of weeks. I've also had much less energy last week or so.

    I saw one of the specialists today and they think that it's due...
  12. Thread: Transplant

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    Re: Transplant

    I suspect that many results may be falsely high if you're dehydrated. After all less water in your body/blood will lead to higher concentration of most things.

    My swelling went down a lot on the...
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    Re: Transplant

    Hi Alysia,
    I thought I'd wrote an update, but mustn't have (must be the Pred playing it's mind tricks).

    The Ultrasound showed good blood flow in kidney and bladder was good. The area where the...
  14. Thread: Transplant

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    Re: Transplant

    Just a quick update.

    My blood results showed a tiny 1% reduction in kidney function last week. Not happy that it's another drop in function, but it was so small drs aren't concerned. In fact I've...
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    Non-identical organ swap

    I first became aware of paired/pooled organ donation during my transplant work up. This was for the purpose of swapping kidneys around between donors and recipients making matches for living...
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    Re: Azathioprine - Mycophenolate mofetil

    Hi Angela,
    I was started on Cyclophosphamide and prednisolone, but couldn't tolerate Cyclo. I was moved on to pred and Azathioprine and this worked well for many years.
    But after my last...
  17. Thread: Transplant

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    Re: Transplant

    I don't think the decrease in pred is directly related to the decline in function. But if the decline in function is due to rejection, then the pred would have been helping to stop the rejection and...
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    Re: Transplant

    Had my weekly appointment yesterday.
    The good news is that I can drop pred from 10mg/day to 7.5mg.
    I won't call the other news "bad news" as it's only a small drop in kidney function (42 - 40) and...
  19. Thread: Went to duke

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    Re: Went to duke

    Hi Masha,
    Even when I'm in remission and not on any immunosuppressive treatment, I almost always have a mild chest infection and cold symptoms. My pulmonologist started me on bactrim, but stopped it...
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    Re: Went to duke

    So pleased you've found a Wegener's expert that seems to care and take time to listen.
    She sounds very thorough.

    Has she come up with a solution to the pred problems?
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    Re: Happy Birthdays Thread

    Happy Birthday Natrice!
  22. Thread: Transplant

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    Re: Transplant

    Blood tests today showed kidney function still stable at 42%, so looks like whatever caused the previous dip is in the past now. :thumbup:
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    Re: Transplant

    The stent came out earlier today. :thumbsup:
    I watched the video feed while the nurse "fished around" for the stent. It was a bit tricky to grab as the stent had managed to to lie completely flat...
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    Re: Just diagnosed from Queensland Australia

    Sorry for the belated welcome Rob. I think you first posted around 5 days before my kidney transplant, so probably had my head elsewhere.
    Got to echo what others have said - your fairly early...
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    Re: Your personal experiences in treatment?

    Cawcawcaw, it's going to be very difficult to assess how quickly you personally will be able to return to a somewhat normal work routine based on other's experiences (but still worthwhile asking)....
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