If this is your first visit to Michele Needs a Kidney, welcome! I was keeping people updated about my health on a Caringbridge site, but found that I needed more flexibility in my posts. So I’ve started this WordPress site instead.
A year ago at this time, I was lying in a hospital bed in the middle of my living room, with my dialysis machine to my right and a commode to my left. I had fallen and fractured my pelvis. There were boxes, furniture and stuff everywhere. I had just emptied two rooms in anticipation of finishing the hardwood floors, so to say that the house was in disarray is an understatement. It was really depressing to stare at all that stuff, helplessly, knowing that my renovations on the house were at a complete standstill. But a year later, I’ve healed very well and I’ve finished all the floors, including the stairs. I also installed a new banister, which really transformed the living room. I’m very happy with the renovations, but more than anything, I’m happy to be done with it all for now.
As far as my health is concerned I’ve continued to do well at my doctor visits. I asked for a scan of my abdomen to see how big my kidneys an liver really are, and I was not surprised to learn that my left kidney is 18 centimeters long, and my right kidney is 15 centimeters long. A normal kidney is closer to 7 centimeters! My stomach is huge as a result, and having fluid in there on most days makes me feel like I’m 8 months pregnant! Thank goodness no one has ever said anything to me about it…my hair is just too white, and people probably just think I’ve gained a few pounds. But clothes are not fitting that well, and yoga is almost impossible! The other thing I learned from the scan is that my left kidney is causing a mild collapse in my left lung. I am not short of breath on most days…but at night when I have 2 liters of fluid dwelling in my abdomen, I am breathing more shallow for sure.
That’s about it for now. I hope with this new site that I will be writing more. I enjoy the process, and people seem to like it too.
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