I dialyzed last night so that I could take my dialysis bloodwork with me to the hospital. After dropping my bloods off, it was off to the medical imaging department where I got a chest x-ray. The chest x-ray was quick. After that, I knew that I had to do an abdominal ultrasound, so I decided to keep my very stylish hospital gown on and throw my cardigan on top.
The abdominal ultrasound took about 35 minutes. The lady who was doing my ultrasound had another gentleman sitting with her. I cannot remember if he is going to be an ultrasound tech himself, or if he's in med school, etc. Either way, they were both nice. The only problem was the fact that she was talking/explaining things to him, and time was slowly ticking away for the crossmatch/tissue typing tests I had to do with my brother. By the time all was said and done with the ultrasound, it was EXACTLY 10am, the same time as my appointment in bloodwork.
I checked my blackberry and saw a message from my brother. I told him I was on my way. I rushed down there and met my brother. We waited for our tests. He got his done first. I did mine second-I also got and ECG done. I came back out and said goodbye to my bro. One more appointment to go- Transplant Coordinator.
I went up to see the Transplant Coordinator- yep, it was 10:58am and my appointment was supposed to be at 11am. We chatted for about 45 minutes and went through the "all you need to know about kidney transplants" book. Enlightening..!
As tired as I was, I met up with a friend for lunch. I'm glad I did...lunch was delicious, albeit the burger was way too big. But, the service was great.
When I got home, one of my home hemo nurses called me. Why did my hemoglobin drop from two months ago, in the 120's (or 12.0) to 100 (or 10) down to 74 (7.4)?? No wonder why I feel exhausted all the time :( I've been told to increase my aranesp intake to every 5 days instead of every 7 days. We'll see what happens...