Monday, February 14, 2011
They have our blood...
Today Murray, Ashlea and I had blood taken for cross matching to see if one of us is a good match to give Ashlea a kidney.
Neither Murray nor I are particularly good with blood tests, so when we saw how many vials they needed from each of us we nearly fainted on the spot. That picture above is the vials required for one person.
We had an amazing blood collector (Bernadette for those who go to CHW) who got the needle into the right spot the first time on all of us. Murray has good veins so he was all done in under 5 minutes. Even Ashlea only took about 10 minutes. Of course my veins are crap and kept collapsing so I ended up having 6 blood draws over about 40 minutes to be able to get the whole amount. The good news is that no one fainted, although Murray and I were both close and had to come home and have a lie down (and at one point the nurse made a volunteer stand behind me during the collection 'just in case'). Ashlea is much tougher than both of us and was back to her usual self within 5 minutes.
Now for the hard part - waiting for the results. We were told it will take 2 - 3 weeks. You all know that patience is not a virtue of mine so this part won't be easy.
Ashlea also had her regular blood work done today which showed her creatinine is still on the rise - I was kind of hoping it would have stabilised.
Creatinine: 341 (high)
Urea: 16 (high)
Hb: 129 (normal)
Sodium: 142 (normal)
Potassium: 4.2 (normal)
Since this time last year her creatinine has gone from 210 to 246, then 277 and now 341.
When her creatinine rose to 277 in December that pushed her GFR down to 13. I think this last rise pushes it down to around 10. Definitely end stage renal failure now.
The numbers don't lie.
Transplant here we come.