I say good, because today, after a couple harder ones, it IS.
On Thursday I weaned down to 30 mgs/day of Pred, which is exactly half of what I started on back in late January and MAN did I feel it, both in the extreme fatigue dept, (felt like I had been hit by at least a Smart car, for two days). Then there was the returned pain--in the the knees, (osteoarthritis), due surely to the ultimate anti-inflammatory drug that is Prednisone, decreasing in the ole system. Was creeping around like Mr. Magoo for many hours of the last two days.
Coupled with the physical down-ness of these past two days were the results of the latest blood tests I got back on Saturday. Not good. And by not good I mean a decreased kidney filtration rate enough to put my beans squarely back in the Stage 4 Kidney Disease saddle. The other kidney-related numbers too were worse than that last test.
I can't lie and say that seeing those numbers didn't bum me out, but on the upside, at least all the electrolytes are still well within normal ranges and the lymphocytes too haven't taken any major hits since last time.
It must also be noted, (and thanks, P for doing so), that considering I'm on so much LESS prednisone, the fact that my kidney health is not much worse than it is is a positive.
I must also factor in that the previous tests that showed such improvement were done quite soon after a chemo session and this one last time, was done over two weeks since the last chemo. No doubt, the next blood tests will fair better as they'll be done soon(er) after this Tuesday's coming chemo day.
All in all, I'm just real glad to at least so far today, (and it IS only noon), to be feeling pretty good and mostly painless.
Guess I just wanted to check in and share the ____news as of late.
Here's a pic of my bro's dog Bartly, simply because I love that sweet bastard and this pic makes me smile:
Funny as I've been more voracious than ever lately, hungry like the wolf MUCH more than I was back on 60 mgs of Prednisone/day. Good thing I tend to snack on stuff like roasted green beans and rice cakes and berries.
It's great to be keeping active each day too, with long, fast Tony-walks. It's important to strike when the iron's hot in the mornings when the Pred is still in my system.
Met a whole bunch of great dogs while hoofin' it 'round the river today. I even met a charming English-speaking Dutch woman while on the trails and we exchanged numbers. The walks are as good for the spirit as they are for the ole ticker.
Oh, and in that dept, my blood pressure for the last month has been STELLAR. Readings like 110/65@55bpm IN THE BED and BEFORE the meds of the day taken are the norm now and that's great to see. My ankles have never been slimmer too. Didn't realize there were so many bones in those things until now and I see clearly that they WERE very puffed up for a long time before the hospital crisis too.
Living, learning and healing.
'N that's all she wrote...