I'm glad I always carry tissues.
I couldn't help but get to leaking upon reading this last batch of regularly scheduled blood test results this morning, just outside the lab, avec-Lab.
These ones were for the usual kidney, CBC, 'lytes, etc. and all ((except for the beans)), are NORMAL. Some barely so, but still, normal. WOOOT! #1
Even though the kidney tests are all of course, far from normal, I gotta share that the GFR, (beans' filtration rate), is now up to a magnificent 42! I do believe that is the highest it has ever been. BEAN! ;) WOOOOOT! #2
And here's what poked me in the tear-ducts:
The ANCA (the type of antibodies related to the disease), titer, (meaning a dilution), is but ONE AWAY FROM BEING NEGATIVE!!! WOOOOOOT! #3
When titers come out positive, (even on the cusp like mine is), they test further, to see what types of proteins the sample's comprised of. In my case (P-ANCA), they test for MP0, (myeloperoxidase) and PR3 (proteinase 3) levels.
What I really want to share with vous, is that my levels are negative and so damned low, they're practically ZERO!
'K, one of 'em, but still--I believe that's theeeee lowest they have EVER been and there's yet another WOOOOOT!
Above is a snap of them, in all their marvelous mini-glory. (Norms on the right.)
Another recent sweet step: yesterday, for the first time in over two years, I actually walked our dog a good 3+km's, after FIVE PM! And with NO painkillers involved.
I am most greedily savoring some deeeelicious progress pie ova he'eee.
Sure, I still lose mass-chi in the afternoons and the daily thoracic pain is ongoing and I creak around like a lil granny in the evenings--and sure, I'm often zonked out by 8pm but dammit, Jims, things are really, notably changing.
Just in time with the Spring.
It's a slow and narrow, pot-holed road, this #%*^+$~ MPA, but after a while, it becomes paved in more and more places and I'm looking forward to burning some serious rubber, (in the morning, likely ; ), on ever lengthening strips of blacktop.
Like a lil red Barchetta.
Though, I'd prefer a horse, actually.