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06:35 pm: Back to Stage 3 GFR!
I got the results from yesterday's labs, and the non-kidney labs are fine, and a lot of the kidney labs have moved close to normal range -- values that we wouldn't even have mentioned last year. I'm still spilling protein like crazy and my PTH is too high (so maybe more vitamin D), but my GFR is back to Stage 3 -- the nice middle stage where I've been for years. Not quite as high as it was, but much better than it's been.

I did too much yesterday -- besides carrying recycling back and forth between the van and the dumpsters, I sat up at the computer without moving for five hours, and banged my gouty big toe twice. When the alarm went off today, I hurt like crazy trying to turn over. I did eventually get it off and pain meds taken, and went back to sleep for a couple of hours.

I'm starting to pick out fabric for winter pants and I'm having trouble finding three values in the same fabric: 98-100% cotton, interlock (heavier weight), and color. I'm matching existing tops, so I have to have the color. I get rashes with polyester, so I think it's the heavier weight I'll have to give up. That means t-shirt weight for pants. I'll keep looking for a while, but I've spent hours on it over the last couple of weeks.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 13th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
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That sounds like quite a lot of good news.
Good luck with the fabric. I wish I could think of a source, but I tend to buy only cotton or maybe linen and that's not helpful.
Take good care,
Doris
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From:mjlayman
Date:August 13th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
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Yes, everything of mine is 100% cotton except a few things with 2% lycra to give them a bit of stretch. I don't have problems with the lycra. If I wanted something polyester, I could get the color and weight without any problem.
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From:kaffyr
Date:August 14th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
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I'm pleased to hear what appears to be some good medical news (although I'm going to have to Google for what GFR is. Heh.) If you were going to go for the heavier weight cotton, to what colors does that limit you?
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From:mjlayman
Date:August 14th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
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Glomeruler Filtration Rate -- essentially whether the kidneys are doing what they're supposed to. It's divided into five stages, each of which gets smaller ranges as they get worse, so when you're in stage four, you're much closer to stage five, which is renal failure. I've been there twice before (1987 & 1990) and don't want to do it again.

Well, so far, the colors have been things like yellow and orange and teal and so forth. I've found all the colors I need (two purples, red, black, white, green, two blues) in t-shirt weight, and I'll talk to the seamstress about it because I think the pants I'm replacing may be the lighter weight, but she did suggest the heavier weight.
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From:mjlayman
Date:August 14th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
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I should have said that I want cotton knit for winter -- I could have gotten the colors I wanted in twill, but it's not as warm.
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From:soon_lee
Date:August 14th, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
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Values moving in the right direction is excellent news.
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From:mjlayman
Date:August 14th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
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Yes, thanks!
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From:agent_mimi
Date:August 14th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
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Good news on the test results!
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From:mjlayman
Date:August 14th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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