February 18, 2011

A transplant update

A'salaamu alaikum ya'll. It will be my 9 year transplant anniversary on March 6. However the past couple of weeks my creatnine has been steadily rising. I went in for a biopsy yesterday (NOT like a skin biopsy, this is invasive and it hurts!!!) and my nephrologist (kidney dr) called me this morning.

He said I am having a rejection episode but alhamdulillah a fairly mild one. There is also scarring present from this past year of infections. The more detailed pathology report will not be available until next week sometime for me to know if my original disease is back or not.

Besides my creatnine rising (which is a measure of kidney function) my hematocrit level has dropped. This measures your redblood cell portion of the blood which carries oxygen to all your body parts. So I am also becoming anemic which is just another proof of the rejection and harm my kidney is experiencing.

I'll be starting on a hugely high dose of prednisone to try and get this under control and insha'Allah reclaim some of my lost function. I hate prednisone. I get grouchy, emotional and I swell horribly. My face will look almost unrecognizable, my legs and feet will be so swollen it will hurt to stand. Insha'Allah it works.

I also have stomach issues so if these huge doses of prednisone hurt me too much I'll have to go to the hospital to get iv prednisone. I am afraid I will have to as just my tiny regular dose of that medicine causes me alot of pain.

Sisters, please make dua for me that Allah gives me shifa and helps me do everything in my power to take care of my kidney.

Jazakum Allahu khair... Oh and I might not post for a week or so; just hang tight and keep me in your duaat!!!!! Ma salaama...


HijabiMommy said...

Oh my. Sis you will definitely be in my duaas. When you don't post for a few days, I get worried about you. I am so glad I came upon your blog that one fateful day. :)

Insha'allah everything will go well. Read Surah Fatiha, as there is a lot of shifa in that surah. And think positive!

Sending lots of love and duaas your way!

Rene´s Bare Essentials said...

salaam alaikum hun,

I never realized you had a kidney transplant. InshaAllah everything will be fine and your health will be restored. I will definitely keep you in my duas!
My mom has MS and was on prednisone for awhile and also hated it =(
What helps me get through difficult times is to remember the reward from Allah if we are patient and put our trust in him.

Umm Hamza said...

Salamtik ya Umm Aaminah. Of course you'll be in my thoughts and prayers, may Allah help ease your pain and make this phase successful. And may He reward you greatly for your trial, Ameen. I always look forward to reading your posts, so get well soon, and hurry back, beithnillah. ;-)

Umm Aaminah said...

Jazakum allahu khair for all your kind words! Alhamdulillah I do not tend to dwell on the negative; even before I was Muslim my outlook was, well... this is my life, it's what I got, like it or not, might as well make the best of it. :-)

So insha'allah this time IF I am losing the kidney, I feel I will be even better able to cope because I have the assurance that nothing happens to me without Allah's permission.

Mona Z said...

Umm Aaminah, you are in my duaas. Take care of yourself and take it easy. I know it's tough with little ones but accept help and inshaAllah you are feeling good soon.

umm luqman said...

Assalamu alaikum sister, Insha'allah you will be in my dua. May Allah ta'ala grant you shifa, remove your pain, and grant you strength ameen.

Umm Aaminah said...

Salaam sisters. Jazakum Allahu khair for all your kind thoughts and most importantly, duaat! Insha'Allah this course of prednisone will be effective and I'll regain at least some of my lost function, wa allahu alim.

Ma salaama....

Sabirah said...


I will definitely keep you in my du'a. May Allah (swt) bring you to the best of health. Ameen. Stay strong.