I have been doing dialysis over a month for acute kidney failure. Each day labs have been reviewed and checked for progress and each day my kidneys were still not functioning. During the last week, the labs indicated my kidneys were showing signs of waking up. Thursday’s dialysis was postponed followed by Friday’s and Saturday’s. On Sunday, right after viewing church on line, the kidney doctor came in and announced my kidneys had improved enough I no longer needed dialysis. All at once, I smiled, clapped my hands, and my eyes filled with tears of profound gratitude. I was overwhelmed by the positive impact it would have on my plans to come home. However, I still have a big obstacle yet to overcome in healing my severe pressure wounds. This and physical therapy will be my main focus as I look toward discharge. Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers. They’re working! Love, Lisa
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I wanted to give a short update on the progress I've made and the long road ahead to recovery. My heart rate has improved as well as some critical lab numbers. I’m off of all IV medicine, too. I go to dialysis three times a week because my kidneys still aren't functioning. This is the biggest barrier to going home as I need to have the strength to sit in the chair for four hours. This is difficult because I have severe pressure sores on my bottom. I'll require several months of inpatient rehab and we are unsure where that will be. Sometimes I feel hopeless but I'm determined to find bits of beauty and slices of joy amidst the pain. Some days are better than others so I have to remember to be kind to myself and trust that God is writing my story.
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I’ve graduated out of the ICU (again!). I’m now in a slow holding pattern of waiting for my kidneys to heal and start functioning and also work with physical therapists to regain some of my strength. This last part, physical therapy, is exactly that. It is very physical, taxing my energy to the limit, and is sometimes painful. But I push myself to follow the therapist’s instructions as I know whatever gains I make will assure a better future. My day consists of many visits by medical professionals. They come in one at a time, in pairs or in groups. There always seems to be a line at my door. Your cards, flowers, and facebook comments lift my spirits each day. Many times, it has been your support that I have needed to keep me going. Thank you! Love, Lisa