Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Part 2: What’s in a hospital day?

Continuing from 8:00am…

-Usually, my doctors come in at some point in the morning to update me/pep talk me/warn me about side effects of things I’m on, etc. Today, more good news! My creatinine levels went from 8.1 to 7.2. I had sort of been hoping to skip the 7’s and go straight to 6’s, but I got a patience peptalk today. I am improving they assure me – my levels are 40% better than when I was admitted, but I guess kidneys can’t just shrink overnight. So here I am on day 6, trying to be patient, knowing that this is only half over. And that is just the hospital stay.

I also received a bit of a reprimand from the doctors. Apparently, I have too many visitors and they aren’t happy about that. SO even though I LOVE it when people come, I think it’d be best if you call before you come so I can make sure no one else is going to be here and that it’s a good time. My cell is 8322-4400 and I have it with me at all times. So don’t necessarily not come, just call first por favor!

- After my doctors left this morning, I finally got to eat breakfast. Then I use the restroom. They measure exactly how much I pee every single time, and compare it to my strict 2000 ml drink rule for the day. They are measuring input vs. output to see how my kidneys are doing I guess. I miss the days of just going to the bathroom (alone) like a normal person!

- The nurse then gave me some pills, did my blood pressure, added some things to the i.v., etc, and then I felt tired again and fell back to sleep! When I woke up, lunch was here. It’s nice to feel a little more rested. I didn’t even feel hungry yet, so I waited an hour to eat. My mom and I tried to find something on tv, but all we can find is the welcoming ceremony of the Chinese president to the White House. I guess he will be in the States for the next 4 days. Once we get tired of that, we move on to the fish channel. Eventually, we just turn it off. Everyday I hope to watch Price is Right, but I always miss it. Maybe tomorrow, right?

- Kristina, my sister-in-law, is having her baby today! In the same hospital! The original plan was for Chase & I to watch Beckett (my nephew) for them while they were at the hospital, but I got selfish and decided I would just have my hospital stay at the same time. I do feel terrible about this, but my mom is going to to be able to help some, so I feel better about that! They don’t know if they’re having a boy or girl – I’m kind of thinking another boy, but we’ll see!

- I have 2 new prayer requests: The first is for patience, which keeps being a theme of advice from doctors, friends, etc. I think I’ll be learning about patience in all new ways and I can’t say that I’m too excited about that yet. The second is for my legs. I pretty much have “hospital bed legs”. I am super shaky (even in bed) due to all the meds, and this doesn’t aid in the balance/walking area. Dr. Aragón says the bed is “bad, bad, bad” and I need to get up and stretch my legs 4 or 5 times a day, but that can be challenging when I have to be plugged into the wall for the i.v. machines. So pray that I can get up on my feet more, the swelling in my legs will go down, and that I can get to the point where I am comfortable walking and standing again!

Thanks for keeping up with the blog, and for praying for me! Continue to pray for the kidneys that couldn’t, but hopefully can again soon!


  1. Hi Julie, Miranda Brown is so interesting to read your posts as they are so similar to what I experienced when I was in the hospital with my kidney issues. I know how difficult it was with all of the steroids they were giving me (not to mention the 40 POUNDS of water weight I gained in the time I was there) to get up and walk around. The puffy face, hands, feet, etc were all so uncomfortable. The seemingly endless beeping, blood draws, pills, and medical terminology seemed overwhelming at times! I will continue to keep you in my prayers and am so happy to see that your #'s are continuing to decrease without needing dialysis!

  2. Sweet Julie, I love your blogs! Thank you for taking the time to update us with a personal point of view. You really look too good to be in the hospital! I only wish your body was doing as well! Prayers are constantly going before the Throne on your behalf. Enjoy the time with your mom and try to relish this time of rest in your life. God sometimes incapacitates us so that we can spend more time with Him.
    Tell Chase I lol'd at his hanging your clothes blog! Y'all are nothing if not entertaining!
    Know how much you are loved and prayed for.

  3. Well, at least they (the doctors) haven't tried to shut down the "visitations" you can give and receive through the computer. Thanks for keeping up your part of the conversation! Don't think for a minute that you have to get out of the hospital to continue ministry. You're an encouragement to us all! Love and prayers.


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