Monday, February 25, 2013

Kidney Update

Last week, I had an appointment with my nephrologists. My nephrologists is three hours away and on the way down there I started to wonder if I should find a new one closer, but once I got there I remembered why I keep going there. My doctor is great and I don’t feel like he tries to scoot me out quickly. The down side was that I was by far the youngest person in the waiting room and old people stink. I’m sure you’re not interested in my stories about the others that were in the waiting room, so I will move to the good stuff- my latest kidney numbers.

I’m always nervous to go to these appointments for fear that I am going to hear horrible results from the 10 tubes of blood that were drawn. I’m so excited to tell you that my results were really great. I’m really excited about my good results. So here it is: my kidney function came up 8 points! I’m pretty excited to have improvement. My creatine is finally below 2 again- 1.89 J My bun was within normal range too- I’ve not seen it this low in a long time, actually  I don’t remember it ever being within normal range. Last time my potassium was high but it’s also now normal, which I was really surprised about because I have been eating a lot of high potassium foods.

I’m really amazed that my numbers are finally starting to improve, I keep trying to figure out if I have done something that might help but I can’t think of a thing. I have been eating a lot of junk food- potato chips, pickles, cookies, hamburgers, fast food. I had gone gluten and dairy free but I didn’t notice too much of a change and so about 2 months ago I started eating normal again. The only thing that may have helped has been our new water filter. Well, and lots of prayer too, I think that’s the biggest difference.

Mark 9:23-24 “‘If you can [help us]’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Recently, my pastor preached on these verses, and for the entire story go here: In summary, the boy’s father had asked his disciples to heal his son, but they were unable to. I’m sure that he was disappointed when they were unable to, so when he saw Jesus he asked Jesus if he could heal his son. That’s when Jesus proclaims that Everything is possible for one who believes. I really felt like I could relate to the father when he asked Jesus to help him overcome his unbelief. To me, what stands out is that he did believe, but maybe he felt it was TOO big for God. I know that I often feel like some stuff is too big for God, but Jesus reminded him that EVERYTHING is possible when we believe. I’ve been praying a lot that God would help my faith grow, to help me overcome me unbelief. It’s been pretty cool too, because as I pray for others and I see God work in their life in BIG ways, it encourages me that God is also going to be able to do great things in my life too, and He is.