Its a new year, and decade, and a good time to take a look back at the highlight of this adventure.
From January to March, not much, and that was a good thing. Everything was as running perfectly smooth.
In March, I switched my immunosuppressant regimen from Raptiva/Rapamune to Cellcept/Prograf. That caused a few variables to fluctuate. I had a difficult time adjusting to the new drugs. My stomach was in almost constant distress. I learned to take fiber pills and to rely on immodium. I still do.
In July, I developed a fever and fatigue which was later diagnosed to be CMV. I began taking an antiviral and it gradually got better. It is gone now and hopefully for good. At the same time, my opthamologist discovered a cotton-wool spot on one of my retinas. After a few visits to a retina specialist, that too is gone and hopefully for good.
During all of this, my blood sugars were rising. Not badly, but enough to worry me. My one year visit to Minneapolis was in July. Dr. Hering assured me that they would come back to normal. They did. It was a good lesson to learn of patience.
In November, I had my first cold. Thank you son, Gary. But it was never severe, no fever, and didn't last long. It also was a good lesson in patience. It is a relief to know that I can fight that kind of thing off on my own.
As for now, I still have my stomach issues. They come and go, but are always with me. At first, I gave up coffee, but just recently with the cold weather, I have been trying to drink it again. I am finding that half and half helps to mellow its effect on my stomach. Unfortunately, now I can't drink pop. I always had a pop with lunch and really enjoyed it. But now, after just a few sips, my stomach feels very irritated. I fought it for awhile, but have given up for now. Maybe when the weather gets warm I will try it again.
My drug levels of my immunosuppressants continue to fluctuate. It is probably partly because I take them with meals instead of on an empty stomach, but I feel so much better this way. My blood sugars are still a little higher than they have been at their best, but not enough to worry about. I have learned some patience. See above.
One of the things that I have accomplished this year is to find and keep in contact with other islet cell recipients or people who are interested in the subject. These people are so valuable when it comes to comparing experiences and sharing information. Because of the influence of some of these people, I have contacted the JDRF to see if I can help. Later this month, the JDRF newsletter is going to have a story about my experience that I will be writing soon. I hope that it will just be the beginning.
Thanks to all my family and friends for your continuing interest and support. Have a wonderful 2010.