Healthwise, it was a challenge for me. I had a sore throat with a slight cough when we left. It seemed to be getting better and I had cultured it twice at work and found no bacterial pathogens. On our second night there, I woke with a cough that was burning in my chest. The next morning, I went to an urgent care site. I was diagnosed with bronchitis and given a prescription for a Z-pac. This seemed to help and I never had the burning sensation again. I hoped to get back to normal soon. I got better, but never really all the way. I was still coughing and a little tired. I didn't miss too many activities except for the later night ones.
One night we went out for dinner to a barbecue rib place. Inside there was a showcase and more pig memorabilia than I have ever seen (except at home). It was like a museum and I just loved it!
We came home on Friday. We had 7 people and for awhile, a dog in our car. It was actually quite fun. I worked on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, I woke up with no voice at all. Another throat culture showed only normal flora. I went over 7 days with no voice. I was the butt of many jokes. It is finally coming back, but slowly. Even now I am scratchy and sometimes just run out voice. But, I can communicate, pay back, and kind of make phone calls. I'm back to gargling with anything google might suggest. I have tried hydrogen peroxide, mouthwash, vinegar, and salt water. No success. I feel fine otherwise which makes resting difficult if not impossible. Its summer and there are just too many options. My BGs are affected only a little. I am taking 7 units of Lantus instead of my normal 6 units.
On another front, Dr. Bellin has decided that I should see a Nephrologist. My creatinine and bun levels have been fluctuating too much. I have been noticing some ankle swelling and that my urinary habits are different lately. So, I know that its a wise thing to check it more closely. I have an appointment at the end of next month.
In the meantime, I am anticipating my 3 YEAR anniversary of my transplant and my trip to Minnesota for my final clinic visit. I am hoping to see many of the people that I have met during these last wonderful 3 years of this experience.