Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Turn the Page

I saw Bob Seger over the weekend, and he was fantastic!  He has always been my favorite and seeing him perform in person is really a thrill.

The title happens to be my favorite song of his and its how I feel about what is going on with my health story these days.  I feel like I am constantly waiting to turn the page to see what happens next.

I'm having tests for the presence of the BK virus weekly for awhile.  It seems to be going in the right direction.

           Serum BK            Urine BK      Creatinine
2/15     undetected             5.2                 1.8

2/22     less than 2.6          4.5                 1.8

3/1                                   4.2                1.9

I'm concerned that my creatinine has increased, but haven't heard that I need to decrease my immunosuppression.

I also had my C-peptide tested.  My blood sugars have been surprisingly good and both doctors ordered C-peptide to check on my islet function.  They have showed an increase.

                             Fasting                  Post-prandial
July                       0.14                       1.59

September              0.87                       1.49

March                    0.37                       2.17

normal C-peptide is 0.9 to 6.9

This is an interesting reflexion of what I am seeing on my pump statistics.  I still need some basal insulin to keep me from going too high.  But, I need much less bolus insulin.  I'm getting some help from my islets in controlling the increase seen after I eat.  I'm using about 9.5 units of insulin/day now.  83% is basal and 17% is from boluses.


Scott K. Johnson said...

More c-peptide is a great sign! Yay!

Looks like a fun concert - I'm glad you went and had a good time.

Kathy said...

Thanks, Scott.

A little Bob Seger could only be therapeutic for me!
I'm very pleased with the C-peptide too. Its a good sign of healthy islets and a healthier me.

Karen said...

I'm glad things seem to continue to be heading in the right direction!! And I'm so excited to see you in a few days!!!! :)