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  • Kidney tx 2007. First time labs marked Immature Granuloctyes as HIGH, Anyone had this before? not sure what it means.

    • As I understand the definition, an increased level of Immature Granulocytes is an very early warning marker used to identify any possible start of an infection or inflammation in the blood (presence/increase of white blood cells younger than 7 days old.)  Much like creatinine levels, in that, a high reading would warrant attention, yet is not used alone, rather in comparison with more than one result to determine actions.  It is an important tool/measure, particularly for those who are immunosuppressed.   I left links below to better explain.

      IG count - NIH

      IG count - What is it

      Revisiting the white blood cell count: immature granulocytes count as a diagnostic marker to discri…
      Sepsis is a serious disease condition and a major cause of intensive care unit (ICU) admission. Its diagnosis in critically ill patients is complicat…
  • My kidney is twelve years old from my brother back in 2005 but now my creatine levels r 290 I'm scared it's failing
    • Hi Teresa

      What has your Tx nephrologist said about the rise in Creatinine and has your level been steadily rising over time?  Issues arise that affect this level even years after the original operation.  I had a similar run with my first Tx, which lasted a number of years after a steady rise brought my average level to 2.6.  My nephrologist guided me through the remaining life of the the Tx, preparing me to receive another, which, as it turned out, to be better with an easier recovery than my first.

      The addition of Sodium Bicarbonate has been shown to extend the function of Txs, in some cases.  It is my hope your condition is a temporary issue and you are able to recover , but  if you need another Tx, know that surgical techniques and after care has advanced greatly, making it easier for the recipient to resume their life.

      Perhaps a frank discussion is in order with you Tx team about what lies ahead and when to begin any process to receive another Tx.  Knowing is better than guessing and this would help in planning, rather than fearing the future.

  • My 20 year old daughter received a kidney almost 7 weeks ago through the paired exchange. She has been doing very well. However, 3 weeks after the transplant her creatinine shot up to 1.7. She was admitted back into the hospital and put on IV fluids over night. By the time we left the hospital the next day it was back down to 1.2. We assume she just wasn't drinking enough. It has fluctuated between 1.2 to 1.3 ever since. She had a blood test last Monday and it was 1.25, and she had another on Friday and it was 1.35. Her coordinator wants her to get another blood test tomorrow. I get so worried when this happens. My daughter is calm, and never worries She also saw an urologist last week to make sure that her bladder isn't affecting her kidney function. She hasn't been fully emptying it. She has a test scheduled in June to rule out any problems along those lines, but the urologist doesn't think there will be any problem. My question is, is this all normal for the first few months after transplant? I get so fixated on the creatinine level. I wish it were just in the normal range and woud stay there. I panic every time it goes up. What have other people experienced? Also are there any other parents out there who have had a child go through this? She's not a little kid, but she's not totally an adult yet either, and we are having a real tug of war about me being on top of her to drink and what not, and her telling me she's got it all covered. Thank you for any advice.
  • Hi, has anyone here received a kidney transplant while having an ileostomy?
  • Hi everybody,

    I am just over a cold that lasted 5 weeks. I am almost 5 months post tx. My WBC count dropped from 3.5 to 1.9. It is slowly increasing to 2.1,however my neutrophil count keeps lowering to 0.8 now. I just had my first dose of Neupogen and they cut my Cellcept dose to 250 mg twice a day. I am small and only weigh 98 lbs. I also take Tacro 2mg twice a day. No steroids. They are rechecking labs and also CMV tomorrow. I am nervous. Has anyone experienced this? I'm sure someone has. What if the CMV is positive? Has anyone been treated without having to be hospitalized? I have no symptoms. I'm new at this and having anxiety. Thanks to all and God Bless.

  •  Does anyone know if your kidney Fails do they just put you back on the kidney list? Or do you go back to dialysis?

    • I know they will put you back on the list, depending on the degree of failure you might go back on dialysis
    • I can relate my experience, though it is just that, others may be different.  I had a Tx that lasted 13 years before waning.  I returned to dialysis for about eight months before opting for second Tx from an "at risk" donor, who passed on, allowing me to jump ahead of the list.  We are doing fine and it was noticeably better and easier than my first.  I know of others that received a second Tx from a living donor, which happened quickly after the first failed.  Everyone is unique, as is their health needs and issues.

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