I made it out, and on my 9 month transplant anniversary too. My sugars seemed to be more under control yesterday and so far even more so today, and my lung function is gradually improving - I'm only about 10% under my best, or normal, levels now. I woke up at 3am last night with a slightly worrying rattle in my left lung, got up and did a few 'huffs', or forced expirations, and eventually coughed up a blob of blood about the size of a 5p piece. A bit disconcerting, but a very normal result of having a biopsy of the lung. I mentioned it to Jas this morning and he didn't seem to worry.
So I was sent home with a blood glucose monitor and finger pricker (ouch!), as well as an insulin pen and some tiny little needles. They want me to monitor my sugars four times a day - when I get up, before lunch, before dinner and last thing at night - and if before lunch or dinner it is higher than 8 mmol/litre to give myself a little shot of insulin. So far today all my readings have been normal, so no insulin required and hopefully things will continue to improve as the steroid pills are tapered off over the next week.
Still, I guess it is useful to get the training out of the way with the diabetes stuff before it becomes a permanent feature of my post-transplant life as no doubt it will, especially if they at some point decide to change my Neoral (cyclosporin) to Tacrolimus, which sends virtually everyone that way.
Now for a relaxing weekend...
9 months ago