Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A New Avenue on this Lupus Journey

What a crazy week!!!  August 29th I ended up in the Emergency Room.  I started out at my PC Dr because I had been having severe groin pain in lower right side all weekend. (Front and back)  I had convinced myself I had a hernia...When my Dr examined me (mostly talked to me) she said she thought I had Appendicitis... She tried to get me into Radiology at the hospital to get a CTScan but because my Insurance is an HMO she soon realized that was not going to happen quick so she called me and told me to go to the ER because she was worried it would bust..... So I went to Clearview Medical Center.  (Never go to the ER unless you are transported in an ambulance. I drove myself and sat in the waiting room for 4 hours and 20 minutes!!!! ) FINALLY when I saw the Dr. He thought I had a kidney stone! (I knew I didn't!  I had one before and I would not of sat in the waiting room I would of been crawling the walls!) ANYWAY!!! He had me get the CAT-SCAN which would show if it was a hernia? Appendix? Or a Kidney Stone?? Well it was none of the above!!!!  It showed my Kidneys had abnormal function.  He said there was clutter in there and the kidneys were not doing their job cleaning my urine? Blood?  Not sure.  There was blood in my urine and white cells. He handed me a paper and ask me if I was familiar with Lupus Nephritis?  I had heard of it but since I have Lupus SLE I was not sure...Then I put it together.  Lupus was attacking my kidneys...A nightmare I have dreaded...Not this!! I really had convinced myself this would not be me!  ANYWAY he referred me to a Urologist.  I saw the Urologist today.  Dr Roosevelt Allen with Georgia Urology.  He wants to do a test where they take a camera and go into the Kidney and see why I have blood in my urine.  This has been scheduled for November 2, 2016 and he said that is really all he could do. He wants me to go see a Nephrologist at The Kidney Hypertension Clinic next Tuesday morning and see Dr. Kirti Shah.  They will figure out why I am having the pain and why my kidneys aren't cleaning out the waste products....There are 5 stages of Lupus Nephritis.  Praying I am not higher than a level 2....

This story will continue as I go down a new Avenue of this Lupus Journey.  Thank you for your prayers.

Psalm 121
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills-
    where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

P.S. When we get this figured out I will then pursue the next issue.  My Liver is also not functioning correctly according to the blood work.  I have the referral but can only handle one organ at a time... Weight Watcher Update -39 pounds