Monday, June 9, 2008

Kidney results

Well I had my appointment today with the urologist (urinary doctor) to go over the results from my kidney scan done last week. The results showed that I have NO kidney function in my left kidney and have fluid around the right kidney now. I had a stent in my left kidney since soon after I was diagnosed in 2006 to help with the fluid that was around the left kidney at that time. Since then I have had that stent replaced every few months as they recommend but never had concerns about the function of the kidney. So it was quite a shock to us and I think to the doctor that I had no function in that kidney. So they are very concerned about keeping the right kidney well so that one does not have problems and start to fail as well! Then I will be in serious trouble! I can be fine with one kidney as long as it is okay! I will be admitted to the hospital tomorrow so they can get things done faster, i.e. meeting with the nephrologist (kidney doctor) and getting a stent in the right kidney (under anesthesia) and whatever else they decide to do in the mean time. They were going to do all of this outpatient but my dad talked to the urologist and they decided it was a good idea to get this done quickly to make sure there aren't problems that arise with the right side. This may be the reason my blood pressure has gone up recently as well. So, that is that! I will let you all know as I learn more. I don't know how long I will be in the hospital, probably a day or two, depending on how soon they can do everything. Otherwise I will be hanging out in the hospital, ugh. This of course has made me a bit anxious and concerned, I did have a small break down after I found this out. But I am trying to stay positive and not worry at this point. Of course, I don't want just one more thing to deal with but I am glad it is me and not someone else. If I have one thing, I may as well have another instead of someone else having something. Does that make any sense? This also means chemo is postponed this week. Unless i can have them do it in the hospital? I might try to see if they can do that tomorrow!
On a happy note, we had a great weekend with Doug's Nanie and his Aunt and Uncle. They have this little park in Frontenac, KS. that has a few rides for little kids. A small roller coaster, a ferris wheel, airplane ride, tea cups, etc. It was so fun to take Ella. She was a bit scared of the roller coaster! After we put her on it, Doug said, I don't remember it going that fast, ha. woops! Oh and they had a little train too. I want to start one of these in KC, I think it is great for little kids! So it was very fun. I can't tell you how much Ella has changed. She is such a sweet, loving little girl these days. She says her pleases and thank you's and just amazes me every day with how big she is getting and how much of a wonderful girl she is becoming! Of course, she still has her moments but overall she is an angel to us! We are so lucky we had her at the time we did or we might have not gotten to even have her! I still think at times that I wish we could have another one but I am so blessed just to have her!
I hope you all have a great week! It is good to hear from you all, I appreciate all of your emails!!! love, shawndra


Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear you are having kidney troubles, but at least they are going to take care of it pronto. Hope your hospital stay goes well and you make it back home to your family soon. Our prayers are with you always.

Susan McRae and family

Anonymous said...


Our love, support and prayers are with you tonight as you prepare for your hospital stay. Have faith that the Lord above has a plan that will result in many years of good health and prosperity. Know you are never alone!


The Palmer Family

socalsunshine said...

Hi Shawndra,

I'm sorry to hear the news about your kidneys. It sounds like you're in great hands medically and we know you're in God's hands. You, Doug, Ella and everyone who fights with you are thought of and prayed for daily.

Again, you amaze me with your positivity and ability to think of others.


Michelle said...

Hi Shawndra,

I'm so sorry to hear about your kidney troubles, and hope that the doctors can get it taken care of right away today. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers all day, my friend.


Anonymous said...

Dear Sweet Shawndra,
I'm so sorry you have to endure one more thing, but I'm sure you are being well taken care of in the hospital. If you need help with Ella please let me know....we'd be glad to help!
Sending you lots of positive thoughts and prayers!

Anonymous said...

I don't comment often but I am always checking up on you through your blog even though I don't know you! I am so sorry to hear about your kidney. I pray for you every night and will add the kidney to the list. I hope your hospital stay is short!


Kelley said...

So, theres a little park in Frontenac huh? It sounds just like the one we had....ages ago, in Joplin. It is/was great, and I look all the time for these little forgotten rides, rusting in a corner somewhere. I would love to have one. But I would settle for a little park here too. Where do we start?
As for the Med. side of your post, we will keep up the prayers that your kidney stays well. I am happy to hear you are in the hospital getting it seen and treatments going quickly. I know your Dad would go to the ends of the earth to ensure you get the very best. He's a great guy like that, as you well know. I attribute my Dads added years with us to the great care he always got, as well as a friend. Take a deep breath, relax, enjoy the food delivered right to your bed..HA, and when you feel down, think about that little park we need to found. And we'll need a really creative name. Where there's a will there's a way.

Anonymous said...

Hi Shawndra. I wanted to just tell you I am still here praying for you in Minnesota. I think of you so often and always when i am in church...
I am sorry you are having to endure one more thing...sometimes it is hard to see God's plan, though i am sure he has one.
Will say extra prayers this week while you are in the hospital.
Keep your chin up and hugs from Minnesota. Julie (jill's mom)

Anonymous said...

You are so amazing!!! PLEASE let me know what I can do.


Anonymous said...

Thinking of you and sending lots of hugs and prayers your way tonight and while in the hospital. I will say extra prayers for a smooth and safe stent placement. Also could you please tell your sister I said hello and My back if feeling GREAT!!! I miss my converstaions with her and thank her for all her help in PT.
Lots of love and prayers,

Anonymous said...

Hope you are feeling better now! You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
Lenexa, KS

Anonymous said...

I was getting my 6 hour chemo infusion today and I was reading one of their magazines and load and behold there was YOU and your family. I think the magazine was coping with cancer-march edition. It was so good to see someone I knew in there! So many times I think it is just me and today I felt like I could just call you up and chat about our issues with this C.

I am sorry that you are now having the kidney problem. I will pray much, much harder for you!

And, sweet Ella...I knew she would get past those terrible 2 fast... and Doug--sweet wonderful Doug! He is just like my husband! We are so very lucky to have them, and I am sure you hate for Doug to have to go through this as I do my hubby...actually makes me sick that these things happen to such kind people..

Good luck tomorrow!


Lisa said...

Praying things are going well for you in the hospital. that is why the rise in the blood pressure. easy to see it now looking back. Hopefully this will fix things and you will feel better in no time!

Anonymous said...


We want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you! You are a true fighter! Keep Believing! We are here for you!

The Mudge Family

Paulette said...

Praying without ceasing to a special young woman who blesses me daily. I admire you Shawndra and you are a blessing.
I am right here praying and your biggest cheering section.
You are amazing.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Our prayers are with you Shawndra as you prepare for this hospital stay. You talk about how big Ella is you think you can post some updated pictures of little Miss Ella? God will never leave you nor forsake you.


Naomi in GA said...

Shawndra I am so sorry I havent been on here in a long time, dealing with my own illness as well...down to 84 lbs here = ( & my hubby got word of a 12 month deployemnt to Iraq scarey time with that all happening and a toddler with no fam close by...anyway enough of my complaints.
You have always been in my prayers, I am sorry again you have a new blow to deal with, stay strong, I know its hard to keep your chin up when you just wanna cry, but know you are lifted up in prayers and loved by so many!
God Bless you Shawndra, and lets keep in touch,I think you may still have my email, if not get it from your sister she has it, I would love to talk to you sometime through emails or phone...we have lots in common right now although you dealings are so much more than I have to deal with, we both share alot of similar hardships with illness and worries of how to take care of your child and keep a smile on around them even when you feel so sick you just want to cry
Our children are our blessings and angels, I know with my son he can always bring a smile to my face and light up my heart, he is my heart...

Anonymous said...

Does that mean the bad kidney will never work again?I hope they can fix it for you so you will be able to carry on. Hoping all will be better.Take care.