Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Good News from the Doctor and Birthday present pics

I saw my nephrologist today. It was just a routine 3 month check up so I wasn't expecting anything out of the ordinary but I did have a whole slew of blood work done(twice!) a couple of months ago and was anxious about the results.

I have mentioned before how much I love my(new) kidney doctor.

Today I found out that he donated a kidney to one of his brothers who was in the end stages of renal failure.

And then I loved him even more.

Not only because that is an awesome thing for him to do, but also because that means when it comes to kidney transplants this guy knows his stuff. I mean he knows. From both sides. Not that we are thinking that far ahead or anything(okay, my brain is constantly thinking that far ahead, but it was just a cool thing to have found out about him).

Anyway, on to the test results. Drum roll please..................

Everything is good!

Let me rephrase that.

Everything is PERFECT.

Every one of the test results is within normal ranges. Even the protein leak in my urine is down to the lowest it could possibly be for someone with my type of kidney disease.

What does this mean?

It means that the kidney disease is in total remission.

Total. Remission. That means that there is no further damage being sustained to my kidneys right now. It means a lot more years added before the possibility that I might need a kidney transplant.

A lot more years.

The doctor is quite astonished actually. And happy.

And so am I. So very happy. And relieved. Hugely relieved.

And did I mention happy?

I don't have to see him again for 6 months. And even though I love him, it makes me very happy that I don't have to see him again until July. :)

Here's some more stuff that has been making me happy!
Today I finally got around to taking pictures of all my birthday loot so I could show you all.

Gosh, I got a lot of stuff and I love every single thing. So here it is:

My sister got me this charm bracelet from Brigh.ton and I love it. She hand picked all of the beautiful charms. (Please ignore my beat up, scarred wood coffee table. We need a new one. Badly)
She chose a cupcake, because it was my birthday

And an M and a J, for obvious reasons :)

She even added a tiny little "S"! So cute.

These pretty little flower beads capped off the ends. And I can go online and choose more beads for it too. So cute!

Lisa also ordered me a few thing I had asked for from Land's End. I can't usually afford to shop there but I love their stuff and they are having an awesome winter sale right now.
This fleece sweatshirt is so cozy. And I love the color. It is actually more of a teal green in person.

She also got me this blouse that I wanted. I love the colors in it as well.

She even got me a pair of shoes I had asked for. These are going to come in handy, as one of my goals this year is to be more active! Joe and I are going to try them out hiking this weekend in Laguna Canyon(where I will NOT need an ambulance ride when we're done. LOL!)

Let's not forget that my sister also got me the Wii Fit, which I am loving, so she went way overboard on presents for my birthday this year!

I got some really cool things from my friends at work too. DeAnn got me a gift card to my very favorite restaurant(they have the best fried chicken evah) AND some movie tickets!

She also got me this beautiful plaque. I love the saying on it and I am going to hang it where I can see it every single day.

Mr friend Liz got me this beautiful scrapbook kit. I have to admit I have been a slacker on the scrapbooking lately but I made a resolution that I am going to scrapbook at least two pages per month and fill up this book.

Beautiful flowers from DeAnn

Beautfiul flowers from Joe

One of the many balloons I got(this one from Joe). Love Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

Lastly, I bough this at the Dis.ney Store with the gift card I got at Disneyland. Isn't he cute? I love Dumbo! I was leaning towards Tinkerbell but decided on Dumbo. In his trunk he is holding the "magic feather" that he believed allowed him to fly. So cute.

So those are all my fabulous birthday gifts. Thank you so much to every single person who helped make my day so special. It truly was an awesome day and I am still on cloud nine because of it.


OH MY #6 said...

You sound so happy! I am thrilled for you!


PS. Love, I mean, love that bracelet!

OH MY #6 said...

Tell me about the bracelet? Where is it from and how do you get the charms?


Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Great news from the doc...I am so happy for must be thrilled with that kind of report!!

What wonderful bday gifts....I am glad you had such a special day!!


Linda said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!! Wonderful news on the medical front!!!
Wow on your gifts and to get to spend the day at Disney*land..Very nice!!! With wishes the rest of your birth year brings happiness... Linda

Marla said...

Awesome news from the doctor!!

And that is some impressive birthday loot!! Love it all!!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Those words from the doctor must have felt like the best birthday present ever!!!

Gail said...

So happy for you Michelle! There's nothing like finding a great doctor and also getting such good news.

Love all the bday gifts pics, you got some great things!

Rhonda said...

FANTASTIC news from the doc! I couldn't be happier for you.

Love the bracelet, and as you know, I have a 'thing' for charms. ;)

KHM said...

:-) ON THE NEWS FROM THE DOC. I could not be more excited for you. It is lovely to see things start to fall in place.

Karen and Bob said...

Great news from your Dr! I am so happy for you. Looks like you had a wonderful birthday.

Julie said...

Happy Birthday from a fellow Capricorn. I am so very happy for you about the wonderful news on your health. We will keep you in our prayers for continued health!

3D said...

Such wonderful news!!! I am so happy for you.

Love the deserve each and every single one!

Keep smilin!

Kayce said...

Like I said last night, I'm so happy for you!!! YEA!!!

Love the gifties! That dumbo is too cute, is it Jim Shore?? Love anything by him!!

Briana's Mom said...

That is AMAZING news! I am so happy for you!!!

Special K said...

Wonderful news! I'm so glad you are doing better.

And look at all that birthday loot! You really cleaned up. LOL!

Anonymous said...

That is fabulous news!! I am so happy for you.

Happy belated birthday!

M3 said...

Oh wow, that is AWESOME news from your doctor. Whoooohoooooooo!