Thursday, January 26, 2006

the mighty kidneys are working mighty hard

I didn't sleep too well last night. By about 8:30 last night, I was ready to call it a day and so I laid in my bed for about the next half-hour before I fell asleep. Throughout the night I had to wake up repeatedly in order to use the portable plastic urinal, which is placed beside my bed. The nurses don't want the patients to urinate in the toilet, because then they won't be able to check the patient's rate of urination as well as its concentration, which is quite important. It's important that the kidneys are well-flushed.

Besides the need to urinate, my sleep was disturbed often by the nurses which is expected in a hospital. Suzie, my night nurse, had to change the bags of etoposide throughout the night and also take samples of my blood for testing. By about 9 this morning, I had completed the 36 hours of etoposide treatment. At the moment, I'm being hydrated with saline while a sample of my urine is being tested. My urine must have a specific level of concentration before I can move onto the next stage, the cytoxsin.

2 Comments:

Comment Anonymous Chris said...

My man. Glad to talk to you. It had been awhile, eh? Well I'm sure I can't say anything you haven't already heard. So rather than repeat what others have already put infinitely better than I ever could....well you get the idea.

I maintain what I've said in the past, and expect you to visit me in Japan. Spring or Fall are really lovely (2007). Hopefully I'll have moved out of my box and into something more substantial. Anyway, you know how to reach me. And if you ever need a laugh, just think about Julian's old drivers license photo! Does the trick for me every time!

As we say "O-daiji-ni" (Get well)

CSF

1:03 AM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Thanks CSF. Visiting you in Japan would be lovely. I haven't forgotten your offer and it means more to me now than ever. Thanks for the support, man.

Stay well.
Duane

7:42 PM  

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