Hey dude! Thanks for checking in...I am being lazy after studying the various forms of anemia ALL DAY long. I can answer any question you have about pretty much any type of anemia, though. I'm an expert for the next 36 hours (until my exam - HA)!
Let's see...the nephrologist was really nice, sympathized with me about my diarrhea (he grew up in India) and was trying to come up with all sorts of theories as to why I am such an alien. He ran another urinalysis and again my protein was 3+. No blood, no leukocytes, nothin' but protein. It was disgusting, though, when I produced the sample - it looked like it came straight out of the Tropicana bottle (totally opaque). So nasty, and weird.
He mentioned focal segmental glomerulonephritis, membranous nephritis, lupus, etc. and so I am getting a massive amount of blood work and urine tests done (including a split 24-hour to check for benign orthostatic proteinuria, which is a condition where you just happen to excrete protein upon standing - odd), and a renal ultrasound, and will see him for follow-up in six weeks. However, I will probably end up needing a kidney biopsy - have you had one of those?
Right now I am trying not to care, and I am successful part of the time, but I need to work harder at letting it go...
How are YOU, my friend?
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