Actually, my kidney is working at about
80% after surgery compared to beforehand. I lost about
20% functioning, but was told within 6 mos. looking at my blood work no one would even be able to tell I lost anything as things will re-adjust.
They told me as my body recovers, a lot of side effects will be experienced. My heart rate, for example, in normally in the 60s resting during the day - say at my desk. It was in the 100-115 range after surgery in hospital, then 80s for a week after...pretty close to the 60s again now. They said that was a result of the pain and trauma the body experienced from the surgery. My blood pressure only slightly increased during the stay.
My blood pressure normally runs on the lower side even if I get stressed, like 115/65, so it's not a ton lower, but will keep an eye on it. Sometimes now if I get up too fast from a chair I experience more lightheadedness than I used to. I am guessing that is why I get a little light headed at times when it drops. Maybe my Hemoglobin is also still a little low, but it had increased a week after the surgery and given I am feeling better, it shouldn't really be an issue now the more I think about
it. I'm also still only about
one month out from the surgery and I suspect it could take another 2-4 weeks before really feeling "totally" normal again.
I did add your suggestion of Cream of Wheat for more iron - I conveniently mix about
1/4 cup with my oatmeal each morning for more iron - well actually it's Cream of Rice which has 20% more iron than the wheat version. Only 1/4 cup of Cream of Rice has 70% of the RDA for iron. I did this to avoid taking iron pills which can have side effects and since I don't eat a lot of iron rich foods. The doctor didn't think I needed iron pills, but I was analyzing my diet and saw adding some iron wouldn't hurt since I don't eat much red meat, oysters, liver, etc. that are rich in it. I eat mostly fruits, veg, grains, nuts, and leaner proteins (natural Greek yogurt, chicken, tuna) which have little amounts of iron here and there which probably add up some, but still not a lot. Iron from plant based foods isn't absorbed as efficiently well either.
Thanks, I'm just glad to get through it. It was by far the most scary, challenging situation of my life. I feel very fortunate that it was found incidentally and that it didn't spread, I got to keep most of the kidney, and it has only a miniscule chance of returning. I also had a great surgeon. For someone who had kidney cancer, you cannot ask for anything better than that. I realize life will impose health challenges at some point or another, but at 43 I hope not to encounter anymore for a very long time!
Post Edited (dh1972) : 7/16/2015 10:24:52 AM (GMT-6)