The Adventures of Kidney Boy

A Journal About Living With End Stage Renal Disease. Dialysis. Transplants. Love. Family. Friends. The Unsung Donor. This is my life, from the end of a needle to the bottom of a pill bottle.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

This post may be a little graphic about the bathroom behavior of the author, but honestly - if you've ever read more than two posts about this blog, you know I talk about the unsavory aspects of life that everyone has to deal with.

So, when I got my new kidney - my bladder had atrophied to the size of a walnut.  Seriously, I couldn't hold it for very long at all!

Now, two years later, heh, I still don't think it's as good as "normal" people's bladders, but it's much better.  I should note that I was told, after my last surgery, that they found a lot of abnormal scarring in my bladder, noting even more that they screwed the pooch hard-core on that surgery that damaged by first transplant.

But last night, I managed to sleep almost the entire night without having to get up to pee.

These are the monumental moments in the life of a man who's had two kidney transplants and is rapidly approaching middle age.

I woke up and used the bathroom this morning, and I swear I peed for three minutes straight.  It just kept coming.

And it was glorious.

Yet, still, almost two years out - I still worry.  How long will I have it this time?  It's hard living under that kind of pressure, for sure.

So I have to make sure I enjoy any and every three minute pee I get.


1 comment:

  1. Sorry to come so late to your blog. I really identify with you on this topic, but from a different end of CKD. I was diagnosed last year with CKD stage 3, unknown etiology. Although its probably very connnected to the Crohn's disease that I have had for 40+ years. I have had three bowel surgeries, with the result that my absorbtion is garbage, I have osteoporosis, antherosclorosis, hyperparathyroidism, and calcification of my kidneys. One of my symptoms is that I am up every two hours to pee. I understand your feeling of a tiny bladder, and your happiness at having the long pee. I sure it felt wonderful.