I wrote about having some troubles on Thursday. Friday ended up being worse. I got an IV in the morning since I was dehydrated from throwing up. That wasn’t so bad, but my labs also showed that I was low on magnesium. I got some of that through the IV, too, but I had an allergic reaction to it. That was pretty odd, since I’ve had it before without problem. At any rate, it didn’t go well this time, so I had to stay at the outpatient clinic for almost nine hours for monitoring. The other problem was that I was utterly, absolutely exhausted the whole time. I’ve written before about how tired I felt after dialysis. This was even worse than that, and it lasted the whole day. (Typically, I would feel okay after taking a post-dialysis nap for a few hours.) Finally, nausea continued to be a problem, and I didn’t really feel up to eating anything for breakfast or lunch.
Thankfully, things took a very positive turn later that night. My anti-rejection drug level tests finally came back around 7pm, and they were super-high–25% over the top of the acceptable range! That sounds bad, but it is actually awesome news. It meant that I got to significantly reduce my dose that evening and this morning. The levels were down negligibly this morning, so I got to stay on the same, moderate dose tonight. I feel *so* much better. I have at least a little energy. I can eat. I don’t have a raging headache. That makes me think that the side effects relate to the dose of the medicine, not the drug level currently in my system. That seems counter-intuitive, but whatever. The only downside is that they want me to go in for more testing on Sunday, which was supposed to be a day off. Oh well! I feel okay, and driving to the lab on Sunday morning is hardly an inconvenience.