Monday, October 1, 2012

Kidney Update!

It's been a long while since I posted a kidney update, because, well, there just hasn't been much to update y'all on. I suppose that's a good thing! After my relapse at the beginning of the month the doctor put me back on a high dose (60mg) of prednisone every day. Back to all the crazy side effects of acne, big appetite, moon face, etc too. It did it's job though and the swelling disappeared as the drugs started to kick in.

This past week I went back to see my dear ol' doctor for a check up. Things were going so well, according to my lab results, that we will begin tapering again. Hooray! Starting this past Friday I will taper 5mg every four days. It will look something like this:

55mg: Friday-Monday
50mg: Tuesday-Friday
45 mg: Saturday-Tuesday
40mg: Wednesday-Saturday
35mg: Sunday-Wednesday

and so on and so forth until I get to 20mg a day

Once I get to 20 mg a day I will stay put until my next doctor's appointment and lab results. So what does this all mean? Well it means that things are looking good! How can things stay good? That is the million dollar question, folks. She mentioned something about keeping me on a low dose of prednisone for a long while just to keep things at bay. While that is not ideal, it would be better than relapsing again. There is no telling for sure what is going to happen, but right now I am grateful for the continued health!


  1. This all sounds good! I hate that you relapsed, but it seems like y'all have it all figured out. Are you feeling good?

  2. I'm glad to hear that you're doing better! Praying that there will be no more relapses! My mom's doctor also reduced her prednisone. She will be completely off it in about 2 more weeks.