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posted Mar 10, 2012, 6:48 AM by Sarah Vassello
March 10, 2012

       I was able to successfully complete the MRA yesterday!  With this MRA, the anticipation was much worse than the test!  I tried to mentally prepare, brought along a washcloth to cover my eyes and arranged to have Valium prior to the test.  When it was time for the test, we walked back to the tube, arranged myself and had a blanket.  As she was putting me in, she said the test was only going to be 10 minutes long!  Hallelujah!  I didn't even have time to get nervous and before I knew it, the test was over.  No results yet, but I expect that the very tiny brain aneurysm I have will continue to stay the same size.

       One more test before I can get on Charlotte's transplant list - CAT scan on my belly to ensure there is enough room to add an additional kidney.  My kidneys are large because of the PKD.  If there is not enough room, the nephrologist at CMC told me one of my kidneys will be removed, I will be put on dialysis for several months to heal before I can be considered again for the transplant.  I'm not really liking the distended belly of PKD, but I really, really don't want to go on dialysis so I think I can deal with the distended belly.  The CAT scan is scheduled for April 23rd.  I was truly hoping to get all of the kidney issues in my life over with before my 50th birthday (April 12th), but I guess my plans don't coincide with God's plans...

       I'm feeling great today - I got about13 hours of sleep last night and don't have to work this weekend :)  It's a sunny day and it feels great to be alive!    Shari