Transplant Clinic Appointment: Liz & I went in to the new clinic (across the street from the Women's Center at St. Davids North) for our Fall visit with Dr. Lewis. All was pretty much the same as usual: Maxine coming in and talking about various stuff as she set up the BP cuff and then Liz reminded my of dad's birthday coming up and my BP was 165 over something!
Maxine and Liz shut up and we waited a few minutes while I "relaxed" and then she took it again... down to 145 / 72. So that was better, eh? Then Kimberly from Boston comes in: she is my new nurse; Cindy has left and Kimberly and us spend some time getting to know each other as she reviews my meds list, etc. Also tell Kimberly about recent annual physical, referral to Dr Hanschen for another colonoscopy and my 15 minute consult with him about if I really need another one since the last one was clear AND I thought he said I wouldn't have to need any more. He went to check my records and they have been lost in the shuffle to put all paper online over the last year or so. So we agree that I'll get another one and I told Kimberly that I haven't scheduled that yet.
Finally Dr. Lewis comes in and asks how I feel; says I "look great, better than most 67 year old's who haven't had a transplant". He is concerned about a blotch on my forearm and referred me to his dermatology group for a screening. Lewis reports that my creatinine is 1.2 and all else looks really good. Has me jump up on the table and listens to me and pokes me around my lower abdomen, etc. and pronounces me in great shape. And, at some point HE does my BP and when he checks it, it is 122/70!
We are all happy about that. He wants to see me again next March for my next annual. So it goes!