Saturday, September 8, 2012

Advagraf Update

First of all, let me tell you how much I'm already appreciating the fact that I'm only needing to take my meds once a day (in the morning). My evening meds consist of omeprazole (which, from what I can see, my nephrologist is trying to ween me off of anyways) and my vitamin D pill (just a small pill which barely resembles taking actual meds anyways). Don't get me wrong-I'm perfectly happy (and willing) to return to taking tacrolimus twice daily if needed, but I won't lie-this once a day business IS the business!

Speaking of business, let's get down to it.  I started taking advagraf a week ago. Since then, I've been asked to do my bloodwork every week instead of every other week...just to make sure things are working well. I did my first blood test since taking advagraf this past Thursday.

Yesterday, I got a message from my transplant coordinator. She let me know that my advagraf/tacrolimus level was a little bit low. I'm currently taking 9mg of advagraf once a day, so I've been asked to "up" it to 10mg daily. The target advagraf level is between 5-8, and my level is currently 3.6, so it's a little low.  Hopefully the 1mg increase will increase my advagraf level to the ideal range.

In other news, I worked a full 20 hours this week, aka, back to my regular number of hours! It's still taking some getting used to.  I'm not experiencing any out of the ordinary fatigue or anything like that, but I'm still getting into the swing of things where my job is concerned. There have been a lot of changes-many of which actually make my job a bit easier...but I have to get used to/get out of the mindset of doing things "the old way".  This will come with time.  I am very much looking forward to now being able to seek out an HR job.  I've worked hard to be able to finish school and get the appropriate qualifications I need, now it's just about finding and securing that job! :)

Anyhow, I'm going to be doing follow up blood work on Tuesday, so hopefully those go well! :)

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