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Bad News, Good News

February 3rd, 2004 - Tuesday

A man went to see the doctor.

“What is ailing you?” the doctor asked.

“Doctor, I am not feeling too good.”

After a thorough examination, the doctor said, “I have bad news and I have good news. Which do you want to hear first?”

“Give me the bad news first,” said the man.

“One of your kidneys is atrophied and probably not functioning.”

“What is the good news then?”

“Well, you can still live with one kidney.”

That pretty well sums up the situation after the ultrasound of my abdomen. My right kidney is 10cm, which is a normal size, while the left is 7cm. The atrophy could be due to the reflux of the urine from my bladder back into the kidneys. This is a preliminary diagnosis by the radiologist. I still need to go back to see the urologist for further assessment and treatment. This checkup is pursuant to the blood test which showed an abnormally high serum creatinine and uric acid levels.



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6 Responses to “Bad News, Good News”

  1. coolgal says:

    Sorry to hear that, Peter. Praying for ya that the situation will not be aggravated.

    Still, I must say that it’s a cool way to blog your visit to the doc’s. At first glance, I thought you wanted to share a typical ‘Bad News, Good News’ joke…

  2. petertan says:

    Thank you for your prayers.

  3. carol says:

    Hi Pete,
    Sorry to hear the news. Will be praying for you. Again, let me say, I greatly admire your courage and determination. Yours is one of the few websites I frequent, and I always enjoy reading your entries. You are candid and witty, and really share from your heart. God bless you.
    Carol

  4. petertan says:

    Carol,
    Thank you for your prayers and nice words. God bless you, too.

  5. prema says:

    i seem to have read the latest post first and then this one. hmm. Are they going to try and treat the atrophied kidney at all? Anything can be done?

  6. petertan says:

    At the moment, the urologist is recommending very conservative treatment via medication and intermittent catheterisation. That is all until my next consultation in two months’ time.