Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lab Recap

I've been thinking about sports a lot lately. My apologies in advance. 

Giffy turned in a career-high protein-creatinine urine ratio this week, scoring a 3.40. This impressive personal best topped her previous high of 2.91 in March 2013 and is huge jump from 1.68 in October 2013.

The normal range for this test is 0.01-0.18, so Giffy is losing the battle with proteinuria -- excess serum proteins found in the urine. The stat sheet tells the story:

Also making its first appearance: an elevated phosphorus level. 

Insurance hasn't ruled on the Rituximab treatment yet, so Giffy's kidneys continue to spill protein at an alarming rate. When interviewed after her test results came in, she said:

"You know, I'm just happy to be here and I hope I can help the ballclub. I just want to give it my best shot and good Lord willing, things'll work out. Gotta play 'em one day at a time."

Or something like that.


  1. Here's hoping the insurance company will support the ballclub. Could use some sponsorship. Love you, Darcy! xoxoxo

  2. Although I find this post amusing, the levels are indeed alarming. Stop showing off and get back on the bench!

  3. The Mayo website says proteinuria can be caused by exposure to cold, or exposure to heat, or emotional stress (presumably from trying to get the temperature just right). For Pete's sake (Pete Rose--see? I can do sports talk), get better already! I'm in your corner (see? I'm hip to the lingo).