So my December biopsy came back great. Still no signs of rejection and I am officially off prednisone! I'm so happy to be off of that drug. Even though I was only on 2.5mg I was still having side affects (but they could still be lingering from when I was sick in November and they increased it). Mostly with the body acne. Hopefully it will clear up within a week or two. Now that I'm off prednisone, I need at least three good biopsies before my doctors will even consider two big things. The first being returning to work. As of right now, they say may but could be as early as April a long as my biopsies show no rejection and I don't keep getting sick. That being said, I was sick last week with a cold. My sinuses were throbbing, nose was stuffed and I was sneezing an coughing like crazy. Luckily I was able nip it in the bud and took robitussen and cleaned out my sinuses with a Nettie Pot. The second thing that would happen is my biopsies would be every three months instead of every four weeks! I'm super excited about not having to make so many trips to Philly. Of course the hitch is that my one year anniversary, and subsequent annual checkup, is in May. So my three months won't really start until after that. I can't believe I'm already talking about my one year anniversary. It feels like yesterday I was in the hospital waiting for the heart.
Some other good news is that I joined a new gym so I continue to build up my strength and endurance. Hopefully I'll bulk up a little bit too so people will stop complaining about how skinny I am. I have the same body type as my mom. Not much else I can do about it besides getting fat, which is not an option.
That's all I really have to share for now. My next biopsy is scheduled for January 10, 2012 and I'm hoping for an even happier and healthier new year. Not just for me, but for all of you as well! My annual "Year in Pictures" video is below. I will get it up on YouTube and provide a link to the hi-res version soon. Happy New Year!