I mentioned that I had refused another kidney test because I didn't think it was worth the pain and danger. The battery of tests I'd had since the infection and attack in early 2011 all said the same thing. The stone isn't growing, there are no anomalies, and the kidneys seem to be functioning.
But there was more. For the past few years my hair had been thinning, my fingernails had thick vertical (lengthwise) ridges and would split lengthwise along the ridges, and my blood pressure (historically so low I was ineligible to give blood) was too high (150s over low 80s). I had assumed that was all due to aging.
Since we stomped the kidney infection (which I now know I must have had for at least two years) my fingernails have strengthened, they're no longer splitting, and the ridges are slowly disappearing, my hair is thickening enough that I'm thinking of growing it long again, and my blood pressure is lower (120 to 128 over 67 to 73, not as low as it had been, but good enough for an old bat). Even my toenails are celebrating. The previously ingrown nail has flattened out.
In short, things look good.
The only bad part is that I've gained weight. Back to measuring servings again, I guess, and ice cream or a donut only once a week.
I post links every so often. I suspect folks rarely follow them. Please do go to this link. I'm begging. This is something politicians need to read. Please pass it on. It's short, an easy read, just a list. Please do go. Please pass it on.