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#1 miocean

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 05:52 AM

I had the transplant on the 11th. So far it has been very successful. I started putting out urine right away and my creatine has gone from 8 to .6. Normal is .1-1.2 and my donor's level was .7-.8 so I am actually lower than he was! The hospital was better than I expected. I had great nurses. Now I have to deal with taking tons of meds and keeping records of my temp. weight. and blood pressure every day. I am back on oxygen 24/7, at least for a while. I return to the doctor Thursday but they are allowing me to see my local nephrologist who is only 15 minutes away. I am in a little pain and my incision is still bleeding but otherwise I am doing well. Thanks for all the good thoughts you sent my way.

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 08:31 AM

Hi Miocean,

Congratulations on your kidney transplant! I'm glad it has gone okay so far. It is a ton of meds and tracking and appointments, isn't it? But it gradually gets easier to manage and becomes part of a 'new normal' routine. Is it weird being off dialysis?
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Posted 16 March 2010 - 08:34 AM

Hi Miocean

I am so pleased that the op went well & you have your new kidney.

Take Care & Best Wishes

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 08:40 AM

Miocean,
This is GREAT NEWS!!!! Congratulations on finding a match and from what is sounds like, a very successful transplant. Wishing you a fast and strong recover!

Thanks for taking the time to let us know how you're doing. :flowers:
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Posted 16 March 2010 - 09:13 AM

Hi Miocean ,

That is great news and I am suprised to hear you're home already. I guess they don't keep people in the hospitals too long these days!!! I remember Shelley saying her husband was home in a matter of days, too.

Do take care and best wishes for a quick heal.
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Posted 16 March 2010 - 11:06 AM

Way to go Miocean!! :emoticons-yes: I am so happy for you!! There is no doubt that you will go from strength to strength, you're some survivor! :flowers:

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 12:21 PM

Miocean, thanks so much for letting us know that you are recovering well and aren't having any problems. That is such great news. The higher concentrations of Oxygen in your system making sure all systems are being properly provided for is great. You might not have to be on that long. Keep your chin up. You will have to figure out what to do with all the time you are saving on not having to travel and sit through dialysis. Thumbs up to you.
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Posted 16 March 2010 - 02:28 PM

Miocean

I am also very glad to hear you are doing well and the transplant has been successful. Hopefully, that pain will soon subside and no doubt you will continue improving all the while. Keep updating us when you feel strong enough to do so and get loads of rest in between. Take care.
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 08:42 PM

Wow, that was a quick return home from hospital. Duration like an appendix operation. Wish you speedy recovery.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 06:56 AM

Hi Miocean

So glad to read that you've had your transplant and that everything was successful. That was a really good result and you must be well pleased!! :emoticons-yes:

Here's hoping you make an equally good and quick recovery. :)

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#11 miocean

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 08:52 AM

Thanks for all your kind words. I saw the doctor today. He wasn't that concerned about the bleeding from the incision but wants me to have an ultrasound tomorrow to make sure there isn't a problem. I also start my twice weekly blood work and weekly doctor visits so instead of going to dialysis I will be running around doing that. Fortunately my husband is able to take me and is being such a good nurse, changing my bandages and doing everything for me. All of my tests will be done at a local hospital that is in partnership with my transplant center so there isn't too much traveling involved. It is really strange to urinate again. It seems like I am going all the time. I am becoming fast friends with my bathroom! It is good to be home.

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 09:38 AM

Wow congrats on a success! I can't believe you are already up to making posts! :happy-day:
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#13 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 04:03 PM

Woohoo, that's wonderful news!! Pretty impressive progress too - I read your post to a nurse friend of mine who is also a kidney recipient and she was making all sorts of astonished and approving noises. She sends her best wishes for your continuing recovery, as do I. I'm so happy for you, Sweetie.
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Posted 18 March 2010 - 05:17 PM

This is soooo good to hear. You won't know what to do with all this non-dialysis free time.
Congratulations!

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 01:00 AM

I am so relieved and happy for you!

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 04:25 AM

Just wanted to update you. I had my first set of labs drawn yesterday. I warned the tech that I was a hard stick. It took her two tries, finally used one of those little butterfly needles which work better on me. I have to go two times a week so I guess I'll get used to it. Fortunately, needles don't bother me that much, it's just that I've become really spoiled as for the last 5 1/2 years they have used my catheter to draw blood. I also had an ultrasound of the new kidney. I am still bleeding and the doctor wanted to make sure everything is ok. The tech said it is a beautiful kidney! It is quite large, I guess my donor must have been a big man. I have been losing weight, lost 12 lbs. since Monday. I am sure it is all fluid. I mentioned to the doctor that I was losing weight and he said not to worry about it, that with the prednisone I am on (60 mgs.) I will start putting on weight. He is hoping to get me down to 5 mgs. a day in the future. I am feeling pretty good. all things considered. The pain is is getting less. I am just very tired.

I got tired of seeing blood on my underwear and having to wash them so I had my husband go the the drug store yesterday and get me depends underwear. That way when they get bloody I can just throw them out. I can't believe I am wearing depends but one has to do what one has to do.

I have to measure my urine output and have to release two liters a day. That hasn't been a problem! I also have to drink two liters a day which isn't easy after years of fluid restriction. It is nice not being thirsty all the time though. My appetite isn't the greatest but I am trying to eat. Thanks for being there for me.

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 04:42 AM

I hope your family and friends are spoiling you thoroughly!

Is there anything that would taste good to you?? I'm pretty sure organ transplant qualifies you to be totally whimsical, so if you wanted strawberry ice cream and dill pickles, you should ask for them.Posted Image

Let's hear it for modern advancements in adult paper products! Don't forget to save any receipts because they'll be claimable as medical expenses.

I hope you have a really restful and comfortable weekend.
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Posted 20 March 2010 - 06:28 AM

Hi miocean,

That's great that all's going well. It must be nice to be losing fluid weight and not have to restrict your fluids anymore. Once all the followup appointments slow down, you'll have to figure out how to fill all your new free time!

Butterflies rock; for hard sticks it seems the best phlebotomists don't bother trying anything else. If you ask them to use a butterfly before the first stick, usually they're happy for the tip and the first stick is the last.

Congratulations!!! :emoticons-yes:

Hugs,

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 08:43 AM

Congratulations on your kidney transplant, being home already and the rest of the wonderful gains you are realizing. :emoticons-yes:

I am so happy for you! I have kept you in my thoughts, as I have no doubt many here have.

May you continue to rest, take care and heal well.

As Sheryl mentioned, the O2 will safe-guard your organs and help until you are recouperated.

Thank you SO MUCH for letting us know...We LOVE news like this :emoticon-hug:
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