Second at Bat

 

Looks like I'll be around a bit longer after all.  After six months on dialysis, I was offered a "@ risk" kidney from a donor, who was either an IV drug user or with questionable sexual history.  The choice was mine to accept or reject it.  I jumped at the chance.

 

With a "@ risk" organ, the team cross-matches and checks for any active viruses before implant, otherwise it goes like all others.  I was wheeled in to surgery at 7:30 Saturday November 2nd.  Four hours later, Done!  By Sunday noon I was sitting up off all pain watching football.

 

My surgeon, Dr. Motiveddi, performed with excellence.  Small incision and little pain, the kidney went to sleep for a few days (normal with cadaver organs.)  In hospital for a week, while it lazes about, I did not get out of bed much, as the incision wept lymph.  I had this reaction with my first Tx on a much larger scale, so this amount, while uncomfortable, worried neither my surgeon nor me. 

 

I received one dialysis treatment to clean me up until the kidney began to function better.  A decision was made based upon a leveling off of the creatinine level (indication of function) to discharge me to a rehab facility to regain strength while hoping the sleepy kidney would wake up.  I chose a facility that had cared for me in the past and began OT PT training session with some anxiety about the organ (in me for a week with a CR of 6.5.)  My first blood test revealed a drop in CR to 4.5 indicating the kidney was awakening.  This news was like food to a staving man. Eventually I regained my stamina and the kidney was functioning well (CR 1.8)  and was discharged to home.

 

Though still weeping some and addressing the demands of transplantation (appointment, blood work, and many, many medications,) I felt so much more comfortable at home, getting regular rest and exercise.  The road ahead may have frequent twists and turns, but overall I choose it over dialysis and waiting every time.  Stay well.

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Comment by Bobbiejo on November 23, 2013 at 1:23pm

Cogratulations on your new kidney! Thank you for sharing, and I so glad that despite some bumps along the way, you are making forward progress. I agree too that there is nothing like home after being in the hospital for a long time, and I felt I did better following my transplant the more homelike was the place I was at. May you always find a new reason to smile each day and hope always within reach. Best of wishes.  

Comment by Hostess Risé on November 22, 2013 at 5:22pm

Congratulations to you Kidney boy. I am so proud of you! You have a special place in my heart. Thank you for taking the time to share your story. I am sure you are busy but you remembered us and that means so much to me.

Comment by Rita on November 22, 2013 at 4:23pm

I am so glad you are doing well!

Comment by Duane Kellar on November 22, 2013 at 4:06pm

good news KB does that means u'll be on chat. hope so TC

Comment by David on November 22, 2013 at 2:12pm

 Hey KB . continue the exercising or as Andy does nurse chasing ,  home is so much nicer for rehab anyways,  Congrats again ..  

Comment by Cisco on November 22, 2013 at 2:03pm

Congrats KB! Now all you have to do is continue to progress. Good luck!

Comment by Kerry on November 22, 2013 at 1:13am

Congratulations, Kidneyboy!  You have to know that what doesn't kill us makes us stronger.!  You have a very strong will to live!  Enjoy and appreciate the gift you have been given!  That you are sharing your experience shows that you are paying it forward, and giving hope to others going through the same experience.

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