Post Number: 2
|Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 08:57 am: ||
I plan to receive a kidney from a live donor next month.
This is preemptive surgery. (In other words, I am not on dialysis but renal function hovers around 17 percent.)
I would like to hear from those on this list who have also had preemptive surgery, and can discuss energy levels and recovery time post transplant.
Doctors have been telling me different things. Some say I will NOT notice a change in energy, others say I will immediately feel more energetic. Also, how long did it take for you to settle on a regimen of lower-dose anti-rejection drugs?
Post Number: 23
|Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 11:28 am: ||
I was not on dialysis before transplant and was at 5.8 creatinine~kidney failure for me! I didn't realize how sick I was because you acclimate to your body. I worked up until the Thursday before my Monday surgery. I woke up that Tuesday morning and could not believe how good I felt. What a difference a kidney makes! I could understand sentences and was doing crossword puzzles. I had not realized that my blood was so poisoned I could not even think straight. I can believe I had work and my employer let me! I am a banker and just kept plugging along every day. I felt great for about 2 weeks then the meds got into my system and I went backwards a little, not bad. I will celebrate birthday #2 on the 29th and am loving life. Yes, I agree, you do change the way you perceive things in life, everything has so much more meaning now.
|Kidney Transplant 03/29/2010 New Hampshire |
PKD~ Received the gift of life from my sister Mary