Were you on dialysis before your transplant?
Did you have a live or deceased donor, if live how did you know them?
Live donor…i didn’t. She was a friend of a friend
When and where did your surgery take place?
Cornell, NYC, 10/3/17
How long did your surgery take from start to finish?
About 4 hours
How was your pain before and after the surgery?
Not much pain before. After very painful for a couple weeks
How many days did you spend in the hospital?
Explain your post transplant clinic visits. How often and for how long did you see the clinic?
After surgery went to clinic 2x a week. Then gradually reduced to 1x, then 1x every 2 weeks and so on
How old were you when you had your first surgery?
44 years old
How long did or has your kidney transplant lasted?
I am 18 months post
How many transplants have you had?
What meds are you on post transplant?
Tacrolimus, mycophenolate, prednisone and supplements like calcium, b12, vit d, folic acid and a multivitamin
Compare your post transplant diet vs. your pre-transplant diet.
Much more careful now with what i eat. I avoid eating out. Definitely make sure everything is cooked well, no buffets.
How soon after, if at all, did you begin drinking alcohol?
Don’t drink but didn’t before either.
How soon after, if at all, did you begin smoking and/or using marijuana or CBD?
Don’t smoke or use CBD
How soon after did you begin having sexual intercourse?
About 6 months
If applicable, how soon after did you get pregnant?
After transplant, have you ever had a rejection? If so, what happened?
Nope, thank God
How long after transplant until you returned to working.
Didn’t…I was a stay at home mom before and still am.
How long after transplant until you began exercising?
I joined the gym 1 year post. Before that, just walking
How often do you get your blood work done, 3 months post, 6 months post, 1 year+ post transplant?
First 3 months labs from 2x a week to 1x every 2 weeks. Now about once every 2 months. I had cmv in October and they check to make sure it doesn’t reappear
What kind of setbacks or hiccups have you had shortly after transplant?
Found out i had parvovirus and then got cmv about 1 year post also.
Were do you live?
Final words of wisdom:
Everyone should try to find a living donor and avoid dialysis.