Denise Schmidt

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Were you on dialysis before your transplant?

Yes. 3 months.

Did you have a live or deceased donor, if live how did you know them?

Live donor was my husband.

When and where did your surgery take place?

Akron, Ohio 2008.

How long did your surgery take from start to finish?

I dont remember

How was your pain before and after the surgery?

Little pain. I am pretty strong. I had a heart cath, kidney removed and then the transplant. I’ve also had 3 c-sections, quadruple bypass and 3 stints before my transplant.

How many days did you spend in the hospital?

6 days.

Explain your post transplant clinic visits. How often and for how long did you see the clinic?

I went every week for about 6 weeks. Then every 2 weeks for about 2 months. I was doing good so after seeing my nephrologist monthly for 6 months I started every 3 months then 6 months. I see him every 6 months and the same for my blood work unless bad.

How old were you when you had your first surgery?

51 and I’m 62

How long did or has your kidney transplant lasted?

11 years and still going

How many transplants have you had?


What meds are you on post transplant?

I was on prednisone 5mg 3x a day for the first 3 months. I’m on mycepholate 500mg in am and 250 in pm. Tacromolis 1mg in am 1mg in pm

Compare your post transplant diet vs. your pre-transplant diet.

I eat whatever I want. Watching the salt. Same as before.

How soon after, if at all, did you begin drinking alcohol?

Yes I drink a couple a week. Resumed drinking after a few months.

How soon after, if at all, did you begin smoking and/or using marijuana or CBD?

I’ve always been an on and off smoker of cigarettes. Started 1 year after transplant. Smoked a year. Quit 4 years. Not smoking now.

How soon after did you begin having sexual intercourse?

A couple months. Felt great.

If applicable, how soon after did you get pregnant?


After transplant, have you ever had a rejection? If so, what happened?

No thank God

How long after transplant until you returned to working.

6-8 weeks. Back part time for a couple weeks then full time

How long after transplant until you began exercising?

Not much into that.

How often do you get your blood work done, 3 months post, 6 months post, 1 year+ post transplant?

3 months was like weekly, 6 months was every 3 months and 1 year was every 3 -4 months

What kind of setbacks or hiccups have you had shortly after transplant?


Were are you from?

Ohio USA

Of what ethnicity are you?

White or Caucasian

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