Kevin Smith

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Were you on dialysis before your transplant?

Where you on dialysis before your transplant? Yes, five years

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

Deceased donor

When and where did your surgery take place?

Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL, September 13, 1994

How long did your surgery take from start to finish?

Not sure, 6-8 hours.

How was your pain before and after the surgery?

None before, rather minimal after.

How many days did you spend in the hospital?

7 days

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

Daily for two weeks, monthly for six months, then yearly

How old were you when you had your first surgery?

First transplant at 33

How long did or has your kidney transplant lasted?

24+ years and going strong

How many transplants have you had?


What meds are you on post transplant?

Cyclosporine 100 mg twice a day, imuran 100 mg once a day.

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

Sodium, protein, potassium, phosphorus restrictions before
Almost none now

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

Nope, but didn’t drink it before

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

Never used eitger

How soon after did you begin having sexual intercourse?

As soon as I got home, no problems

If applicable, how soon after did you get pregnant?


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


How long after transplant until you returned to working.

Was in school, missed the semester

How long after transplant until you began exercising?

Immediately, mostly cardio at first then introduced weight machines

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

First five years monthly. Then bimonthly for two years,. Then quarterly for ten years, now semiannual

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

Had to parathyroids removed.

Were are you from?

Illinois, USA, North America

Of what ethnicity are you?


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