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?
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?
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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