Were you on dialysis before your transplant?
I was on dialysis for 1.5 yrs. i did hemodialysis. I had a donor but I was under weight so i was inactive in list and doctors wanted to do dialysis and increase some weight
Did you have a live or deceased donor, if live how did you know them?
My mom is my donor.
When and where did your surgery take place?
Brigham and women’s hospital, boston, MA
How long did your surgery take from start to finish?
Started at 9 am finished 12. Came to recovery room at 2 pm
How was your pain before and after the surgery?
First 2 days post surgery was very painful. Third day I started walking and pain slowly reduced. 10 months post but even now i have mild soreness in incision area
How many days did you spend in the hospital?
12 days . It took a week for my blood pressure to normalize. And i got fever so i was in observation. But my blood works were good
Explain your post transplant clinic visits. How often and for how long did you see the clinic?
First one month I visited every week . Second month it was once in 2 weeks. Now 10 months post and i visit once in 2 months
How old were you when you had your first surgery?
How long did or has your kidney transplant lasted?
10 months and still going on. Hoping to have more years
How many transplants have you had?
This is my first transplant
What meds are you on post transplant?
Tacrolimus 3 mg twice a day Cellcept 500 mg twice a day Prednisone 5 mg once Magnesium supplement Amlodipine 5mg once
Compare your post transplant diet vs. your pre-transplant diet.
My kidney disease started during my childhood so im used with low sodium diet. Still im continuing the same . But now im eating more potatoes and bananas
How soon after, if at all, did you begin drinking alcohol?
Im non- alcoholic
How soon after, if at all, did you begin smoking and/or using marijuana or CBD?
How soon after did you begin having sexual intercourse?
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.
How long after transplant until you began exercising?
6 months later started with running and cycling.. no weight lifting until doctor says ok
How often do you get your blood work done, 3 months post, 6 months post, 1 year+ post transplant?
Every month i gave blood for first 6 months. Now its 2 months once im giving blood. It all depends on individual health
What kind of setbacks or hiccups have you had shortly after transplant?
Had my stent removed 6 weeks after transplant
Were are you from?
Of what ethnicity are you?
Final words of wisdom:
Don’t give up hope. Hang in there. You will get your chance. Pray and live healthy