Were you on dialysis before your transplant?
I started Peritoneal Dialysis on April 11th 2016. I was transplanted on December 24, 2018.
Did you have a live or deceased donor, if live how did you know them?
Deceased donor, in their 20s and passed away due to a drug overdose.
When and where did your surgery take place?
I received my transplant on Christmas eve of 2018 at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.
How long did your surgery take from start to finish?
I went into OR at 9:15am and surgery lasted 5 hours.
How was your pain before and after the surgery?
I was in no pain prior to my surgery, post I had very bad pain that was controlled by dilaudid and Oxycodone then eventually Tylenol after approximately 2 weeks post.
How many days did you spend in the hospital?
I was in the hospital for a total of 4 days.
Explain your post transplant clinic visits. How often and for how long did you see the clinic?
I was seen twice weekly post transplant, which eventually went to weekly after about 2 months and then I did bloodwork weekly with appointments monthly at about 3 months post. I am currently a little over 3 months post transplant.
How old were you when you had your first surgery?
I was 28 years old.
How long did or has your kidney transplant lasted?
I am 3 months post transplant at this time.
How many transplants have you had?
What meds are you on post transplant?
Cellcept (antirejection) Tacrolimus (antirejection) Prednisone (steroid) Nifedipine (blood pressure) Zantac (acid reducer) Oxycodone *as needed (pain reducer) Bactrim (antibiotic) Atorvastatin (cholesterol) Trazadone (help with sleep)
Compare your post transplant diet vs. your pre-transplant diet.
Low sodium, low potassium. And absolutely no grapefruit.
How soon after, if at all, did you begin drinking alcohol?
I drank a small amount around 2 and a half months post transplant.
How soon after, if at all, did you begin smoking and/or using marijuana or CBD?
CBD about a month after transplant for help with sleep.
How soon after did you begin having sexual intercourse?
About 2 weeks post.
If applicable, how soon after did you get pregnant?
No pregnancies yet, only 3 months post.
After transplant, have you ever had a rejection? If so, what happened?
How long after transplant until you returned to working.
3 months post.
How long after transplant until you began exercising?
Walking pretty much right after transplant, really helped with pain!
How often do you get your blood work done, 3 months post, 6 months post, 1 year+ post transplant?
I’m 3 months post an do labs weekly.
What kind of setbacks or hiccups have you had shortly after transplant?
None so far.
Were are you from?
Of what ethnicity are you?
Final words of wisdom:
Transplant is a second chance at life, live to the fullest and keep your bean happy!