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Tammi (@danhoe)

Donated my Kidney: May 20, 2020

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@mauraacro, I know that you must have many memories of the day of your own kidney donation surgery. Is there an event or moment that stands out in your mind? If you are comfortable, would you share something here about your amazing day?

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Minnesota at 4:45AM in January may have been the biggest shock to my system that day!
After check in and going over a list, I was taken to a pre-op room to get my IV and wait for the surgeon. The most soothing nurse sat with me the whole time, making small talk and being very calming. I don't remember much after being wheeled into surgery besides how bright it was and the surgeon saying they'd give me something to relax.
I remember waking up and telling a nurse I was hungry which made her laugh. My husband came in and we slowly walked around a bit. I slept and walked the rest of the day.
The doctors saw me the next morning, said I was doing well and could leave any time. My husband was surprised when I called to say "come get me". We thought I'd be spending 1 more night (I could have if I wanted to) and he had planned to shop and get things ready while I was gone.
If I had the chance to do it over, I would in an instant. It was amazing, exhilarating and nerve racking while being the easiest and most difficult choice I've ever made.