Changes after Transplant

Posted by 2011panc @2011panc, Nov 22, 2016

I have learned that following a transplant there are many changes beyond your physical situation. What is your experience? Has your mood changed? Are you happier, calmer, more agitated, more anxious, more relaxed or something else? Do you feel you have changed emotionally, spiritually or mentally? Do you feel that your personality has changed? I am curious about more than physical. I appreciate your input on this issue.

Great topic to start @2011panc. I’m tagging a few transplant members to join this discussion.
@coastalgirl @sandras @ters1993 @coky @wkary @wmoser2613 @dglass4040 @swordfish @mollyb1968 @bsox1901 Have you noticed emotional, spiritual and/or mental changes or personality changes post transplant?

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Absolutely! I was far from creative prior to my live tx. Since I want to learn to draw, sketch and design.

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@wkary

Absolutely! I was far from creative prior to my live tx. Since I want to learn to draw, sketch and design.

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@wkary, That is interesting. It sounds like fun! I’m curious, have you acted on this new creative interest? Are you learning on your own? Are you taking a class or lessons? Rosemary

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@wkary

Absolutely! I was far from creative prior to my live tx. Since I want to learn to draw, sketch and design.

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HI ROSEMARY,BEEN A LONG TIME,THIS IS EMMETT,SWORDFISH.HOPE YOU'RE WELL,I'M BACK IN HOSP.THIS TIME IT'S C-DIFF,ACUTE REJECTION BUT GETTING BETTER.TALK TO U LATER

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@wkary

Absolutely! I was far from creative prior to my live tx. Since I want to learn to draw, sketch and design.

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@swordfish, I replied in the discussion: “Want to connect with other post liver transplant patients” http://mayocl.in/2gcKtub Because I feel that discussion thread might be a better way for you to be connected with others who have had liver transplants.
However, your situation is one that anyone with a transplant might respond to. And so, I’m asking @2011panc, “Want to connect with other post liver transplant patients” http://mayocl.in/2gcKtub
Even though you are not a liver transplant recipient, I know that you, too, had many struggles during your 1st year after transplant. Maybe you have some words to help my Connect friend, @swordfish.
Rosemary

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@colleenyoung

Great topic to start @2011panc. I’m tagging a few transplant members to join this discussion.
@coastalgirl @sandras @ters1993 @coky @wkary @wmoser2613 @dglass4040 @swordfish @mollyb1968 @bsox1901 Have you noticed emotional, spiritual and/or mental changes or personality changes post transplant?

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This is such a great topic. I am so glad that this has been brought to the table for discussion.
My kidney transplant was june 1, 2010. I was 47 and had an amazing career in court reporting so i was determined to get this transplant and move right back into my workaholic life full steam ahead.
It took me a couple years to even slow down enough to notice the physical and emotional changes that were happening to me because, honesty, I needed to keep working until I turned 62.
Well, needless to say, last yesr I had to acknowledge my inability to maintain this pace of life even after reducing my job responsibilities as much as possible.
I certainly have noticed a need for peace and a joy for nature and mother earth. The noise and hustle and bustle of life overwhelm me.
I am much more empathetic to others and their suffering and can almost feel their pain.
I find joy in listening to the birds and the sound of the ocean waves as i stroll our beautiful coast with my beloved Maltese Sydney or taking a leisurely hike up to a beautiful waterfall.
My body has succumbed to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue and tinnitus after having my childhood asthma reactivate, but I am learning to create a more peaceful loving environment to surround myself in so that I can learn to live a long peaceful life on this earthly journey.
My prayer is that all my fellow transplant recipients find your oneness within yourself and have peace and contentment!!
Happy Holidays to All!!

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@colleenyoung

Great topic to start @2011panc. I’m tagging a few transplant members to join this discussion.
@coastalgirl @sandras @ters1993 @coky @wkary @wmoser2613 @dglass4040 @swordfish @mollyb1968 @bsox1901 Have you noticed emotional, spiritual and/or mental changes or personality changes post transplant?

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Thank you for sharing. I, also, seem to be looking for more peace and centeredness.

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@wkary

Absolutely! I was far from creative prior to my live tx. Since I want to learn to draw, sketch and design.

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Thank you for responding. I find my creative interests changing, but I have always been interested in many things.

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@wkary

Absolutely! I was far from creative prior to my live tx. Since I want to learn to draw, sketch and design.

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@swordfish, I am sorry to hear that you were back in the hospital. Thank goodness you are able to get help and hopefully reverse the rejection. I have the symptoms of C-Diff often, however it is only my issues with my gastric system. All my C-Diff tests have been negative. Wishing you well.

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@wkary

Absolutely! I was far from creative prior to my live tx. Since I want to learn to draw, sketch and design.

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As a matter of fact yes I have. I have begun learning Photshop and a Mac set of design software named Affinity. Slow process as there are so many avenues to go down, but it’s been fun!

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@wkary

Absolutely! I was far from creative prior to my live tx. Since I want to learn to draw, sketch and design.

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I find that my purpose or focus has changed. For example, I find myself getting satisfaction in doing things “Because I can” rather than “Because I have to”. I have learned to slow down, and to appreciate the little things in life more. I feel like I’ve become more concerned for others; more thoughtful and more open to share my feelings.

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@wkary

Absolutely! I was far from creative prior to my live tx. Since I want to learn to draw, sketch and design.

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It’s been hard for me to accept that it just takes longer to accomplish tasks. I went from the owner of an organization that employed about 175 people to a patient at Mayo. LOL! As I was getting sicker I sold my company as I did not want to be in the position of having to vs. being able to without anyone knowing my condition. 2 years later I am just about at the line of acceptance shall we say. It’s been a frustrating journey for me in one regard and an obvious Godsend on the other.

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