Kidney transplant and fresh flowers bouquet
My mother received some pretty fresh flower bouquets for Mother's Day. She lives with me. Is it okay if she keeps them or should I dispose of them to prevent infection. What do you do about fresh flowers and live plants in your home after transplant?
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Hi! From what I was told after my heart transplant, it is the dirt in potted plants that can cause problems. Cut flowers are fine and if your mother isn't handling the dirt, I would think potted plants are fine.
That was the info from my nurse coordinator.
Happy Mother's Day!
@estrada53 Thanks so much for sharing your nurse coordinator's comments on this subject! That is very helpful 😊 I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. One more question, do you eat California oranges or drink Tropicana or Minute Maid Orange juice? I have been staying away from everything orange, but I am pretty sure that California oranges and orange juice may be okay with our drugs?
@hello1234 – I’m happy your mom and you were able to enjoy the fresh flowers!
Since we are on the topic of flowers and plants, I’m posting a reminder to strictly follow the “Wear gloves” rule if working on your garden. Last summer, I did wear gloves when I decided that I needed to do some trimming. Unlucky for me, my gloves were not heavy duty and I got stuck by a thorn-just barely. I treated it with antibiotic and saw no sign of anything in my thumb. So I happily went on and everything was fine- until 6 months later – when my thumb began to swell and feel sore. My PCP, on the Friday before long Christmas weekend, got me into the surgeon who removed some crud that he sent for a biopsy (negative). Anyway this is a Christmas 2021 picture of my thumb!
I bought new heavier gloves for my yard chores!
Hi @rosemarya 😊 Wow, the photo of your surgery and your story are excellent reminders! Thank you for keeping us informed. Did you have a piece of thorn on your thumb that needed to be removed?
He said there was some necrotic tissue. He sent a sample to lab. He said I might have had a tiny bit of foreign matter when I got stuck. He put me on 10 days antibiotic as a precaution.
I would never have expected it to take 6 months before it was a problem.
On a good note- I did not have to wash dishes or clean up dishes!
@rosemarya That's an amazing story! I am so glad you shared this story. It shows we can never be too careful. Was your surgeon a Mayo doctor or did you just use a local doctor to remove the tissue?
I live in central Kentucky. I went to my local PCP on the last office day before Christmas Holidays for refills on my nontransplant medications. A couple days before my appointment, I noticed that my thumb began to feel sore, and there was a tiny bump where I had pricked it during the summer. So I decided to show it to him. He made a call from his office during my appointment to our local surgeon group. And told me to go there as soon as I left his office where I would be worked in to the schedule that morning. I felt comfortable because the surgeon who treated me, had performed my husband's gall bladder surgery several years ago.
@rosemarya It sounds like you have a super competent and attentive primary physician. How comforting! Also the surgeon group sounds wonderful too too for fitting you in that morning and doing a thorough job. You are blessed to have such excellent care locally. I am very happy to hear that you received outstanding care (and that you caught the changes in time for your appointment!) 😊