Kidney transplant - The Journey from the Donor's Side

Posted by mauraacro @mauraacro, Jan 2, 2018

I’m headed to Rochester on the 10th for surgery on the 12th. I’m excited and nervous! I didn’t know the recipient but have gotten to “meet” her and some of her daughters through phone calls and emails.
I’ve had labs done at my doctor’s office and went to Mayo a few weeks ago for a million more tests. My case was presented to the donor board a few days before Christmas and I was approved and notified the same day. It seems like everything took so long and now is going so fast.
I’m interested in hearing from donors but haven’t had a lot of luck. It seems like the recipients are the ones who post the most, which gives me some info and reassurance but it would be nice to hear from the other side too.

@beckyjohnson

I decided to be a donor this week although I've considered it at least 2 yrs. & have done some research. Because I need to do this during the FL primary school year summer break I'm concerned with timely progress. I did the online health questionnaire as well as left a voicemail message yesterday morning stating my intention.
Is donating during this summer break a realistic goal?

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Becky
Any time is a good time to donate . You will make someone's life change .This is a great selflessness thing that a person can do. Thank you so much & from what I've read & been thru it can be done.

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@onecentwalsh

Officially accepted as a non directed donor this past Wednesday!!! Everything looks good for me health wise. I will be donating in may, as I'm a teacher and will be finishing out my spring as to not take too much time off of work for recovery.
They will be now doing their job to find a match and create a, hopefully, long string of paired donations starting with mine! I'm excited and really can't wait to see what God has in store for this process. Will post again as I get closer to surgery.
In the meantime, I'm working on a few diet changes- less salt intake especially!!!

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Everytime i read about a mew donor it brings tears to my eyes.
Thank you for donating your organ to help someone else.
I would donate if they would let me but i need a kidney.

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@onecentwalsh

Officially accepted as a non directed donor this past Wednesday!!! Everything looks good for me health wise. I will be donating in may, as I'm a teacher and will be finishing out my spring as to not take too much time off of work for recovery.
They will be now doing their job to find a match and create a, hopefully, long string of paired donations starting with mine! I'm excited and really can't wait to see what God has in store for this process. Will post again as I get closer to surgery.
In the meantime, I'm working on a few diet changes- less salt intake especially!!!

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Thank you so much

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@beckyjohnson

I decided to be a donor this week although I've considered it at least 2 yrs. & have done some research. Because I need to do this during the FL primary school year summer break I'm concerned with timely progress. I did the online health questionnaire as well as left a voicemail message yesterday morning stating my intention.
Is donating during this summer break a realistic goal?

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Thank you. I spoke with my primary physician about donating my body to science & he spoke to me about becoming a donor via my drivers license. That is when I realized I truly want to meet the recipiant.

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Rose Colred Lense
I am blessed with 3 working kidneys each with their own working euretha's so the least I can do is give one of them to some grateful person whose quality of life will be greatly improved for them & their loved ones. Hopefully this in turn will "Pay it Forward" to a long chain of successful transplants.

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Realist
It is a waste of resources to give up a perfectly good kidney to anyone who does not have enough self respect to care about the consequences of their negative harmful behavior. Furthermore this shows a gross neglect of concern for resources in general & lack of appreciation for our greatest resource – caring people.

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@beckyjohnson put the @ sign in front of the person's name like I did with yours so that they get the notification.

You are going to make someone very happy with your donation! It is a wonderful thing you are doing. Prayers that you are able to get a surgery scheduled over the summer.

Blessings,
JoDee

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@jodeej

@beckyjohnson put the @ sign in front of the person's name like I did with yours so that they get the notification.

You are going to make someone very happy with your donation! It is a wonderful thing you are doing. Prayers that you are able to get a surgery scheduled over the summer.

Blessings,
JoDee

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@jodeej

@beckyjohnson put the @ sign in front of the person's name like I did with yours so that they get the notification.

You are going to make someone very happy with your donation! It is a wonderful thing you are doing. Prayers that you are able to get a surgery scheduled over the summer.

Blessings,
JoDee

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@beckyjohnson

I decided to be a donor this week although I've considered it at least 2 yrs. & have done some research. Because I need to do this during the FL primary school year summer break I'm concerned with timely progress. I did the online health questionnaire as well as left a voicemail message yesterday morning stating my intention.
Is donating during this summer break a realistic goal?

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@kellysmith1215
Even though I have not been approved as an donor yet perhaps we (you & I) are the match you have been waiting for.

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@jodeej

@beckyjohnson put the @ sign in front of the person's name like I did with yours so that they get the notification.

You are going to make someone very happy with your donation! It is a wonderful thing you are doing. Prayers that you are able to get a surgery scheduled over the summer.

Blessings,
JoDee

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@beckyjohnson you got it!

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@onecentwalsh

Officially accepted as a non directed donor this past Wednesday!!! Everything looks good for me health wise. I will be donating in may, as I'm a teacher and will be finishing out my spring as to not take too much time off of work for recovery.
They will be now doing their job to find a match and create a, hopefully, long string of paired donations starting with mine! I'm excited and really can't wait to see what God has in store for this process. Will post again as I get closer to surgery.
In the meantime, I'm working on a few diet changes- less salt intake especially!!!

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Day 2, I received a call back from the FL clinic requesting I feel out the online application "Health Questionnaire" which I did yesterday. Hopefully I will be accepted as an O+ donor.

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@beckyjohnson

I decided to be a donor this week although I've considered it at least 2 yrs. & have done some research. Because I need to do this during the FL primary school year summer break I'm concerned with timely progress. I did the online health questionnaire as well as left a voicemail message yesterday morning stating my intention.
Is donating during this summer break a realistic goal?

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Day 2, I received a call back from the FL clinic requesting I feel out the online application "Health Questionnaire" which I did yesterday. Hopefully I will be accepted as an O+ donor.

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@beckyjohnson I had labs sent to my home in November and went to Mayo for evaluation/testing in December. Surgery was Jan 12 and I was back to work on the 29th, so it is possible. It could have been shorter but because of holidays & my schedule the evaluation was delayed a few weeks. I got some routine things out of the way before I went for the that trip. Routine was yearly exam, mammogram, colonoscopy & flu shot.

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@onecentwalsh

Officially accepted as a non directed donor this past Wednesday!!! Everything looks good for me health wise. I will be donating in may, as I'm a teacher and will be finishing out my spring as to not take too much time off of work for recovery.
They will be now doing their job to find a match and create a, hopefully, long string of paired donations starting with mine! I'm excited and really can't wait to see what God has in store for this process. Will post again as I get closer to surgery.
In the meantime, I'm working on a few diet changes- less salt intake especially!!!

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@onecentwalsh Yay, I'm so happy for you! Isn't it amazing?!
The hard part for me was not lifting more than 10#, for what seemed like, forever. I felt like such a dork at the grocery store asking for help to my car when I looked exactly the same as a did a few weeks before.
I'm so glad things went well for you and know there are so many people grateful for your gift.

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