Liver transplant support group

Posted by lmctif @lmctif, Oct 29, 2018

Hello everyone! I am a transplant social worker in Florida. I am currently gathering information to put together a “Liver” support group. I was curious as to what specific topics people would be most interested in learning new information about / discussing! It is supposed to be more of an interactive class in which group members lead the discussion, but I would be interested to see what kinds of topics or discussions would be most beneficial from an outsiders perspective! Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

I posted this in the kidney transplant group but I am posting here also. This is something we should all be aware of.

I just read this today and wanted to alert all of the post-transplant patients to it, although I think it could benefit everyone. Apparently when you are flying and use the toilets you are better off not washing your hands at all, rather than using the airplane water! Carry sanitizer.
I knew to not drink the coffee made with the water on airplanes but it never occurred to me that the water could be so bad that even washing hands could be bad. Our last flight was coming home from Denver on JetBlue in August. Thankfully none of us had any ill effects.
JK
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/airline-water-quality_l_5d8152f7e4b03ec1bc96639b

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@contentandwell

I posted this in the kidney transplant group but I am posting here also. This is something we should all be aware of.

I just read this today and wanted to alert all of the post-transplant patients to it, although I think it could benefit everyone. Apparently when you are flying and use the toilets you are better off not washing your hands at all, rather than using the airplane water! Carry sanitizer.
I knew to not drink the coffee made with the water on airplanes but it never occurred to me that the water could be so bad that even washing hands could be bad. Our last flight was coming home from Denver on JetBlue in August. Thankfully none of us had any ill effects.
JK
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/airline-water-quality_l_5d8152f7e4b03ec1bc96639b

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@contentandwell thank you so much for this heads up!

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@contentandwell

@luckonetj How are your creatinine levels now? Are you still on tacrolimus and drinking loads of water? Despite the change to sirolimus I do still have to drink about 80 ounces of water a day which is a problem since I have incontinence issues — I tend to be up about 6 times a night, no matter how early in the day I drink the water.
Other than the creatinine problems how is everything else? I hope you are continuing to do well.
JK

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JK, I am doing fine and my creatinine level is 1.37. I expect it to rise to around 1.45 since my TACROLIMUS has increased to 3 and three. Thank you for asking and I hope you are well. I do drink around 18 glasses of water per day.

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@luckonetj

JK, I am doing fine and my creatinine level is 1.37. I expect it to rise to around 1.45 since my TACROLIMUS has increased to 3 and three. Thank you for asking and I hope you are well. I do drink around 18 glasses of water per day.

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@luckonetj If your transplant center is happy with your numbers that's what matters I think. We have to trust them to know best. Mine initially said they would consider 1.40 to be my norm but then for some reason they lowered that. Now it is generally less than 1.10. I do have days when I don't manage to get all of that water down, especially if traveling.
JK

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@contentandwell

@luckonetj If your transplant center is happy with your numbers that's what matters I think. We have to trust them to know best. Mine initially said they would consider 1.40 to be my norm but then for some reason they lowered that. Now it is generally less than 1.10. I do have days when I don't manage to get all of that water down, especially if traveling.
JK

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My husband and I like to say that if my transplanted organs are happy, then everybody's happy 😊

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@rosemarya

My husband and I like to say that if my transplanted organs are happy, then everybody's happy 😊

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My don't seem to be happy. I feel like I am on speed I can't sleep . I spent the night rewiring the house in the middle of the night my mind will not shut down. Must be addressing. I blew out the lights and started out the window all night waiting for morning. mind will not shut.OFf

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@livertrex

My don't seem to be happy. I feel like I am on speed I can't sleep . I spent the night rewiring the house in the middle of the night my mind will not shut down. Must be addressing. I blew out the lights and started out the window all night waiting for morning. mind will not shut.OFf

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@livertrex, I wish I could say Good Morning, but it sounds like you had little sleep. I know that sleepless nights can be a real bother. My own experience was sleepless miserable nights before transplant. And after my transplant things improved over time.

Livertex, It would be helpful if you share whether you have had a liver transplant yet? Or are you on a waiting list?

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@livertrex

My don't seem to be happy. I feel like I am on speed I can't sleep . I spent the night rewiring the house in the middle of the night my mind will not shut down. Must be addressing. I blew out the lights and started out the window all night waiting for morning. mind will not shut.OFf

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@livertrex Are you taking any prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, OxyContin, hydrocodone, dilaudid, or tramadol? When I take any of those I lie awake staring at the ceiling for hours. I generally fall asleep at around 5 or 6 in the morning so then I have to sleep all morning. I have to be totally desperate to take anything these days.
JK

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@rosemarya

@livertrex, I wish I could say Good Morning, but it sounds like you had little sleep. I know that sleepless nights can be a real bother. My own experience was sleepless miserable nights before transplant. And after my transplant things improved over time.

Livertex, It would be helpful if you share whether you have had a liver transplant yet? Or are you on a waiting list?

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Rosemarya I am not sleeping at all…miserable impinged rotator cuff not helping. What did you take? Trying to get insurance to cover meds but they are giving us a hard time. What drugs can we take to get an occaisional good nights sleep? Suggestions??

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@contentandwell

@livertrex Are you taking any prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, OxyContin, hydrocodone, dilaudid, or tramadol? When I take any of those I lie awake staring at the ceiling for hours. I generally fall asleep at around 5 or 6 in the morning so then I have to sleep all morning. I have to be totally desperate to take anything these days.
JK

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They sent me to the ER they said I was mantic. I can't seem to slow down. Feels like I am on speed. They took me off prednisone and gave me adivan. Feel better now.

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@rosemarya

@livertrex, I wish I could say Good Morning, but it sounds like you had little sleep. I know that sleepless nights can be a real bother. My own experience was sleepless miserable nights before transplant. And after my transplant things improved over time.

Livertex, It would be helpful if you share whether you have had a liver transplant yet? Or are you on a waiting list?

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I had my liver transplant Aug 22 and have been realesed to come home.

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@contentandwell

@livertrex Are you taking any prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, OxyContin, hydrocodone, dilaudid, or tramadol? When I take any of those I lie awake staring at the ceiling for hours. I generally fall asleep at around 5 or 6 in the morning so then I have to sleep all morning. I have to be totally desperate to take anything these days.
JK

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I tried just about everything. I received mixed response. I know melition doesn't work. I even was so desperate that I took ambiance.

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