Can a family member do the initial blood work testing from out of state to see if they're a good match, or must this be done in the same state as the patient?
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As the world turns, my saga is not yet over. I ended up talking to a very competent nurse on the Living Donor Team, as I wanted to know the reasons for my rejection. They are, first, I periodically take ibuprofen, and second, at long intervals I have used meglimine flunixin to treat joint pain. (This is -ahem- a livestock drug. The nurse did not seem to share my belief that "cows are mammals, I'm a mammal, so no problem"). At any rate, if I stay off those two for a month, my potential donation status could be reconsidered.
A logistical problem I would need to address is that I live by myself, and my cat doesn't drive, so post-donation care is something I would have to think through carefully.
Just an update, as there are members here who have been helpful to me as things have gone along.
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@cowguy I am glad you pursued the reasons for the rejection. As someone formerly involved in training racehorses, I am very familiar with using some things labeled for animals, on myself, especially muscle rubs! Will you be able to stay off those for a couple of months, to be reevaluated? Your honesty with the transplant team must be something they found positive.
Do you have friends or family in the area to give you a hand if you are cleared to donate? Any co-op nearby who can pitch in?
Here is an article from Mayo Clinic that speaks to donor nephrectomy [kidney donation] and gives guidelines for post-donation as well. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/donor-nephrectomy/about/pac-20384867
How is your friend doing these days?
Thank you for your reply, and I apologize for my belated response.
Caregiving and life management after donation would be difficult, although not impossible. It would require careful planning well ahead.
The Living Donor nurse told me that if I stayed off ibuprofen and Flunixin for a month, my donor status could be reevaluated. So we shall see….the process is very thorough, as it ought to be. Somewhat daunting for me.
My friend is stable as of now. I forget the name of the kidney problem he has. As I understand the situation, as time goes forward, his treatment options shrink and the need for a new kidney becomes more urgent.
Thank you again for responding, and for the links.
You're welcome! And, please come back to let us know how everything progresses, okay? I know you are heading into a busy time as you get prepared for colder weather and the increased duties that entails.
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