Donated my Kidney: May 20, 2020

Posted by Tammi @danhoe, May 16, 2020

On Wednesday at 5 am, I report for surgery to donate my left kidney to an unknown person. During this strange time in our world it’s time for patience and understanding. Although I have to be dropped off for surgery, I know others will be with me in their hearts. I wonder who will be receiving my kidney? Are they make or female? How old is the recipient? Will it be local or will my kidney travel? I have been so pleased with my team at Mayo handling the donation testing. My nurse, Zach, has been with me since day 1 of testing and keeps me well informed. It’s almost surreal that this journey is about to take the biggest step. Any tips or advice are welcome.

@tasher3433

Tammi, I think of you every day! We did have a stall in recovery. My husband went into early kidney rejection 3 days after receiving his new Bean. After a biopsy, the Mayo Team started him on Turbo Blasters ( thyroglobulin) for 4 days. Meds have been adjusted 3 times, and each day is a new day! Our Donor, is recovering at a speedy rate though is still having shoulder/back pain from the gas. If I may step off topic for a moment..pre transplant, all you think of is the Gift of Life and rather scoot around any potential setbacks. However, as each day is a baby step closer to the new normal, we are all adjusting. I hope you are well, I hope you have support other than all of us, and I hope you know the Sun shines for you!

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@tasher3433, I have you on my mind today and just want to drop in to let you know that I hope you are seeing some progress in husband's recovery. Have the post biopsy meds been helpful?

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@rosemarya

@tasher3433, I have you on my mind today and just want to drop in to let you know that I hope you are seeing some progress in husband's recovery. Have the post biopsy meds been helpful?

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Hi Rosemary! Thank you for your kind thoughts. It has been a very rocky road, but other than hemerroidal pain, my husband improves every day. After the biopsy scare and 4 days of thymo infusions, he is home and walking more. Creatinine levels were too high yesterday, but fluid transfusion helped immensely. Possibly another today, though levels are good and we are waiting for Dr to say yay or nay about that and tweeting the meds. Best wishes to you all. I hope my posts aren’t putting anyone off transplant! This is minor compared to the alternative.

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Prayers for strength and healing continue.

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@tasher3433

Hi Rosemary! Thank you for your kind thoughts. It has been a very rocky road, but other than hemerroidal pain, my husband improves every day. After the biopsy scare and 4 days of thymo infusions, he is home and walking more. Creatinine levels were too high yesterday, but fluid transfusion helped immensely. Possibly another today, though levels are good and we are waiting for Dr to say yay or nay about that and tweeting the meds. Best wishes to you all. I hope my posts aren’t putting anyone off transplant! This is minor compared to the alternative.

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@tasher3433, Improvement is a beautiful word! I think it is neat that you can se the improvement, and I am quite confident that he feels the daily improvement, too. I know that me and my husband did when I got my transplant.
Your posts are perfect because they are your story, your experience, and no one else has the same identical experience. We are fortunate that the doctors know what to do when any complication happens. The are ready to act immediately, and that is why they keep ordering all those labs! Sometimes it takes a little while to find the right combination of drugs to help the kidney to be happy in its new home.
I know that you are happy to have him home. It has been a long journey for all of you.

I'll be checking on you. Any questions? Ask me anytime.

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@rosemarya

@tasher3433, Improvement is a beautiful word! I think it is neat that you can se the improvement, and I am quite confident that he feels the daily improvement, too. I know that me and my husband did when I got my transplant.
Your posts are perfect because they are your story, your experience, and no one else has the same identical experience. We are fortunate that the doctors know what to do when any complication happens. The are ready to act immediately, and that is why they keep ordering all those labs! Sometimes it takes a little while to find the right combination of drugs to help the kidney to be happy in its new home.
I know that you are happy to have him home. It has been a long journey for all of you.

I'll be checking on you. Any questions? Ask me anytime.

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Thanks, Rosemary! I will stay in touch. All of you inspire me.

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@tasher3433

Thanks, Rosemary! I will stay in touch. All of you inspire me.

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@tasher3433, We all inspire each other. Everyone in the transplant world has a unique story. And we all 'get it' when anyone of us has a concern.
I wish Mayo Connect would have been available when I went through my organ failure and my liver and kidney transplant in 2009.

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So happy to say my unknown kidney recipient sent me a card and letter today. They are healing each day after the transplant in May. Prior to the transplant they were on dialysis and unable to work for the last 3 1/2 years.

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@danhoe

So happy to say my unknown kidney recipient sent me a card and letter today. They are healing each day after the transplant in May. Prior to the transplant they were on dialysis and unable to work for the last 3 1/2 years.

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@danhoe Tammi, This is a lifetime moment for you! I am so happy that you have heard from your recipient, and that they are doing well.

Was this a complete surprise? or did you get a call from transplant team that it was coming?

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@danhoe

So happy to say my unknown kidney recipient sent me a card and letter today. They are healing each day after the transplant in May. Prior to the transplant they were on dialysis and unable to work for the last 3 1/2 years.

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Ooh! Tammi! How wonderful! As you have touched their lives, so too will they touch other lives! This makes me smile out loud! On our end, things continue to improve, spirits are high, and we have heard from others, of an age, that 75 year olds will in all probability take 14 months For full recovery. This encourages us to njoy what comes with each new day. Stay healthy❤️

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Rosemary, I told them all along I would love to hear how the person is doing in whatever form the recipient felt comfortable. I provided all my information. The recipient seems to be a private person and didn't convey much information but I felt so blessed to find out he or she is healing. I called my transplant team today and let them know the great news.

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@tasher3433

Ooh! Tammi! How wonderful! As you have touched their lives, so too will they touch other lives! This makes me smile out loud! On our end, things continue to improve, spirits are high, and we have heard from others, of an age, that 75 year olds will in all probability take 14 months For full recovery. This encourages us to njoy what comes with each new day. Stay healthy❤️

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Glad to hear things are healing on your family's end too. I was able to hike a bit down a trail in the Grand Canyon a few weeks ago. I turned back part way down the trail so I wouldn't tire out too much but I was proud to accomplish what I did. Hopefully you get a break from caregiving once in awhile.

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@danhoe

Glad to hear things are healing on your family's end too. I was able to hike a bit down a trail in the Grand Canyon a few weeks ago. I turned back part way down the trail so I wouldn't tire out too much but I was proud to accomplish what I did. Hopefully you get a break from caregiving once in awhile.

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The Grand Canyon is magnificent from every angle! My breaks are in spurts and I enjoy every one of them😊

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