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5 days ago · Donated my Kidney: May 20, 2020 in Transplants

How are you doing today? You did a great thing and I hope you are getting well taken care of and thoroughly spoiled!
I don't know exactly how altruistic donations go. Do you find out anything about the recipient?

Tue, May 19 9:36pm · Donated my Kidney: May 20, 2020 in Transplants

Minnesota at 4:45AM in January may have been the biggest shock to my system that day!
After check in and going over a list, I was taken to a pre-op room to get my IV and wait for the surgeon. The most soothing nurse sat with me the whole time, making small talk and being very calming. I don't remember much after being wheeled into surgery besides how bright it was and the surgeon saying they'd give me something to relax.
I remember waking up and telling a nurse I was hungry which made her laugh. My husband came in and we slowly walked around a bit. I slept and walked the rest of the day.
The doctors saw me the next morning, said I was doing well and could leave any time. My husband was surprised when I called to say "come get me". We thought I'd be spending 1 more night (I could have if I wanted to) and he had planned to shop and get things ready while I was gone.
If I had the chance to do it over, I would in an instant. It was amazing, exhilarating and nerve racking while being the easiest and most difficult choice I've ever made.

Tue, May 19 8:47am · Donated my Kidney: May 20, 2020 in Transplants

Good morning @danhoe! I'm guessing you have a couple of appointments today but nothing like the amount you had for your evaluation. In some ways, the surgery was, for me, easier than the whirlwind of evaluation appointments.
How are you doing? Do you have any questions?
This is an amazing thing you're doing and I'll be thinking of you tomorrow.

Sat, May 16 5:35pm · Donated my Kidney: May 20, 2020 in Transplants

That's so exciting @danhoe! Things are probably quite different right now than when most of us donated but I'll bet there are also many similarities.

It's too bad that someone can't go in with you but the nurses are amazing at Mayo and hopefully you'll only be in for a day or two. All I really remember is sleeping, walking around and pretending to read but sleeping more.
Do you have specific questions? Someone here is bound to have an answer for almost any non medical question you have. Do you live nearby or will you be staying somewhere for a bit before and after?

I'm technologically challenged so I'm having a hard time finding links from donors but here are 2
– Post donation: check in one year later https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/a-post-donation-check-in-one-year-later/
and
– Kidney transplant from the donor's side https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/kidney-transplant-from-the-donor-side/

Let me know what's going on and how you're doing!

Wed, Apr 29 9:37am · From a Living Donor: One year later, what is your life like now? in Transplants

This is a double post from another page. It was suggested that I post here also.

Are living organ donors considered high risk for viruses & flu? I don't think we're high risk for contacting it but would it affect treatment making it more dangerous for us?
I am healthy and taking the recommended precautions but with things starting to open up, I expect to be back to work soon (Yay!) with more people out & about.
A transplant nurse at Mayo didn't offer much info besides to practice social distancing and stay away from anti inflammatory meds. I'm not sure if that's all the information available or if it's because I'm not sick and have passed my 2 year mark so am not covered by Mayo anymore.
I hope everyone is well.

Wed, Apr 29 9:16am · Kidney transplant - The Journey from the Donor's Side in Transplants

Thanks Rosemary, I'll post it over there

Mon, Apr 27 2:22pm · Kidney transplant - The Journey from the Donor's Side in Transplants

Thank you for the info.
The transplant nurse didn't offer much besides practice social distancing and stay away from anti inflammatory meds. I'm not sure if that's all the info available or if it's because I'm not sick and have passed my 2 year mark so not covered by Mayo anymore.
It's difficult to find information on this or any virus when I search for results using "kidney donor" or "1 kidney" because the results are geared toward kidney disease or the process of donation. I am pretty awful at The Google though.
I will proceed cautiously and continue to be grateful that I am healthy.

Sun, Apr 26 11:48am · Kidney transplant - The Journey from the Donor's Side in Transplants

I wasn't sure where to post this, there still isn't a ton of info for donors out there and I haven't seen it addressed.
Are organ donors considered high risk for viruses & flu? I don't think we're high risk for contacting it but would it affect treatment making it more dangerous for us?
I am healthy and taking precautions but with things starting to open up, I expect to be back to work soon (Yay!) and more people out & about.