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Tue, Jul 16 10:31am · Waiting for the Call: What needs to get done at home before you go? in Transplants

I was able to have a scheduled surgery and was also not out of town for as long as a recipient would be but I am an over thinker and over planner. Here's what I did.
We have a binder at home of all of our emergency contacts, passwords, insurance info, warranties etc. I made sure our house sitter knew where it was and also told my sister about it. I should have brought the password page as I forgot a lot of them were saved to my laptop & I was using my phone instead.
I lined up a back up dog & house sitter. I left our car keys in case our cars needed to be moved or the alarms went off. I gave my neighbor a spare house key. I cleaned before we left but hired someone to clean before we got home. I asked my sister to drop dinner off for our first night back.
I used insta cart? Not sure if that's the correct name. We were at Rochester Mayo and Walmart has a shopping service where you just need to go and pick up the groceries. I planned a menu for our 2 week stay and my husband picked it up. He could have done the shopping but I typically do the cooking and shopping and he was worried he'd forget key ingredients. In hindsight, I would have done the same when we got home because the limited lifting restriction made shopping difficult.

Wed, Jul 10 5:44pm · creatinine levels after kidney donation in Transplants

I'm interested in hearing if other donors have a similar schedule.
I was seen at Mayo 6 months after surgery. I had the option to go back at the 1 year mark or to have tests done or have them done locally. I think there is more testing to be done locally at 2 years which I believe is right before any insurance coverage would end for donors.
Tests at 6 months & 1 year were renal clearance, 24 hour urine sample, 18 hour blood pressure test & many blood draws.

Wed, Jul 10 9:46am · Kidney transplant - The Journey from the Donor's Side in Transplants

@sameeh123 Congratulations on donating, it pretty amazing isn't it?
A doctor told me the bodies can't tell the difference between kinds of trauma. A car accident or a planned surgery (even if it's a life saving one) are both trauma to your body and it gets to work repairing and replacing what it needs. That can be exhausting.
I remember being tired easily for a few months, I think some of it was my body healing and some of it was my mind. Having someone take one of your organs out and put it into someone else's body to save their life is a lot to think about, even after the fact!
It could also be that at my age and on limited physical activity for a month or so, it takes a bit longer to get back up to speed.

Wed, Jul 10 9:28am · Kidney transplant - The Journey from the Donor's Side in Transplants

I haven't been able to reply to posts by using the reply button under people's individual posts on my laptop or phone, it just has the circle of doom.
I can only reply by using the box at the end of all the posts. Anyone else have this problem?

Tue, Jul 9 11:29pm · creatinine levels after kidney donation in Transplants

The range is different for different people. Mine was .7 before donation and .90 a year after. Both of those fell within the normal range for me. I am a 52 year old woman

Sun, Jun 23 9:05pm · Living Donor Process in Transplants

Congratulations on your decision!
Mayo sent me a bloodwork kit with everything I needed for the draw & to ship it back. I took it to my Dr & it was picked up by FedEx for overnight delivery.
I went back to work about a month after my surgery. I feel like I could have gone back sooner but there was a 4 week lifting restriction and my job is very active. I think as is the case with any surgery, things vary from person to person. I do remember the nurse telling me they would rather say 6 weeks and have it be 4 than the other way around.
I had a million questions before my donation so if you think of more, ask away!

Sat, May 18 8:45pm · Living Donor Process in Transplants

Yay! I'm so excited for you. Isn't it all amazing? I'm still in awe of what can be done.

Tue, May 14 10:28pm · Lodging transplant patients in Transplants

We stayed for 2 weeks at Broadway Plaza and really liked it. I liked having 2 bathrooms, a full size fridge and washer dryer. My husband liked that they brought him AV cords so he could use 1 of the tv's as a computer screen for work.
Its a couple blocks walk to Mayo outside and also accessible by sky bridge. Its near the library, a great international store & a mall.