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Jan 5, 2018 · Kidney transplant - The Journey from the Donor's Side in Transplants

I donated to my sister in August 2015. I had some blood/urine tests and office visit the day prior to surgery. I picked up a Rx for a laxative to clear my GI tract the night prior. I thought it would keep me up all night but it didn’t. The next morning my sister and I both reported around same time and our pre-op rooms were across the hall from each other. I gowned up and they took vitals then took me down to holding area for surgery where I talked to members of anesthesia and surgery team. My sister came down shortly after me and they put our beds next to each other so we could talk. Then it was off to the OR, back to recovery and eventually my room. I do remember seeing my sister in recovery. The nurses were very good about keep us in close proximity to each other. You will have a urine catheter in for approx 24 hours so they can closely monitor your urine output. I was on IV pain meds for about a day. I switched to orals for about 4 days then just plain Tylenol. I think I was discharged on day 3 or 4 and no further follow-up for a couple months then six months and one year. The social worker and transplant coordinator both checked in on me the first couple weeks. It will be hard to get in/out of bed. Use the “roll” technique they teach you in the hospital. I slept in the recliner a few nights though I was at the mercy of someone to put the footrest down if I needed to get up. Pulling open doors was also painful. I used the pillow they will give you while riding in the car. Pack some comfy loose fitting pants for post-op as don’t want anything tight fitting over incision until it heals. Best of luck on the 12th…you are doing a great thing!

Jan 5, 2018 · Living Donor in Transplants

I donated a kidney to my sister in August 2015. We are both doing great. Our family (my father’s side) is affected by polycystic kidney disease (PKD) so many family members have undergone transplants mostly living donor. Besides a donor I have been on the caregiving side too as my husband had a living donor kidney transplant (2010) followed by a pancreas transplant (2015). He is now insulin free!