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Jun 29, 2018 · H. Pylori in Transplants

@hogan_g1937 I was hospitalized for vomiting blood 13 yrs. ago. Diagnosis – ulcer caused from h pylori. After getting my stomach pumped & 5 days in the hosital I was sent home with a description for the helidac (if I'm spelling it right) pac. It was an awful tasting syrup like substance that made me sick every time I took it but the doctor said I had to finish the bottle to get cured. I have tested negative multiple times since then. Yes I was told it has been linked to stomach cancer but so far so good in that respect. For now the goal is for him to become h pylori negative. It has only been linked to some cases of stomach cancer but not a guarantee that it will cause stomach cancer.

Jun 22, 2018 · Kidney transplant - The Journey from the Donor's Side in Transplants

@mauraacro I'm truly so glad you started this discussion & are leading the way in a sense. Again thank you for those tips – especially "if you're running late because of their schedule, ask them to call the next appointment to let them know".

Jun 22, 2018 · Kidney transplant - The Journey from the Donor's Side in Transplants

@mauraacro Thank you for the link. I checked it out & even though I fall into the category to be qualified I'm to late for next week's lodging. The application must be processed no later than 10 days before the trip. I didn't even get my itinerary in time for that deadline. One of my upcoming 20 appointments (which I uncategorized all as tests) is with a financial advisor so hopefully we can get the paperwork done in time for the surgery date.

Jun 22, 2018 · Kidney transplant - The Journey from the Donor's Side in Transplants

@cleverusername Thank you for joining us in our donor journeys. @mauraacro is a directed donor who has just made the 6 mnth post donation checkup. I'm an altruistic donor who would dearly love to meet my recipient. I'm nearing a month into the actual process & have advanced to 5 days of testing. Next week I will have 20 tests in 4 days. It is very exciting to know that 50+ lives may be positively impacted because of one altruistic kidney donation and directed kidney donations that become part of a paired chain due to directed recipient incompatibility.
Even though each transplant experience is unique to the parties involved there are tips, trials & experiences that we share to help smooth the journey. It is an enormous decision to give up part of your body as a living donor. For lack of a more accurate word congrats to you on your life giving decision.

Jun 22, 2018 · Kidney transplant - The Journey from the Donor's Side in Transplants

Emotion 26: Amazement. I have 20 appointments in 4 days

Jun 22, 2018 · Kidney transplant - The Journey from the Donor's Side in Transplants

@mauraacro Thank you for that. All these appointments came up so suddenly I haven't had a chance to travel the 5 hour round trip to do the tour much less initiate eligability & reservation processes. At 1-2 testing I would have just driven back & forth but 5 days of testing that isn't practical

Jun 21, 2018 · Kidney transplant - The Journey from the Donor's Side in Transplants

@coquifoife 20 years wow. That is music to my soul. As an altruistic donor it is a beautiful thought that my kidney may enhance the quality of someone & their loved ones for decades. You sharing this gets me excited & hopeful. To tell the truth not everyone in my circle support my decision to literally give my body parts to some stranger & I certainly prefer to know my kidney recipient.

Jun 21, 2018 · Kidney transplant - The Journey from the Donor's Side in Transplants

@mauraacro Wow this one didn`t make it to my email. It is a good thing I always double check to see if I missed anything. I'm so happy to hear such good news as well as what you had/ have to do for this.
I have to pay full price for my 5 day motel stay because I'm an altruistic donor. Ugh but I've committed to this & I'm determined to see it through even though this is a bit of a hardship.
Love my rose colored lenses – we (middle child & grands) will bake in the sun, frolic in the sea & take in a beach sunset or few.