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Tue, Mar 10 8:49am · Living Donor Kidney surgery next Tuesday: Any advice? in Transplants

Thank you for your kind thoughts, Rosemary and Co! Yes! He is maintaining with a GFR of 13. The nephrologist last week asked him if he was ready to go on dialysis, and said “good answer” when my husband said No! Although he is bone shaking cold for about an hour a day, sweatshirts and heating blankets are a Godsend. As well as a heated massage chair. He is in good humour. And looking forward to an annual golf trip with 3 brothers and friends. He doesn’t dwell on the numbers, but continues to look ahead. Pre op screening is scheduled for Apr 1 at Mayo Scottsdale, and transplant day is scheduled for Apr 15. I send best wishes to all of you, recipients, donors and caregivers and thank all of you for sharing your journeys. Be well.

Sat, Feb 22 2:41pm · Weary of Caregiving in Caregivers

What a great idea! Thanks for the info, I’ll check this out.

Sat, Feb 22 2:20pm · Weary of Caregiving in Caregivers

Thank you All!

Sat, Feb 22 1:51pm · Weary of Caregiving in Caregivers

I am a newbie caregiver. My husband (75)will be the kidney recipient, my daughter (36) the kidney donor in April this year, at Mayo Scottsdale. Thank you all for sharing your lives..it can’t be easy, but please know that by doing so, you give incredible support to others. I am a nurturer, and feel as though it is up to me to make things right, and blame myself when things go sideways, regardless if they are within my control! I have gained so much insight through you all: keep a journal, ask questions, walk, walk away to take a breath, breathe, pack things to make my people comfortable post surgery, do not try to control the impossible, try to be a better person, as you all are. I know I will continue to lurk here!

Sun, Feb 16 4:03pm · Living Donor Kidney surgery next Tuesday: Any advice? in Transplants

My thoughts are with you, and your Warrior Mom. My husband and daughter are scheduled for recipient and donor kidney transplants April 15. To date, my husband has not needed dialysis, so here’s hoping…Though you and your Mom have gone through so much, you inspire me, and I am sure, others to keep fighting. Donor pairing was not necessary in our case, but talking about it and sharing with friends has made that possibility important to many. Thank you.

Mon, Feb 10 7:26pm · Transplant Caregiver Advice: Got Tips to Share? in Transplants

Thank you so much! We are looking at mid April in Scottsdale!

Mon, Feb 10 5:35pm · Transplant Caregiver Advice: Got Tips to Share? in Transplants

Thank you so much for the advice! My husband will be the kidney recipient,our daughter, the kidney donor. I am a natural smothered! However, family members all know this and will be stepping in.