Home > April 2009, Health > Another new kidney in the family

Another new kidney in the family

It’s been an eventful, strange week,  but last night was the highlight of it all; my sister finally got a kidney!

She went in to the OR at 7pm last night, and it was a 7 hour surgery.  The donor was a 31 year old male, but I don’t much else about him.

There apparently was a complication-she had some unexpected bleeding, but she couldn’t remember what the doctor said about it. It’s probably due to her taking Aspirin every day to keep her dialysis graft from clotting off.

I spoke to her several times today, and she’s having a sore throat, from both having a pill get stuck this morning, and the tube being in for the surgery.  The new kidney is working, but she didn’t know any of her labs yet. She is on a “pain pump” (Patient Controlled Analgesia), and also was getting an Albumin infusion, since her serum protein level was low.

Unfortunately, I can’t visit her, because I’ve had bronchitis for the past few days.  No fever, so I’m not that worried, but I wouldn’t dare go near her until I’m infection-free.

Ironically, she got her kidney almost 1 year to the day from mine; my 1 year kidney-versary is Sunday.

On the downside this week, we’re having our bathroom remodeled, so the house is a mess (dust from the new tile and from them taking out the old tile). But it got messier last night, because there was a blockage in our sewer pipe, and we had raw sewage back up into our basement bathroom .  So Jackie and I spent last night ripping out the carpeting in the bathroom (it’s a small room), as well as trying to get it cleaned up.  We pretty much got it all cleaned up tonight; just a few more odds and ends to go. Don’t worry; I wore gloves, and did lots of handwashing and used hand sanitizer as well.

Jackie’s mom was admitted to the hospital today. She fell at work last week and had a small cut on her leg. She went to the doctor on Tuesday, and was put on Augmentin for cellulitis. Today, it wasn’t clearing, and since she is diabetic, the doc admitted her for IV antibiotics (Unasyn).

In the midst of all of this, Jackie is getting ready to go away for the weekend. She and some coworkers are going to Harrisburg for a training all weekend.  She was freaking out a bit, because of everything that was going on, but she’s calming down now.

My goal for this blog is to use a new template, and to change the header bar. The one I’m currently using is just something I was experimenting with using GIMP. I’m no graphic artist; not by a long shot, but I’d like to do something somewhat creative.

  1. Barb
    April 30, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Thanks so much for the inspiration. I’ve been reading your blog a while now, and I just made it on the transplant list today myself – I’m thrilled to hear how well you are doing and that your sister just got a transplant.

  2. May 1, 2009 at 8:54 am

    I’m glad that my posts are helpful.

    Do you have PKD? How long a wait is average at your transplant center?

    • Barb
      May 4, 2009 at 3:32 am

      I do have PKD. I’m getting my fistula surgery on Tuesday – and I have 18 pounds to lose before I can be actively listed. My big brother has had his transplant for 19 years! I sure hope the memory fog will go away for me, too 🙂

      • May 4, 2009 at 7:28 am

        Good luck with your surgery tomorrow. It really isn’t a bad surgery; minimal discomfort afterwards. 19 years is great, especially since the average time for a transplant to last back then was a lot lower than that! Good luck as well with the weight loss. I can relate….

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