Hello.... waves from the sidelines πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹ I have missed you all so much.

I'm back

Cautiously starting here again, I'm still falling asleep a lot and slow thinking but I want to ease myself back into the forums and with the excellent back up I have on here I feel confident about coming back.

Both operations went very well and the kidney is working well and doing its thing. MrRfc came home 7 days after his op and has a normal kidney function now, his main job now is to get get his immunosuppressants and anti rejection medication balanced, that will take a good six months with lots of doctors appointments but he is a lovely pink colour and has energy, something he hasn't had for a long time.

I was in hospital for three days then came home. Being fit my body is healing fast. I was out of bed within 24 hours and walking. I would of come home after 48 hours but I had a little trouble with a little allergic reaction to the dressings. Nothing big, just a bit of itching. I'm on daily paracetamol with occasionally a couple of ibuprofen, I was off opiates from 36 hours.

I am so pleased that I worked on my core before my op as I am using the surrounding muscles to allow me to do a little more stuff. I can't lift more than 4kg and I am slow. Oh so very slow. My speed walking pace before was 9:45 per km. I started back at 35:45 per km for my first walk and I only managed 370 m. But I'm happy with that as it was only 5 days after surgery. I am going for daily little walks. Before the op I had told myself I would like to be walking 2km by the end of week 2. I know now that was totally unrealistic and it's going to take me a bit longer. I'm at 2 weeks on Thursday and I haven't even managed 1km yet. If you know anyone who wants to start walking from scratch we have a little group starting on the NHS S&F and walking for health forums.

I was in surgery for nearly six hours, I have three scars with the longest being around 12cm. They went from the front to the back to get the kidney so right through my stomach muscles. so it's going to take my body time to heal and right now I'm ok with that, I am sure there will be frustrating times in the next 12 weeks as I progress but I'm looking forward to starting the C25k program in around June if possible as I have a 5km fun run event booked for the 20th August. I'm doing the Decathlon free Surrey quays event. I am sure I will be not going for a PB, but you just have to have a plan haven't you?πŸ˜€.

I cannot thank Poppypug and Ju-Ju enough for all their help and support over this, you guys are the best.❀.

Hope everyone doing well and as always wishing you health and happiness.

Rfc x.

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  • Hi RFC :)

    Lovely to see you back and that you and your husband are both doing so well. It sounds like a complex procedure, you are amazing to do this :) Great that you have a clear aim to get back on the running once you have healed, and even an event booked in! you are a very plucky lady! sending you lots of love to you both love Ali xxx

  • Thank you Ali, I've missed my events so much. That was my last event last year, it's a really soft one.

  • You're back!

    You're mobile! And Mr. Rfc is in the pink (literally). What totally brilliant news. I'm actually astounded at the speed of recovery, being fit certainly pays dividends. I know you must be itching to 'get back to normal' but please look after yourself and heap on the tlc. We've missed you millions! Much love, gentle hugs and so, so glad that everything went so smoothly xxxx

  • Thank you. Hehe no sitting around, the hospital had warned me there would be non of that. πŸ˜€, hospitals are not healthy places for well people. Going slower now home.

  • Welcome back - I thought of you often over the last few days. Didn't see any Morphium-induced posts, so I was wondering! Glad everything went well, but it seems like a big operation and please do take things slowly. Great to see you're in good spirits and Mr RFC is doing well! HURRAY🍾 (Oh, you're probably not allowed to drink that yet!)

  • Thank you. Weirdly enough we can if we want, but haven't, MrRfc transplant nurse told him to come home and raise a glass of bubbly and start living. Lovely instructions.

  • I'm happy that your op was without complication and both you and your husband are recovering. Glad to have you back here. Get well and do not hurry.

  • Thank you. I will take it slow.

  • Oh my goodness..here you are and all going well...:) ( Everything crossed here )

    I had to smile...the whole serious operation with all that goes with it, and you, so fit, and so wonderful...but the dressings gave you an itch :)

    Brave girl.... already planning ahead...Healing vibes and gentle hugs to both of you :)

    So glad to have you back in the fold :)

  • Thank you. Hehe that is so me. I have had two allergic reactions to dressings but 10 days after it was all dry and could be without a dressing so that helped.

  • Brilliant.. you take care of both of yourselves x Slow and steady does it :)

  • Welcome back dear Rfc! You are doing just great. Terrific that Mr Rfc is nice and pink, and normal function...... absolutely brilliant!

    Remember there is no rush now, you both need to take the time your body tells you it needs to get to full recovery. It will comeπŸ˜€πŸ’ͺ🏻

    You should be very very proud of the gift you have made Rfc. I am very proud of you and you know that comes from the heart.

    Please please everyone, think about signing up to be an organ donor if you are not already. The question to ask yourself is: if you needed a donated organ in order to stay alive, would you accept one? If the answer is yes you would accept one, then you should also be prepared to be a donor when you no longer need your organs.

  • Jacs thank you so much for your support. It has meant so much to me and MrRfc to hear the wonderful recovery your daughter has made, it gave us hope in som very down days and really made such a difference.

  • As ever Rfc drop me a message anytime xxx my girly is doing well and now back to work full time. Her procedure was end Oct. We are very lucky people to have brave live donors like you around us πŸŒΊπŸ’πŸ’•

  • Well said :) xxx And you should know !! xxx:)

  • That's great news RFC. We've missed you too. Your powers of recovery are brilliant and it proves all that exercise has clearly paid off when you need the benefits the most.

    I sympathise about the allergy to the dressings. I'm the same and the itching is dire, but I'm sure you're in very good hands and they've given you alternatives.

    You know your body so will know what to do. The walking and running tracks will be here when you're ready.

    Wishing you and Mr RFC all the best and sending you a big soft hug xxx

  • Thank you. The itchiness is dire isn't it. I found out afterwards I could of taken an antihistamine. I have no option but slow and steady. πŸ˜€.

  • Wow, RFC! What a thing to go through! Be very gentle with yourself - the fact that you are back on your feet at all is amazing. Best wishes to you and Mr RFC for a full recovery x

  • Thank you. I promise to be good.

  • Hey RFC! (Waves), good to hear that so far all is well, a very, very , gentle hug, softly, softly you and Mr RFC go πŸ€—


  • Waves back. Thank you. Hug appreciated.

  • Welcome Back! Glad to hear recovery is going well for both of you xx

  • Thank you so much.

  • You're amazing!! Makes me think I should just stop grumbling and get on with it ..... FANTASTIC - don't try to do too much too soon.

  • Thank you. Oh you could go and do a run for me if you need motivation πŸ˜€.

  • Ah now there's a word - "motivation" - for me that's a bit short on supply! Lots of determination, but it's that missing motivation that makes your mind decide that you aren't going to stop (again!). Never mind, because with determination maybe I'll get some motivation back .....

  • poppypug and ju-ju- have kept things running beautifully smoothly (and we've behaved, honest) but oh we did miss you.

    Don't confuse needing fresh air and a change of scenery for needing much of a walk yet eh? Either of you!

  • Thank you. They have been great haven't they. We have some great friends, we have offers of picking us and taking us to the park, just to sit, which sounds great. Neither of us can drive just now,

  • Sitting in that fresh air is a perfect tonic xπŸ˜€

  • Great idea and great time of year for it, if you can dodge the showers of course.

  • So pleased to hear that all went well (under the circumstances) for you and your husband... Take care getting back out there... no rush :-) xxx

  • Thank you, I'm only planning On Doing this recovery thing once so I will be good.

  • I'm so glad to hear this and so happy for you 2! That's a big ordeal, take it easy for now!😊

  • Thank you so much,

  • So good to see you back here! Glad it all went to plan - other than the itching! - and great to hear you're both on the mend.

    I'm glad you've jettisoned your targets for walking right now - just take it gently and build up gradually. (Remind me again what OldFloss's line is... Slow and something or other... ;) )

  • Thank you. I have to move daily as for a few weeks I'm still high risk for DVT and chest infections so it is a fine balance. Luckily the pain keeps me slow which means I'm less likely to overdo it.

  • Nice to see you. Gentle hug.

  • Aww thanks.

  • Great news rfc.

    Take care of yourself - don't overdo it. Listen to your body. Yes, I know I'm preaching to the converted and you know more than me, but it's easy to ignore the rules yourself.

    Love & gentle hugs to you and Mr rfc.


  • Thank you. Right now it's easy to be careful as there is still a little pain but I have been warned as that dies off that is when I have to be extra careful.

  • So glad the operations went well Rfc and that you are both slowly regaining strength and energy. Such a brave and special thing to have done and lovely to have you back on the forum. You take all the time that your body needs to recover and repair - you deserve it.☺x

  • Thank you. It promise to take it slow.

  • How wonderful to see you back again! Great news about Mr. Rfc, I'm so pleased to hear he's recovering well too. You have done such an amazing thing - in fact, I'll use the word awesome in its proper meaning here - I can't tell you how much I admire you. Here's wishing you a swift and easy recovery, dear T, and take it gently with the exercise - the roads will still be out there you know!

  • Aww thanks Anniemurph. Hehe I was so tempted to put in for the early bird price for winter run before I went in, but I resisted.πŸ˜€.

  • Welcome back RFC !

    I am just so happy for you and Mr RFC , and I wish you both a long and happy journey on your "new " life together.

    We have all missed you here , but it goes without saying , take as much time as you need .

    You are a very special lady and that is just an incredibly brave and selfless gift you have given and I am so pleased that Mr RFC is going from strength to strength.

    Look after each other

    Happy healing to you both xxx

  • Hi Pops. You are such a great co worker to have. Thank you so much.

  • Ah Bless you xxx

    And so are you ! :-) xxx

  • So happy to hear that everything went well, RFC.

    Take it easy.

  • Thank you very much.

  • So pleased it all went well. Yes, just take your time and keep us updated. x

  • Thank you I will and I will try not to moan too much 😫.

  • Welcome back! It's good to see you and hear that the recovery is going well. Keep us posted xx

  • Thank you, I will.

  • Glad you are back and everything went well for you and Mr RFC. Praying for your continued recovery!

  • Thank you very much

  • That's amazing- you are a brave woman. I wish you both a speedy recovery. Glad you are recovering well already xx

  • Thank you. Every day feels a closer πŸ˜€.

  • RFC, you're back! I was just wondering about you! I am so happy that both ops went well, I'm sure you don't need me to tell you what an amazing thing you have done. Thank you for sharing this with us. Gentle hug xx

  • Thank you. Gentle hug appreciated.

  • Good to hear you are doing so well. Hope you both are feeling well soon x

  • Thank you.

  • So glad to hear it went well. It's really great of you that you're doing this, Mr RFC is a very lucky chap to have someone like you!

    You're a star!!

  • Thank you so Much.

  • Hi RFC!!!! Great to hear from you. We are all sending you and your man our most positive vibes. You must feel like you've been through a cement mixer! Good food, rest, exercise, physio?, plenty of sleep. I hope the weather warms up a bit as that will help if you can feel the sun on your face instead of getting sand-blasted by the wind when you go out! Bah!

    Organising your return to fitness, and having a plan, is all positive stuff which helps keep you motivated. Fingers crossed for you both x

  • Thanks. Physio booked for April, been for a walk over 1km today and it was a little faster Than I have been doing.

  • So pleased to hear the operations went well Rfc. What an amazing thing to have done for your husband.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery and hope MrRfc continues to thrive and improve and flourish so that you can enjoy a happy, healthy future together xxx😊

  • Thank you so much.

  • Great to read how well you're both doing. I couldn't be more pleased. :) :)

  • Thanks. πŸ˜€.

  • So good to have you back with us RFC :)

  • Thank you.

  • Phew, but all sounds good to me so very well done to you! I can't believe how quickly you are recovering, it just goes to show that being body prepared goes a long way to helping...

    Pink is the best colour, when I was banana yellow it was the worst look ever I'm sure, though I don't actually remember it!

    Keep your recovery slow and steady and don't wrap Mr up in cotton wool for too long, sounds like the signs are already positive. I'm very proud of you, xx

  • Thank you. The body is an amazing thing, I agree about pinkness, they wheeled his bed into my ward before they took him to his own and he was already a lovely pink colour. Hehe MrRfc is doing the housework and cooking as I'm a little worse than him, which was to be expected. complete role reversal. πŸ˜€.

  • What an amazing thing to do. Good luck with the recovery both of you. A transplant is the most fantastic gift πŸ˜€

  • You have dealt with all of what you have had to go through with such aplomb, grit, determination and focus.... you are a very special lady and you are the beating heart of this place... I am so pleased you and Mr RFC are now properly on the mend. It must be the best thing ever to see him looking so well.... xxx

  • Only just seen this because I've not been on here recently, but so so pleased to hear how well things went for you and MrRFC.

    Do hope your recovery is continuing and that your good moments are outnumbering the downtimes.

  • Thank you, we are doing fine. It is a slow process and both of us and last week were told to slow down a bit πŸ˜€. But we are getting there and the kidney is doing great.

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