Hello all! I am currently sitting in my hospital bed, day 2 post transplant! My donor and I are both recovering great; although the anaesthesia did a number on both of us. She was able to do her surgery laparoscopically, but they did a hand assist so one of her incisions is a little larger than expected. I, on the other hand, was filleted open like a fish. I have a big "L" shaped incision that covers the entire right side of my abdomen. I was sort of shocked at how large it is, but given I'm so small, I'm not at all surprised. I was upgraded to regular food today, which mostly comprises of fruit and some sort of protein. I was also taken off of my fluids and my hand IV's were taken out a day ahead of schedule! I was given a lot of information about life post transplant, which includes 17 new medications (22 new pills), a new diet that is thankfully not super drastic, but still will take time to get used to, and learning about how to use a glucometer. I also did my baseline bone scan, since a big concern for my age and having kidney disease for so long includes the onset of osteoporosis while on prednisone.
Besides some side affects, like twitching and having a weird taste in my mouth from the anaesthesia, I feel great. I'm hopeful that my neck IV and my catheter will be removed tomorrow and I can go home! It's been a very emotional last few days, between suddenly having pigment to my skin (it is so weird- I have scars that I didn't notice before because my skin was so pale), actually having energy to get up and move (and actually wanting to!) And having a normal urine output is entirely alien to me. I know that I still have a long way to go, but I thought I would give you guys an update! Stay tuned, I'll keep you all posted as I progress!