15 months past transplant and now I go for labs every three months. Hoping everything stays stable! Hoping everyone else is doing great!
Labs: 15 months past transplant and now... - Kidney Transplant...
Once I was at my regular transplant follow-up meeting and my blood pressure was high so the nurse said she would set the machine to do an automatic reading and leave the room to avoid the 'white coat effect,' by which the presence of medical personal can induce elevated stress and higher blood pressure in the patient. I said, "Don't you understand, this entire building is the 'white coat,' since for transplant recipients they give out death sentences here!" She seems never to have thought about the stress we feel in such situations.
Canada has the lowest organ donation rate in the developed world, and one of the many side-effects of that is that patients needing a transplant have to wait on the list for about ten years on average. I was initially on dialysis for nine years, and during that period I never saw any patients leave the clinic because they got a transplant, though many left because they died of complications due to the inadequate cleansing of renal toxins by dialysis. In my age group, the average life expectancy now on dialysis would be five years, so with a ten-year wait for a transplant to become available you can do the math and realize I would never get one.