Adventures of a Kidney Donor

August 11, 2011

K-Day is Tomorrow!

Filed under: Kidney Donation — by anne315 @ 8:51 am
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After almost a year and a half of yapping in this blog, it is finally go time! The next time I update this blog I will have one kidney and someone will have three. I am a little scared but in the normal range of scared. I am trying to think of it as a long nap and when I wake up I will be missing a kidney. I don’t have any doubts about going through with it.

Today I am enjoying a lovely diet of jello, chicken broth, tea and magnesium citrate. Probably no solid food again until Saturday. Hopefully I will lose a few pounds out of the deal which believe me, I could use.

I called University of Michigan to see what time to arrive tomorrow. My guess is EARLY as in 5:00 or 6:00 am because of course the recipient’s surgery immediately follows mine. I would like to get it rolling ASAP and get it over with.

Of course I am thinking about the recipient. He/she must be so excited! Their last dialysis (for hopefully at least the next 18 years or more) will be today or tomorrow morning. Wow, that is great! My biggest fear about this whole thing is that this person’s body will reject the kidney but I am trying not to dwell on that. Anti-rejection drugs have improved so much that rejection is less frequent than it used to be.

So my journey has come to its most exciting chapter.  It all started as a paired kidney donation for my dear friend Jackie.  She got a kidney in July of 2010 in a different way–hooray! Since there is a great need for kidneys and the surgery is easier than it used to be, I wanted to go ahead and donate anyway. It took awhile to find a recipient but at last one was found.

Kidney donor Sylvia Glaser sums up my feelings:

“People keep wanting to know why, why, why…It sounds very trite but you pass through this world, and what do you ever do that makes a difference?”

Yes! This is exactly it! I won’t make much of a splash in the world but at least I can do this.  I am so happy this person will be free of dialysis. Wish luck to the recipient and me.  Also wish luck to my sis and family who will be taking care of me. Stay tuned to this blog for my surgery and post surgery adventures. Talk to everyone next week!

 Go to List of Resources on Kidney Donation

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7 Comments »

  1. Sending you love and light for this beautiful unselfish deed that you are doing tomorrow. You truly rock Anne! Best of everything for both of you. xoxoxo
    Nancee

    Comment by Nancee — August 11, 2011 @ 10:02 am |Reply

  2. Anne, I am so very proud of you and I want you to know that you & Theresa are my heroes! I wish you all the best tomorrow and a happy & healthy life to the lucky recipient! I will keep you both in my thoughts & prayers all day tomorrow!

    Much love & hugs,

    Kiersten

    Comment by Kiersten — August 11, 2011 @ 6:44 pm |Reply

  3. You make me so proud to know you Anne! Like Nancee said, “you truly rock!” When I say that I can imagine how happy the recipient will be…you know that I really can.
    I’m not going to write all the “mushy” stuff because I’ve already said it. Love you girly!

    Comment by jacqsworld — August 11, 2011 @ 8:39 pm |Reply

  4. I will be sending out the good vibes and healing energy! You GO girl!

    Comment by Antie Deb — August 11, 2011 @ 11:58 pm |Reply

  5. Best wished to you and your recipient! I will pray for a safe and positive outcome to the transplant and a speedy recovery. It was 16 months ago i donated to my mother, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Good Luck!

    Comment by Nicole Stromath — August 12, 2011 @ 12:06 am |Reply

  6. Will certainly be thinking about you. What a beautiful deed! Both you and your kidney recipient will be in my prayers. I was so right when I understood just what a specially wonderful human being you are!!!! God bless! Cristina

    Comment by cristina bascuas — August 12, 2011 @ 12:34 am |Reply

  7. Hi Anne. Hope you are doing well. What a remarkable woman you are to give of yourself so freely! Truly an inspiration! I look ofrward to hearing from you when you are able to post!
    Peace and love, lisa j

    Comment by Lisa Jeffreys — August 14, 2011 @ 8:58 pm |Reply


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