Adventures of a Kidney Donor

August 17, 2011

So Now I Have One Kidney…and Someone Out There has Three!

Filed under: Kidney Donation,Medical — by anne315 @ 8:55 pm
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Too tired to do a full play by play of my kidney donation but I will soon. The BEST news is that it looks like the kidney recipient is doing well!!! The docs and nurses have to be careful because of HIPAA Privacy but were able to tell me when I was in the hospital that “All of the recent kidney recipients are doing well.” Hurrah! I am so happy that this person’s life has changed.

Last Friday I had my surgery at University of Michigan hospital. It went well and I was released Monday. My vitals etc. were so good on Fri. that they were even talking about a Saturday release but I am glad that didn’t happen.  On Sunday after a not very fun bout with nausea, the doc looked at me pathetically hunched over in my “going home” clothes clutching my throw-up basin. She slapped me back in bed and re-connected my IVs.  My release was rescheduled for Monday. I have had some trouble balancing the pain and the nausea from the Vicadin but tonight I feel a little better.

I wasn’t expecting to be so whipped so on Monday and Tues I was pretty discouraged and sick.  No solid food for a week and nausea hasn’t helped. I am definitely on the road back to normal and need to be patient.

Many thanks to my caregivers, my sister Mary and my brother-in-law Mike who went with me to the hospital. Poor Mary has had to babysit me day and night ever since. She threatened “Baby Jane” but so far no rats have been served. My brother John and sister-in-law Sarah hosted Mary in Ann Arbor so thanks to them.  My nieces Emma and Ali and my nephew Jack visited at home and in the hospital and Jack even brought over Yahtzee the night before to get my mind off surgery.  Had a nice visit from my mom and stepfather today.  My dear friends Jackie and Doug and their son, my godson Justin visited me in Ann Arbor to give support. Thanks to everyone for their well wishes!!

More later.

Go to List of Resources on Kidney Donation


  1. So glad you’re home! Give yourself a break and understand why they say the recovery period is 6-8 weeks! I’m so proud of you and I love you so much! You’re my hero:-)

    Comment by jacqsworld — August 17, 2011 @ 9:19 pm |Reply

  2. I’m so proud to be your friend! It took a lot of guts to do what you did. It’s awesome to know that someone out there will have a better health life because of you. Miss your smiling face! Take care of yourself, take your meds and get lots of rest. 🙂

    Comment by Mariya — August 17, 2011 @ 9:47 pm |Reply

  3. Everyone was worried and are so glad to know you are on the up side now. Be gentle with yourself and let us know when you want company. Love you,

    Comment by Mrs Woodsy — August 18, 2011 @ 7:28 am |Reply

  4. Anne, so glad to hear that you’re feeling better. Did you ask if they could give something other than Vicoden for pain that may not make you sick. You are truly an awesome human being and I’m honored to call you my friend! Take care my friend and I will talk with you soon.

    Comment by Kiersten — August 18, 2011 @ 8:12 am |Reply

  5. So happy to hear from you!! One day at a time and each new day will be better than the last. Take care of yourself and we’ll see you soon. Much love to you and Rick gives you a shout out!!!

    Comment by Heidi Claeys — August 18, 2011 @ 9:11 am |Reply

  6. Having several friends with transplants – I know you are a hero. See you when you are ready for company.

    Comment by Bruce — August 18, 2011 @ 9:35 am |Reply

  7. Annie, so glad to know all went well and you’re home now and starting to do and feel a little better. You are such an awesome, courageous woman and one of the most selfless people I know. YOU ROCK with this incredible gift you’ve given to someone, and greatly admired for what you’ve done. Let me know whenever you’re up to visitors, or if there is anything else I can do to help out. Love you lots sweetie and take care!

    Comment by Tina — August 18, 2011 @ 9:43 am |Reply

  8. hope you feel better enough some time to have an o’grady at kewpie’s!….mark & tina.

    Comment by mark andrews — August 18, 2011 @ 1:01 pm |Reply

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