Adventures of a Kidney Donor

September 18, 2011

Back to the Real World

Filed under: Medical,Psychology — by anne315 @ 8:41 pm
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Well, last Friday marked five weeks since my kidney donation. I am doing pretty well. I still feel a little “tug” at my largest incision site when I bend or twist but I can move almost normally. I am slower than usual when walking and still can’t use arm weights but probably next week I will be able to use the weights. I still get more tired than normal and go to bed earlier than usual. The “stitch” in my side is almost gone but makes an appearance once in awhile to remind me of my experience.

I went back to work part-time a week ago. I had to have a doctor’s note stating my restrictions which at this point are down to not lifting anything over ten pounds. I thought it would be easier to ease back in at 20 hours rather than jump into 40 hours a week. It’s better to be a little more active so I think this was a good idea.  I have to admit it was a little strange at first to be around that many people again.  It’s going to be a rude awakening when I go back to full-time soon!

It’s a little strange after yapping about this for so long to have it all to be behind me. I don’t miss the kidney or anything like that. I guess some donors feel like that but it hasn’t been my experience.

I am still glad I made the donation and my coordinator told me the recipient is doing well–hurrah!

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  1. Really changes the life of the recipient and a brave thing to do. Hope the stitch is totally gone soon.

    Comment by Mrs Woodsy — September 19, 2011 @ 7:29 am |Reply

  2. Hello! I was seaching the internet for people who have donated kidney’s and up pops your blog. My Mom had a kindey transplant 10 years ago, and is at 22% kidney function on her donor kidney now. She will be in need of another transplant within the next 6 months. My sister or myself will be the donor, being that we match and whoever matches best. I’ve had so many questions and feel that your blog has answered a lot of those. Thank you so much for the details on how you felt before and after kidney donation. I am amazed that you didn’t know the person you donated to. To be honest, I am terrified to donate, but will happily do it to save my Mom’s life. Thanks for this amazing blog.

    Comment by Ashley — September 30, 2011 @ 12:42 am |Reply

    • Fear is perfectly normal, I was a little afraid. Don’t feel bad or guilty about being afraid. The docs will only want you to donate if you are psychologically up for it and you will know in your heart when the time comes. You will do fine if you end up donating. The laparoscopic surgery is so much easier than the open method they used to have. Don’t be afraid to ask your transplant coordinator/nurses/doctors a lot of questions.

      Comment by anne315 — September 30, 2011 @ 12:45 pm |Reply

  3. OK, I think the comments are being changed as I type my email address, but I gave a kidney to my wife May 21 2012, yopur blog is great. Started back to work two weeks after, tired after a full day, may have to work back into it like you did. Best to you!

    Comment by Scott — June 4, 2012 @ 7:38 pm |Reply

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