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Living Donation Forum / Re: Tuesday Surgery
« Last post by Sheri on July 16, 2019, 11:17:33 AM »
Thinking about both of you today and wishing you all the best!
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Living Donation Forum / Re: Tuesday Surgery
« Last post by Fr Pat on July 16, 2019, 01:05:31 AM »
Praying for you both.
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Living Donation Forum / Re: Tuesday Surgery
« Last post by Orchidlady on July 15, 2019, 08:52:32 AM »
Best of luck and wishing you both a successful surgery!
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Living Donation Forum / Re: Tuesday Surgery
« Last post by Butterflyintraining on July 15, 2019, 04:34:47 AM »
Thank you Michael and Sherry.  I am in Houston Texas area and feel very lucky to be here in a place with some of the best hospitals in the nation.  I love our doctors and the team at the hospital.   

My parents, siblings, mother in law and sister in law all live very close.  And I have an aunt from out of town who will be coming in to help us after surgery.   My support system is an amazing set of family in addition to friends.   

I’m ready for Tuesday!!!
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Living Donation Forum / Re: Tuesday Surgery
« Last post by sherri on July 14, 2019, 01:44:43 PM »
Best of luck to you and your husband. Where are you donating? Do you have a good support system?

keep us posted and let us know how it goes.

Sherri
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Living Donation Forum / Re: Tuesday Surgery
« Last post by Michael on July 14, 2019, 08:36:04 AM »
Best of luck with the surgery on Tuesday!
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Living Donation Forum / Tuesday Surgery
« Last post by Butterflyintraining on July 13, 2019, 04:28:46 PM »
I’ve been reading through the forum for a couple months now but decided today to open an account and make my first post.   

I am scheduled for surgery on Tuesday.  I am donating a kidney (in a swap) on behalf of my husband.   He was diagnosed acute failure in December and ESRD in March.   

I’m excited and yet feeling a bit nervous now that it’s so close.  Just wanted to share and introduce myself.   

I’m sure that the Facebook route has more responses but I’m not on Facebook anymore.   
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Living Donation Forum / Re: Expected recovery time for 53 y/o kidney donor?
« Last post by Orchidlady on July 10, 2019, 09:08:56 AM »
I was 50 when I donated.

I remember seeing a lot of people saying how they healed so quick and were back to work in 4 weeks, etc. So I asked the surgeon at one of our initial visits, since I had a desk job, if he thought I could go back to work at 4 weeks. He looked at me rather sternly and said "We tell people 6 weeks because that is literally how long it takes your body to heal - (dramatic pause) - whether you cooperate or not!

It was the first time I had ever been in a hospital overnight and the first time I ever had surgery so it was quite a shock to my system. I had been exercising regularly for a year and working with a trainer 3 days a week specifically with an eye to the surgery. It still took me the six weeks. I began to feel back to normal around the 4th week. I went back to work half days at 5 1/2 weeks - even then I had to take a "power nap" when I got home. The surgeon was pretty much right on the money with the 6 weeks.

Age does play a role in recovery and, as Sherri said, you need to be aware that there could be some issues that do draw out the recovery time.
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Living Donation Forum / Re: Expected recovery time for 53 y/o kidney donor?
« Last post by sherri on July 09, 2019, 09:24:45 PM »
Welcome to the forum,

sounds like 3 months could work but with any surgery you may need to consider if there are complications or if the surgery gets delayed will you be able to make it back by Jan 2020. Are you donating to a specific recipient? What happens if the surgery gets delayed due to an infection or other setback? Also will the DOD take into account your surgery and allow you to go back to work after Jan 2020.

Most donors do recover well in about 6-8 weeks. there are lifting restrictions for that time and you do have to give yourself time to heal.

best of luck to you and keep us posted how things go.

Sherri
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Living Donation Forum / Re: Expected recovery time for 53 y/o kidney donor?
« Last post by Fr Pat on July 09, 2019, 04:22:52 AM »
There is quite a variety on recovery times among kidney donors. Some bounce back very quickly, while others have a longer recovery, or even complications. 3 months, I think, is reasonable to hope for, but it is wise to have plans in place IF more time is needed.
     These days many more donors check in at the FaceBook page of "living Donors on Line" and "Living kidney donors support group". If you post there also you may get more responses than here.
          Fr. Pat (donor at age 56, 18 years ago)
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