It is always nice to hear from donors who donated a long time ago and hearing about the long term health issues. I imagine that over 25 years ago not much was known about donor health other than the fact that people can live with one healthy kidney. we have progressed a little bit in that kidney donors are followed for two years post donation and advised to have an annual health check up with their primary care physicians at least once a year and have blood work and labs done to make sure their lone kidney is compensating. Donors are also advised to avoid over use of NSAIDs (products like aleve, ibuprofen, naproxen) and alert any health provider of their lone kidney status so they are not exposed to any nephrotoxic dyes if not warranted.
Please do check with your own physician about alcohol consumption, the amount of water to drink and certain diets restricting protein, potassium etc. It is important for donors (and anyone for that matter) to know their blood pressure, their weight, cholesterol, creatinine, sugar etc). In this way we can all be proactive in our health care.
What hasn't happened is the long term follow up with donors. I believe the public at large would be willing to learn more about living donation if living donor health was paramount and made a priority instead of shifting the responsibility for follow up care all to the donor.
Ramos, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your sister. This must have been very difficult for you as a sibling and as her donor.
Mel, so encouraging to hear your donated kidney is still filtering and functioning in its new "host". Wishing you and your recipient continued health.
I would love to hear from other long time donors.