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Offline rends

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Bone marrow and kidney donation - hospital stay advice?
« on: April 17, 2019, 11:55:57 AM »
Hi all,

I'm new to this forum. My donation is scheduled for Monday, April 29.  :) I'm a 26 y/o woman, donating to my cousin who is a male in his 40s. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to donate. My experience so far has been really positive. I've become closer with the recipient and his family through the process.

We were contacted by the research center to be evaluated to participate in a new clinical trial. We'll be the second pair to participate. The jist is they're going to take an aspiration of my bone marrow during the kidney removal (i'll be out- thankfully!), then they'll create stem cells to make an infusion for the recipient. This is meant to help reduce rejection and decrease the need for immunosuppressant drugs. It's still very new, so it could have no benefit.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has any specific tips for the in-hospital recovery period and the two weeks after surgery - for either kidney donation or bone marrow donation? Any specific items I should bring to the hospital? Any feedback or advice that anyone has to offer would be greatly appreciated. I haven't had a chance to speak to any other living donors so I hope someone replies to this :)

Sincerely,
Robyn
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Re: Bone marrow and kidney donation - hospital stay advice?
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2019, 07:55:59 AM »
Hi, Robyn!

Here's a link to a document on preparing for a hospital stay. It was written in 2001 but still has some useful ideas: http://livingdonorsonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Surgery-Tips.pdf

This question has come up a few times here and here are the message threads:

http://livingdonorsonline.org/ldosmf/index.php?topic=1553.msg5205#msg5205
http://livingdonorsonline.org/ldosmf/index.php?topic=1501.msg4978#msg4978
http://livingdonorsonline.org/ldosmf/index.php?topic=947.msg3276#msg3276

You might also post your question on the LDO Facebook page to get some more current responses.

Best of luck!
Michael
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