Hi all - I've been a member for a little while but didn't have much to contribute until now.
I had my kidney transplant 4/27 from a living donor (someone that goes to my church but I don't know them). He's a lot bigger than I am and the kidney was a tight fit, but the doctors all tell me that bigger kidneys are better all around. I guess they're easier to connect, work better and right away etc.
The surgery went well and the kidney started working in the OR - 1 liter every 30 mins. They called me the "poster child for kidney transplant" on the unit. :) I stayed in the hospital for 5 days and had a transfusion before I was discharged due to low hemoglobin.
I'm adapting OK to the immunosuppressive meds - tacrolimus and myfortic - I guess. I have to ton of heartburn, sweats and insomnia, I hope those aren't permanent.
The only concern I have is I'm still bleeding through 2-3 pads every day from my incision. I have staples and the top part is fine but the incision over the bladder area is bleeding constantly. I've told the transplant clinic but they aren't too concerned - i think they are not grasping how much bleeding there is 11 days out of surgery. I also have a tremendous amount of bruising, my skin is dark purple from my pubic bone to my hip to my belly button. I also have a lot of pain still and everyone told me that I should be done with that by now. I see the surgeon this Friday but I'm wondering if I seem like I'm not healing as well as I should be or am I just being impatient? I'm so anxious to feel better, to see what it feels like to have a good kidney but I'm plagued with the feeling that I'm stuck in the process.