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  • I have been through plasmapherisis post-Tx when I recieved my second Tx. Antibodies showed up shortly after surgery and after a few IV treatments, things settled down. 

    Dealing with the stresses that come with having my mortality threatened took a little longer. This is not an easy road we all travel and my only advice for dealing with it is to concentrate only on what you have control over and focus on those things in your life that bring you true joy. For me, that was my memories of my two young sons and our adventures together. Though not easy to do with all the poking and prodding I endure during numerous hospital stays, it was a very effective tool.

    It is my sincerest hope that your issues subside and you are able to resume a life in good health. Perhaps you will make new memories that will get you past any subsequent "bumps" in the road ahead.

    • Thanks kidneyboy,

       

      Sorry for the late response. I was transplanted on Feb 13th and I am doing ok so far. I am very worried about antibodies coming back. What were the signs that they were back for you?

      • Throughout the diagnosis and treatment, I never felt any different, however, my blood work was off. I did "feel" the enhanced prednisone IV (Solu-Medrol...(like wearing a hat that was two sizes too small and high blood sugars.)) I was diagnosed very early (a few hours after surgery) in recovery, from 2nd Tx implantation. I was told it was because I had my first Tx for so long (13 years,) that my body reacted to the new visitor.  I underwent 6 treatment sessions and haven't needed any further.

        • It is my second.transplant as well. I am doing ok but my last creatinine has increased from 1.1 to 1.2 I am worried about any little change. Waiting for my dr to respond on the test results.

          • That really isn't a big move in Creatinine level, well within the effect of dehydration, medications,  other variables. I wish you good luck with the new Tx! May you enjoy a long happy and healthy 2nd, 2nd chance @ life.

            • Thanks and best of luck to you as well

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