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  • I am four years out this week from my transplant.  My wife was the donor.   The combination of CellCept, prograf and prednisone was causing a lot of skin cancer, and earlier this year I had to undergo 5 MOHs surgeries in a 2 month time span, the last surgery nearly took my ear off.  The transplant team decided to take me off CellCept.  They were considering substituting with Seralimus, but instead decided to see if the prograf and prednisone could suffice alone.   Now 3 months off the CellCept, my creatinine level is 0.8 with no trace of antibodies.  The prednisone (5 mg daily) has caused a degradation in my tendons and osteoporosis.   I tore two major tendons in my right rotator cuff and because of the osteoporosis, the ortho doc doesn't think surgery would be successful.    Anyway am very thankful I never had to go under dialysis.

  • Back to Michael Thomas Payne's original question.  I am 9 weeks out from my kidney transplant.  I needed more help from my parents than your daughter would (because I have a child and my husband was my donor, so someone needed to run the household while we were both recovering) but based on my experience, I would estimate that she will need your hands on help for about 3 weeks.  This excludes any lifting she may need to do and maybe driving, depending on how long she's on pain meds.  I was off prescription pain meds about 3-4 days after I came home from the hospital (was in hospital for 5 days) and was back to driving at 2 weeks

  • My daughter is 17 and has Alports. She will need a new kidney at some point . Will me or my wife need to give up work to care for her after the operation? 

    • There will be an initial recovery/learning period that she will undertake and she will need your help from time to time. Every Tx is as unique, as is the recipient! My second Tx had me popping out of bed the next day without pain meds, while my first had me hospitalized for a lengthy stay. Average full recovery is one to three months, though your support will not be a full-time job. 

      Children are resilient and overcome obstacles, so I wouldn't plan on her future restrictions. Rather, I would hold on for dear life, as she will amaze you both. There will be this venue to help her when she needs others support as well. I pray she receives her Tx and lives a happy, normal life.

  • I am one month post transplant. I feel heaviness on right side where new kidney is placed. I also feel that something new is placed there,a feeling of new part. Is it something common.would it take sometime to settle it down and be a part of my body or do i need to see my Tx team. I feel comfortable when i press it or hold it.

    My other issue is that i feel v hungry now. My food intake has increased 3 times. My nephrologist says it is because of deltacartil(steroid). My craving for sweet has increased. I wana control it because it has increased my weight. When i take fruit or vegetables i feel more hungry.


    • Hello Naheed,

      It is quite common to feel your new kidney for a while after a Tx. Connective tissue and structural fat must grow back to support and protect your new visitor.  I believe I stopped "feeling": my Tx at about three months. 

      Unfortunately, weight gain is also a common occurrence in life with a Tx. Tacrolimus and Steroids affect blood sugar and appetite levels. Staying on a low protein, sodium free diet will help. I wish you great success with your Tx and pray you enjoy many, many years in good health.

      Renal diet from NKF

      • Thanks for reply.

    • What a beautiful sight!

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