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  • Hi, This is Brenda Mcfarlane. I am not new to this group. Sorry I have not kept in touch. I know I may have left too much of my fears of gettng a hernia repair. I did not want to give other recepients the wrong information based on my own anxiety. So I stepped back to regroup, and did my own research. I took the summer off; because I was not ready emotionally for another surgary. Today is November 21, 2022. I have had my new kidney 1 year 1 month and 3 days. Now I am ready. December 8, 2022 I will be seeing a transplant surgeon, a new doctor for a second opinion,  I would like to add to the Group Forum Dicussion everything you are all going through will all be worth it when a year goes by, A coordinator told me this. I have to pinch myself and thank GOD I am alive this year to enjoy another Thanksgiving!    "GOD Bless to you all!

    Mrs. Brenda Ann McFarlane

    • We are all glad you are here for another Thanksgiving too!

  • Hi fellows,

    I was wondering why my triglycerides and cholesterol shoot up. I never had this before am only 39kg, 4'11 in height and very cautious on my diet. May be I would ask what statins your doctor prescribed. Thank you and specially to kidneyboy

    • Watch out for any and all process foods.  They clog up your blood with fatty substance ie the stuff your body don't break down...bad fat...yes, there is good fat, it's called brown fat.  Look it up!!!

      • Thank you very much

  • Greetings all,

    I'm writing to inquire for this acquaintance/myself:

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/uva-refused-shamgar-kidney-because-he-re...

    Shamgar and I have both been told our eligibility for transplant is contingent upon taking the experimental covax. Both of us have had/recovered from covid. Our natural immunity is being ignored and denigrated.

    Yet, Shamgar noted that no unvaxed cadaver organ is being denied transplant!

    "Comments?"

    UVA Denied Shamgar kidney because of vax refusal, organized by Lauren Connors
    My husband has 5 stage kidney failure and is on dialysis every night w… Lauren Connors needs your support for UVA Denied Shamgar kidney because of va…
    • To be a recipient involves taking high doses of immunosuppressant medication that negate your immunity to Covid and many other weak viruses. It also blocks the effect of the Covid-19 vaccination, producing low blood levels of antibodies to combat "invaders." I do not know of any program that doesn't require complete compliance to receive an organ, Please let us know if you find one, sorry.

      •  You're right.  There are MANY requirements of recipient & donor, and no steps (or shots) can be skipped for any reason. I had live donor TX 2 yrs ago, had my Moderna Covid shots  & 1 booster.  I then caught Omicron. Same symptoms as everybody else, and no worse. The head & bronchial congestion lasted 2 weeks, but I wasn't sick. Just like a bad cold. I'm going to get another booster in the future, but I won't get the Evusheld shots reccommended for TX patients.  It says more TX patients with a heart problem got SERIOUS heart problems from Evusheld shots than TX people w/o previous heart problems.  So I'm out. I have a narrowing & leaking aeortic valve. Not worth taking a chance.  

      • I tried posting this reference to naturally-acquired immunity to Covid: https://brownstone.org/articles/79-research-studies-affirm-naturall...

        I'm not an MD or a scientist but if what you (Kidneyboy) say is true then it is counterintutive to require ANY vaccines before kidney transplant--you're essentially saying that the immunosuppressants invalidate any mRNA or naturally-acquired antibodies. 

        Again, if what you say is true, then monoclonal antibody treatments would be ineffective for transplant patients on immunosuppressives (by the same logic).

        I think someone with the credentials to address these facts needs to weigh in to objectively--if it can be known from available data to-date.

        150 Research Studies Affirm Naturally Acquired Immunity to Covid-19: Documented, Linked, and Quoted…
        This follow-up chart is a list of 91 scientific studies and evidence on natural immunity to allow you to draw your own conclusions..
        • You get all of the required shots BEFORE transplant.  You don't get the TX if you don't compete the testing & requiements.  Too many people are willing and able to fill ALL requirements in order to receive a miracle kidney and a new life.  Think it over ... 

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