I would like to thank my family and friends for the tremendous support that I have received since my kidney transplant. Bob stayed with me for 3 weeks following the transplant. He was driving me to clinic twice a weeks, shopping for groceries, and being Nurse Bob. Eric has been a tremendous help in taking me to the hospital on several occasions and staying in Carlsbad until I become stable. Many people have driven me to doctors appointments, provided fabulous meals, sent cards, gifts, plants and written emails – the outpouring is overwhelming and for this I am eternally grateful. I hope that I can offer this same support to everyone in the future. At this point, I am mobile again and can drive to appointments and shopping. I've started going out to eat and maybe will attend a few events. I still need to worry about germs and infections so I need to be careful.
Mark is doing well back in Palatine and has almost totally recovered from his operation. Mark's family, Marla, Ben and Leah and Marla's family have been supportive of the entire paired exchange program since we decided to enter the program. The gift of life is a wonderful thing.
My PD catheter has been removed – so no more dialysis. I can now go swimming again. Too bad it's winter.
Now for the not so good news…..Although things seemed to be progressing with my recovery, on Nov 11th, following a routine kidney biopsy, the doctors determined that my body was beginning to reject the new kidney. They decided on an agressive treatment of predisone infusions over 5 days, then oral prednisone for 6 days. Although the intial result is positive, we won't know for several weeks whether the treatment is working or whether the problem will recur. So the next few weeks and months will be a day-to-day monitoring situation with blood tests, biopsies, testing, etc.
The prognosis looks good. Rejection is common after the first month following a transplant. The treatment works in 70% of the cases. So I'm staying positive, following doctors orders, and trying to stay patient. (not my strong suit)