It’s Not Like They Put a Kidney In And You’re Good To Go
One of the things I promised myself when I started writing this blog is that I’d always be honest about my experiences on dialysis or my problems and pain associated with my illness. I wanted to educate people who weren’t on dialysis and I wanted people on dialysis to know that there are other patients out there who go through similar experiences.
So, I don’t want to do anything any different when I write about the transplant process. I am starting the second month of my transplant and for the most part I am still doing really well. My blood work as been so good that even the doctor has been surprised. I still, for the most part, feel great or I should say, felt great up until about a week ago.
I am currently having an issue that I’ve read 1 out of 10 transplant patients have – the area around the new kidney is very swollen and my doctor says that she can feel fluid around it. The area is very noticeably swollen and hard and quite painful to me right now, more painful than the actual surgery was. From what I’ve been told, sometimes this problem can be taken care of on its own – and from what I’ve read, it can also be drained, if it needs to be.
To be honest, it bothers me. I’m not sure why it does because I know that there are a lot of issues and side effects associated with kidney transplants and I knew that when I got on the list for one. I do believe that the risks outweigh getting a kidney and I’m still very happy about the transplant. I also know that this is just a small “bump in the road” and this will be worked out soon.
I guess the point of this blog post is that I didn’t go into the transplant process thinking that it would be easy or that there wouldn’t be problems. That wouldn’t have been realistic and if nothing else, I consider myself to be realistic. When I saw my doctor last week and I told her of my concerns, she reminded me that it’s only been a month and that I am walking around with an “extra” organ in my body. Isn’t it weird that they don’t remove either of the bad kidneys? They just put the new one in and they don’t put it in the back near the other kidneys…they put it in the front. ( Just a couple of interesting kidney facts for all of you who didn’t know that:-)
I’ll keep you all posted on what happens – as always, prayers are appreciated.
*I want to thank everyone that has sent me well wishes from Facebook‘s National Kidney Foundation page. I’ve heard from some people who have shared their experiences with me and that helps me in so many ways!