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Thread: Tranplants (hubby got a new kidney & pancreas)

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    Hi,

    I was wondering if there was anyone else here that has had any types of transplants, family or friends.

    My hubby had been a severe diabetic since 3rd grade and in 1989 both kidneys shut down and was on home dialysis and still worked a full time job.

    On September 18, 1990 he got a new kidney and pancreas transplant and no longer a diabetic! He takes rejection meds for the rest of his life.

    He is now 54 years old and doing great.

    Karen

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    No I don't know any transplant people but am so happy that your DH is doing so well! I wish him continued success!!

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    Thanks Janstar!

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    Not a transplant recipient. I am however so happy to hear the good news. What a blessing that must be for all of you! I will wish continued good health for him. He has to be so relieved to not need all the meds any longer. You had to be strong to supporting him through those challenges. Thats what family is all about.

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    I am so happy for you and your husband diabetes is a terrible disease.

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    What a wonderful thing to hear!!!

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    So glad to hear he is doing so well!! My son has been a bad diabetic since the age of 19, and takes shots twice a day now. It is a terrible disease.

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    In 1987 My husband took a physical for a job and discovered he had a kidney disease that had a 20% chance of ending with a transplant. For years he didn't think much about it. It doesn't pay to worry with an autoimmune disease since there is nothing you can do. In Feb 1998 he got sick enough to need the transplant. His father offered a kidney and the imaging showed a cyst next to his right kidney. They decided to go for the right side. Jorge was under anesthesia with a central line on. I went home with the kids when I got a call from Jorge. I was very surprised. I went back to the hospital. He didn't get the kidney because the cyst turned out to be a cancer tumor, associated with heavy smokers. H eis a heavy smoker, but his lungs were clear, so they assumed he was fine. The center said they would go now with his mother, who didn't even offer a kidney to her own son. I told them I don't want to chance what they could find in his mother, living with this heavy smoker most of her life, so I told them we would go to another center and don't tell them he had a mother. I worked at the hospital where this happened and the DR doing the surgery was a friend of mine. I started having all the testing done to give him my kidney. I April 1998 we were back there, on Tax day, having our surgeries done. His father was on my side all the time, his mother didn't even go to the hospital until 3 days later. My mother came fromPuerto Rico to care for the kids. It has been almost 12 years and he is well. The midication he takes has made him a diabetic, but very mild and with insulin, excercise and diet, that is under control as well.

    I spoke at a transplant group as a motivationar for donors and got to meet a young man who had a kidney and pancreas. To me that is marvelous. I am glad your husband is doing well.

    Maria

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    Needed to add that the hopspital sent my FIL a bill for $140,000 for the surgery. It was their mistake . They failed to follow up on the shadow or cyst next to the kidney. They have a grant taht pays for the donor's surgery, but since there was no transplant, they didn't pay. I appreciate the fact that they saved their life, but they could have sent his to hi VA hospital to have it taken care of. His insurance wouldn't pay anywhere else. I cad to mention I would call a lawyer for them to erase the charges. I don't know anybody that can pay $140K out of pocket.

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    I'm sooo glad to hear your DH is doing well with his transplants. I have signed my card...have you all?

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    I am so glad to hear both of your DH's are doing well after that. I had a very near and dear to my heart loved one that had a transplant twice and it just never worked out well for her. I believe it was about 4 years ago that she decided to turn off the dialysis and pass away. It was better for her she was not living a life. This was my aunt, but my mom being a single mom growing up I spent alot of summers with my aunt and she is the one who got me into crafting and cooking and all the things I love. We did so much with her and I have many great memories of her, she was like a mom to me. But she is in a better place now, it is no life to lead when you dont have a good kidney, she was in and out of hospitals since before her first transplant, diabetic and she had lupus. I can remember a counter full of meds she had to take, even before the transplants. So I am soooo glad for you that your husbands have done so well, that is a true blessing!

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    MY donor card has been signed for 20 years. I remember when I first did it I needed to witness to sign, my husband and a co-worker.

    So glad your husbands are doing well..

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    I am so sorry to hear about your Aunt. I am sure it was a very difficult situation and a tough desicion to make. She must have been a very strong and determined woman. Bess her soul.

    On the day we did our transplant there was another one going onbetween twin sisters and it didn't work. The organ was lost and had to be removed within hours of surgery. I felt horrible. There were Jorge and I, not blood related, walking the hallways to recover, and on the other hand twin sisters, walking around as well, because after all, they had the surgeries happened, trying to recover as well. They were bitter and asked the nurses to allow them to walk around only if Jorge and I were not. They didn't want to see us. I didn't blame them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brushandthimble
    MY donor card has been signed for 20 years. I remember when I first did it I needed to witness to sign, my husband and a co-worker.

    So glad your husbands are doing well..
    Even if the card is signed, make sure your family members know your wishes, because even if you sign, your family can change that, sometimes by ignorance.

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    My card has been signed for almost as many years as I have had my license :D:D:D My family members (except one) are all signed up as donor's too!!!
    My uncle had a kidney transplant, the kidney came from a cousin. He and my cousin both came through the surgeries with flying colors.
    I am also on the bone marrow donor list :wink:

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    My DMIL was given a kidney transplant many years ago. Unfortunately it failed, imho partly due to negative thinking. They did put her back on the transplant list, but she passed before her name came up again. In the years I knew her before she passed, she was a very strong woman despite all her sickness and she fought the good fight all the way to the end...it was liver cancer that took her. I am so glad to hear that your DH is doing well and wish you all the best in the years to come.

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    i only know one other kidney transplant recipient, and has done fine for over 20 years. he's on his 2nd, but works full time, long hours with lots of stress. he works construction. he's almost 60 and still going strong. i agree it's also a positive outlook that helps. btw, maride, his twin sister refused to help him. he had to wait for a stranger while he was on full-time dialysis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    i only know one other kidney transplant recipient, and has done fine for over 20 years. he's on his 2nd, but works full time, long hours with lots of stress. he works construction. he's almost 60 and still going strong. i agree it's also a positive outlook that helps. btw, maride, his twin sister refused to help him. he had to wait for a stranger while he was on full-time dialysis.
    I guess sometimes people are just afraid of being hurt. Jorge's mother didn't even go to the screening when his father and I went. She is a good woman, but she needs to be the center of attention. She couldn't handle the fact that Jorge was during that time. She even faked being sick shortly after their surgery.

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    I don't know of a kidney or pancreas transplant, but I have an uncle that gets pigs valves in his heart, every so many years, since aged ten.
    He is on disability, but stays as busy as he can and is a very talented man, and has used it to the best of his ability.
    He is a really good person. When I call, since he lives with my grandmother, sometimes those things work out perfectly for both parties...I talk to him longer than grandma. (she is 93 and gets tired).
    Great that your hubby is now 54 and still doing well! Probably bc he has a loving, supportive wife by his side ;)

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    I don't know of anyone that has had a transplant, but my DH had severe pancreatitis nineteen yrs. ago and is now a diabetic. He wasn't expected to make it and was a father of four and only 38 at the time. I'll be thinking of you and prayers for you and your family. My donor card has been signed for over 20 yrs. I do know of someone that donated their son's organs when he was in a tragic motorcycle accident. What an awesome why to keep your son alive thru someone else.

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