Eight weeks

Today marks eight weeks since my donor surgery.  I went for my first get back into shape/training hike two days ago.  It felt good to be out.  However, due to my previous lack of activity I was definitely winded earlier than I should have been for some portions of the trail, but I managed to keep up with my hiking partner, Rob.  I was also very, very sore in the aftermath of the hike.

Other than that, there’s not a lot to report.  I’m still feeling better and better.  I’m hesitant to call myself 100% back, but I think I’m very close.  I was tempted to call my coordinator yesterday and tell how good I was feeling, but I didn’t.

Labs

The lab results are back from my second follow up and everything looks great.  My creatinine levels are really good, so my lone kidney has picked up the slack.

Second follow up

As promised, here are the updates from my second follow up appointment earlier today.  First I met with my surgeon, everything checked out fine and my restrictions have been lifted.  I can now resume all normal activities, and that I just need to listen to my body and not overdo it.  They did take blood and urine samples to run labs on to make sure all is truly well.  I should have the results from those tomorrow.

Following that I met with my coordinator and got an update on my recipient.  He’s doing well and is getting back to his normal activities.  He apparently is an outdoorsman who enjoys fishing.  She did say that he mentioned wanting to meet me and I let her know I’m still on the fence about whether or not I would want to do that.  Additionally she asked about my whole thoughts on the experience.  And I let her know that I gladly tell anyone about my experience.  I told her how valuable it had been for me to have Kerri’s donor Amy available to answer my questions along the way.  She then asked if she could use me in that fashion for future donors and I said I would be happy to do so.  She also offered other opportunities for me to help.  She said they have a patient advisory council for the transplant with whom they consult on different topics and that I would be more than welcome to participate in that.  She also mentioned that, assuming it’s successful, would love to use my Grand Canyon hike story as well, possibly even through the hospital’s press/PR department.  She also gave me some goodies.

SWAG

My next follow up appointment won’t be until early December, six months post surgery.

Testing, testing

Today I decided to test things a little and see where I’m at physically.  I did one pull-up and a few push-ups.  Hanging for the pull-up, I could still feel the tension around the large incision.  But, other than that things felt okay.  I felt really out of shape after, meaning I’ve got a lot of work to do.

Six weeks

It’s hard for me to believe that it has already been six weeks since my surgery.  The time has flown by.  I still feel like I’m feeling little bits better each and every day.  I’d say I’m at about 95% now.  I’m really hoping to be able to start working out at least a little soon as I still need to start getting back into shape and getting my energy and stamina levels up.

Picking nits

I checked in with my coordinator to see about my next follow up appointment which should be next week and I got an immediate reply of:

“You have an appointment 7/24 at 2:00 PM, see you then.”

I know I’m picking nits here, but I find this quite annoying.  First, that I’m not asked if this time works for me, just here’s your appointment.  Luckily, I can make it then.  Second, that as quick as the response was I have to assume the appointment was already on the books.  If I hadn’t asked, how long would it have been until I found out?

Five weeks!

Today marks five weeks since surgery.  I continue to feel better and better every day, even with the stress of having returned to work.  I can now sneeze and cough without any pain, just the slightest of twinges.  There’s still some tightness and pulling around the large incision as well as the one numb spot still.  I’m still waiting for my next follow up appointment to be scheduled.

Quick update

Though today is not my first day back to work (I worked on July 3rd and 5th), today marks the start of my first “real” work week back.  My boss is off-site all week (and I’m on point for our team) and I am on-call as well.  So this could lead to a stressful seven days.  But, I’m feeling pretty good.  I’d say I’m at 90%.  I can tell I’ve gotten a little out of shape over the past few weeks. I normally take the stairs (six flights) up every morning and today I got winded by the time I got to my floor.  But, it felt good to do at least that amount of “exercise”.  I look forward to doing more.

I’m still waiting to hear back on the scheduling of my next follow-up appointment (it should be next week) which will hopefully release me to more strenuous activity.

I was sitting in a meeting earlier and had this odd feeling.  It just felt strange at that moment to realize that I’ve only got one kidney and that a piece of me is out there somewhere living on in another human being.