By Melissa Darnley
Bill said that I was allowed a post before I was booted off for being a urinator so here goes!
Received a kidney from my wonderful husband 10 days ago and today I feel fantastic. Have been thinking about transplant for a long time with a fair amount of fear and trepidation for us both, particularly as I had FSGS which can reoccur in the donor kidney but I am trying not to dwell on that now. So far so good. Creatinine was 132 today so it has been going down steadily and no protein in the wee.
When we checked into PA hospital in Brisbane the impact of what was about to be done to us both hit home. I admit to being frightened but then you get carried along by this freight train (and run over in the process). The Public Health system here in Australia is pretty incredible. Everything is free, there are hot and cold running specialist, surgeons and nurses who whisk you away for every test 24/7. You are monitored constantly as you learn to monitor yourself every day for the first 4 weeks as an out patient then it gradually tapers back to every few months. just knowing that you can ring and speak to someone and be looked after effectively any hour of the day or night is incredibly comforting.
The actual op was over for both of us and we were both up walking the next day. No pain relief other than a few Paracetemol by Day 3. We both have some discomfort when sitting and getting up but hey ! Amazingly good.
All the drugs are subsidised so we only pay a couple of dollars as is transport and accommodation as I have to stay in Brisbane for probably the first 8 weeks.
Andy unfortunately had to come out with a temporary catheter as he is withholding urine but we hope that has rectified itself soon. He is being amazingly positive about it all and is just so happy to see me doing so well and no nocturnal dialysis for 12 days now.
All I can say is this whole journey has been surreal and I would do it all again if I have to. Just seeing all these people with new kidneys and livers improving every day and thinking about the prospect of a free and healthy life ahead of them is so amazing. The organ donor rate in Australia is not good and there are a lot of flaws in the process of getting donor families to approve the removal of a deceased loved ones organs but wow the lives that are saved along the way is mind boggling.