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Is the cure worth the end result

Updated on January 28, 2011
The beginning of my new life
The beginning of my new life | Source

Is the cure worth the end result?

In the course of receiving Kidney Donation Five months ago I was blessed with a new life. However no one told me I had to be retrained . It was bad enough getting through all the twist and turns of adjustment to a new body part, but there was more.

About the time I figured the new Kidney was ok and working fine, but I had a new problem. The drugs that allow the new Kidney to work inside of an old worn out Norwegian body, sometimes  reared its ugly head. One of the main drugs called Prednisone, one of the anti rejection drugs used to keep my system working with the new parts. That’s kind of like putting a Chevrolet motor in a Ford and just expecting the switch to work without any problems.

 Once the parts learn to get along and play well together things go pretty good. For the benefit of others looking to receive this gift, I listed a few side effects to be expected

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

· eye pain, decreased or blurred vision, or bulging eyes

· fever, sore throat, sneezing, cough, or other signs of infection, wounds that will not heal

· frequent passing of urine

· increased thirst

· mental depression, mood swings, mistaken feelings of self-importance or of being mistreated

· pain in hips, back, ribs, arms, shoulders, or legs

· swelling of feet or lower legs

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

· confusion, excitement, restlessness

· headache

· nausea, vomiting

· skin problems, acne, thin and shiny skin

· weight gain

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

For those of who felt so dam good and had the world by the tail after the transplant, its quit a letdown to have someone tell you that you are being a pain. The Medication used to help the Kidney adjust to its new surroundings is nothing short of a miracle drug. My suggestion to those that have had to use this drug is to study the side effects long before its use. Learning the adjustment on your own can be overwhelming to say the least.

There are several other drugs that we take to merge the Kidney into a strange environment such as or body to the new kidney on the block. Just try to imagine how it was when you were a kid and had to transfer to a new school in a new state with a new parent. It’s quite similar in nature.

It’s just part of the whole healing process, the one who has been chosen to receive a new Kidney or other body part needs to learn and ask your doctor about. This makes for a better life with the people around you.


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    Miki 6 years ago

    You are so strong Mick. You amaze me! :)

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    saintodd 6 years ago from Suffolk, VA

    Thanks for being so vulnerable and honest. Very real post.