Andrea J Heim
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  • Vernon Hills, IL
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Andrea J Heim commented on Holly Werlein (Holdol)'s group Women Issues
"It's a bit early for me-I had a kidney transplant six weeks ago, and had little desire on dialysis (peritoneal). I's like to hear others response. Thanks. Andrea"
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Please Select Your Transplant - Or Tell Us How Else You Were Touched by Transplantation:
Kidney
Recipient: What Type of Donor Did You Receive your Gift of Life From?
Deceased Donor
Which Transplant Medication(s) Do You Take?
Prograff, Prednisone, Myfortic
What Do You Do For a Living? What Are Your Passions, Hobbies, Passtimes, Dreams and Goals for the Future?
I retired from teaching Emotionally Disturbed Adolescents just before I began dialysis. I hope to teach at the community college when I gain some strength. (Have to have a goal!)
About Me: Please use this space to tell the community about you and your unique experience with transplantation:
I am just beginning to be able to spend time at a computer to join websites such as this. I have many questions-do others have similar experiences etc.
I received my kidney the day after Mother's Day from a deceased donor, and was sent home on the 16th. I had much pain, and the answer was -increase pain meds-not find out the reason. I returned to a local hospital on the 17th, was there until the 19th and went back on the 20th, and was ambulanced (a 2 1/2 hour ride )on the 22nd. From the 17th until the 22nd, my internist recommended a "pain therapist" after conferring w/ UW's surgeon. Finallly!!! they did a scan and determined that I had an abscess, peritonitis, and a bladder infection!-thus the transport, draining, removing the cath. (The internist didn't listen to the radiologist who had seen this on my first post transplant hospitalization, and the surgeon did not feel there was a need for post op tests.
I would be here had my husband not continuing to question and be my advocate-I was not able to at that time.
Please Help Us Reach Other Members by Telling Us How You Found Transplant Cafe:
I found it on Google when I was looking up side effects of Prograff.
What Is Your Relationship Status?
Married
Entertainment: What is Your Favorite Type of Music, Bands, Movies, Art, Books, etc.?
I enjoy classical music (regular at Chicago Symphony and Ravinia. I also play mandolin. I also read -much more with time and little energy.

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At 5:23pm on January 18, 2011, Suzanne said…
Happy Birthday Andrea! :)
At 11:00am on January 18, 2011, Karen Weddick said…
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At 4:33pm on January 19, 2010, Holly Werlein (Holdol) said…
Happy Birthday Andrea!! I hope you have a wonderful day of celebrating :) Take care...
At 4:25am on January 19, 2010, Hari Narayan Sharma said…

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Dawn Chick replied to Suzanne Giacherio's discussion Painful mouth tissues - not just thrush this time
"Use salt water rinses to help heal the sores in your moth. Try using artificial saliva to moisten the tissue in your mouth. Biotene products are made for dry mouth as well.  Good Luck"
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Painful mouth tissues - not just thrush this time

  Hello All! I am Suzanne and am medically "well" since the liver transplant in February 2010. I so can relate to the majority of everyone's issues post transplant and most likely medication related side effects. Lately my biggest problem has been my sore mouth tissue - as my dentist call it "dry tissue". This is the absolute worst it has ever been! I have the liquid Nystatin for the thrush but it seems to not be helping at all. Started using coconut oil (since the pulled all my teeth pre-transplant I don't think I can legitimately call it "pulling"). It helps to coat the tissues for awhile, but it is limited.  Today I picked up some raw honey from the local Farmers' Market and will be trying it out shortly. Anyone else relate to this problem?  I know I don't visit this site often, haven't been here since last year. I seem to show up in desperation to tell the truth because no one else gets us, you know what I mean? My husband is comforting as he can be, but it's not what I am looking…See More
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