Andrea J Heim
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  • Vernon Hills, IL
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Jan 19, 2010
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"
Jul 8, 2009
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Jul 8, 2009
Andrea J Heim is now a member of TransplantCafe.com - The Gift of eLife!
Jun 27, 2009

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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…
Happy Birthday Pictures, Images and Photos
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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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Margaret Kelly replied to Margaret Kelly's discussion Problems with pain in chest and weak bones
"Hi I'm also suffering from depression at the moment as well, Went to Doctors last week for blood tests and it has came back with a high eosinophil count of over 0.9 (recetionist wouldn't tell me the exact count) After 'googling'…"
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Robert Keith Surridge posted a status
"Get out and enjoy the things that make life worth living. Be active, don't sit around and feel sorry for yourself, thats to easy."
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Robert Keith Surridge posted a status
"Hi I do not go on the Transplant Cafe very often, but today my message to all transplant patients is to live strong and enjoy life."
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HDHONEY left a comment for Robert Keith Surridge
"Robert  wow. u sound like u have a crazy story like mine, I ended up in hospital for 4 months. Cancer of liver cirohises,hep.c.  I am only taking.   Prograf. My Dr. has me on magnesium for leg cramps.   I get…"
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HDHONEY replied to Stefan's discussion Hello, I am new here
"Hey no worries it is a  scarey thing.  Hang in there make sure everyone washes hands a lot. Keep her away from people till she's feeling good. We will be praying for ur family.  I hope all is well. God bless you both"
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HDHONEY left a comment for Linda J Vaughan
"Hi Linda, I read your story I am happy for u. I also had a liver transplant. Its been little over 2 yrs. For me. I would love to talk."
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HDHONEY left a comment for Brad shwidock
"hi  Brad I was reading ur story about ur liver transplant, how r u doing at this time?   I had a transplant little over 2 years I'm doing well. I feel sick a lot, some. Pain but  better than life before. Would like to talk…"
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HDHONEY replied to Margaret Kelly's discussion Problems with pain in chest and weak bones
"Hi I also have pain after 2 and a half yrs. Out from liver transplant. Don't know what it is. I have some depression. I've gained a lot of weight back  darn it.  Not sure what to do."
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HDHONEY posted a status
"Hi I am a liver transplant patient looking for someone to talk to. My name is tami"
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Ali Barton left a comment for Irena Bucci
"Hi irena! Thanks for your sweet comment! I just got back home to Boston on Saturday! Feeling great :-) talk to you soon!"
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Phil Keyes replied to Phil Keyes's discussion Post transplant blues
"Tampa General Hospital, where I got my new " lease on life"  has just started a support group for pre-transplant patients as well as care givers.  Separate groups plus additional times together.  I do think that the long…"
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Clare mcgee replied to Phil Keyes's discussion Post transplant blues
"Hi phil, Yes we have to make the most of it, just wished I'd realised this earlier than now as it has took me 2 years to come to terms with it all! God bless."
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