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
Andrea J Heim joined Holly Werlein (Holdol)'s group
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Women Issues

For women who want to discuss issues about their bodies and how a transplant has affected them physically and emotionally
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
At 9:30am on January 18, 2011, Sue R. 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…

At 4:32am on January 18, 2010, Catherine (Cathy) said…

At 11:30pm on January 17, 2010, Karen Weddick said…
 
 
 

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David Goodman commented on TransplantCafe.com's blog post Have You Come Up With A Transplant Or Other Medical Idea, Innovation, Or Invention?
"Some of us have already passed along meds that were surplus. Do it privately."
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"Ba-a-a-a-a-a-a-d Parrot A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrothad a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary.Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious andlaced with profanity. John tried and tried to…"
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Which Are Healthier Food Choices For Diabetes?

Happy 'S.H.A.R.I.N.G' Sunday! Today's Kidney Fact: Diabetics have to make healthier food choices to avoid a drop in blood sugar which causes Hyperglycemia. (Test your knowledge and kindly share your answer.) You Should Eat A Lot Of This If You Have Diabetes: A) Natural Sugar B) Added Sugar C) Fiber D) Processed foods Note: The correct answer will be provided tomorrow.See More
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Mariel Ammerlaan Carr joined Gabrielle's group
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Liver Transplants

This is a group for all people who have had liver transplants. Feel free to say how long you have been a recipient and what medication you are on. Some doctors hope to have their patients off all medications, any thoughts?
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Mariel Ammerlaan Carr is now a member of TransplantCafe.com - The Gift of eLife!
Sunday
Frank Colangelo posted a status
"Yes I am."
Sunday
HDHONEY replied to Frank Colangelo's discussion Vomiting and Diarrhoea after being exposed to chemicals
"Frank  r u having these problems just when working.  I also have had a liver transplant. Weird that stuff is not agreeing with u. hope u can get answers, sure its not ur med "
Saturday
Frank Colangelo joined Gabrielle's group
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Liver Transplants

This is a group for all people who have had liver transplants. Feel free to say how long you have been a recipient and what medication you are on. Some doctors hope to have their patients off all medications, any thoughts?
Nov 20
Frank Colangelo posted a status
"Hi There is anybody online"
Nov 20
Frank Colangelo posted a discussion

Vomiting and Diarrhoea after being exposed to chemicals

Hello AllJust under three years I had a liver transplant due to cirrohossis and Hep C.  I am back at work but seem to experience vomiting and diarrhoea if I have been exposed to chemicals of any sort.  Understanding fertilser and blood and bone for gardens is a no no for me. My medical team cannot give me any answers and I am wondering if anybody has experienced the same symptoms.  The episodes seem to last up to four to five hours at a time and leaves me very fatigued and wash out.  Hoping someone can give me some answers.Kind regardsFrankSee More
Nov 20
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Gene Cost posted a discussion

Working after Transplant

Hello to everyone,My name is Gene and I was transplanted almost 3 years ago. I suffered from liver failure as a result of Hep C. I am 59 years old now. I suffered a torn rotator cuff as a result of my positioning during my transplant and it took some time to recover from that. I did not have any surgery I simply learned to live with it. I also incurred steroid induced diabetes as a result of the transplant and now have a fair amount of neuropathy in my feet. I have found that I fatigue much easier than I once did. My doctor has concluded that I have also suffered some cognitive impairment and as a result of my illness and I have been declared fully disabled. After a year of rehabilitation I returned to work part time delivering auto parts. I have been working for 18 months now. By federal law I can earn $1070/month and continue to receive disability. I find it difficult to live on my part time wages however I have determined that in order to justify going to work full time I would…See More
Nov 19
TransplantCafe.com commented on TransplantCafe.com's blog post Have You Come Up With A Transplant Or Other Medical Idea, Innovation, Or Invention?
"Yep, Dallas Buyers Club is a great story and example for sure! Personally, I'm with you. Professionally, TC couldn't be involved, unfortunately. And it really is unfortunate because it would help so many people. Sort of like organ donation…"
Nov 17
John Presley Robertson commented on TransplantCafe.com's blog post Have You Come Up With A Transplant Or Other Medical Idea, Innovation, Or Invention?
"Nelson, I understand the laws, but we all know a lot of meds are discarded by patients that don't need them anymore. I don't expect the pharmacies to give it away but there must be away for transplant recipients to do something. Remember…"
Nov 17
TransplantCafe.com commented on TransplantCafe.com's blog post Have You Come Up With A Transplant Or Other Medical Idea, Innovation, Or Invention?
"Hi John, I think that would be a great service for the transplant community and other patients too. However, I don't think the laws allow this, unfortunately. You're right about there being a great need for a program like this for…"
Nov 17

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