Kenneth (Ken) Carrell
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mary stjohn and Kenneth (Ken) Carrell are now friends
Dec 16, 2011
Kenneth (Ken) Carrell posted a status
"Has anyone had side affects from the use of Cipro antibiotics?"
Nov 29, 2011
Kenneth (Ken) Carrell posted a status
"Just came back from my 40th High School reunion thanks to a successful transplant 3 and a half years ago. It was great to see old friends."
Sep 3, 2011
Kenneth (Ken) Carrell updated their profile
Jul 4, 2011
Kenneth (Ken) Carrell commented on Robert Rowell's blog post Is this the way it is really goes?
"Hello Robert: I am just over 3 years out on a single lung tx.   The first 6 months your emotions are not to be trusted too much, the meds you are on are really causing havoc with your emotions.   I hope you have a live in caregiver.…"
May 23, 2011
Kenneth (Ken) Carrell left a comment for Mary E. Leal
"Hello Mary: It is my hope this note finds you in a good state of mind and even better finds you in recovery with new lung(s).   Let any anxiety go.  When I was finally  listed I was so relieved knowing that I was going to have a…"
May 3, 2011
Mary E. Leal liked Kenneth (Ken) Carrell's discussion From work to near death in 2 months.
Apr 27, 2011
Kenneth (Ken) Carrell left a comment for Darlene Tanner
"Way to go Darlene: Hang in there, it just keeps getting better and better.  You will have ups and downs, just follow the doctors orders and don't get too careless the first year.  By that I mean wear your mask, use your hand…"
Apr 10, 2011
Kenneth (Ken) Carrell left a comment for Natalie Dee Riggs
"Hey Natalie: How are you doing?  Any closer to getting the call?  Hang in there, it comes when you least expect it.  For me it came less than 4 days after being listed.  My allocation number was very high. Stay as active as you…"
Apr 7, 2011
Kenneth (Ken) Carrell and Morgan McCalvin are now friends
Apr 7, 2011
Kenneth (Ken) Carrell left a comment for jeanne m cherry
"Hello Cherry: My name is Ken and I am a single lung tx. (right) My 3 year aniv. is April 12th. I wanted to ask you how difficult was it to convince your hospital to do a re-transplant? My hospital is Loyola in Chicago and they make a re-transplant…"
Apr 5, 2011
Kenneth (Ken) Carrell left a comment for Selma Tennant
"Selma: Here is my wish for a new strong kidney for you.  Very nice to meet you. Have a great week. Ken"
Apr 3, 2011
Selma Tennant left a comment for Kenneth (Ken) Carrell
"Thank you for such a nice comment. I have not asked about retransplant but they told me that if I ever needed another one I could go back on the list. I am being evaluated for a kidney now and I too have little use of my left (native) lung. It…"
Apr 2, 2011
Kenneth (Ken) Carrell left a comment for Orrin Grosjean
"Keep going stropng Orrin. I am 3 years in April. Right lung tx due to pulmonary fibrosis. Ken Carrell"
Apr 2, 2011
Kenneth (Ken) Carrell left a comment for Diana Cook
"Hello Diana: My name is Ken and I received a right lung 3 years ago. I saw by the last post that you may have received the call for your tx. Hope all is well with you. Ken"
Apr 2, 2011
Kenneth (Ken) Carrell left a comment for Debbie Shoemaker
"Hello Debbie: My name is Ken and I am a single tx with a new right lung. My anniversary is April 12 and it will be 3 years. Drop me a line if you want to chat about the experience. Hope all is well with you. Ken"
Apr 2, 2011

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I worked at a chemical plant for 10 years and was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis as a result of exposure to pigeon droppings. That was June of 2003, I continued without O2 until February of 2008, my third bout of pneumonia sent me to the hospital and 2 months later i was near death on 15LPM and that could not keep my O2 from droping into the 60% range. I was listed on a Tuesday afternoon about 2:30 and the following Saturday at 5 am I got the call.
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Getting the call.

Posted on November 9, 2010 at 4:37pm 0 Comments

Stay positive and stay relaxed, it is out of your hands and in God's hands.

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At 4:29pm on April 2, 2011, Selma Tennant said…

Thank you for such a nice comment. I have not asked about retransplant but they told me that if I ever needed another one I could go back on the list. I am being evaluated for a kidney now and I too have little use of my left (native) lung. It holds a lot of infection so when it rears it's ugly head I know it.

Congrat's on your 3 yr anniversary I wish you continued success. Take care and talk to ya soon.



At 2:12pm on November 28, 2010, Holly Werlein (Holdol) said…
Hi Ken, thanks so much for your comment! I absolutely loved the cruise and am actually going on a family cruise on the new norwegian epic this next wnd :) SO excited!!! I bet your Alaskan cruise was amazing. My sister used to live in eagle river and i would love to go back there in the summertime! I'm so glad you received your liver!! We are truly blessed to be alive. How is everything going for you? Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. We are truly blessed... chat soon my new friend!
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At 8:59pm on November 9, 2010, Holly Werlein (Holdol) said…
Ken, I just wanted to say hi and welcome you to the cafe. This site is amazing and you will find so much support and meet a lot of wonderful people here. I'm so glad you received your gift of life! Life is truly a blessing. Click here to join my kitchen for some delish recipes and tips on how to stay healthy. Also click here to join my awareness group! Take care and enjoy the site :)
At 2:10pm on November 8, 2010, Karen Weddick said…
Hi there Kenneth:

I’d like to welcome you to the Transplant Café. You are now a member of a warm, friendly, supportive, caring, understanding, sensitive and informative site. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll be glad to help you out. So glad you are here and again welcome to the Transplant Café. Also, if you could please add a photo of yourself or something that represents you or your experience with transplantation, or a pet, etc. to your profile so we can get to know you better. It's really easy! Just click this link for the new members guide where you'll find instructions on how to add a photo.
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