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.…"
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…"
"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…"
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…"
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…"
"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…"
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.
Please Select Your Transplant - Or Tell Us How Else You Were Touched by Transplantation:
Recipients: In This Space, Feel Free To Write About Those You Are Grateful to for Receiving The Gift Of Life:
I thank God first, I am grateful to my Wife and Daughter second, and all the staff at Loyola in Chicago. And not least of all is my donor who lost her life but was generous enough to be an organ donor. I have thanked her Mother and the family that she left behind. I still remain in touch with them
Recipient: What Type of Donor Did You Receive your Gift of Life From?
Which Transplant Medication(s) Do You Take?
Prednisone, prograf, and imuran along with antibiotics and 12 other medications.
What Do You Do For a Living? What Are Your Passions, Hobbies, Passtimes, Dreams and Goals for the Future?
I was an engineer for a global engineering and construction company. The best company I have worked for in my 33 years.
About Me: Please use this space to tell the community about you and your unique experience with transplantation:
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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What Is Your Relationship Status?
Entertainment: What is Your Favorite Type of Music, Bands, Movies, Art, Books, etc.?
I love all types of music with the exception of rap and heavy metal type stuff.
Favorite movie Citizen Kane
I love to make pastel sketch drawings
JRR Tolken my favorite series of books.
Love my Dachshund Buddy
Very devout Catholic.
I am a Penn State alum, Olivet Nazarene alum and a University of St. Francis alum in 2004.
What is Your Favorite Quote(s)?
Life is short and death is sure the hour of death remains obscure.
A soul you have and only one, if that be lost all hope is gone.
Waste not your time while time shall last for after death it is ever past.
The all-seeing God your Judge will be, and heaven or hell your destiny.
All earthly things will pass away, eternity will forever stay.
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.
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!
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 :)
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.
Here’s a link that might help you get started: www.transplantcafe.com/forum/topic/show?id=2024407:Topic:2985
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"I have also been told to use salt water rinses when I was dealing with some sore mouth tissue many years ago. I struggle constantly now with a dry mouth, most likely due to my medications and the difficulty I have in tolerating large…"
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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