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:
The parents of my donor,The Transplant Doctors,Nurses on the Transplant Floor at St. Lukes Episcopal Hospital in Houston,Texas. Especially The Transplant Surgeon,Dr.O Frazier and his Team and Dr.Pat Hogan my Transplant Cardiologist. The Lord Almighty for giving them the ability to do the transplant.
Recipient: What Type of Donor Did You Receive your Gift of Life From?
Which Transplant Medication(s) Do You Take?
Cyclosporine and Cellcept
What Do You Do For a Living? What Are Your Passions, Hobbies, Passtimes, Dreams and Goals for the Future?
About Me: Please use this space to tell the community about you and your unique experience with transplantation:
My Name is Raymond (Ray) M. Lesak, I live in Victoria,Texas. I had a heart attackin 1982, and received 6 bypass grafts at Galvestons,John Sealy Hospital shortly there after.I went back to work in the rental garment business until 1995 when I had another heart attack and developed congestive heart failure.I spent a week in a Victoria Hospital and the cardiologist said that they could do nothing for me. He asked if I would be receptive to trying to get a heart transplant.I was sent to Houston where I was in ICU for 4 months before receiving a heart from a 19 year old male who had been murdered.Since then I have done great.
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Entertainment: What is Your Favorite Type of Music, Bands, Movies, Art, Books, etc.?
All types of Music except Hip Hop and Rap. Seldom go to Movies.Love Mysteries and Wesern Books.
What is Your Favorite Quote(s)?
Let go,Let God.
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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. Here’s a link that might help you get started: www.transplantcafe.com/forum/topic/show?id=2024407:Topic:2985
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Having the same problem with Prograf!! Loosing my mind with the amount of hair going down the drain!
Am in the uk & my consultant has mentioned cyclo but said it would have to be MY choice.
I would love to spk with you bout your…"
I'm new to this group too & have read your story...rough! Sure hope you are still doing well and your spirits are up!
As you probably know there are ups and downs emotionally post transplant.
I was diagnosed when I was 16 with…"
"A young New York woman was so depressed that she decided to end her life
by throwing herself into the ocean.
But just before she could throw herself from the docks, a handsome young
man stopped her.
"You have so much to live for," said…"
"My wife found out that our dog (a Schnauzer) could hardly hear, so she took it to the veterinarian. The vet found that the problem was hair in the dog's ears. He cleaned both ears, and the dog could then hear fine.The vet then proceeded to tell…"
If your doc write BS/BS and specifies that you need prograf, not a generic med, they will back down. It's up to a doc to decide. All generic meds aren't the same as the name brand. At MGH they prefer prograf, although they said…"
"Hi Dottie, congratulations on your transplant. I have 10 years on my new liver this month. You have a new organ for only a few years. I would suggest you keep a spreadsheet of your labs as far back as you can so you can notice any…"
"Hi Devra, I am Darlene & had a DLTx 3-3-11. So far no problems with lungs but I have gained 50 lbs since transplant. Finally they lowered prednisone this week to 2 1/2 mg once a day. I have had some kidney damage they are…"
Welcome from me as well. I'm three plus years out...I was on the prograf (as much as 30 mg a day) and others including immuran (as much as 150 a day) and prednisone for the first year or so...I'm now down to simply 1mg x 2…"
So I had my first liver tx in 2005 (living donor) and had bile duct issues. I had a 2nd tx March 16th and have bile duct problems yet again and now I'm faced with needing a 3rd tx. Has anyone out there had 3 transplants? I've been stuck in hospital since March and the doctors want to send me home...even though I still require IV antibiotics and a VACC system. My family and I are quite nervous.
I wanted to help as well, but I am no longer under 18. I do hope though that your project goes well and proves to be informative for you and those to whom you show it. If you do not mind me asking, are you graduating as an undergrad or…"
"Welcome Dottie! I had thought I would have been on more immunosuppressant than I am as I received six organs in my transplant, but I only take 2mg Prograf twice daily without a steroid. I was on the steroid Medrol in the very beginning but the…"