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My Organ Donation Journey - Chapter 16

Over the hump

Tuesday at 5:30 am I reported to VCU Health Hume-Lee Transplant Center for surgery. The sun was barely peeping through the high-rise buildings as we drove into the city. It was going to be a beautiful day—filled with sunshine and hope.

Surgery went well. And by 2:00 pm I was in my room.

The first few days were a little rough in terms of discomfort – but nothing that a few medications couldn’t conquer. And if I can trade a few days of mild pain to get someone off dialysis and extend a life—we’ll that’s a pretty good deal!

I was up and walking by Wednesday morning and discharged on Thursday afternoon.

Today I got the best news of all—my recipient is doing well following her transplant surgery. I still don’t know who she is – but I do know my recipient is a female.

The staff at VCU Health Hume-Lee Transplant Center is simply the BEST!  Each and every member of the team who took care of me was professional, kind and respectful.  I can see a large batch of cake pops in their futures!

Thanks for all of you who have been following my journey on Facebook, LinkedIn and ndp’s blog as well as those of you who sent cards, emails, good wishes and prayers. I greatly appreciate your support.

Over the coming months I will continue to write and post my story – and together we’ll see how the recovery goes. Hopefully during that time in will also have the privilege of meeting my recipient. So stay tuned, and we’ll continue on together for a little while!

If you are interested in learning more about being a living donor, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I would be happy to share my experience and perspective and introduce you to Maureen, the kidney transplant coordinator.

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