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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:19 pm
by Pam
I certainly do wish you good luck and hope that your creatinine becomes stable and lowers. It's kind of a scary time when your labs are off.
I appreciate your kind words! We all need some encouragement and I thank you! Curiously, PD has not been hard at all for me and I am doing very well on it-especially now that I have my cycler and my days are pretty much free! :wink:
Please take care of yourself and do let me know how you are getting along-I will say a prayer for you and keep you in my thoughts also...
Best wishes,

PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:29 pm
by Kipper
Hi Everyone,
Just been shown this site by a friend on a car forum, didn't know it existed. I've been on CAPD for 2 years and am having a transplant 2 weeks today at Guys hospital London, sis in law is donating.

Anyone had the op at Guys and if so any tips, would especially like any info on the Simon hotel recuperative unit as no one seems to know anything, even the transplant co ordinator. Good tip about not having a big meal, I was planning on the curry to end all curries, perhaps not.

Not looking forward to the op but I've had a bellyfull of dialysis, strange how you become comfortable with something like PD and afraid of the cure, the devil you know I guess.

Going to Guys next week for final pre transplant tests, hopefully all will be OK. How long is the recovery period, I do a fairly physical job and have been told to expect 3 months.

Best wishes - Keith.

PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:00 pm
by Thumps
Hi Keith

I had my op at Guy's last year, they were wonderful. Richard Bright ward is clean and pretty well staffed, my only gripe (the same in any hospital where you're in a ward!) is that you don't get much sleep! Take some ear plugs!

I took 2.5 months off work, but I work in an office. I'd say 3 months is about right. My recommendation would be to build up gradually - as soon as you feel able, go for a walk round the block each day, then a longer one, and so on. Going from nothing to loads again instantly will definitely knock your recovery back.

Congratulations on finding a donor!

PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:02 am
by Kipper
Not sure if this applies to all hospital but Guys pump you full of fluid during the op to keep the new kidney hydrated, I got 10 litres which for those of you on PD is a full box of bags. Result was I gained 10KG immediately post op, first noticed my fingers looked like sausages, then my arms and legs, everything had swollen ( and I do mean everything! )

This meant that when I was well enough to be discharged none of my clothes fit, I couldn't even get my slippers on. my wife had to go out and buy tee shirts and joggers in 2 sizes too big and new PJ's too, the weight does come off slowly but it's weird to go for an op and wake up a fattie.

The other thing I would say and it's not a criticism, more an observation of our budget cut hospitals. Make sure that the nurses know what you need, be aware of what meds you are on and make sure you get them. The nurses were so busy that on a couple of occassions meds were missed and I had to remind them, take ownership of your condition. Also when they come to give you meds and they move that little table over your bed, make sure they move it back, I kept waiting for someone to come past so I could get my water as I could only reach what was within reach of my hands. Seemed strange to be told to drink lots of water and they had moved the bloody stuff!

PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:29 pm
by David1310

Was advised in September last year that I would a new kidney, as my creatine levels had almost reached 400. So was told the best thing to have was a live donor to avoid the long process of dialysis.
My wife Debbie volunteered to be a donor and after the blood tests it turns out we are the same blood group!! So all has been progressing nice and smoothly. I am under Hammersmith hospital so am very happy as they are very good and efficient, as well very kind and caring.
Today was good day, as we have our operation date 10th Feb. So about 3 weeks from now.

Was please to see someone had kindly posted information on what to bring to the hospital, as have not had any operations before and was very apprehensive.

Re: Top Tips for those going in to have a tx

PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:06 am
by pocketwilson
Take your own toilet paper!! The Freeman in Newcastle has paper made out of glass!

Re: Top Tips for those going in to have a tx

PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:58 am
by anti-duck
pocketwilson wrote:Take your own toilet paper!! The Freeman in Newcastle has paper made out of glass!

Thanks for that tip; that's where I'll be having my transplant :P

Is there any good information regarding post-op? I've just heard that the side-effects of the anti-rejection drugs are not very nice.

Re: Top Tips for those going in to have a tx

PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 5:16 pm
by Rachael Turner
This thread is so useful - just a shame there is nothing like this printed for patients and donors.
My hubby found ear plugs really useful on the ward. I suffered really bad constipation after my transplant, and I think (just to be on the safe side), Bepathen (nappy cream) would have helped a little when I was in hospital (I have since been prescribed slightly better medication!).
Definitely a bigger cup / glass would have helped whilst trying to down the enormous amount of liquid that you have to drink.

Re: Top Tips for those going in to have a tx

PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 1:26 pm
by pureserenity
I agree Racheal, constipation was the worst bit for me. Definatly needed a bigger cup/mug for the vast amount of fluids you have to drink. I found that knowing how much the cup held was useful too as different ppl said it was different amounts!! OH and a pen and paper to tally up the amount you drink really helped as well !

Re: Top Tips for those going in to have a tx

PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:24 pm
by rheaybou
Anyone transplant in sheffield? Would love some tips/points on the hospital.

Get dates for two sets of third stage test next Thursday.....nervous excitement

Re: Top Tips for those going in to have a tx

PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:34 pm
by Thelma
I would add that, at least in Manchester, there is no HDU stay or step-down. I was straight back on the ward, and I gather that's the norm. I also stayed in hospital for fewer nights than expected. I was home six days after my transplant.

Re: Top Tips for those going in to have a tx

PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:24 am
by Tibbs
Shave anywhere you'll be getting any drips & drains, not just the Tx spot.

Key areas for me are the backs of my hands and my neck.

I also wound up shaving chest (for ECG) and the skin at the top of my forearm - they took most of my bloods out of the crook of my elbow.

Re: Top Tips for those going in to have a tx

PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:44 pm
by rheaybou
Headphones. A book or two. Anything you would want while at dialysis. I looked at the stuff another TX patient had and realised I had over packed. Shorts for the first few days for the guys as you will have the cathater tube in place. Listen to me all first was cancelled!

Re: Top Tips for those going in to have a tx

PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 4:41 pm
by MatthewC
I just donated on Oct 16th to my brother, in St George's. The best advice on this thread is EARPLUGS; my brother didn't know this (and I had assumed that he would have done some research) so I gave him some when he was disturbed by the patient in the next bed who was watching the same James Bond film on a laptop over and over again without using headphones!

Add eye shade (the free ones on most long distance flights) and lip salve as desirables, but I can't see the need for toilet paper mentioned earlier - never needed it...!

Re: Top Tips for those going in to have a tx

PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:34 pm
by Thumps
I was in Guy's recently for a nephrectomy - nowadays they have a "welcome pack" for new patients when you're admitted, which includes foam ear plugs, an eye mask, toothpaste and a toothbrush, just like on a long haul flight :lol: Quite handy, actually!