A donor’s story: Continued…

Day Two – Three: 

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I drifted in and out of consciousness... After buzzing the nurses over and over again about my pain, I finally found out that there had been some kind of mix up and someone didn’t give me the pain pump I was supposed to come out of surgery with. That explained the pain. After hours of waiting they eventually brought me the pump but I didn’t find it did anything for me. I think I had gone too long without it.

The rest of the night and the next few days honestly all blended together. I couldn’t fall asleep for four days. I honestly felt I was on the verge of going crazy and I missed my sleep so much. No matter how hard I tried or how many pills they gave me, I just couldn’t fall asleep. I remember having a few problems with the catheter getting blocked and when they took it out the first time I just couldn’t pee so they had to put it back in.

Between resting and napping, Denny and I managed a couple of visits to each other’s rooms. It was funny when I got up and go for walks I would have a burst of energy one minute and then by the time I got to Denny’s room I was absolutely exhausted and didn’t know if I’d be able to hobble back to my room. It was honestly amazing to share the time in hospital with Denny and go and visit her and vent about the latest pains and updates. Looking back now I actually really miss the time in hospital and wish we had a bit longer there just to rest and hang out.

 

Day four:

On Thursday, the fourth day, an angel nurse came to visit. I still don’t know if she was real, but she sat by my bed four what felt like an hour and talked to me in the sweetest voice and reassured me what an amazing gift I had given and that I would start to feel better soon, and just to close my eyes and fall asleep. And so I did. And when I woke up on Friday morning I felt amazing, just instantly better. It’s amazing what a bit of sleep can do!

 

Leaving the hospital:

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On Friday morning my nurse said to me that I could go home that day as long as I could pee and poop after the catheter was out. A very determined me managed to do just that so I got the all clear to go home with a huge bag full of lots of different pain relief and anti-nausea medication. I was definitely still pretty sore and couldn’t walk too far without help, but I couldn’t wait to go home and start my recovery. I was thrilled to find out that Denny would also be going home that day so we said our goodbyes and sent each other on our way, ready for the next step getting settled back at home and into a new normality.

 

Nearly 10 months of tests and just like that….. I  was one kidney less and someone out there hopefully, is saved 

 

 

 

A Donors Story: “Today I donated my kidney”

To celebrate three months post surgery I have put together a special series of posts. Ready to hear what it’s like to donate a kidney? Our author is Leah,  the amazing girl who donated her kidney to a stranger- so that I would receive a kidney from someone else. Have a read of her first days in hospital.  Stay tuned for the rest of her story then FOLLOWING is my four days post-surgery. Thanks for sharing your ‘donor story’ Leah! – Denny    PART ONE: The First Two days […]

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One Month and Three Kidneys Later…

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Day of surgery: See you on the other side

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The greatest gift and Pre-admission to Hospital

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Day Four: Counting down my days on dialysis

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DAY ONE: A second chance at life.

So I am back, charged up and it’s time for some BIG NEWS, and BIG CHANGES. But first a short story: Initially, I started this blog with no purpose, I was forced by friends to go public and attempt blogging properly considering the numerous times I tried and failed with other blogs. Given my lack of purpose, I never spent much time working on posts, or editing photos let alone regularly posting. But someone told me once that I was in a position where I needed something from the […]

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Planning for Malaysia

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Day Trip #2: Hunua Falls

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Day trip #1: Awhitu Lighthouse, Auckland

  If money is currently an issue and time is of value, don’t be scared to explore your backyard instead of sitting around complaining about your friends that are headed Thailand or USA. Trust me, New Zealand has some exciting gems–> So my plan while I wait on a very long kidney transplant list is to see what NZ has to offer. I had heard about this lighthouse near Waiuku a while ago and after attempting to plan a trip to go there for a couple months nothing really was […]

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