Check-in: It’s Been One Year!

Happy Holidays!

Just got the tree up and decorated

It’s December 26!  

The anniversary of one of the most important days in my life.

This time last year, I was undergoing a lifesaving kidney transplant from my living donor.

I wanted to give you an update of my year.

2018 — Year One after Transplant

A beach in Bermuda

Life has changed a lot since the surgery.

  • I haven’t needed dialysis because the kidney started working immediately and is holding its own.
  • I was allowed to start exercising after my incisions were sufficiently healed.
  • I was able to go on vacation to Bermuda without a dialysis machine
  • On a sad note, my mother passed away in July and I had to help my father handle her affairs (there went the exercising!)
  • My father has moved in with us in Texas and we sold the family home in Alabama.
  • I have gained weight – ugh! I know it’s not all my fault: some causes include the meds, an improvement in my appetite, and a lack of exercise because of all the other things going on. I plan to fix this in 2019!

A Difficult Summer

Right after the transplant, I saw the transplant doctors every week and then every 2 weeks with a blood draw every week or two. Every time we tried to space the appointments out more, my white blood cell count would take a dive – usually because of a medicine that I had been prescribed. This didn’t surprise me as my blood count has always been on the low side even when I was younger –it’s typical for me.

But those white cells were really low at the time I found out that my mother had died. I developed a fever and the doctors wanted to admit me to the hospital. But then I would have missed her funeral. Because I protested so much, my doctors sent me to an infectious disease doctor who determined that there was no active infection. I had developed this fever because my white blood cell count was way too low. They put me on antiviral medications and antibiotics and allowed me to travel to Alabama, which is how I got to attend.

I still had to go to the clinic every two weeks because of that setback.

Since August

Since then everything physically has been stable. We have just been trying to adjust to our new normal. I also have a lot of stuff from my childhood home in my office that I need to go through.

Attending a wedding

Earlier in December, the doctors said I could come back for my next visit in 2 months with a blood draw in January.  My veins really appreciate the break — it’s getting harder to get blood from me LOL. Hopefully, by the end of the next year, I have appointments every 6 months or maybe even every year!

What Else Have I Been Doing this Year

Other things that have changed over the past year:

  • I started a blog, Life: The Reboot
  • I just published some journals and planners for 2019 on Amazon KDP
  • I have been working on my novel (more on that later)

Check my blog and my Amazon pages out. I would appreciate it!

Moving Forward

I am excited and hopeful about what the next year has in store. I will continue to post about my progress and plans. But the biggest plan for this page now is to provide awareness of other people who are looking for donors. 

WIthout people taking the time to read my posts and share the information with their networks, I would have never met my donor. I am just so grateful to my donor who –by the way—is doing well herself. She’s just busy with life, work, and family. We touch base when we can and want to plan some kind of girls’ trip. I will let you know when we get that scheduled!

I really do appreciate all of the help you provided for me by sharing my posts and my page and your comments and prayers. Let’s spread that to others who are in the same spot I was.

Loving Life–The Reboot!

Dominique

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Check-In: My Six-Month Transplantiversary

Hi everyone!

Sunset in BermudaIt has been six-months since my kidney transplant. So far, so good! My doctors’ visits have been good, and my lab work has been normal. Hopefully, there will be no changes in my medication levels for a while.

It’s been three months since I posted a personal note. What’s going on with me since then?

1. I have been cleared to start some core abdominal exercises. Hooray! I started Yoga this week. Well, I learned that I have a long way to go to get back into shape! LOL

2. I am still posting to my blog. Please check it out!

3. I have been trying to help my parents  get situated from a few states Thomas and I in Bermuda in June 2018.away.  My mother can’t stay in the house anymore and my dad can’t really help her.  They have an aide during the day — but this week, her doctors upped that to 24 hour care. I think they are going to move into a senior care facility in my hometown. I tried to move to nearer to me, but my mother is being stubborn. Oh well, what can you do? When they get ready to move, I will have to travel back to Alabama to help clear out the house.

4. I am finishing up my first novel. An editor friend of mine is editing it. Again, so far, so good.

5. I am still publicizing stories from people looking for donors or people who donated. Just email me through the site.

My donor is doing well, and we text each other at least once a week.

Send in your stories about people who need a kidney and please share the posts with your friends– remember more eyes, more exposure!

Have a wonderful day!

Be inspired—Give Life!

Dominique