So the next day on Thursday, the Physical Therapist arrives and has me up and walking, high as a kite from the pain medications that I'm on.
It's amazing how you can be in your right mind one day and feel so healthy and then the next day, you're weak and trying to understand how to walk steady without wanting to pass out. The body is very special and should always be treated as such.
So, she's giving my progress and states that I need to start doing a little more walking. I say okay, knowing good and well those weren't my intentions. and then the pharmacist comes in to go over the medications that I had to take. Immediately, I get overwhelmed. I thought that once I received the kidney transplant, everything was going to be a great piece of cake. I knew I would have a few medicines to take but THIRTEEN medications! Then three or four of them I will take for the rest of my life. They then pull back the bandage where the incision was I could feel that the staples went from the middle of my right abdomen all the way down to the top part of my pelvic area; About 47 staples! My catheter where I did dialysis was removed (Thank God) and I could see meat; about 8 staples there. I was amazed yet scared. I was scared that maybe the kidney could fall out (DON'T JUDGE ME). The doctors came in on that Friday and said Ms. Salter, you can go home.
Now, I have to say thank God for my stepmom. She really took care of me through my healing process. She was at every appointment and always made sure that I did things in the best interest of my health. Din Din, I have to publicly thank you. I was scared, overwhelmed, and full of emotions and you stood there at every moment making sure that I was okay. When I got that call, you and my Aunt Carol dropped everything to make sure I made it to the hospital on time. I thank you. You both watched my progress, my unstable emotions and you remained by my side. I thank you.
Well, now I am out and it has been 2 months since I have been free and I feel awesome! My white blood cell count decreased a bit and I developed a little cold but all is well. I have been so blessed and this journey has been one of a kind and I am so thankful!
Questions that many of you have asked.
Question 1: Now that you have received a Kidney Transplant, do you still have Kidney Disease?
Answer: I no longer have Kidney Disease
Question 2: Do you still have Lupus?
Answer: Yes. Lupus is a chronic illness. I will have Lupus for the rest of my life.
Question 3: Can you now bare children?
Answer: Yes, I can.
Question 4: Did they remove both kidneys and add the new one?
Answer: No. The 2 bad kidney are still inside. Eventually they will stop working and shrivel up. The new is placed in the front in my right abdomen.
Question 5: How many kidneys did you receive?
Answer: I received one new kidney. You can live a long healthy life with one kidney. However, because they didn't remove the other 2 kidneys, I currently have 3 kidneys.
Did You Know?
An estimated 1.5 million Americans and 5 million people worldwide are living with lupus.