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October 2, 2012--feeling great 7 weeks after my transplant. At 1785 Inn, North Conway, NH





Me, before kidney transplant, with my donor and new sister, Lorraine, July 2012



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Back to basics, after 3 years of challenges

Four years ago, I joined Sparkpeople with the idea that getting fit would make me healthier. Well, it took more than that. In 2011 I learned I was in end-stage kidney failure. Through a wonderful friend and donor, I had a kidney transplant on August 7, 2012. I also picked up a superbug (pseudomonas) while at the hospital, so through the remainder of 2012 and for most of 2013 I was in and out of the hospital with infections and high fevers. When the doctors were finally able to get that under ...
Four years ago, I joined Sparkpeople with the idea that getting fit would make me healthier. Well, it took more than that. In 2011 I learned I was in end-stage kidney failure. Through a wonderful friend and donor, I had a kidney transplant on August 7, 2012. I also picked up a superbug (pseudomonas) while at the hospital, so through the remainder of 2012 and for most of 2013 I was in and out of the hospital with infections and high fevers. When the doctors were finally able to get that under control, I still felt weak and confused. My mind was cloudy, and my short-term memory was just...gone.

It looked as though I was going to have to retire early, because I was struggling to do my job. A conversation with my nephrologist identified the medication as the likely culprit. Four days after changing my meds, my mind cleared, and my memory, energy and stamina are back.

Now that I feel *great,* I am working out more with my personal trainer, doing everything I enjoy around the house, walking, and getting my life back to normal. Now it's time to refocus on weight and fitness.

I am married, and have a cat and two shelties to keep me on my toes, when I'm not working with kids as a children's librarian. I love puzzles of all kinds, many crafts, reading, dancing, volleyball, and swimming. I also love to garden, and I'm passionate about growing heirloom vegetables, which look so different and taste so good!

I am also off the huge number of dietary restrictions I had at the time I was in kidney failure. I tend not to overeat any more, though I still have an awful sweet tooth. So hopefully Sparkpeople will help me get back on track, and stay there!
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1/22/2011 1:28:40 PM

HI Cynthia,
Thanks for the add. I added you as well. Yes, I'm waiting the results of some sonos and biopsies...I've been hemorrhaging heavily for over 6 weeks...It' s gotten very serious just in terms of blood loss. All that in addition to my other medical problems..and I'm scheduled for hip revision surgery on the 1st of Feb. ! What a mess! I'm looking forward to getting to know you.



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