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Since so many of you have shown concern for my health these past few years (and sent me that great "fish quilt!"), and I promised I'd keep you posted, I thought I should let you know that there has been a "slight" change in my condition... :D


Reader's Digest Version (for those in a hurry):
Had successful kidney transplant last week, drugs are my friend(?), stomach not made of stone, meds tweaked...feeling better and on road to recovery!


SLIGHTLY LONGER VERSION
10 days ago (on Oct. 21st), a good friend of mine had one of her kidneys removed, and shortly thereafter the top-notch transplant team at the UW Medical Center in Seattle installed it on the left side of my abdomen (installation consisted mainly of hooking up assorted tubing)!


The most surprising thing to most people is the fact that that they left both of my old kidneys where they are, so I really do now have 3 :confused: (they put the new one outside my lower abdominal wall, so it was less invasive surgery, plus kept the old ones around to provide a little function in case something unexpected went wrong with the transplant). In a year or two, they'll probably take one or both of the old, defective ones out, but for now, everything stays! :bike:


Surgically, all appears to have gone well - the donor is recovering well, and I've been home from the hospital several days now. I'm already noticing improvement, and am off of the "hard stuff" (read narcotics). I REALLY DO feel like I've now moved off of the on-ramp and onto the actual road to recovery! :yeah:

Not that it's been as simple as I thought it might...I had trouble with horrible nausea for a full week after surgery due to the cocktail of drugs I'm taking. The [font=arial, sans-serif][font=arial, sans-serif]ongoing challenge facing doctors is to keep doses of multiple really strong drugs high enough to prevent my body from rejecting the new kidney, yet low enough so the drugs themselves do minimal damage to the new kidney and the rest of my body. Quite the chemical tightrope, one I'm amazed they can do at all, let alone well...



Anyway, two days ago they adjusted my meds slightly...and the difference has been like night and day! I feel like a new man! As someone who always had a stomach seemingly made of stone, and almost never ate anything that upset it, I never thought it would feel so good just NOT to feel queasy! But I now feel almost normal - I'm not quite ready for CCR hot sauce or 5-star Thai food again yet, but it's sure nice to have ordinary food actually sound appetizing!


BTW, the bright side of a week of non-stop nausea (there's a bright side to almost everything if you look hard enough!) is that I've lost over 15 pounds in the past ten days. Heck, that's even better than my "S.O.B" ("Sick On Boats" patent pending) diet, which I've painstakingly perfected over many years of dive trips to Third World countries! :rolleyes: I have long wanted/needed to lose about 50 pounds, and this has given me a definite jump-start. I'm hoping, however, that the remaining 35 pounds get lost much more gradually...and for some other reason! ;)


As for recovery time, that's going to take awhile. It's too soon to say for sure that I'm out of the woods (there is still a small chance that the transplanted kidney won't work out for some reason), and it will take months to get my immunosuppressive drug regimen nailed down (I'll be on those the rest of my life). As my body struggles to cope with this dizzying array of drugs (about 50 pills a day), I'm likely to be up and down physically for some time. And it will be many weeks before I'm able to get on a bike again.

But for now, the news is good, and I thought those of you I know would like to know that. Despite a little set-back (I'm sure there'll be others), I am seeing progress, and am looking forward to getting better and better in the weeks and months ahead! So thanks again to all of you who've been so supportive and have been part of this "transition" period with me. I am truly blessed to count as friends so many of you here on BMWLT!
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Glad to hear things are doing well and I hope you continue to improve.

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Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I'm sure all your friends here on the site feel the same.

I knew that hot sauce was dangerous but ....
 

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All right Bruce! Great news buddy. Now just listen to your Dr's advise! Marilyn is running in circles shouting YEA! And she says to tell you that you are still included along with "Mr. Goose".

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Bruce,
I am so glad to hear the good news! You are a persistent man and I'm sure you will continue to beat this thing. Take your meds, Listen to the Doc and we will see you on the road again soon.
 

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Wow...Great news Bruce! It has been one of the prettiest mornings in East Texas that I have seen and this news just tops it all off.

Recover soon and ride with a smile.

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Great news Bruce !

Glad you are still walking, talking and soon, Riding again.

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Bruce, I had no idea. Holy cow man, that's some serious stuff, and you sound so matter of fact and upbeat. Keep up the good work, and I'll be thinking about you.

Take care, and best to you and Cheri.

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Best news I have heard in quite some time!
 

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Hey Bruce that just plain rocks! SOO glad to hear all went well and you're on the mend. We will see you at the Renuion (ha!) in Killington then!
 

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Bruce,

I wish you the very best. I really appreciate the write up. It's educational and reflects a very positive attitude on your part.

Please keep us posted.
 

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Bruce,

That is great news! Funny too, I was sitting at my desk last week thinking "Hey, Bruce Yates should be getting a new kidney about now" I hope that your recovery goes smoothly, that they get your daily cocktail under control, and that your body falls in love with the new kidney instead of rejecting it. Hopefully you can return to your passions, motorcycling, diving, and photography soon. Good luck my friend, I love starting the day with good news like this! See you in Bellingham in June and Vermont in September!
 

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Bruce, that is great news. Not only for you, but allows the rest of us a kernal of hope that all is not lost for humankind, as demonstrated by the act of kindness of your donor!
 

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Bruce
Glad to hear you're doing better.
Now you have the whole rainy season to relax and recuperate.
reading material:
Against the wind by Ron Ayres
The whole Clive Cussler collection
Hope to see Ya' out there this Spring
 

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Good news Bruce! Glad to hear your up and about again, I am sure it won't be long before you are diving and riding again. Looking forward to seeing you again at CCR.
 

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wow, your a better man than i, glad to hear all is well as it can be, kudo's to your friend, what an awesome gift...i'm a wuss, i can hardly hack broken bones :cool:
 

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Bruce great to read all things are going well, keep up your positive attitude for it accounts for lots, your BMW lt friend on the east side...matthew
 

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That's great to hear, Bruce! I will continue to send good thoughts your way for a continued successful recovery!

Ya know, hot sauce may help. :D
 
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