I had dialysis this morning from 715am to 1140am in Penetang, Ontario. A smooth run. I then drove myself about 100 miles south to Toronto to St. Michael’s Hospital in the downtown core. Spoke with the surgeon. I had set a range of possibilities in my brain before heading down. I had been told that I was a GO for transplant, but you never know. So I was ready for NO GO all the way to waiting four or more years longer. I started dialysis in the first week of November of 2008.
So the verdict: I was told to expect a cadaverous kidney in about a year.
This is based on the practice to place patients on this transplant list based on the date they started dialysis, after they complete the preliminary evaluation/work up to determine their viability for a kidney transplant.
It is interesting one factor they consider is anti-body production. Three ways that your body might have produced anti-bodies:
- blood transfusion
- another organ transplant
None of these factors apply to me.
All those Hail Marys must have helped.