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Life after Transplant: Taking Care of My New Kidney

“I really want to take care of this new kidney. I didn’t want to do anything to mess this up.”

John Ventresca


So, after I had my transplant, I felt like a completely different person.  The effect was like night and day.  I just felt so much more energy and just really being like my old self.  I really felt just great that I felt like the fatigue was gone.  I felt that I was back to my real normal self that I was used to be like.  I just felt so much better.

Something someone mentioned to me was that my skin color had changed over time, and I was sort of a little washed out and kind of gray, which I hadn’t noticed, but this friend of ours said your color is so much better than it was before. 

Things I had to think about was really ways to take care of this new kidney.  A great description that I got from one of my providers was the kidney really wants to swim and really just be happy with you drinking lots of water and your kidneys swimming in there, and so I like that visual. With all that water, that helps the kidney function.

I really want to take care of this new kidney. I didn’t want to do anything to mess this up.  Just the thought of losing this healthy new kidney that was donated to me it was just the worst thought ever if I didn’t take care of this kidney and something could happen to that kidney.  I was told it happens fairly often where people don’t take care of a new kidney that’s donated to them with drinking and eating right.

I can’t even imagine.  It would be horrible if I did something like that, and if I did something like that and messed up this great opportunity, almost like a new lease on life that I had been given if I don’t take care of this kidney. 

Drinking water was huge. Just eating healthily. High blood pressure isn’t your friend, so, just watching sodium, caffeine, things like that.

I’m a little clumsy.  So, I have to be careful if I’m doing anything like riding a bike, but just kind of common sense as far as taking care of this kidney.


Comments (6)
Mary Ritchey
December 26th, 2020 10:03am

I had a kidney transplant on Nov. 20, 2019. I have made a year.. I drink lots of water.. It is an important thing

December 27th, 2020 10:33am

Congrats. I’ve had my transplanted kidney for 24 years, donated by my husband. We are the perfect match. Drinking water, eating healthy are definitely the way to go, but there will be times that you cheat a little, and that’s okay. Just remember that your transplanted kidney does not last forever. While you have it, enjoy your new lease in life. ?

Bob Temps
January 2nd, 2021 12:18am

I want to pray for all of you with transplants that you have a blessed New Year and a healthy life. I am on dialysis for the past 6 years and at 75. My thoughts where there are younger people that needed a kidneys and have more life to live. I know God will call me home when He is ready. Now I am a witness for Him as to take what God gives us and I pass this on as much as I can. You all have a blessed day.

Hector Guzman
January 12th, 2021 2:07pm

Gracias adios cuidense mucho

Erik Marlowe
January 12th, 2021 8:13pm

I had a kidney tranplant done in 2018 it fell on me 2021. Now I'm back on dialysis so I'm looking for someone to donate me a kidney my blood type is O+ if you can help me I would appreciate it.

January 25th, 2021 4:05pm

This is a lovely testimonial but one that offers most of the positive and a lack of the reality for the aggregate of the population. As a 2x recipient, I am beyond grateful and humbled to have walked alongside 20 years of illness that led to 2 transplants. I know I am blessed beyond belief. But the other side is that many of us still stuggle with realites that accompany transplant or our pre-existing conditions. What isnt discussed and often overlooked by those promoting a specific narrative, is that most patients struggle with work post transplant, finances, insurance, medicare, lack of emotional resources or stress management due to insurance not covering, and anxiousness and bouts of depression. Transplant is a huge process with many facets. To get the whole story you need to interview and share with someone who is willing to tell the truth in honor but also not shy away from the reality. Patients desire the truth. It won't make you look less credible just rather just the opposite. It is difficult now a days for people to container all emotions and truths without demonizing a concept or person for holding the whole story. (This is not all, but most)

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