Cora's Kidney and Pancreas Transplant

My kidney story starts in the mid 70s. I was in my teens and had had type 1 diabetes since the age of 2. I was told I had protein in my urine. Back in those days they didn't know anything about diet and had no drugs. On my own I came across low sodium, and low protein. I didn't go on dialysis until 2001. I'm pretty proud of the fact that I took such good care of myself. My cousin gave me a kidney on her birthday in 2002. I was on hemo for a year before she donated and did not do well. I wasn't able to do pd because of female plumbing issues causing pain. Bummer. After my tx I gradually got better, but never well enough to be able to work again. In 2008 I had a pancreas transplant. It was something of a disaster. I came down with cmv and spent 7 months in the hospital due to a cascade failure (gastroparesis flared up, and all sorts of other things). Then I started getting uti's and chronic hospitalizations because the uti would require an antibiotic. My stomach was already upset because of large amounts of bicarb I had to take so I would then get sicker, vomit more, not take the bicarb or other pills, get acidic, and then get hospitalized. For the last 2 1/2 years I've been "in" on average about every 6 weeks. In May I had the enteric conversion of my pancreas (bladder hookup switched to bowel) and I no longer get the uti infections and have normal bicarb levels without having to take any. I feel better than I have in years and am now working on regaining all the strength I lost. Through all the issues, both my kidney and my pancreas have just kept ticking along. No damage. My blood sugars are great and my creatinine is below my usual baseline. I'm feeling well again.

Cora