After four hours of surgery, I awoke in the ICU. My doctors said my first words were "Thank you for not killing me" (although I don't remember that)
Surgical Transplant Floor
After I was cleared from Intensive Care I was give a private room on a complete different floor from my sisters recovery room.
For the next three days after surgery I was given medication that I could self-administer...
Then I was switched to an oral narcotic for the remainder of my recovery.
24/7 Urine Analysis
To make sure my remainder kidney was still functioning properly, my urine intake and output was recorded via Foley.
Due to my asthma condition I was given a breathing treatment ever 3 hours so risk of an asthma attack was eliminated.
For the next 4 days I was given Sodium Chloride intravenously and placed on a liquid diet. No food for five whole days!
The day after surgery I got out of bed and walked around, my first stop was the 10th floor where the transplant recipients are treated. Slowly but surely I made it with no problems. My sister on the other hand took a few days before she was able to move out of bed.
-By day 4 I was ready to go home! My sister had to stay an extra 2 days; we both had a perfect recovery.