Kidney Transplant – By The Numbers

10 . . . years since Lupus diagnosis.

2 . . . years since heart surgery (single bypass) due to Lupus complications, atherosclerosis.

1.5. . . years since my nephrologist said, “It’s time to find a kidney donor.”

42 . . . days since the kidney transplant.

5 . . . average number of days a kidney transplant patient stays at the hospital.

16 . . . days I spent at Methodist Hospital.

>15 . . . . doctors, including 5 nephrologists, a hematologist, an endocrinologist, 2 surgeons, 3 internists, 1 physical therapist, 1 nutritionist, 3 pharmacists, and probably several more I can’t remember.

60 . . . percent . . . damage my new kidney took because my APLA (blood-clotting disorder) went berserk post transplant.  While it’s impossible to determine how long a transplanted kidney will last, it is highly likely that its longevity has been compromised.

30,000 . . . U.S. dollars . . . per dose of Soliris (Euclizamab), a rare drug used to treat my ultra-rare condition.

16 . . . infusions I will receive of this drug.

17 . . . prescription medications I was taking when I returned home from the hospital.

419,528 . . . U.S. dollars . . . for my surgery and hospital stay.  Number does not include my donor’s surgery and hospital stay.  Aetna, O, Aetna, please come through!

3 . . . kidneys in my body.  Just one is working though!

10-15 . . . years . . . average lifespan of a transplanted kidney.

75 . . . years I HOPE my new kidney will last.

3 . . . lifetime friends I have gained . . . my friend and “swap” donor, Laura Horelica, my donor Nadia Salameh, and the other recipient, Susan Mashni.  Wonderful, amazing people all.