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.