Saturday, July 26, 2008

You're turning Violet, Violet!

If we were to look at the human body in a textbook, we would get the impression that our organs were all neatly spaced apart and brightly colored to help identify them. In real life, they tend to be all squished together, requiring a trained eye to pick them out. With laproscopic surgery, the team uses carbon dioxide gas to gently inflate the area they are working on, in order to have room to work. After they are done, they try to pump as much of the gas out as possible. Unfortunately for the patient, some of the gas naturally migrates to little nooks and crannies of our interiors. Once we are sewn up and made airtight, this gas can cause some serious discomfort before it exits through burping or ....well, don't make me say it.

One problem I experienced on Friday was great pain in my shoulder area anytime I sat down with my back against the chair. I was told that this was normal, and that walking would help remove the gas. So, we did laps around the hospital floor. Nothing seemed to help until the evening, when the gas started coming out. What a relief! My belly looked like I was pregnant, and I felt like I had just given birth....

3 comments:

Karol Franks said...

Congratulations and best wishes for a speedy recovery for you and your recipient! My daughter was given a kidney by an altruistic donor - LIVING DONORS ROCK!
All the best,
Karol
administrator
ihatedialysis.com and livingdonorsonline.org

Anonymous said...

Hi Anthony -

Way to go! My name is Scott Lynett. I am scheduled to donate my kidney on August 19th at Johns Hopkins. I'm an altrustic donor as well.
This blog is great. I've never had surgery before. Your preview of the process is priceless. Please keep it up.
Congratulations!

adegiulio said...

Scott, often times people say things like "If so and so can help just one person, than it was worth it". Well that's how I feel about this blog, and you're the one person! I don't have to tell you that's it's terrific what you are doing. If you have any questions that may be of a more personal nature, feel free to email me at adegiulio at gmail dot com.

I'd love to hear what prompted you to donate your kidney...

PS, thanks Karol for the well wishes!