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Old 10-14-2007, 12:36 PM   #21
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My 13th try comment was about that this last, successful time was the 13th call I'd gotten during my two years on the list. According to the transplant center, it's not unusual for a lot of false alarms when dealling with pancreases, as they are delicate, and most organs are gotten as the result of trauma.

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Wow, sounds like you've been through a lot. Really happy you found a good match, I didn't realize it was so difficult. Makes one appreciate the wonder of the human body. Something so small as a pancreas or a kidney, yet so precise and complex that we're unable to replicate it and replace it with something artificial in the body. Maybe someday...
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Old 10-14-2007, 12:38 PM   #22
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Great news MikeD!

My mother passed away several years ago from pancreas complications, so I'm sensitive to how critical this can be. I'm sure glad to hear that you're getting a new contract.

Don't answer this if I'm being to personal, but do you know what contributed to your kidney/pancreas failure originally? Are there things to avoid doing that might lead to these type problems? My dad always claimed mom ate too much sugar products, but I never give him much credit in the prognostication department.
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Old 10-14-2007, 03:50 PM   #23
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Don't answer this if I'm being to personal, but do you know what contributed to your kidney/pancreas failure originally? Are there things to avoid doing that might lead to these type problems? My dad always claimed mom ate too much sugar products, but I never give him much credit in the prognostication department.
My main health problem is type 1 diabetes since age 6 which I got back in 1960 coupled with my failure to control my blood sugar well enough. High blood sugars damage small blood vessels in all the organs with the kidneys and eyes especially vulnerable.

I think I'm to blame mostly for the lack of control as does my internist of over 25 years. My kidney Dr. says not to take so much blame because he has seen many diabetics with lifetimes of good control still have the same kind of kidney failure.

Almost all of my medical problems throughout my life has been complications of diabetes. All except appendicitis and a gall bladder removal, I guess.

Oh, re-reading my answer I see I wasn't clear that my original pancreas is still in there and this new one is additional. Since it has the ability to produce insulin it pretty cures the blood sugar control aspect of the diabetes. So in total, I now have three kidneys (1 transplanted plus two orig) and two pancreases all at the same time.

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Stop hogging all the organs...

I can only imagine the fortitude that living with a debilitating condition requires. Good for you, MikeD!!
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You've drawn a tough card, MikeD. I really hope it works for you this time. I really hope something comes from stem cell organ renewal research some day. Probably won't be in our lifetime, but maybe my daughter's generation or the next. The number of people that could be helped is huge.
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Dumb question!

For what condition do you get a pancreas transplant? Diabetes? If so, great, I didn't know why not but I often wondered why not, since other transplants have been happening for a lot of years.

FWIW, I worked in a hospital lab in 1967, the tests I did were mainly on the blood of diabetics and kidney failure patients. The hospital I worked at pioneered kidney transplants between identical twins and was one of the first to do non-related people.

Anyway, cangrats and good luck.
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For what condition do you get a pancreas transplant? Diabetes? If so, great, I didn't know why not but I often wondered why not, since other transplants have been happening for a lot of years.
I originally got a kidney/pancreas transplant because my kidneys failed from diabetes. It was really a kidney transplant so I could live with a pancreas thrown in to "cure" the diabetes. They don't give plain old pancreas transplants. You have to be getting another organ at the same time. The reason I got a just a pancreas only this time (the second transplant) is that I already had a transplanted kidney.

A pancreas transplant and the resulting complications (mostly of the meds) is worse than being a diabetic. So, the cure is worse than the problem. But since I had to have all the transplant complications from the kidney anyway, I was eligible for a pancreas too.

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PS - I just got back from the transplant clinic Dr. appt and everything is still going well. I am so happy, but I hve to keep in mind that it's only been 10 days. The first three months and then the first year are the most treacherous.
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Wow! Hang in there and best wishes to you during your recovery.
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