Kidney Transplant: Varun's Story
I was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2006, but it wasn't until April 2013 that I began experiencing symptoms and getting very sick. I went from being fine to getting violently ill, and it felt like it happened overnight.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had the nephrologist that I had who recommended UW Health in Madison. From April 2013 to Feb. 16, 2014, words can't describe how helpless I felt and how sick I got. I was getting peritoneal dialysis treatment, which was better for my overall health, but it required getting treatments at home for 8-9 hours every night.
During this time, I got my evaluation done and they were extremely accommodating, minimizing the number of trips I had to make since I live in Chicago. They were also the friendliest people that I have ever met. Everyone, from the person who checked me in to my coordinator, genuinely cared for my well-being and I didn't feel like just a number. They kept me updated throughout the process and every step of the way.
On Feb. 15, I got the call and again the nurses and everyone were extremely helpful. At this point, I had gotten so ill that I sometimes struggled to keep the will to keep going. This was the best news I had gotten and even before the surgery, my surgeon gave me an exact rundown of how everything he was going to go. Dr. Foley was extremely helpful and kind.
After the initial day or two of recovering from the surgery, I started to feel better. I went home after one week in the hospital and within a day or two I felt like a new person. I hadn't felt this good in what felt like forever. I was full of energy, and it wasn't until I started feeling better and normal that I realized how sick I had been.
The reason I am writing this is because if my experience can help even one person, it would be well worth it. I know what it is like when it seems there is no hope. Thanks largely in part to all the amazing people at UW Health Transplant, I am a new person. I have never felt better in my life or been happier to be alive. It would be incorrect of me to say that it was only the transplant that saved my life, because a huge portion of the credit goes to the staff at UW Health Transplant in Madison. They were truly instrumental in saving my life.