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  1. page 34

    The new/used kidney is still very happy and functioning properly after four months.

    The problem now is the anti-rejection drugs make me vulnerable to infections, and I just spent a week in hospital battling streptococcal pneumonia. Although I'm on oxygen at home 24/7, I'm recovering well. I taught my two fencing classes last week with an oxygen bottle trailing behind me, which made for interesting footwork. Much of the instruction was while sitting down, and directing bouting was no ...
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    Just short of my two-month kidney-versary, and my recovery is still going well. I have been able to discontinue two drugs, with another scheduled for next week. I still take about 22 tablets and capsules every day, but compared to dying, it's really no hassle. That's still fewer than before the transplant, when I just had End Stage Renal Disease.

    I started swimming as soon as my incisions fully healed, and I'm up to 700 yards (640 meters) three times a week and I love it.
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    Today is my one-month kidney-versary. Four weeks ago I had a kidney transplant, the organ coming from a deceased donor. I achieved my goal of a pre-emptive transplant (i.e., no dialysis) through hard physical exercise seven days a week, but I had a lot of unpleasant symptoms so it was time.

    The recovery has been going well, with regular monitoring by the clinic to watch for signs of infection and incipient rejection. The first week out of the hospital I was able to walk a couple of ...
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    Today we had to share the gym with a college transfer event, most of the room filled with tables of reps from universities and agencies trying to recruit our students.

    A random woman saw me wearing my jacket, holding my mask and épée and she asked me where she could sign up for a 'jousting' class. She said she's always wanted to try jousting as it looked like fun.
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    Today we had to share the gym with a college transfer event, most of the room filled with tables of reps from universities and agencies trying to recruit our students.

    A random woman saw me wearing my jacket, holding my mask and épée and she asked me where she could sign up for a 'jousting' class. She said she's always wanted to try jousting as it looked like fun.
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