Whether you’re being evaluated as a living donor already, or just thinking about it, here are a few suggestions that will benefit you and your kidneys–wherever they happen to be.
1- Take good care of yourself (and your kidneys).
–Get plenty of rest.
–Eat a healthy diet.
2-For your safety and your recipient’s, be sure to get your Covid booster as soon as you’re eligible. Transplant recipients and anyone else who is immunocompromised, such as people with cancer or autoimmune diseases, can’t count on full protection from the vaccine. It’s all the more important that the rest of us add that protection.
3-Avoid ibuprofen and other NSAIDs—they’re hard on the kidneys for anyone—particularly important if you’re a donor or recipient.
4-Learn about kidney function. Kidneys are amazing!
5-Read up on all facets of kidney donation—for example, order a copy of The Insider’s Guide to Living Kidney Donation.
To all of you and your loved ones: a happy and healthy new year!