What's the recovery time on transplant surgery?
August 22, 2012 6:41 AM Subscribe
I'm starting a master's course soon. My mother is giving my brother a kidney a month later. Am I going to be needed at home?
posted by Fen to health & fitness (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
What's the general recovery time and process for transplant surgery, and is it a bad idea for me to be moving right before it happens? My brother is receiving a kidney transplant, and my mother is the donor; we all still live at home, so after it's done there'll be two post-transplant patients to look after. My dad will be there, but he's getting on (he's 74, although he's not frail or anything; he still works as a gardener and groundskeeper. My mother is 55, my brother 29, I'm 26) and I don't want to leave him solely responsible for looking after them if it's going to be a lot of work.
I can commute (hour and a half drive) but half the point of taking this course was to leave home and put myself in a completely new environment so I could get new connections and etc etc (I must hasten that that's not the only reason I'm taking it. The master's is a conversion Computer Science course teaching java programming; my original degree was English, and I want to gain some technical skills to give me a bit more of an edge in finding a job). I can't shake the thought that if I stay at home, finishing the course is going to end up making no difference; I'll just end up picking up my old bartending job again and spending another x years failing to get anywhere (I graduated four years ago and spent the whole time since then as a bartender and, briefly, a data entry clerk; my current home is in a small country town with basically no job opportunities. And I severely dislike the place besides. If I'm in a city I'm far more likely to find something (still not a guarantee, granted, but I'll take even a slim chance at this point)).
My current plan was to move, and commute back if they needed me; but I'm not sure how much I'm going to be needed. So... if anyone's got experience in these things, I'd sure appreciate a lecture. Cheers.