By writer to www.leinsterleader.ie
A Kildare girl who’s now ‘bursting with power’ following a transformational kidney transplant in February 2020, simply earlier than Covid-19 lockdown, donned her trainers for the digital Ladies’s Mini Marathon final Saturday to lift funds for the Irish Kidney Affiliation (IKA).
Sarah Flynn ran the 10km distance in her native Naas. She wore a vibrant yellow IKA t-shirt to run, powered by her new kidney donated by the household of a deceased donor, and which she affectionately calls ‘Jasper’.
Sarah, who has a uncommon autoimmune dysfunction, continued to work as a florist all through her sickness and though it had grow to be increasingly troublesome as her kidney failure progressed she managed to proceed working proper up till her transplant.
Sarah describes how her failing kidney operate had diminished her power ranges to a degree the place on the finish of her working day she solely had sufficient power to crawl up the steps in her dwelling which she shares together with her companion Ronan.
On the evening of her transplant final February, the 34-year-old was in mattress and just some hours into her nine-hour nightly dialysis remedy, when at 2am she obtained a telephone name from the transplant coordinator at Beaumont Hospital telling her to come back to Dublin instantly for a kidney transplant.
She had had a particular bag packed and tucked away in her wardrobe for a number of months earlier than in anticipation of this vital telephone name. Nevertheless, when the decision really got here, she forgot to convey the bag together with her.
She stated, “on my haste to get to the hospital and with the flurry of feelings I used to be experiencing, together with pleasure blended with the unhappy thought that another household had misplaced a beloved one, I forgot to convey my bag with me”.
Eight months later Sarah set about unpacking the identical bag she by no means received to make use of.
She stated, “Since my transplant my life has been utterly remodeled. I’m bursting with power now. I’ve gone from feeling complete exhaustion and solely having the ability to crawl up the steps, to strolling, then operating, portray and adorning, gardening, having fun with just a little socialising with my associates and principally experiencing a massively improved high quality of life.
“One of many strangest issues I discovered after my transplant was getting used to seeing my dialysis machine beside my mattress, which had grow to be extra like a relic to my previous, as I now not needed to hook as much as it each evening for 9 hours at a time.
“After being discharged from hospital post-transplant, I step by step constructed up my health ranges, firstly strolling for 2km with a cane as soon as a day, then progressing to doing it twice a day, and later meting out with the strolling assist and step by step having the ability to run.
“I beloved my job as a florist, nevertheless it was very bodily demanding and dealing in chilly temperatures didn’t go well with my situation. Irrespective of what number of layers of garments I wore I couldn’t hold heat. Since my transplant I’ve been fortunate to safe employment as a civil servant which is much less bodily strenuous. I can work remotely from my dwelling and keep secure as transplant recipients are among the many high-risk class for Covid-19. I’ve come to date since receiving my transplant and I’ve my donor to thank for it.”
Sarah determined to run the digital girls’s mini marathon on its last day, final Saturday, September 10, to honour her donor and to mark European Day for Organ Donation & Transplantation.
“I’m delighted with the help I’ve obtained from household and associates and to have raised over €1,200 for the Irish Kidney Affiliation. It’s such a deserving charity that advocates for kidney sufferers and their households, and likewise promotes the organ donor card. I hope that I might help increase consciousness in regards to the significance of organ donation and hopefully shine a lightweight on all these folks like me who expertise organ failure and the massively vital and selfless reward of organ donation.”
Organ Donor Playing cards could be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Affiliation on 01 6205306 or Free textual content the phrase DONOR to 50050. You can too go to the web site www.ika.ie/get-a-donor-card or obtain the app to your telephone.