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Dec 13, 2009 04:33 PM

kidney surgery recovery

my uncle just had a kidney removed

thank god, the prognosis is positive, and i want to send him something

anyone have an clue as to what would or would not be a good idea

i was thinking maybe an edible arrangement

please dont tell me to ask him, already did, and got a lot of, were fine, we dont need anything

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  1. how about a fruit of the month or vegetable of the month basket for 3 months? i know post-surgery, sometimes constipation can be an issue...

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    1. re: Emme

      on that note.. maybe there's a fruit market near him that can do a custom fruit basket. you can call them and tell them how much you'd like to spend and then have them arrange with your uncle what he'd like. they could do a spread of berries and cut melon. or a veggie platter to put out if they have guests.

    2. I like the idea of the fruit baskets!

      I would avoid sending anything too sweet (white sugar, not fruit) because they say that sugar promotes infection and if he is recovering from surgery, he may want to avoid anything that promotes infection.

      I'd also consider asking his physician. They might have a list of things to avoid. And, there might even be things someone would typically crave after this kind of surgery.

      I think the fruit thing sounds fun and healthy!

      1. You might want to talk to the Dr. about what he could and shouldn't have..I had a employer who was a dialysis patient and she had to restrict her fluid intake..had to count everything she ate for the liquid content including ice, fruit, soup, etc. Your case may be different but JMO ...

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        1. re: Cherylptw

          If he still has one functional kidney, he won't be on dialysis.

          1. re: reiflame

            Not necessarily true; my son had problems with his kidneys and one option, the doctor said, was to temporarily put him on dialysis and wait to see if his problem cleared up...luckily, it didn't go that far. Since the OP didn't say either yay or hay, I thought it would be best to err on the side of caution.

        2. Maybe he really doesn't want anything right now. Recovering from major surgery is very draining for both the patient and the caregiver, and sometimes dealing with unwanted, unfamiliar food is a real hassle. When my mother passed away, we were bombarded with generous food baskets and edible arrangements and casseroles, and we just didn't have the time or inclination to deal with it all. We gave away what we could but ended up throwing away a lot of spoiled food because we couldn't deal with it before it went bad.

          You are very thoughtful and kind to be thinking of your uncle. Maybe wait a few months until things have stabilized to bring by some favorite foods, and in the meantime, if you life close enough, go to their house and offer to do a bunch of laundry/vacuum the floors/clean the bathrooms.

          1. As someone with kidney issues, you might want to ask if he has problems with too high potassium. There is a long list of fruits/veggies/legumes which folks with high potassium should not eat (tomatoes, cantalope, kiwi, beans to name a few). Check on salt restrictions as well. Good luck!

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            1. re: Diane in Bexley

              agree with Diane, I had a patient today with renal disease and he has a long list of what he can't eat including most vegetables, meats, fruits, whole grains, salt etc. I personally would not send any foods, how about a book or DVD.

              1. re: smartie

                this is certainly food for thought

                thank you all for your help

                1. re: smartie

                  Nor would I suggest food either. I have been on dialysis and had a transplant almost 2 years ago and have had to watch my diet very carefully. My husband donated a kidney appx 3 years ago and needs to stay away from salt, drink more water, etc. If you live near your Uncle I would suggest doing some of his chores for him. He shouldn't be lifting anything over 10 lbs for at least 6 weeks. Does he like puzzles? What are his hobbies? That is what I would suggest. I don't know if he is on a special diet so I would consider something to keep him busy till he heals completely. Please give him my best!