ABM, welcome to the forum. And congratulations to you and your husband on the transplant! I have hep C, cirrhosis, and had liver cancer necessitating removal of the rt. lobe of the liver. However, I haven't had a transplant (yet!) and I had problems with low potassium as the result of diuretics, not low magnesium. We have finally gotten that straightened out.
I had 7 major surgeries in 5 years, and had a lot of memory problems. Still have some. I'm convinced that a lot of the "brain fog" was the result of all the anesthesia. A nurse once told me that the side effects from anesthesia can last up to a year (per anesthesia.)
It is so glad to hear from you. I have been wondering about the kidney problem. Wouldn't you know it I got my answer from you. I have been concerned my husbans kidneys. I do know that the kidney function is a big part of making the MELD go up. My husband was an 18 for quite some time and is now a 13. We finally got the fluid problem under control after a year. One thing I need to check is the magnesium. My husband is on the list at Vanderbilt and they haven't told me a thing about magnesium. He does take a multi vitamin every day. Also I wanted to ask you if your husband had a lot of Blood tranfusions while he was waiting. My husband has been getting them now about every 6 weeks. I forgot to welcome you to the forum. I think you will be a big help to our members waiting for a liver.
ABM, I agree...you will be a valuable asset to this forum.
My gall bladder was also removed when they took the whole right side of the liver.
ABM, I am not seeking treatment at this time for the Hep C. I hear it is brutal and I'm basically still recovering from the last surgery (incisional hernia repair.) The surgeon had told me that if the remaining lobe of the liver gets cancer, I would then need a transplant. However, my hepatologist told me that they will keep a very close check on me with both CT and MRI scans, so if something is found it will be in the beginning stages and they can treat it.
Basically, I am just eating a very liver friendly diet--lots of fresh fruits and veggies and little meat.