I have found that my immunity to common infections like coughs and cold reduced significantly, as well as to stomach infections, but I guess it varies from person to person. I underwent a long treatment to restore my immune system (or so I thought) and was under the impression that all was well.
However, one day while searching the Internet, I discovered a fact sheet that is published by the Kent Splenectomy Trust containing information about post-splenectomy precautions and was shocked to discover many facts that no doctor had ever told me. For years I lived under the impression that I had near-normal immunity but that was not the case. I had not taken many essential vaccines that are critical for an asplenic person.
Upon finding this out, I was prompt in getting all the vaccinations that I needed, and made the other precautions part of my life. I do not enjoy taking these precautions, such as watching for symptoms of dangerous infections, avoiding animals, and other things, but they are necessary for life.
So for those of you who have suffered the loss of a spleen, or know someone who has, please be aware that you are not alone and that help is available if you seek it. The spleen is not like the appendix, without any important function. It is an essential part of the immune system, and if you want to know more, please do not hesitate to contact me, either through this blog, or by email. Again, I am not a doctor, but just an ordinary person looking to help and inform others of available resources.