It is Monday morning and I’m looking forward to going “home.” I got my catheter out about 1 hour ago and it feels good to not be tethered down. I will get my main line out of my neck in the next hour or so. I’m not really very sore today. I have been walking laps around the transplant unit. The transplant floor is called “14 Roberts” and it is truly and amazing place. Full of the best nurses and techs and more Doctors than I’ve ever seen before.
I’m on a full round of anti-rejection medication. Some of it I will be on the rest of my life. Some they will tamper off as I leave here today. It has some side affects such as making your blood pressure high and making your blood sugar high. So I will still be on medicine for hypertension and my even have to take some small does of medicine for high blood sugar.
Today I will have meetings with the coordinators to discuss post-op clinic visits, medications, etc. Then I will get discharged at some point. I’m sure I will have to go to the clinic several times this week. Maybe even as early as tomorrow.
I want to write more about the gift that Keith has given and want to give him an opportunity to write about it from his perspective. I think will will both have some unique observations to make. Being that we are not related it makes this a more interesting situation inasmuch as there are no family strings. It just goes to so what true friendship can be all about.
I would like each of you to start thinking in terms of what you would do if you found out a friend or family member needed a gift of an organ. What if you could make a living donation? What would it mean to donate the organs of a loved one if a tragic situation occurred? These are things to ponder before the events and to get your heart and head around. I’m proud to say that long before all this I was designated an organ donor. So at least from that regard I don’t feel like a hypocrite. The question that I will never be able to answer is could I do what Keith did? I want to think that I could. But I’ve never been faced with that situation and now I guess I never will. We will all just have to learn from Keith.
Keith and I are thinking of doing some speaking about our experience. We think that since our chosen professions have given us some experience in speaking and since our story is fairly unique that maybe we can have and impact on people. If you have any ideas about what that might look like, let one or both of us know.
You all have been so amazing. I have read every post and I want you to know that everyone is special in it’s own way. The community that this blog has create for all of us, but especially for me and family has been just incredible. I think that it is so wonderful that technology can actually bring us together as a family and a community of believers. People from all over the county and from all walks of life and from many churches all supporting each other and me and my family. It really doesn’t get any better than that.
I will write more later as I progress through clinics. I will try to get my head around a profound thought or two as to what it means to live life after receiving a gift from Keith such as this.