Had a clinic appointment at 8am today. They did blood work and a bone scan. I then saw the nurse, the doctor and the social worker. In and out in about an hour.
All my labs are GREAT. Blood pressure is normalizing. Kidney function is great. They did a bone scan to get a base line for bone density as the anti-rejection medicine can cause you to lose bone. Exercise is the main way to avoid this.
One of the main things that I have learned in this process is to have more patience. Obviously, going through the pre-transplant process and the post transplant process can be very time consuming. There is little that you can do to speed up the actual appointment process. (It is obviously much quicker to get a transplant when a living donor, like Keith, gives you a kidney.) However, the appointments take the time that they take and there are no short cuts and no way make it go any faster. The professionals that work in this field of medicine understand the necessity of doing everything as quickly as possible and are doing all that they humanly can to make it run as fast and as efficiently as possible.
So what does a person do? What I’ve learned is that a good attitude, smiling face and a pleasant word make it all go better. It just seems to make the time go better if not faster. Plus, when you slow down and let the process run you actually get to know that person sitting next to you or the person trying to help you. It is then that you have a converstation that is usually encouraging, helpful and sometimes very interesting. Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone one of God’s creatures is unique in their own way. Everyone has been through some difficult time or process. Along the way, when we stop to recognize their humanity we gain from it — and hopefully add to their joy and help them complete their journey. I’ve heard it said that the thing that you can do to hurt a person the most is to be apathetic. You simply don’t care. Well my goal going forward in life is to care even more about people. Even people I don’t know. So many people — friends, both near and distant, — family and just acquaintances have shown a great deal of interest in my situation. It is the least that I can do to “pay this forward” to the people that I come in contact with.
So smile, enjoy the day and make a difference in a life today.