Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

I made this suggestion to my sister earlier today as a good title for her blog post for the day. Unfortunately she is too young to remember this most excellent Tom Petty song. I heart TP. He is great to see live, so if you ever get a change, GO!

Truly the hardest part of the day was the waiting. Well, maybe staying awake was, at least for certain members of my family....Get some food into the bellies of the over 5o crowd and watch out. Oh, the head bobbing and jerking themselves into an awake state. So fun to watch. I should have brought my camera with me. Would have made for some interesting posts! I do think that my threats of bowls of warm water, bra freezing and Sharpie markers kept some of them awake...ah, fear is a powerful thing!

On to the news: Transplant was a success. Both donor and recipient are doing well. Drugged beyond belief and doing well. The kidney began working right away, which is outstanding news. The kidney from the last transplant didn't work for a few days and it was miserable waiting. We all practically skipped out of the hospital! The next few days will be tough as pain increases and pain meds decrease. But, this will be good because it will get both of them out of the hospital asap. No pain, no gain, right? Right!

So tonight, raise your glasses and toast the beginning of a new life!! A life of health, hope and inspiration. I plan on spreading the wealth myself!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Everythings going to be alright...finally...

I just want you close
Where you can stay forever
You can be sure that it will only get better
You and me together
Through the days and nights
I don’t worry cause everything’s gonna be alright
People keep talking
They can say what they like
But all I know is everything’s gonna be alright

I heard this Alicia Keys song on my way home tonight. I was at the hospital, along with just about everyone else in my family. After a year of more time spent in the hospital than not, we were all finally there for a good reason. Tomorrow my BIL is getting his kidney!

I found this song to be especially comforting. Finally, everything is going to be alright. I imagine that my sister and her husband would find comfort in these words as well. Tomorrow is such a pivotal day in their lives, I can't even begin to imagine what is going on in their heads. And in the heads of the donor and his wife as well.

This will be my BIL's second transplant. The first was almost 10 years ago and it was from a cadaver. It lived its lifespan of 10 years. When it failed, my BIL was told that his best option for health was to find a live donor. And they did. A true miracle. His donor is actually his best friend, someone that my sister and BIL have known since college. It is really unbelievable that someone would be selfless enough to give such a gift. But that is who this person is. It is even more unbelievable that the donor and his wife had there first child just a few months ago. We will never be able to repay them for their generosity.

So tonight we all rallied around the patients as the transplant surgery will begin tomorrow at 7am. It amazed me how cheerful everyone was, especially the patients. I guess Fleet Enemas are funny, regardless of the situation....

Neal, Michele, Ryan, Leslie...here's to you! Your devotion to one another and your strength is truly an inspiration to us all. I hope that those who hear of your story will learn from your generosity and strive to make the world a better place.