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Feeling Excited and Relieved and Scared All at Once

Well hurray! for me, I can now announce that I am provisionally on the Wait List for a Kidney Transplant. I spent a day at the Transplant Unit meeting all the staff -- surgeons, nephrologist, nurses, social worker, coordinators, and so on. They had told me I would be there 3 to 4 hours, and it turned out to be an 8 hour day, capped by a trip to the lab where they sucked out 13 tubes of blood. (I've never had anyone take 13 tubes at one time before.) After meeting me and getting the lab reports and medical records from my various doctors they met with their board and presented my case, and the board agreed that I'd be a good candidate. I have to go back next month for more lab work, x-rays, and a cardiac workup, and then I will be put on the List officially. It's a long process, but I feel as though I've made the first gigantic step forward.

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Congratulations! I'm sure it's been a long, scary road - but positive thinking is a HUGE part! When my mom went through scary health things, I bought her a plaque that said, "life's not about waiting for the storms to pass...it's about learning to dance in the rain."

Positive thoughts your way! :)
Thank you, and hah! about the plaque, because I just received the Arts & Artifacts catalog today, and they have that plaque in there. (They have a lot of gorgeous things in there, and I had to restrain myself from reaching for the credit card. "It's a want, not a need, a want, not a need...")
Congratulations on having made it this far! I hope everything goes well for you from here!
Thank you! I know this is just the first step, because once I'm officially on the List I will most likely be on there for years before I could receive a kidney... it's not as though I'll get signed up and then get a call 4 months later. But it took a shift in my thought processes to get me to this point, and I feel like I'm moving in the right direction.