We are not at all unhappy with the progress thus far. We are so happy we can't stand ourselves! The new kidney is much like a marathon runner, a little slow out of the gate, but comes on strong for the long journey ahead. I am happy to report that although the kidney was a little sleepy after the transplant, it is now functioning at almost full capacity. The doctor believes Krishna will have normal function by end of the month. Krishna will go home without any hardware. The staples will be out, the catheter will be gone. Was it worth four weeks in a hotel? YES!!!!!!!
I only mention the "Sleepy Kidney" because it is important for people to know that this can happen due to the initial trauma the kidney experiences during the transplant process. Some kidneys take right off, and others, are a little sleepy. This can cause concern, but it is vital to know that a very high percentage of kidneys wake up within a few weeks and everything falls into place.
I will now share with you what we did not have to wait for. The calls, texts, prayers, cards, and donations started pouring in before the transplant was finished. The last post described the "Miracle Flight", this post could have easily been titled "Ask and You Shall Receive!" Words cannot describe the outpouring of support we have received. We are still receiving cards and donations! We are so humbled and grateful!
The title was chosen to get folks thinking about their own transplant journey. What are you waiting for? It is my hope that Krishna's story will get your wheels turning. Who do you know that can benefit from this information?
I promised to tell you the good, bad, and the ugly. I am not going to stop now that Krishna received her transplant. Staying away from home for a month is not fun. we are going crazy in this hotel. It is expensive to stay in a hotel, and food expenses are really mounting up. We do have a microwave and a small refrigerator, so we are trying to buy food we can make in the hotel. There is no abundance of good options when you are using a microwave. We also need to get out for our sanity at times. We are so stir-crazy that we actually asked the doctor if we could drive home Monday night and come back on Sunday for our next clinic visit. This was a weak moment and not a great idea. We committed to being here for a month, so we knew the answer would be no.
I do have a propensity for rambling, so let me cut to the chase. Do you think you or your loved ones could stay in a hotel for a month, raise enough money to cover your flight, hotel, and meals, if it meant receiving your transplant within the next few months to a year? Our answer was yes. Krishna and I have been shown time and time again, that our support system wants to help, and have helped in ways we could not imagine. We had to set our pride aside and accept help! People love Krishna, and I bet, they love you too! We can help with fundraising ideas and we are here ready and waiting to help!
I am wrapping up I promise. I do want to share one more piece of information. We are set to come home just a few days after Labor Day! I will be making calls to local dialysis clinics at home. We will be asking the social workers if we can conduct seminars regarding our experience. I will post updates on this blog and Facebook as to our progress. We are ready!
God Bless You for following this blog, and God Bless everyone that has rallied to help Krishna and I. There are miracles waiting to happen for those who will seek out the information and make a bold decision. This has not been easy, but it has been so worth it. Actually, it has been easy, once we made the decision. I love the saying "Leap and the net shall appear." There was a big net waiting to catch us! I bet there is one for you too!
God Bless You All,