If you’d have told me on New Year’s Day that I’d be having my transplant on March 2nd, I’d laughed and called you crazy. January 5th was just a few days away, we were finally going to do this!
On January 3rd I started feeling a little twinge in my throat… that night I was starting to feel a little congested. On January 4, I had a noticeable raspy breath, and had to cough once in awhile. During my pre-op phone call with a nurse that morning, she noticed my symptoms. By 2:00 that afternoon, it was official – surgery had been postponed. Can you believe it? After a 2 year wait, we were just 17 hours away. I was told to come back without my cold on January 23 to reschedule.
That day was yesterday – it took a few weeks, but I’m 100% fine now, no signs of a cold. My weight was perfect, vital signs, all good to go for surgery again. I was approved again! I left the Dr. office excited for surgery, hopefully in the next week or two.
I got the word today (from Dennis – he has spoken to his coordinator, I haven’t heard from mine yet) – that the soonest they could get us in is Friday, March 2. Dennis inquired on the reasons for that, he was told something about February being the worst month for transplant scheduling. Kidney transplants are only done on Wednesday and Friday each week, and our different surgeons couldn’t be in the same place until March 2 for various reasons.
So, like it or not, Friday March 2nd is the date. That’s a little over 5 weeks from now.
In the meantime, I’m going to see about getting this catheter removed from my belly. I’ve been carrying this thing around taped to my stomach for 2.5 years now – and haven’t been using it for the past 3 months. I was first going to have it removed either during surgery (if possible – that was going to be a game time decision per the surgeon) – or wait till after surgery. Now that I have 5 weeks to kill, I’m going to see about getting permission to get it removed in the interim.
So, after 2.5 years of waiting.. delays… more waiting….. more delays… another 5 week wait begins.
January 24, 2018