Hello friends and family, it’s been about a month since my last official update, so I figure now is a good time for a final note before surgery, which is almost here. That’s right, it all goes down this coming Friday, January 5. Can you believe it?
Dennis and I are to show up very early that day, like 5am or so… Surgery is set for 7:30am. We’re both excited to get this over with, it’s been a long journey for both of us.
In the meantime, here’s how my last week will go down. I have two more dialysis treatments (Tues and Thurs). Dennis and I both go in on Wednesday for our final labs. Basically a final check to make sure we’re still good to go. That’s basically a formality, as they’ve already confirmed everything they need to.
My Mom and sister are coming up Thursday night, and taking me to the hospital on Friday. I live about 1 mile from the hospital, so it’ll be a quick trip that morning. My Dad is also coming up that morning.
Dennis will be able to go home after a couple nights. After that, he should be back up and running in no time. I’ll be in hospital for 4 or 5 days, depending on how things go. They want to monitor me very closely to make sure the kidney is working and such. After i get home I’ll be taking things slow for awhile, and will have to go to clinic to be tested each week. I have short term disability leave from work, so there’s no set timetable to get me back to work. I’m thinking 3 or 4 weeks? We’ll see. Thankfully my company pays me 100% while I’m out – I’m very thankful for that.
People have asked me about visitation in the hospital. Honestly, that hasn’t been made clear to me yet. I do know that the first day or two, I don’t think I can have any visitors at all, not even my parents. I’ll be very susceptible to infections for a bit, so they are keeping me under wraps from the outside world. My surgery manual does mention that visitors will be required to wear gown and mask, so I do believe I can have visitors eventually, I just don’t know the timing. When people are allowed to come in I’ll let you all know, if you want to visit. I don’t even know if I’ll have access to my phone… I know what a germ magnet those things are.. but we’ll see.
After they release me from hospital, my Mom is going to stay with me for a few days. After she heads back home, I’ve been offered by so many people to help me out in any way they can – I truly appreciate it and will probably take you up on it that first week home!
Well, that’s all I have for now. I’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting for 2 years now, so this last week should be a piece of cake. Thank you all for the thoughts, prayers, and being a good friend to me through all this.
Dec 30, 2017