Well kids, I was finally 100% approved for kidney transplant surgery today! I met my surgeon in person again, he was very happy with my weight loss progress, and said we are good to go.
My coordinator is going to meet with Dennis’s coordinator, and present us with a couple of date options for surgery. One thing I do know is that it will be in early or mid January. So, about 6 weeks from now.
It’s been a very long road, and it finally culminated today. I can’t fathom all the countless hours of treatments and lifestyle adjustments I’ve been through in the past two years. So many hours spent hooked up to a pole or machine. So many days and nights of sitting at home, just biding my time. I tried to live a normal life. I tried to travel, I tried to socialize, I tried to have a relationship, I tried I tried I tried. I succeeded in some endeavors and failed in others, but in the end I learned a lot about myself. I learned that there’s a lot more to life than being an independent fly-by-night guy living by the moment. I really had to dig deep inside myself to have the patience to sit at home most nights, to go to bed early, to actually plan things instead living off spontaneity. I struggled at first but it seems like the new normal now.
I learned that after awhile I actually enjoyed that lifestyle, believe it or not. I feel that the last two years have really prepped me mentally for the rest of my life as a transplant patient. I needed to slow down, smell the roses, enjoy life’s simple pleasures. When your life is a daily struggle to be normal, you really start to pay attention to those simple pleasures. Perhaps this transformation is a natural part of aging that everyone goes through, but I feel like the last two years of dialysis really put the whole thing in perspective for me.
I know I’m not the only one who changed his lifestyle – Dennis dedicated his life to put himself in a position to help, and for that I’m forever grateful. In the process he’s made himself healthier too, so it’s a win win.
I should have specific surgery date for Dennis and I in the coming days. Once I do I’ll let you all know. Thank you all for reading, and most importantly, for being my friend, each of you.
Next steps: Continue healthy eating and exercise, lose a few more lbs and gain muscle… get strong for surgery! I have six weeks to go, and I plan on being as strong as I can be.