Today’s blog post is the first from this series that is actually being written and posted in real-time, meaning today actually is the day before my surgery. Although I feel there should be a lot to write today, there actually isn’t. My weekend was filled with preparations for my surgery: laundry, cleaning, etc., followed by a quick trip to Pennsylvania to celebrate my cousin’s birthday and spend time with my family. One of my cousins baked me a kidney cake, which was probably one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. My family was supportive and sweet, and I’m so glad I was able to spend time with them before my surgery.
Today, I am on an all-liquid diet in preparation for surgery and I’m pretty hungry, but besides that, today has been pretty uneventful. I went to work to tie up loose ends and also to distract me from any pre-surgery anxiety and it worked – I think I am more anxious about being out of work for a few weeks than I am about the actual surgery. Although, the closer it gets to the end of the day, I can feel myself getting more and more nervous.
The best part about today has been the overwhelming amount of encouragement and kind words I’ve gotten throughout the day. I’ve had coworkers texting, e-mailing and stopping by to hug me, friends and family have been checking in on me all day – the amount of well-wishes and support I’ve gotten has been incredible and I feel very blessed to have so many people thinking about and praying for me as I go into surgery.
In other news, Tyler has been doing well, except for some issues with high blood pressure (which is being managed with medication). He was finally released from the hospital yesterday and is now able to relax at home in between doctor’s appointments. I know he is very happy to be home. The other day I told him if he was still in the hospital this week, he could hang out with me in my hospital room and he said if he was still in the hospital this week, he was going to try to escape! I can’t say I blame him – I don’t care how wonderful the staff is and how much they wait on you at the hospital – there’s nothing better than snuggling up in your own bed!
On that note, I am going to end this post by saying a big thank you to everyone who has been following my blog posts and sending me such wonderfully encouraging messages. I appreciate them more than anyone could possibly know. Stay tuned for post-donation updates. The next post I write, I will be doing so with one less kidney in my body!
More entries from this series:
My Living Donation Journey – Part 1: The Decision
My Living Donation Journey – Part 2: Defending My Decision
My Living Donation Journey – Part 3: Taking a Break
My Living Donation Journey – Part 4: The Approval
My Living Donation Journey – Part 5: Holy Toledo!
My Living Donation Journey – Part 6: A New Kidney for Tyler
My Living Donation Journey – Part 7: Ciao, Left Kidney!
My Living Donation Journey – Part 8: The Surgery
My Living Donation Journey – Part 9: The Recovery