Gay and me 3 1/2 months after transplant.
So. I meant to do a few more updates throughout the weeks. I really did. But things got busy. And I often don’t feel that I have much to say. But people keep asking me how I’m doing and seem surprised when I tell them I am pretty much normal, so I guess it’s time to just announce it to the world.
I’m pretty much normal.
For those of you who want a little more detail read on.
My recovery progressed just like they said it would. Exhausting the first month. Tiring the second. Better the third. For awhile there whenever I sat down I would doze off. I napped alot. But every day was a little better. My incision still smarts a bit, especially if I move suddenly, sneeze, or do crunches. But I CAN do crunches, so that is progress indeed.
I’m in Colorado for our biennial Institute of Biblical Studies and Staff Conference. Every day I see someone I haven’t seen in two years and every day someone expresses complete dismay that I am up and walking around. And that I look normal. Apparently I am expected to look sick or be using a walker or wheelchair or something! But I am fine. I feel good. I’m exercising. My three month check up showed perfect liver function and an MRI showed that my liver was 83% of its original volume. And that was six weeks ago!
Gay continues to have challenges but her liver function is good and the doctors are pleased. Recipients have a hard road, especially for the first year. Click on the link on the right for her updates.
I honestly haven’t processed all of this yet. Emotionally that is. It’s overwhelming sometimes. I am truly, truly, grateful for all the prayer, care, and love that I have received. My sweet friends cleaned my house, brought meals, gave me generous gifts, and just loved me. Suzanne served me so intently and so selflessly in Chicago. Rick took incredible care of me once I got home. And you all prayed. And God answered.
On a humorous note I keep getting various versions of my story told back to me that are a bit skewed. Shows how the rumor mill can bend the facts; sort of like the game of telephone where you whisper something down a line and see how vastly different it is than its original. Anyway, so far I have been attributed with giving a kidney, a spleen, a pancreas, and a lung. Sorry to disappoint, but it was only a liver. And only part of one at that. A friend did ask if he could have half of Rick’s brain though and I completely understand that request. Rick is not willing however.
Thank you sweet friends!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead I Peter 1:3, ESV
Colorado, June 2011