|Picture taken at Paul Bunyan's restaurant, Wisconsin Dells.|
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Thursday, August 1, 2013
Here's why it didn't occur to me that I will have an offer that soon: 1. My blood type, B+, is not common in Iowa, I've been told that it will take 3-5 years for the patients with common blood types to get a kidney, so even more waiting years with type B+. I was just on the list for less than a year; 2. Lynda, my blood and tissue sister, got tested for me, and I just kind of thought that maybe because of that, the transplant team or whoever was in charge would not consider me anymore since I have a potential living donor (I know it's a crazy thought!); and, 3. I was planning on going to the town wide yard sale that day (and that was even crazier!).
On April 25, after about 30 minutes of blogging, I got a call from the University of Iowa Hospital and they said they had a kidney offer for me... I promise to write a detailed account of what happened that day and the days after, but right now, I'm becoming emotional, and as it seems, it's hard to write and cry at the same time.
I am working on writing my donor's family a thank you letter, but I don't know when is the right time to send it and honestly, I'm having a hard time writing/expressing my gratitude. I mean, what is the best way to say thanks to the family of my donor? He gave me a second chance in life by giving me Beany. He gave me a life free from dialysis, free from high ion levels (Na, K, Ca, and P) as well as PTH level, free from a strict low sodium, potassium, and phosphorus diet (which is hard and tiring) and he also gave me strength, time, freedom, and more. I feel like a simple thank you is not enough.
When the letter is done, I will send it to the transplant center and they will be the one to send it to my donor's family. I'm hoping to meet them in the future, too.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
|Can you tell that my tulips are also happy with the weather? |
Can't wait to see them bloom!
|My daffodils are beaming too!|
My vegetable and herb seedlings
I am very thankful that my sister, Lynda, has an improving thyroid levels based on the recent findings from her donor's tests. She still has to consult a specialist to make sure it is controlled. She used to have a very high thyroid hormone level and it made her feel very tired and she even had hair loss because of it. :( I know how awful it is to lose hairs. I had terrible hair loss last year and it was really scary.
Last week, just a couple of hours after I wrote the post about her testings and my kidneys, she texted me that the transplant coordinator called her up and told her the surgeon said her left kidney is good for donation. At that time, I was struggling whether it was okay to feel happy about it. I felt that I will be very self-centered if I will be elated, because it's about me. She will undergo pain because of me. Ugh, that is so hard to accept. But you know how a true friend and sister she is to me? This was her reply: