Thursday, December 10, 2009

One week since....

One week always seems like a milestone, whether it be "next week at this time..." or "last week at this time...." well, this morning I was thinking about what I was doing last week at this time, and guess what, I was in surgery! I can not believe a week has passed since the anticipated kidney transplant day arrived. Since then, I have recovered very well! The house has been filled with my mom, caring for the kids and doing all the chores that I usually do, filled with friends helping out, filled with visitors and cookies and cards, and well wishes, and....FOOD! My goodness! We've had some good meals this week, supplied by the wonderful moms at Acilia's school! The blessings feel like they have been pouring in!
I mentioned I am recovering well, and that's true! I was pretty sore through the weekend, I really was trying to stick it out pain med free, even tried the extra strength tylenol route, I developed a fever one night over the weekend, and I felt like my body needed a little bit of help fighting the pain. So...I pulled out my prescribed narcotics. Ack! Well, needless to say, that didn't go over too well, I took two pills as prescribed and soon after, I was loopy and itchy!! Pain was gone, but I actually think I bruised the tip of my nose because I was itching so viciously!! The itching had us thinking something wasn't right, so we called the hospital and they said not to take those pills anymore. A new medication was prescribed. We picked that up and I tried one before bed, it did NOTHING! No loopy, no itchy, no pain control. I decided I am not made for pills and haven't taken any since :) Yesterday I attempted jeans, I was in them all day, but I was pretty sore in the belly last night, so it shall be elastic waist for a little while longer :) I've been up and about throughout the day, so I've wrapped some gifts, gone through the kids toys to weed out garbage and charity donations, I have a few more things to get to that have been put off for a while :)

Al's recovery hasn't been quite as seamless. He's been in some pain and his blood pressure is elevated and his ankles are swelling. He's recovering at his parent's house, so he can have some peace and quiet and of course have his mom dote on him a bit :) He's still taking some pain pills, the doc's are watching him closely and overall, it may be a little longer until we can say "All Clear" for him.
Stay tuned!


  1. I am saying prayers for Al that the kidney will kick into high gear and he will have a lovely low creatinine and blood pressure for Christmas!

    I'm glad you're doing better. I can't believe it's been a week already! It seems to pass by in a blur, I think.

  2. I just came across your blog. What you did for your husband is selfless and so amazing! Your story really touched me. My best friend's 16 yr old son had a kidney tranplant last year and his donor was his dad. He is doing great and so is the dad! I pray for you and your husband's recovery and for the ongoing issues of post-op. You are so amazing to do what you did for your spouse! That is rare that you were even a match! My best friend and her husband were BOTH matches! That's a miracle as well! Hugs to you!

  3. Thank you for the post! Awesome that your friend's son received his dad's kidney!! My husband actually had a transplant when he was 12, the kidney from HIS dad too! :) They will always have a special bond! Organ donation is amazing and wonderful and I can't wait to see where I can get the word out in the future!! I feel it's a great calling to be a part of!


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