Isaiah 41: 9-10
I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
I’m not sure I ever considered what it would look like 1
month after the donation; it is really crazy to think that it has been a full
month.I mean we haven’t even been home
for a full week yet, the time has kind of stood still for us, yet it just
continues to march on.
I don’t really have any new information from the doctor’s; I
haven’t seen a doctor since we left UNC.I did have blood drawn yesterday and peed in a cup so that everything
can be analyzed to make sure I am doing well.I have my 30 day follow up appt. on Monday which is a couple of days
late but not that bad.
I don’t expect anything to be that unusual.Kate and I are both anxious to find out what
my Creatinine levels will be (that is what they check for kidney
function).My blood pressure was a
little high 140/90 during my last visit to UNC so we hope that will come down a
little bit, we bought a BP machine for home so we can monitor it and it has
been lower when I take it at home so it might be a case of white coat syndrome
(nervous in front of the doctors).
As far as my recovery it is going well, I’m not out jogging
or anything yet, but I was able to drive myself around the last couple of days
and I have been off pain medication for about 5 days.A lot of people say they like pain
medication but I really don’t enjoy the way it makes me feel, kind of like I am
drunk all the time.
As far as the incision goes it seems to be healing, I’m not
sure if I can tell that much difference between now and the last time we took a
picture but there seems to be a lot less seepage.
Here are some answers to the most popular questions.
When am I going back to work?
My goal was April 2nd before the surgery, I
haven’t been given approval to return to work yet I hope to get that when I see
the doctor on Monday.If I get approved
on Monday I might try to do a half day on Thursday and Friday so I can ease
into it a little bit.But right now I
should definitely be back by the 2nd.
Do I feel different inside?
I still am not sure how to answer this.My stomach is definitely misshapen, I’m not
sure if it is still swollen or that is permanent.I see people walking around sometimes with
parts of their stomach sticking weird directions and now I wonder is that going
to be me for the rest of my life.Sometimes when I take a deep breath or yawn I can feel something on my
left side, originally I thought it was the air stopping there but I think it is
my lung pushing on the empty space.This
is one of those times where I should have probably kept my mouth shut to avoid
sound dumb about where my organs are.
There has been one time that I noticed it, I was sitting on
the couch and I lifted my left foot to scratch it up by my side, and I had an
incredibly sharp pain in my side, like I was pinching something inside of
me.I have no idea what it was, but I
try not to do that anymore.
Can I see the scar?
Yes, Sorry I don't have that attractive of a stomach.
30 Days After the Surgery
14 Days After the Surgery
What does it feel like to have a part of you inside someone
This is way too deep and hard to answer yet, so I will do an
entire post about this at some point.
A month later I feel
well, probably not as good as I thought I would.If I sit upright for more than an hour I am
very sore.If Kate and I do any
activity, driving, walking even animated conversations for any length of time I
am very exhausted at the end and need to rest.I’m still not making particularly quick movements from side to side, and
I know if I had to I could throw or swing something but I would pay a heavy
This has been a very amazing experience for me and I feel
very blessed to have had this opportunity and I would do it again in a
heartbeat.I just want to give a real
picture of what the recovery looks like.
So many people online say they are back to work in 2 weeks,
which I guess is possible with lots of pain medication, but my production would
have been awful.Other people have said
things like it is a piece of cake or no big deal, which doesn’t paint a fair
picture, It is a big deal, and it does take time to recover.
As I look back on the last month, all I can really think is
a month ago they took an organ from my body, (seriously), and put it in Ashley
and now it is filtering her blood, how cool is that.