Tuesday, April 1, 2014
I was hoping that the scans would be posted online to my imaging account tonight, but alas they aren't. I also haven't heard from the Transplant team as to the results; I'm quite sure they will be going over these scans with a very fine-toothed comb, lest they miss something like they did last time. We are on our one-month countdown again. I really hope that there are no major hiccups this time around.
All for now. Goodnight!
Saturday, March 22, 2014
One of J's surgeons just called me. On a saturday. As soon as he said his name, my internal anxiety meter hit eleventy billion jigawatts. He's a super nice guy, but he scared the hell out of me! I was waiting to hear "you're no longer a viable candidate because of your screwed up veins", but heard instead, "I'm so sorry to call you on a Saturday, how are you this morning?". He apologized profusely for the shenanigans that ensued in February, and asked if I was still interested in donating. I shocked the pajama pants off him when I said yes. He actually said, "I'm genuinely surprised, given the events surrounding the postponement of the original surgery. You are a wonderful person for still wanting to do this." *TEAR*
Anywho... so we discussed my funky veins again, and what we needed to do. He want me to go for one last test, to get a clearer picture of the veins coming out of and surrounding both of my kidneys. The CT Angiogram focuses on, you guessed it, arteries. By the time the contrast hits the veins, it's fairly diluted so the veins don't show up very clearly. The MRV (magnetic resonance venography) focuses on the veins. It is, as described, just like an MRI. If you've never had one, just imagine sitting inside a drum set, like actually inside the drums, for an hour and a half or so. Throw in the occasional machine gun fire and there you have it. Strangely, the noise doesn't bother me, nor do I get that all-too-common claustrophobia. I have been known to fall asleep during MRI's. What can I say; I'm strange. Anyway, hopefully we can get this done sometime this week, and get on with this transplant. May 2nd is our new planned date; it would be really nice if we could get this done, on schedule, with as little b.s. as possible.
Till next time! :-)
Monday, March 10, 2014
Okay ladies and gents, off to bed for the night.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
After reading about this little adventure, I'm sure you're asking yourself "What a morning! I'm sure surgery was a breeze!" Nope. NOPE, NOPE, NOPE! If you've never had surgery before, let me break this part down for you really quick. After answering a ton of questions that you've answered a million times before for your pre-op nurse, you get your IV placed (as established above, but hopefully with more skilled techs than we had today). Then your ENTIRE surgical team comes in, along with their students, colleagues, friends, spouses, parents, and children. If you're really lucky, they might bring their dogs. Then you answer their questions, sign consents (or autographs, depending on who they are and what they want), if necessary, they shave you, and allow them to draw on you (for surgical site purposes. They aren't artists after all). At this point in our morning, the urologist on the case came down and explained his part of the surgery to us (mostly J, as he is the lead surgeon on his part of the case.) My surgeon was in as well, going over my part of the surgery. This is where it gets majorly hinky; remember a few weeks ago when I wrote about my funky anatomy? Well, turns out that it's more of a challenge than we initially thought. Because of the placement of the major vein that supplies the kidneys, if they were to just go in and take the kidney and try to place it in J, that would leave a renal vein about a half inch long to supply it. Not nearly long enough. We find this out minutes before we are supposed to be in the OR. Our surgeons stepped out for a few minutes, came back and J's surgeon says "I am about to be a very unpopular surgeon this morning". My heart SANK. I had an idea of what was coming at us before he said it. When he told us what I just got done typing, the first thing that came to my mind was "Well isn't that just a punch in the face? My anatomy sucks and now we can't do this." We got *this* close, only to be told "Hey, sorry to tell you this, but I only skimmed over your actual CT scan and went by the report said, so we thought we could go with the traditional approach. We were way wrong. Whoops." So now we get to play the waiting game for two more months, and are on the books (supposedly) for May 1st. For the love of all things, everything had better fall into place the right way, and I mean everything, so that this can go according to Plan B on May 1st.
I'm exhausted, so I'm off to bed. Good night, and please send good vibes our way. We really need them.
Monday, February 24, 2014
I don't really have much else to add today, I'm exhausted and still have a ton of stuff to get done (laundry is almost about to be checked off my list!). I will try to post a couple of quick updates throughout the week. Have no fear, SuperBean is here!!!
Good night friends! :)
Monday, February 17, 2014
Tomorrow is "Bye bye Old Couch Day" and Wednesday the new furniture is being delivered. The house has been as thoroughly cleaned as I can possibly get it, save for scrubbing the walls and ceiling with bleach. Ain't nobody got time fo' dat! Clean floors, bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom. Groceries, check-ish (still need a few things). At this point, I can't even think of what else I need to do. I'm just winging it, not gonna lie. The next week is going to be a whirlwind, for sure. Can't wait!
Off to bed, I'm wiped out! Until next time...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Anyway, how about that awesome snowstorm the East Coast is supposed to get, huh? It's supposed to start here in Maryland tomorrow evening and from what I hear, continue through till Thursday evening. ICK!!!
Have a good night everyone!