Sunday, July 15, 2012


Today marks five days with a new kidney.  Joe was doing great at the hospital and toolin' around, talking to people.  Yet today, I think that the last of the pain medication has worn off and the recovery is really starting.  Poor thing.  The incision and surgical site looked great for a few days, but is now very bruised-looking.  I guess that's common, as our housemates told us that would be the next phase. 

I have to tell you how much I appreciate our housemates.  They are very friendly and are easy to talk to.  But, it's more than that.  They have been through the same thing and can offer an insight that very few others can.  They also completely understand all the nuances. Helping bring the groceries in.  Knowing when the caregiver needs a little break.  We are so thankful to be here. 

So, where is this "here"?  We are at the Transplant House on the Mayo Clinic campus.  For only $25/night, we have a bedroom in a house fully furnished.  The kitchen even has cookware and dishes.  We are close to the hospital for the daily appointments and any trips to the ER (we're hoping there are none of those). 

Casita #7 (Home)

Our dining room

The kitchen

The living room

The library (Joe's favorite room)

View from our outside door 

My favorite "room" 

 Our patio

Our bedroom

  We will never forget living here.

where Glory meets my suffering