- The infection. The doctor called Joe on Monday (T-1) to tell him that there was ZERO sign of infection! Praise God!
- Housing. The Transplant House called us on Friday (T-4) to tell us that we will be able to stay there for the duration of his recovery. Praise God!
- Insurance. The Mayo Clinic called us on Monday (T-1) to tell us that the new insurance company approved the transplant. Praise God!
- Medicare. The Social Security office called Joe on Friday (T-4) to tell us that they had approved his Medicare AND it would be retroactive to April. Praise God!
- The transplant. After 4 years of being sick and tired (literally), 6 months of dialysis, 5 sleepless nights, and 24 hours of a migraine, Joe got a new kidney today! Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.
Joe began the day with the same migraine he got at dialysis yesterday. He tried to sleep, but all for naught. Joe and Kris (donor), arrived at the hospital at 7:30 in the morning. We checked in, but had to wait 2 hours for them to even call them back. Turns out, it was quite the busy day for transplants. What did we do for 2 hours? Laughed our butts off! We tried to imagine what Kris' kidneys would say to each other:
Righty (said sadly): Hey, where you goin'?
We imagined what Joe's two boy kidneys would say when the doctors put Kris' girl kidney in there:
Boys: Check out the new girl!
We imagined what the kidney of a teacher would say when she gets into Joe's body:
Lefty (said very matter-of-factly): Alright boys, let me show you how it's done!
We imagined the doctors walking the kidney carefully from Kris' body to Joe's body, but accidentally dropping it on the floor:
Doctor: Ten second rule!
We imagined that if that did happen, would they remember which way is right side up? Would they mark it with an arrow, like you do for paper into your printer?
We laughed endlessly about what would be said once they both got their "truth" serum. Joe actually covered his mouth with his shirt when he got the serum. Love that guy.
If you were a casual observer, you would see that we were most definitely covered in peace. The joy of the Lord is our strength.
When they were being prepped, Joe wanted to listen to Christian music. He put his earbuds in and started singing. So cute. He talked with the nurses about K-Love and his favorite Christian songs. Mostly, he told stories. Joe, the man of a 1,000 stories!
At about 2:00, we received word that Kris was out of surgery and her kidney was being "installed" (their word) into Joe.
At 4:20, the doctor told us that he had successfully connected the new kidney. He said that it was already making urine and working well. He was hopeful that I would see Joe within 90 minutes.
It is now 7:20 and I still have not seen Joe. He did come out of surgery fine, however, he is in a lot of pain and they are having a hard time bringing his blood pressure down. Poor guy. He has been through so much. Can't wait to see him!
I got to see him! He's doing great. Only Joe. I tell ya. They wheeled him out, and everyone was saying, "bye, Joe!". As we walked past a few patients, they said to their loved ones, "He's so sweet."