What was so big?
Was it that we closed on our house we were selling? Yeah, that was pretty cool but it’s not the BIG thing.
Was it that 90 minutes later we closed on our new house and got the keys. Though it was amazing how smooth it went, it wasn’t the BIG thing.
When we came out of the 2nd closing with a bag of 20 keys (the previous owner liked to lock things), I had one voicemail to listen to.
“Scott, this is Monica from Lahey (my Nurse Transplant Coordinator). Please call me before 4. If you can’t today, call me Monday morning.”
My heart came into my throat as I dialed and redialed and got busy signals. (FYI, caller ID at Lahey brings you to busy signals. You have to look up the person’s number on their card.) It was 4:02 and I sent Monica a brief email saying her line was busy. She called right back.
I knew my case was presented to the surgical team Friday. I also knew I was scheduled to see my doc Tuesday to get the verdict. Was she calling to tell me I was rejected and need not drive down? My mind raced through a hundred possible reasons for her call, none good. Does your mind ever go into panic mode like that?
“Your case was presented to the surgeons today and you have been approved for transplant and you are on the list,” Monica told me. I just have to get my newest MELD score to proceed. I’ll do that Tuesday when they take 22 vials out of me after I meet wit Dr Tien giving me the official notice and talking about schedules and giving the okay for collecting live liver donors info and testing.
THAT IS THE BIG NEWS! I’m in!
With one phone call I went from possible death in a year or two to taking my grand kids for ice cream, cheering and laughing at tee-ball. I’ll dance at my sons’ weddings. I’ll beam with pride at graduations. I’ll ride bikes with my wife. We’ll travel. I’ll sit at my sister’s pool while Pajama Lou grills steaks. I will laugh with my sisters until we cry and gasp for breath. I’ll take my dad to the Fryburg Fair.
We’ll have home groups again made up of imperfect people like us and we’ll share, get messy, be real and try to follow after the Jesus of the Bible. We’ll fall down and pick each other up.
And, I’LL BE ABLE TO GET A DOGGIE AGAIN!!! 🙂
This will be the hardest year of my life – major surgery, pain, recovery, trips to Lahey. But, life is worth it.
Let’s start praying for a perfect donor match (I have my son Josh, my nephews and nieces from my family, my silly sisters and then several dear friends all volunteering to be tested if need be. My daughter Shara has a thyroid condition so she can’t do it. She told me she would though). I am so blessed!!!
I feel like I have a new lease on life.
Hope … And a future!
“Be still, and know that I am God;I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD Almighty is with us;…” Psalm 45:10-11 NIV