I’m lying here in my hospital bed watching “the Big Bang theory” and figured I would give you a status report.
I had blood drawn, a CAT scan, chest x-ray, and blood cultures. I won’t know any of the results until tomorrow morning when the transplant team meets and is able to look at everything.
Have you ever brought your car to your mechanic because it’s making a noise? When you get there it won’t make a noise matter how hard you?
I feel a little bit like that. After my fever broke this morning I’ve had no fever all day long. I have had some nausea though and still have the abdominal pain which we suspect is muscles that haven’t been used in a long time.
They’ve started two different antibiotics on me as a precaution. It’s best with the recent transplant recipient to nip infection in the bud.
My incredible wife is spending another night in a nearby motel or, hotel actually. That poor woman has to be so tired of this. She waits on me hand and foot. She sits in the hospital and holds my hand. She’s memorized my medication schedule and gives me my meds when I need them. All that she continues to work full-time to carry our household. My disability pay is a blessing which covers mortgage and utilities but Robin does have to work full-time in order to help us make the rest of our expenses. All that and she does all the cooking, all the cleaning, all the laundry, all the making the beds, pays the bills and manages our budget. Plus she stays in touch with you directly children making sure that they know that their mom and dad love them.
How does she do it? I mean really, how does she do it? I’m sure she never pictured this life when we got married. I wish I could send her on a vacation someplace with spas and warm and all the things that she loves. Surely she needs a me vacation or vacation from me. I would.
I will update tomorrow when I know more if I know more. I’m hoping for a short stay. It would be swell if tonight is the only night that I sleep in this bed. But whatever the Lord wants and whatever his desire is that’s what I want. Maybe he has me meeting someone tomorrow who needs some encouragement and picking up. That would be cool. I’m confident that he has me in his hand and I trust him.
All you readers who are waiting for transplant, don’t be discouraged by my story. If I had it all to do over again I would certainly do it. Each day I get a little stronger. But recovery does take work. My liver transplant friend Tim told me that after transplant we have to adjust to the new normal. At this stage in the road bumps are normal.
I appreciate all you who email me and ask me questions and that I have the chance to maybe encourage you to keep fighting the fight. Every day, no matter how painful, is another day alive to fight and another day closer to transplant. Be strong and courageous. (that’s straight out of the old book that I like to read called the Bible.)
I guess the good news to report is after my CAT scan they discovered no cats. I really dislike cats a lot.