Day +533: I’m so excited…

“…and I just can’t hide it.”

It’s been a busy month since I last posted. Work on our kitchen continued two weeks beyond the scheduled three week completion and is still not quite done yet. However, we were able to mostly move back in the day before our annual Mothers’ Day gathering. The weather cooperated, and we had a very pleasant afternoon with our families, a total of 18 in attendance including us. We feasted on steamed crabs, bbq ribs, and an assortment of delicious sides and desserts supplied by our guests.

The kitchen is looking great, and it’s so much more functional with the added storage. The finishing touches will be added when we return from vacation next week.

In the midst of remodeling and preparing for the party and trip, I managed to catch my first post transplant respiratory infection, disappointing timing to say the least! I thought it was nearly gone but it worsened over the weekend. When I went for my routine bloodwork Monday, Dr. Bahrani prescribed Zithromax antibiotics which I started immediately. My blood counts continue to look good. The whites are elevated, a sign that they’re doing what they’re supposed to, fighting my infection. My liver enzymes are all in normal range!

May 14, 2012
WBC: 11200 (norm 3000.-11200.)
Granulocytes (~ANC): 7600 (norm 1400.-9000.)
Platelets: 365 (norm 130-382)
RBC: 4.37 (norm 3.90-4.90)
HGB (hemoglobin): 14.7 (norm 11.5-14.3)
HCT (hematocrit): 44.1 (norm 34.2-42.2)
Alkaline phosphatase, S: 147 (norm 25-150)
AST: 36 (normal 0-40)
ALT: 29 (normal 0-40)

I took a Benadryl before bedtime, and it really knocked me out. Our long awaited journey to meet my donor began [not so] bright and very early yesterday morning. I fared well, all things considered, but I was completely exhausted by the time we reached our hotel in Astoria, Oregon yesterday evening. I noted our beautiful room and view at the Cannery Pier Hotel, snapped a few photos, and napped for a couple of hours. We went to dinner at a local seafood place, The Silver Salmon, chauffeured by a distinguished gentleman named Spencer in a 1952 Cadillac. Freshly baked cookies awaited us upon our return to the hotel. I think I was fast asleep again within minutes and slept soundly through the night, much refreshed upon awakening.

Just a few more hours until we finally see Mary Lou face to face for the first time! I’m both a bit nervous and extremely excited, so eager to meet and thank her but worried that I might disappoint. Nothing I say or do can adequately express my gratitude for her amazing gift of life. My perfect match!

I’ll write more soon, after the big event, and post some photos.

2 Comments:

  1. I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed in you. You are an inspiration. Even before this experience, you were an inspiration. Why do you think you have so many friends? Because you are GREAT!!! Love you.

  2. I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed in you. You are an inspiration. Even before this experience, you were an inspiration. Why do you think you have so many friends? Because you are GREAT!!! Love you.

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