In 12 hours, Lisa and I are expected at the hospital. 5:30 am is kind of cruel. But even worse, I was told that because I have a “caffiene issue”, I should plan to have some coffee or a coke sometime prior to 3:30 am (which is my last call for anything prior to surgery). Should I forgo my caffiene fix, it’s quite likely that I’ll awake from anesthesia with a killer headache. Nice – I’m gonna have quite a tummy ache and a headache?
So, as we move forward….what I’m hoping:
1. That both Lisa and I have the outcomes the UCD surgical team seems so sure of…
2. That I don’t get a headache!
3. That only having one kidney will mean I pee less often (and anyone who shops with me should have this hope too!)
4. That I don’t drive Mary and Bob nuts during my forced stay in Denver
5. That my dogs are super well behaved and LOVE leash walking when I pick them up
6. That Bingley, Brin and Gabzilla are having a wonderful time at Denver Dog Works
7. That our families and friends aren’t too distressed by all of this
I’m sure there are more – but really – the most important – that Sophie and Daniel have a long, long time to treasure their mom. We’re all hoping that Lisa’s condition doesn’t re-assert itself, but if it does – no regrets. We’ll never know an outcome or get closer to perfection if we don’t try in the first place.
I know a lot of folks want personal updates, but at least from my end – I’m not asking my family to call anyone other than family and anyone they committed to doing so. We will be granting access to this blog for an update sometime on Thursday. Surgery is at 7:30 a.m.; they expect us both to be out of surgery by 10 am; and in the pacu. After that we’ll go to individual rooms – they don’t put the donor and recipient together. The concern is that they worry too much about each other and not their own respective recovery and pain management. After 24 hours we may be put in the same room, but it’s all about availability.
Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers.