On Tuesday August 16th I finally got a call from my coordinator. She told me that it was official, I am on the list. As of this post it is day number 3 waiting. It is so strange to think that we could receive the call for a donor at any moment day or night. To think I have to be mentally ready to go into surgery with just a few hours of notice at any time, wow. So, I will keep myself as busy as I can at home, getting the house in order, and Bill will continue staying busy at work.
I am getting tired more quickly now. Even more so that in April. This makes me wonder how long it will be before iv medication will be needed. I try not to think about it though. I take each day as it comes. We have lots of things going on right now. We are packing our go bag. This is a bag that we will take to the hospital with us when they call. Bill will have a backpack with devices, chargers ID cards, and other important items. Then we will have a combined bag of things we will need for after I am out of ICU and for Bill when he stays near the hospital.
When we get the call, I will need to pack any last minute essentials, then shower with Hibiclense, which is a pre-surgical soap. Depending on weather, it will take us approximately two hours to get to the hospital. Then we wait around until they are ready to prep me, then we say our goodbyes and off I will go to surgery. They said it will take about 8-10 hours I believe because of the scar tissue from previous surgeries. Then ICU for a few days then about two weeks on the 9th floor for recovery and physical therapy. I will go into more detail at a future time.
For now, we are grateful for all the love, support and prayers from our family and friends. We will continue to count the days and pray for my future donor’s family.