Tuesday, October 30, 2012

She's B-A-A-A-K...

I'm grateful to return to this blog to discover you haven't give up and abandoned me.

Having considered waiting until my favorite holiday - Halloween - to post, I decided just finally hearing from me may be shocking enough. And if I've learned much of anything these days, it is that when I finally summon the energy and willpower to actually DO something - anything - I'd better follow through with it, because the energy will pass quickly, and all too soon I'll be back lounging in bed dozing or reading a book.

I have missed you, can't believe it's been so long, and I intend to visit you all. As you no doubt surmised, the surgeries were more hellish than anticipated, and the recovery has been as challenging. Back-to-back surgeries coupled with the deficits from 14 previous surgeries, really took a toll. We had to stay in the hospital three weeks, and  the patient-transplant house on campus a month, not being able to flee for home until the end of September. We commute back and forth every week or two. We are hoping this ends by the first of the year and I can do the labs and monthly infusion here. It has been grueling experience, and I have literally been unable to do anything but the bare minimum. Last week I began feeling I am finally turning a corner and making progress. Out of the wheelchair, almost off the walker and back on a cane. Hope to drive in a week or two. Getting a handle on some of the worst side-effects. The good news is the new kidney has been wonderful. It works so well I call it 'Golden Champ,' because from the first hour it worked like a champion and when I was in the hospital whenever asked, I would say it was 'golden.' Other transplant patients named theirs 'Leroy' or 'Junior,' but I  wanted to honor Cathy's gift to me. And the other great news is Cathy sailed through with flying colors and no complications.

Now that I am feeling almost human, I'm eager to return to the land of the living, and look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your thoughts and well wishes, and patience. Peace.

25 comments:

ReformingGeek said...

It is so good to hear from you!

I'm glad you are back to posting and that your kidney is working well.

Happy Halloween!

Ms. A said...

OMG, FINALLY! I've emailed and worried and worried and worried. It's SO GOOD TO HEAR SOMETHING from you!!! Relieved to hear it's going well.

Blessings!

injaynesworld said...

I'm so happy that everything turned out so well, my friend. What an ordeal. It's good to see you back. Wishing you a recovery that's perfect in every way.

Big hugs~

Lois said...

Such a relief. Tonight I will light a candle of celebration!!!

e said...

Ditto for me...I was wondering how you were keeping. I hope everything continues to go well.

Arkansas Patti said...

You have been on my mind and I am so glad that perhaps the worst is behind you. Keep improving and regaining your health. Keep us informed as energy permits.
Be totally well soon.

Peruby said...

Been watching for your posts. So glad you are in recovery and you are feeling better. What a long haul for you. Sending warm wishes your way.

Laoch of Chicago said...

Nice to hear that you have been recovering well.

"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

Happy to hear you are recovering well...take it easy and hope for continuing health! Cathy

Retired English Teacher said...

How wonderful to hear this news! You are the champ. The kidney is golden. Hugs, prayers and blessings.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Glad you are doing well. Such good news!!!!
Ya gotta love a golden kidney!
((Cyber hugs))

Chris said...

Yay!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

I've fallen away from my blogging too, and so glad to pop in and find you are recovering from the surgery--slowly but SURELY I hope!

Just wanted to say that I have made the cheese grits several times, and my son insisted I add a little garlic power as he likes garlic in everything! They were really good. As he is now living on his sister's farm, they are both raising chickens--he for meat, and she for eggs! So there is now a great abundance of eggs for pickling. I plan to try your recipe with the beets and cinnamon stick this week! My son loves them and uses jalapenos in his version. Yes, they are really good!
Hope you'll be back to posting really soon. I'm too busy right now to do much, but hopefully soon I won't be so busy! I'm cutting back to a part time job next year!
V

Mitchell is Moving said...

Oh, so thrilled to read the news! I think it's amazing that you're planning on driving in a week or two. Wonderful that I new kidney could give you such a skill (did a drivers license come with the new kidney, I wonder). When will you be playing the violin?

Anyway, wishing you the best for an easy and full recovery (and maybe a bit of miraculous, too).

Sharon Morris said...

Thanks for the update, Amy. Hope you had a WONDERFUL Halloween!

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