So I have been doing tons of online research, as are most of our family, and here we are about a month later, and we have taken the first step towards a new kidney. On Tuesday, my husband had surgery to have a catheter put in so we can do dialysis at home.
My husband has NEVER had any kind of surgery, so he was very nervous, but as you can see in the photo below, he was still in good spirits and had all the staff laughing at his corny jokes.
After surgery, he was not quite as chipper, but he did great. After flushing the catheter and a partial dialysis treatment, we got to go home.
So where do we go from here? It is a long road ahead of us, and I will be posting as regular as possible, but it is going to be lots of doctors appointments, training, and trips to the Transplant center until we get him a new kidney. After his dialysis is going, then we go to the transplant center of our choice, we are unsure if we will go to Gainesville, Jacksonville, or Atlanta, but he will get all of his required testing out of the way so that he can get the green light for a transplant and placed on the transplant list (there are 9,000 people waiting for a kidney in Florida).
After my husband is cleared for the transplant, then we start looking for a donor, as if we have to wait for a kidney it could be 3-4 years, but if we find our own donor, he could have a kidney by the summer. Our potential donors will then have to go to the transplant center, get the required testing to see if they are a match, then the testing and interviews to be cleared for donating. Then if we have a match that is healthy enough, we do the transplant surgery.
The one thing this has taught us, is that life is precious, remember to tell your loved ones how much you love them. You just never know when something like this can change your life! Also, you find out who your real friends are, the ones who will stand by you and do whatever it takes to help you through the rough times.
Thanks for sharing in our journey to a new kidney. I will be posting updates as often as I can.
Remember, have your yearly physicals, and watch out for signs of serious conditions, it just may save your life!
Do you know someone on dialysis or who has had a kidney transplant? I would love to hear your story or words of encouragement in the comments below.
I love you all, and thanks for being there!