Thursday, August 20, 2009
Back to the drawing board
OK, so it looks like grandma will not be able to donate. She didn't pass her glucose tolerance test. It would not have been any harm towards Matthew, but the transplant team will not take a kidney from someone that may be pre-diabetic. Diabetes is usually the number one route to dialysis in adults. She is attempting to re-take the test again tomorrow. We are not optimistic, but it will make her feel better. The pass level for the 2hr test is 140 at the end or lower, she was at 162. I told her not to worry about it, Matthew will get his kidney. Whether it comes from her, me or an angel with a signed donor card...I don't know...but it WILL happen! And that is what is important.
Of course she wants what is best for her child (me). No mom wants their child to go into surgery...especially the same day their grandchild goes into surgery! She wants to make this as easy as possible for me. She knows that if I'm recovery from surgery, I can't help Matthew recover from surgery as much as I will want to. And she also knows that I will put myself at risk and do more than I should just to be with him. Yes, I'm aware of the cardinal rule - take care of mom so she can take care of the kids. But I don't follow it. (I better check to make sure no one at Emory is reading this...)
But through this journey of my possible organ donation to my son, I will chronicle the highs and lows. The pain and the praise. The heartfelt and headache! I want to use this opportunity to share with others the ins and outs of organ donation with others that have a natural curiosity or who may someday consider being a donor to a friend or family member. I hope to shed light on the experience and take away the mystery of it all. I will be brutally honest with facts and my opinions of them.
I have also (with the aid of some bloggy friends) put labels in the left hand column of the screen. Everything I share in regards to the transplant of course will be labeled under "transplant surgery". I have all of Matthew's recipient story on his caringbridge site and will update that as I always have with his side of the journey. I hope you are able to join us for both in prayer and praise as we get little Matthew moving on to the fast track of good health!