Monday, December 16, 2013
So, as you all know, I've been on the journey to donate my kidney to someone in need.
Last week, I went down to UCSF for phase II testing. Day 1 was a meetup with a transplant surgeon. Since, I've done my homework, and also an RN, I only had a couple of quick questions for him. He did tell me that he may not be my doctor; it depends on what day I come in. No big deal in my opinion, though he was nice.
My second appointment was with the psychiatrist. I wasn't nervous, but by this time (it was later in the afternoon), I started to get a really bad sinus headache. He was running late, so I stood around for 20 minutes until he was ready to see me. He instantly made me nervous. He wasn't very personable. Then I had to do a standardized test!! There was even math involved (serial 7's). Ugh. Well, anyway, he told me I was fine to donate; glad that was over!
The next day I started off by meeting a donor advocate (the one I had previously been speaking to by phone and email happened to not be there that day). Again, no big deal. She just wanted to know if I had any other questions. A very nice woman.
Then I had a physical with one of the nephrology fellows. She was nice, not a great bedside manner, but better than some! She had me briefly speak to her boss, who was also a woman. She was nice.
Lastly, I had the renal ct angiogram. I've had one before, so I knew what to expect. The nurse that started my IV and gave me the dye was cute! (always a plus). This time though, I almost thought I was going to have a reaction. I got warm all the way to the tips of my fingers and it felt like my heart was beating funny. It stopped though, so I didn't say anything about it.
Now I wait to hear from UCSF if first, that I have two good kidneys, and secondly, that I can donate one to someone who needs it. I tend to be impatient; I hope they call soon!!
My weight is right around whrer it's been since before Thanksgiving. I'm totally ok with that. I am still 16 pounds lighter than I've been in a long time. I can only improve from here!
I hope you all are having great holidays!