This past Wednesday marked a milestone in Dan’s Excellent Kidney Adventure. After several weeks of normal lab results, with a healed incision and feeling more energetic than ever, Dan has graduated from the Kidney Transplant program. He will now be seen by his regular nephrologist, will continue getting his blood chemistry tested every so often, and only return to the transplant center a few times per year for routine biopsies.
We are so grateful for the care that Dan has received these past three months. His transplant team is the best — the nurses, coordinators, pharmacists, nephrologists, surgeons: thank you, thank you, thank you. When we left the transplant center, we walked over to the hospital to say thanks to the nurses who cared for him right before and right after the surgery: in short-stay, in the critical care unit, in the transplant unit. I had a tear or two in my eye as we walked back to the car. It’s been quite a journey and we are so fortunate.
Thanks to all of our family and friends who have supported us with prayers and more. We are especially grateful to the donor. As Dan improves and gains strength, it is almost magical how this gift of a kidney from a total stranger has impacted our lives. To the donor’s family: we greatly appreciate your loved one’s gift. We can’t say ‘thank you’ enough.
A week ago we participated in our first fitness walk, a 5k for the American Heart Association. We’re planning on doing the Kidney Walk in late June. Let us know if you’d like to join us!