I have my very last appointment on Thursday (2-8-07) and then I've completed all of my requirements for a transplant.Â Of course I saved the "best" (NOT!) for last, and put off my visit with the hoo-hoo doctor for my regular annual PAP/well-woman exam.Â Darn I hate those visits!Â If all goes as planned then my case will be presented to the transplant board within the month, and if all THAT goes good, then we'll be ready to schedule my transplant by March.Â I'm thinking I'll probably schedule it for May so my son will be visiting his dad for summer break while I'm in the hospital.Â That way I don't have to worry about him while worrying about myself, and of course my brother, who will be my living donor.
I'm getting excited at this point - a new kidney!Â Three years on dialysis has taught me a lot about myself and about life and I think I'm as ready as I could ever be for a transplant.Â I am glad I waited for a time, though, even if some others don't understand why... it was my decision, anyway.
I'm most looking forward to feeling not so tired all the time so I can spend more time (and energy) with my son.Â I feel he's missed out (me too) on so much with me having kidney troubles all his life and for so many years before.Â I will always have to be mindful of my kidney(s) and I know a transplant is no cure - but I'm hoping it will buy me a lot more time to feel better and be with my son.Â I also want to travel more (I still travel a lot in the US but not overseas on dialysis) and go back to places like Ukraine, Poland and Germany.Â I'd also like to take a vacation to Hawaii and actually feel well enough to enjoy it (the last time I was there I felt miserable).Â Â And, I can't forget all the things I want to have the energy to do with Ken, too ;)
Its getting closer.Â It makes me anxious and excited all at the same time...