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May 20, 2004
First Mate Update

I planned on doing a lot of blogging tonight from the dialysis center, where we go three days a week for the First Mate, but it looks like I won't be able to do much. The good news for the First Mate is that we have a transplant date scheduled for her -- June 8. Our friend retested after failing an initial test as she was convinced nothing was wrong with her. Well, she was right; the first test results turned out to be mistaken. She's now completed her testing and everyone's approved for the transplant. We're incredibly grateful for all of the thoughts and prayers directed our way from all of you.

Now, the bad news: her catheter got infected again and won't work now. We're waiting on some lab results to check out her blood chemistry to see if she's way off on her potassium levels, which we suspect may also be the case. If so, I'll be shutting down in a few minutes and we'll be taking her to the hospital to remove the line and to install a new one. That will probably mean a couple of days in the hospital while they make the switch, and I'll be hanging around there instead of spending a lot of time with the computer on my lap.

I'll be back later on tonight or tomorrow. In the meantime, check through some of the archives, and I'm sure Whiskey will be posting later tonight and tomorrow morning.

INSTANT UPDATE: Yup, to hospital we go. The doctor wants to err on the side of caution in order to avoid a delay in the transplant.

UPDATE AGAIN: It's about 10 PM here; the FM is resting as best as anyone can at a hospital. She's in good spirits and of course this is all mostly precautionary. For those of you who have e-mailed or commented on this post with your kind thoughts, both she and I thank you so much ... they're much appreciated.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at May 20, 2004 5:26 PM

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