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June 8, 2004
First Mate Update -- Great News!

Okay, I know some of you have been waiting for this, and I'm ecstatic to deliver -- the First Mate has her new kidney and it's functioning already! I spoke to the surgeon in charge about a half-hour ago, and he was very pleased. No complications, she was stable throughout surgery, and while she was still getting closed up, he thought the whole thing went very well. She'll stay in recovery for a couple of hours, and assuming she has no reaction to the anaesthesia (she usually gets sick), she won't even need to go to ICU.

Our friend who donated the kidney, Mary, is already in her room and looking great. She says she doesn't feel much pain, but she's still got the surgical medication in her, so that may change. She's perky, thrilled for the success, and she and her husband Roger are making the phone calls. Let me tell you, this couple is amazing for their strong marriage and their giving spirits, and we already were blessed with their friendship. Now we're doubly blessed.

I'll keep you updated as we go along. Sorry it took so long to post a message, but I had to make a few phone calls, and then it took me a bit to sniff out an Internet connection on this side of the facility.

And thank you for all your prayers!

UPDATE: I finally got to see the FM around 4:30 or so, and she was about as good as you'd expect someone to be after major surgery. She was in a lot of pain and nauseous (damned anaesthesia!), but her color was good and her kidney had produced quite a bit of urine, mostly blood-free. Everyone seemed very pleased, except for the FM herself. She drifted in and out of sleep and after a while told me to go home. [I have always had that effect on women -- C.E.] I'll check in with the nurse's station before hitting the sack, and I'll see her tomorrow.

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