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I have a few moments to update everyone on the First Mate's progress. She went into surgery around 9:15 CT, about an hour ago. The donor went into surgery earlier, as is normal, and everything we see tells us that both surgeries are going smoothly. Before that, we had an opportunity to gather together in prayer in the staging area, which helped the FM to relax.
I've been joined in the waiting room by my sister and the donor's wife and her friend. So far we've been regaling each other with tales of Marriage Encounter, which is apparently a much wilder group of people than one might think. It's been a good morning so far, and I will update you with any more news.
10:26 - The friend has a son who is working on his doctorate in political science. His topic? The role of Internet advertising in American politics. He has a survey that CQ readers might want to check out ...
10:31 - Well, I thought she had started, but I just got a call from the OR that they just anaesthetized her, and they're starting to clear a space for the new kidney. I'm guessing that they waited until they were sure that they had a viable kidney from the donor, whose surgery probably started an hour ago...
11:01 - The donor's surgical team started isolating the kidney at 10:45. It took two hours of work to get to that point, which underscores the complexity of the procedures here today, and the care that the medical teams take in performing them.
11:12 - Here's the link to the post I wrote about the FM's last kidney transplant, on June 8, 2004.
11:15 - Thanks to all who have offered their prayers in comments and e-mail. Hugh Hewitt, one of the best friends a guy could have in the blogosphere, asks his readers to offer their prayers for us -- and notes that live-blogging is a good way to deal with the stress. He's right ...
12:29 - Went and got some lunch. Nothing much new to report about the FM, but it sounds as if the doctors may have finiished with the donor. They're supposed to be coming out soon.
12:42 - I guess I timed that well. The OR just called to say that they have the artery and vein tied to the new kidney, and they're about to attach the bladder to the ureter. It's looking good, and she's doing very well in the surgery. We're going to offer a few prayers of thanks for the surgeons and nurse on both teams who are working hard to get her healthy again. And a big welcome to Corner readers!
1:24 - Excellent news! The surgery is done, and the kidney is already producing urine. The doctors saw stones in her appendix and decided to do an appendectomy as long as they had her open, especially since stones precede appendicitis. She will be in recovery for two hours and then will return to her room. The donor has also gone to recovery, and except for a little bout of high blood pressure, did just fine. He'll be leaving the hospital perhaps as early as Sunday.
2:34 - The donor has been released from Recovery to go to his room. He's in good shape, and they expect him to heal quickly after the surgery. It looks like it might be an hour or so longer for the FM.
2:44 - I love this comment by James Joyner, on learning that the doctors did an ad-hoc appendectomy: "Try getting that kind of service under socialized medicine!" If I may borrow from Glenn, who also sent his readers here: Heh. Indeed. And please read this kind note from our good friend King Banaian, who has more people that could use our prayers.
4:19 - Looks like they're going to keep her in the ICU for a while, rather than just return her to her room. They've made a point of being very careful with her, and I'm sure this is more of the same.
5:00 - The FM is awake and ready to go to her ICU bed. She wanted me to thank everyone for their prayers and thoughts, and says that she really appreciates all of them. She has made over 1200 cc of urine in the last three hours, so the kidney -- which the donor nicknamed Ricardo -- is already doing its job!