April 1, 2007

Transplant, Day 3: It Gets Better

The First Mate has made remarkable progress in the last 24 hours. Yesterday, she had little energy and felt exhausted, but today she was a bundle of energy. It's a good thing, too, because the donor and his family came down from the floor above hers to spend some time with us. The Little Admiral finally got to visit her grandma, and the FM was delighted with the company.

Today they removed her NG tube, which allowed her to start on a liquid diet. She tolerated that well, so we're hoping she will move to solid food tomorrow. She got out of bed and sat up in a chair for part of the morning, and tomorrow will begin walking. Her creatinine levels had been over 10 before the surgery, which is very bad. Yesterday they were down to 4, and today it came in at 2.2. We're hoping for a normal range (0.6-1.3) before her expected release on Wednesday.

Thanks again for all your support. I've gotten kind wishes from people outside of the conservative blogosphere as well. John Amato at Crooks and Liars put his kind regards on his site tonight, not normally one where I get many links. John and I met at the CNN Election Night bash, and besides being a nice guy, he proved again tonight that it's possible to disagree without being disagreeable. It's much appreciated.


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Comments (11)

Posted by exsubmariner [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 1, 2007 9:54 PM

glad to hear everything is going well.

Posted by Bookworm [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 1, 2007 10:15 PM

Isn't modern medicine grand? I'm delighted to hear about the First Mate's swift recovery, and send you wishes that it continue apace.

Posted by Andrew [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 1, 2007 11:02 PM

Hi. More good wishes from the LHS of political space. She and you are in our thoughts.

Posted by Norm [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 1, 2007 11:17 PM

This is all very good news!

Posted by swhitebull [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 2, 2007 5:32 AM

MAZEL TOV!!!!!!!!

Posted by rogersump [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 2, 2007 11:22 AM

Glad to hear FM is doing well!

Posted by NARC [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 2, 2007 11:26 AM

So good to hear the first mate is doing well...The two of you are always in my prayers...God Bless you!...

Posted by Fausta [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 2, 2007 2:17 PM

Thank you for the update. It's wonderful to hear the good news.

Posted by DiscerningTexan [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 2, 2007 2:19 PM

That is outstanding, sir. Congratulations and wishes for a speedy recovery!

Posted by Brad Elam [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 2, 2007 3:05 PM

Great news to hear. I also have one kidney and my creotine levels fluctuated high at first when they removed my damaged one (I was thirteen then), so I don't think that is a big concern. Also to look for, the BUN ratio. It will nearly always be high for me, but just under the threshhold of the high end of normal. 31 years and it's still going strong.

Posted by conservative democrat [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 2, 2007 6:55 PM

Best wishes to the First Mate.