May 20, 2007

First Mate Update

Over the last few days, I've received several e-mails reminding me that I have not updated readers on the First Mate's recovery. In this case, no news is really good news. She continues to recover at a nice rate. In fact, we're now seeing the transplanted kidney do an even better job of regulating her blood pressure. We've had to drastically reduce her medication intake over the last week to keep her from bottoming out, and it's possible she won't need any BP meds at all within the next few weeks.

Last night, before we started the really heavy lifting on the blog rebuild, we did something we hadn't done in ages -- went out for burgers and a movie. She has had to avoid sodium like Superman avoided Kryptonite, and she still has to be careful with it, but now she can start to enjoy occasional treats like Red Robin.

(Afterwards, we saw Shrek the Third, which we both enjoyed. Normally I'd write a review when seeing a new release, but a Shrek sequel doesn't require much analysis. If you liked the first two, you'll like this one.)

After the restaurant and the movie popcorn we ate, we wondered whether her BP would shoot up. It actually was low this morning. It's good news all the way around.

Also, the donor is doing much better. He had a slower recovery than any of us anticipated, but he's back to work and mostly back to normal. He'll need a while to recover his energy, but he's been very happy about the FM's recovery. Keep him and his family in your prayers -- he's one of the real heroes.


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Comments (9)

Posted by Fight4TheRight | May 20, 2007 10:46 AM

Cap'n Ed,

Thanks so much for the update on the FM. Terrific News! We'll continue our prayers for her as well as the donor.

It really is amazing how much we take for granted - a simple burger and a night out at the movies. Glad you two had a nice time out and reminding all of us what REALLY matters.

Posted by Captain Ed | May 20, 2007 10:53 AM

It's true -- we take that kind of thing for granted far too often.

Thanks again for the prayers -- the FM appreciates them so much.

Posted by dougf | May 20, 2007 11:19 AM

Best Wishes as always.

" She has had to avoid sodium like Superman avoided Kryptonite, and she still has to be careful with it, but now she can start to enjoy occasional treats like Red Robin."

Ah the simple pleasures of life. How often we forget in the daily madness. Who would have thought that just a 'burger' would be so satisfying. Until you can't have one.

Posted by Cindi | May 20, 2007 2:59 PM

Best wishes to both of them.

Posted by rbj | May 20, 2007 5:16 PM

Great to hear, Cap'n. Best to all in the future.

Posted by RodT | May 20, 2007 6:21 PM

Wonderful news about the First Mate, I have prayed for her many times and it is good to hear of her progress. I will be more diligent about remembering to pray for the donor ...

Posted by Cindy | May 20, 2007 9:59 PM

Excellent News Cap. It is so nice to hear that the FM's health is getting to the point where the two of you are getting a more "normal" life.

I pray that this is the start of much smoother sailing!


Posted by swabjockey05 | May 21, 2007 4:41 AM

Good news. When I weigh anchor for the final time, my organs (ridden hard and put away wet as they are…) are up for grabs. How 'bout that Donor, though? Where do these guys come from? Hero for sure!

Posted by Colin Fox ZeteBoy | May 21, 2007 12:16 PM

Forgive my ignorance, but how was the FM able to enjoy Shrek without seeing all the sight gags? My FM tells me that some theatres have special headsets for the visually impared that describe the scenes. Is this what she was able to use? Sadly none of the theatres in our City offers this.
Best wishes for her continued speedy recovery!