Last Word On Transplant For Today

I decided to post a separate item for a late-night wrapup, since it had been several hours since I updated the live-blog post.
First, let me tell you how much your messages meant to all of us today. We heard from everyone today either in comments or by e-mail, across the political spectrum of the CQ community. We got so much support that I had to have the donor’s family take my computer and read all of the messages, just so I could show them what a great family we have here on line.
As I said earlier, the First Mate will spend the night in the ICU, but she’s doing great. I called the nurse a few minutes ago to get an update, and she says that the new kidney continues to perform impressively. The FM has mostly stayed asleep, but when she’s awake, she’s alert. She can take her meds orally, but they’re being careful about it. Blood pressure, heart rate, oxygenation, and all other vital signs look terrific. She should be back in her regular room tomorrow.
The donor is also doing very well. I spoke with him and his wife for a bit while the hospital transferred the FM from post-op to the ICU. He’s tired but not in pain, very alert, and happy about the result. Honestly, even though I have known this couple for the past eight years, I have had a tough time knowing what to say to them during this entire process. It’s so overwhelming that all I can do is thank them over and over again, and all he says in response is “Praise the Lord”. He may go home as soon as Sunday, Monday at the latest.
It’s been a good day.

23 thoughts on “Last Word On Transplant For Today”

  1. As Easter approaches we remember:
    The Gospel According to Saint John
    3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
    Like the Donor to FM.

  2. My dear Captain,
    I have posted so many times, just saying now, my prayers seem to have been answered. I will continue with them for you and first mate.

  3. God is good – ALL the time!
    Praise the Lord!
    My prayers continue to be with you all, each and every single one of you, for all issues.
    May the patients recover quickly, thoroughly, and completely – God bless you all, every one.
    In Jesus’ Name

  4. The best news I have heard all day. I have been following your posts all day.
    May the First Mate’s good health continue well into your most senior years together.
    My wife and I continue to pray for all of you.
    George & Lauri Skinner

  5. Thank you for allowing all of us to share in such an uplifting experience. Best wishes for a short convalescence and a complete recovery.

  6. I’m late to the topic, but congratulations on the successful surgery (with dealer’s choice appendectomy!)
    Best wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery.

  7. What a very special person the donor is, and what caring and understanding people the family are. Healing energies and prayers are winging their way to all of you. You help to give me hope for humanity.

  8. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to all involved! If I were the sort to say them, you’d be in my prayers.

  9. I don’t know you personally, I don’t know your wife either. I disagree with you on a couple issues, and I’m the most cynical person your ever going to find.
    So how can I convey a feeling of genuine happiness for you without feeling like a damn cliche?
    “One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.”
    Robert A. Heinlein
    I hope you and your partner in life come through this experience with a renewed sense of faith, and I bid fortune to take your wife into her sweet embrace, and grant her all the gifts through her grace that she has earned.

  10. Ed, would you do me the great honor of giving FM a great big (but gentle) hug for me and tell her I am praying for her speedy recovery and for a wonderful new life? I would consider it a singular, if unearned, honor.
    God bless you and your wife.

  11. I am very glad indeed to hear that all went so well. Please tell the FM I send my greetings.

  12. “Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” God Bless you both.

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