(Background: Native kidneys failed in 1997. On dialysis for 8 years until 2005, when God moved a fellow church committee member to donate a kidney to me. That one worked well for 7 years, then started to decline in function. It was working at about 16% + dialysis appeared inevitable when I got called to come in for the 2nd transplant.)
First of all, how can I thank + praise You enough for providing yet another miracle for me? I am so undeserving of all the grace, love + mercy You have consistently showered on me. There are no words to express this, but You know my heart.
Although this new transplant is from a cadaver, You ensured it went to me because it matched perfectly. A 6-6 antigen match only occurs in 1 out of every 100,000 individuals in the general population. (Among immediate family members, the odds are much better.) Because of this 'perfect match', I automatically got the kidney, bc its chances of viability are best when given to someone it matches best.
The surgery was brutal + the recovery will be difficult, but surprisingly, the first transplant was much harder on me. I expected this one to be worse since I'm nearly 10 years older. TY for that, as well.
There is a minor complication (I hope). A drain fell out prematurely, requiring frequent dressing changes over the incision. Plus, there is a hematoma, or a collection of blood in the abdominal cavity, possibly over the kidney. I pray that this will resolve on its own + I will not require further surgical intervention. Doing so could increase the risk on infection, since in the initial post-op period the dosage of immunosuppressants is higher.
So, I pray that this kidney will last a very long time + work well throughout. Help me to do all I can on my end to take the best possible care of it + of myself.
This has been hard on Alicia, as well. She got stressed + became sick the day I was discharged. Now she is afraid she will make me sick since I am so immunosuppressed, so she's been staying at her dad's. I miss her + pray that You will heal her soon.
I TY also for B + Dee, who have been indispensable in helping me as I recover.
In Your precious name, amen.