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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Back in the Saddle Again

I haven't written much in the last week, and I imagine some of you thought I had forgotten about you. Not so! 

It has been quite a week around here. Saturday night, May 26, Trent got a late-evening phone call alerting him that he was in line to get a kidney transplant. The surgeons just had to make sure the kidney was functioning, and whether or not it would go to the person above Trent on the list. Well, we got a call back on Sunday saying that the kidneys were unusable, so no surgery. We went about our business, and got a call late Monday night to say that there was another kidney available, and guess what? Trent checked into the hospital and received the gift of life on Wednesday morning, May 30.

Trent came home yesterday afternoon, and of course he is quite tired. The kidney is functioning very well. Paris is glad her Daddy is home, and last evening they fell asleep while he was petting her. She knows he has an owie so she hasn't tried to jump on him, but little Nurse Paris is ready to provide comfort through kisses and allowing Trent to rub her warm belly. Love is good medicine. We will be making frequent trips to the hospital to make sure the kidney is working and that all of his medicines are doing what they are supposed to, but now I will have more time and energy for writing and have gotten back in the saddle again.

On a more serious note, I want to acknowledge the incredible gift Trent has received. A grieving family who had just lost their loved one allowed him to live on through donating his organs to others. Several people and their families have had their lives improved because of this generous choice. Right now you may be thinking that I am about to ask you to become an organ donor. I am not. Trent and I have never been pushy about this subject. The decision to donate is very personal and I would never try to talk someone into it. But for anyone who does want to be a donor, there is something very important for you to know. The organ donor designation on your ID is not enough. You must let your loved ones know about your wishes. Even if you have agreed to donate, your family will be asked what they want to be done. If you haven't told them of your wishes to donate, they can override your donor status. So remember, anything this important is important enough to discuss with your family.

Well, Nurse Paris seems to have gone to the on-call room for a nap, so I should probably mosey along. It's good to be back. :)