I received the call! I was discharged from the hospital–a record recovery, according to my medical team. Another record, according to my pharmacist: the fewest discharge meds she had ever seen. My healing has been amazing. Very few side effects–all very manageable. It’s all temporary and I will get through it with a smile.
While the gift of life was long-awaited and personally impactful for Kathe, her post-transplant thoughts were with the donor: “That was probably the day a family was facing the greatest heartache one can even imagine. In my eyes, they were so brave to go through such a time while also making some decisions that would forever change my life and the lives of possibly many others with their gift of organ donation. This family, though I do not know who they are, is in my thoughts and prayers daily. This family is who I think of every single night as I fall asleep. I hope to know them one day when they are ready.”
Life is grand...each and every person I know and love brings sunshine to my life. I have met many new people along my journey, each one adding new rays and brightness to my appreciative and over-flowing heart. Again, words escape me.
Feb 13, 2017
Duke Hospital called me with a kidney-pancreas offer. Please say prayers for the person that lost their life, and their loved ones. We are very very early in the process. I approved the crossmatch bloodwork to start. The hospital will call back in a couple of hours with more info.
Apr 26, 2016
4-26-16 OH HAPPY DAY!!! After having to change insurance in January, my transplant has been on hold. The insurance company and the hospital were not able to come to an agreement so I have to...
Nov 05, 2015
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WOW what a night. Thank you so very much for hanging in with me, for sending all your notes and prayers -- you really carried me through a very anxious time. I appreciate...
Nov 03, 2015
Fuzzy Wuzzy is my brain. By Kathe Neely — Oct 30, 2015 2:38pm
Gosh has it really been TWO weeks since my last update? Time flies when you're.......well......nevermind. :-)
Oct 27, 2015
Port installation day By Kathe Neely — Oct 14, 2015 7:49am
Today is surgery day to install my dialysis access. We have decided on PD Dialysis, which is through the stomach...
Oct 05, 2015
KIDNEY UPDATE: your veins are horrible.
Hello to you!
It has been a very busy time since my last update. Only a week, but -- whew -- much has happened.
My level of stress does go a bit off...
Sep 28, 2015
Priceless has a price
Receiving a life-saving organ transplant: Priceless! Doctor co-pays: Yikes! Hospital co-pays: Wow! Insurance out-of-pocket: Ouch!
We are fundraising to...
Sep 22, 2015
Another day of staying "comfortably ready" by finishing what I start, keeping the gas tank full, and continuing the "one ear open" phone ring vigil with my Shaggy boy (see photo --...
Sep 16, 2015
The end is here By Kathe Neely — Sep 15, 2015 7:43am
My numbers posted last night. I have dropped from 16% to 14% -- totally blew by the 15% dialysis threshold. Even though we kinda expected...
Sep 08, 2015
My bloodwork did not happen on Friday like planned. Going to UNC today for the draw. Kinda glad it worked out this way since last week I was really drained and tired -- and that would reflect in...
Jul 16, 2015
Doctor: Your numbers have fallen again. It's transplant time when you are ready. Me: (box of tissues)