Today is Alan's one year anniversary of his pancreas transplant at the University of Wisconsin Medical Center in Madison, Wisconsin. The transplant has been doing well. Thank you to everyone for the thoughts and prayers sent in Alan's honor. Alan and I celebrated last evening at the exact time when we received the call last year that a pancreas was coming for Alan from Texas.
Alan's only current issue is the CMV (Cytomegalovirus) which fortunately is merely an aggravation now and no longer a threat to Alan retaining his transplanted pancreas. Alan's blood tests show that he is still battling CMV but things are improving and the level of CMV is quite low but still present. Alan is also dealing with thrush so isn't feeling too well right now. We expect him to be feeling better once he finally beats the CMV and the thrush. We know he will beat these things and are looking forward to the future.
It has been approximately nine years since we have been able to camp or fish as we needed, since he became ill in 2008, to be close to medical assistance for Alan. We expect to be camping and fishing this coming summer. Our hope is to work on Alan's bass boat (which is a work in progress) so that we will be able to use it for the first time. When Alan had been hospitalized with his first bout of pancreatitis (during summer of 2008) and was in an induced coma for approximately a month, I frequently had the television in his ICU area on a cable channel that broadcasted fishing shows. My mother visited and was helping me with Alan at the hospital and commented several times about her father, my grandfather, who loved to fish and who had a bass boat. My mother always refers to her father as "Daddy" and she recounted for Alan fishing stories including stories of him with his bass boat. When Alan was brought out of the induced coma and was finally able to vocalize, it was clear he had something important he wanted to say. I expected him to tell us how much he loved us. That was not Alan's first comment. Alan's first comment was "Your mother bought us a bass boat?" How could we not purchase a bass boat for him after understanding that he had heard us throughout the induced coma and had been looking forward to fishing on his bass boat. We could not afford a working bass boat but purchased Alan a used 15 ft. Skeeter bassrunner, a new 90 hp. motor, and a trailer to transport the boat. Alan had had to redo the entire electrical system on the boat and do other mechanical and structural repairs. Over time we have found a trolling motor for the boat, a fishfinder, new seats etc. and the boat may be close to being ready to hit the water. The plan is do a family camping and fishing trip for Alan's birthday this coming summer, stay at the Baby Doe Campground in Leadville, Colorado and use Alan's bass boat on Turquoise Lake.
Jan 12, 2017
Great news today! Alan's transplant coordinator telephoned this morning to tell us that after two months of Alan battling active CMV that he is finally beating it. He is still feeling poorly but hopefully will be feeling better soon. Thank you to everyone for their prayers and encouragement through all of this.