Sunday, November 29, 2009


This is my phone... and it ringing is what I'll be waiting on this week! Last week when our donor went to her appointment for the final stages of testing, OSU called me at school to tell me they needed Neil down there that day to also give blood. Apparently they wanted to run another serum test between his blood and the donor's blood. I told her I would call him at home and wake him up and get him down there by closing time. I was disappointed, though, and expressed that it was 3 weeks before we got the results from Cincy when they ran the same test this summer. She said she has no clue why it took 3 weeks and that they will know something in about 3-4 days... HOWEVER, since it was Thanksgiving week, it will probably be this week that we hear the results. She told me that all the results should be back this week and we should know FOR SURE if the donor is a go for the surgery!!!! I even made her repeat it just to make sure I heard her correctly!

Of course, I was sooooo relieved to hear this news but then all I could think about was getting through last week and getting to this week! I had been looking forward to having 5 days off and spending Thanksgiving with my family but my focus suddenly changed to this week... not like it's a suprise since I've pretty much lived "date-to-date" this year. When Neil went to give blood, they told him we should know on or before Tuesday if she will be a match. I'm trying so hard not to think about it but it's hard not to wait for Tuesday to get here...

Anyway... Thanksgiving was awesome... it was actually our first ever Thanksgiving that just the 5 of us spent together. In years prior, we went to one or both of our parents or they came here. This year, though, was just us..... and I really liked it that way for a change! We also celebrated our oldest child's birthday! He turned the big 1-0!!! Kinda funny how we say 3-0 or 4-0 but we never say the big 1-0! He was pretty excited and we had a great time taking him out to Dave-n-Buster's with one of his close friends.

I'm done with school for the quarter and waiting on my grades! I already know I got an A in my Middle School Methods class... just waiting on my Middle School Geometry grade.. pretty sure it's an A too since I aced the final!!!!!! Classes start back up in January and excited that one of the two classes is completely online! If Neil has surgery in January, having a class online will be a HUGE plus!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and is ready to go back to work tomorrow! Hopefully the next time I'm updating this is to let you know we have a date for the transplant.....

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I'm a little edgy tonight...

tomorrow is the big day for our donor! She goes for her all day appointment at OSU. She'll meet with the nurse and surgeon.... she'll have more blood drawn.. she'll hear all about transplant and be sent for a chest X-ray and CT Scan of her kidneys. please pray for this to be 'the one'. I really don't think I can take much more waiting. I know people wait longer than this being on the list but I just hope and pray so much that she's a match.

I don't think we'll know anything for a week or so... not even sure exactly how long but I know that once all the testing is done, the pretransplant team will have a meeting to discuss whether she's truly a good match for Neil. I think they only meet on Wednesdays so it could be several weeks before that happens. I really hate wishing away time but when what I'm waiting for is such a huge issue, I can't help but wait for time to pass!

Not much else is new.. just getting ready for thanksgiving. So thankful for this donor who is willing to go thru this for us! I'm also thankful for a 2-day workweek and 5 days off to spend with Neil and the boys!!!

I know I mentioned them before but two of my blog friends, who are brothers, both have donors and dates for their transplants! I've never met them but discovered one of them on Facebook and then from there found the other one: Bruce and Sean. It's been awesome reading about the process they're going through and hoping we are soon in that place of planning for the transplant!

Thanks again for all the prayers and well wishes. I'll update again when I know more! :)