Catching up

It’s definitely been a while since I posted anything, but I really didn’t have much to post recently.  I successfully completed the training hike I mentioned in my previous post.  Though I was really wiped out by the end of it.  Still, it felt great to be out and to have accomplished that.  It made me feel much more confident about completing the Grand Canyon hike.

I was on vacation a few weeks ago and during that I time I got to have dinner with Kerri and Bryce again.  I had a nice discussion with them about whether or not I would like to meet my recipient.  And following that discussion I thought about it some more and I have decided to do it.  Regardless of how the meeting actually goes, it will give me an opportunity for closure.  As for other kidney related items.  I’m still doing great.  I still only have a slight area of numbness and my scars are still a little tight, but nothing I can’t live with.  I did call my transplant coordinator yesterday and spoke at great length.  My recipient is doing great (he was actually coming yesterday for his check-up).  I let her know that I would like to meet him, but not until after my Grand Canyon hike.  She said we could arrange something for October.  She also said that we both needed to complete a questionnaire prior to our meeting.  I’m not entirely sure of the questions or the purpose of it, but I’m sure it’s to protect both our interests.

In addition to discussing that with her, I also offered to volunteer to provide whatever support or advocacy I could to others.  She asked if I was interested in the Transplant Center’s patient advisory council she had mentioned previously and I said “Definitely.”  She is also going to put me in touch with someone from LifeShare of the Carolinas.  It will be interesting to see what, if anything, comes of that.

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