A Roller Coaster of Emotions

You know that feeling you get when you are waiting in line at the amusement park to get on the biggest, baddest, newest roller coaster in the whole park?  The one that takes you up to the highest heights and then plummets you down just before twisting and rolling and causing you to cry out to Jesus for mercy?  You know how your tummy feels all woozy and your brain initiates the fight or flight response? That feeling of fear mixed with excitement and bravery that you feel just before you find your seat and strap in? That's what it feels like when you wake up and realize that your kidney transplant is only days away!

Am I afraid?  Yes, that's human nature.  Am I excited?  Yep! Sure am.  Am I putting on a brave face?  Every single day!  I'm still pinching myself knowing that all this is real.  I am really getting the biggest and best gift in the whole wide world!  The gift of LIFE.  The gift of more days with my family.  The gift of more days to explore, love, treasure time and people.  A gift made possible from my beautiful niece and donor.   To her I send my love and say Thank You!  I know she is feeling the same way I am; afraid, excited and brave.  Together we are strong!

So on the day of surgery, here is the address of the hospital for those of you coming in from out of town and so no one ends up in the wrong place.

We will be at:
IU Health
University Hospital
550 N University Blvd
Indianapolis, Indiana
Renal Transplant - 4th Floor

Visitors are welcome, but please be advised that fresh flowers in water are not allowed on the transplant floor due to risk of infection. 

Dennis will update my Facebook status before, during and after my surgery, so check there for information.

Our surgery is on a Friday morning.  I will be in the Transplant ICU for about 24 hours after surgery and I am requesting family only visitors on Friday.  Please check in with Dennis regarding hospital visitor policy after they move me to the Organ Transplant Unit for recovery.  I will probably be in the hospital until Wednesday and would love to see some of your smiling faces!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am not a medical professional. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition.


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