Well The surgery took place on Wednesday Afternoon. My kidney was functioning normally in Glory by 20:00 London time. I have been enjoying the hospitality of Guy's Hospital in London for just over 36 hours now and have to say hospital food is really bland... lol. Other than that, I have had a great experience here. As a world leader in non-blood match donation the Medical staff here are an amazing bunch. Glory and I have been treated with respect and courtesy every step of the way. I did not sleep a whole bunch through last night and spent a good deal of time drinking water and filling the bag as it were. The catheter was removed this morning and other tubes during the day. I am down too the Morphine pump and Oxygen cannula which will be gone in the Am tomorrow. My expected release day is Saturday and I will be spending most of the next three weeks with Sarah as I heal from the surgery. If all goes as well as the last two days, I fully expect to fly home to Vancouver on the 18th of September where my Dear friend Michelle will be waiting at the airport to drive me to Theros. I plan to return to work at BC Ferries for my morning shift on the 17th of October, the required six weeks after my surgery.
Glory will take a different path as she will stay in the Hospital until after I have returned home. My younger Sister Lynda has flown in from Calgary to help our Mom out while Glory heals. She will stick around until Glory is safe to come home and ensure that our Mom makes it back and forth to the hospital for visiting hours.
Glory will be going through a myriad of tests for several weeks and will only be released from Hospital when the doctors feel her chance of losing the kidney is over.
I want to thank all of you for checking in with me, all the support love and prayers you have given us over this journey. You have all made a big difference to Glory and I as we worked toward this special time.
I would say to all those who may be presented with the need to help a friend or family member to know this. Though the time leading up to donation can sometimes seen daunting and frustrating, the rewards that come from freeing a friend or loved one from the life long drudgery of dialysis is more than worth the time. If anyone is presently looking at this option to help someone out, please feel free to message me with your private contact info and I will contact you and answer all your questions.
Again, Thank You and Bless you all
Brett and Glory.