Since surgery late Wednesday night the hours have been filled with, meds, vitals, education, walks around and around and around the nursing station 😊, and lots of sleep. He was able to get back to solid food yesterday and ate pasta for both lunch and supper so he was a very happy guy!
August's creatinine continues to fall which is showing the kidney is working well. During dialysis in the last few months August was allowed very limited fluid intake. He was able to have only one 16.9 oz. bottle of water a day. Now he has to do a 180 degree turn and push fluid, 5 to 6, 20oz glasses per day. Especially critical these first two weeks. This is added to the list of his new challenges.
The pain medication cocktail of general anesthesia, epidural, and local anesthesia he received in surgery that was to last 36-48 hrs. post op has now worn of. He says pain is at about a "3" and is being a trooper. He says it hurts to laugh, bright side is he is laughing..... When we get home I guess Bob will have to keep the "dad jokes" to a minimum for a few days 😂 😂…….. He just experienced his first post-op sneeze, yikes...that was definitely more than a "3".
This week beginning Monday, in the outpatient clinic, will be filled with labs each morning, followed by nurse/Dr. visits to ensure the kidney function is continuing in the right direction, anti-rejection medication levels are where they need to be, and monitoring for infection.
We are so grateful for all the support, prayers and wishes everyone has shared for both August and Lizzy. There is still a 3 - 6 month road ahead that will be filled with new challenges but knowing it is all the road leading down the new path of "life" for August is so wonderful. This gift he has received due to the generosity of others is beyond priceless and appreciated beyond words.
Thank you all for the continued prayers and support for August, Lizzy and the other donors and recipients. We know these have absolutely helped contribute to the success so far!
Love & Hugs to all from our family!!