Home at last
I'm so thankful for Rebecca, Tarah, Annette, and all of our other friends and family who have kept everyone informed during our surprisingly smooth transplant week. The doctors are delighted by her recovery and how well Keith's kidney is functioning. They took one of her kidneys out and said it was terribly scarred from her kidney reflux. So thank you daddy for a fresh start!!! Keith gets really tired but feels better every day.
We are so relieved to be home today and can't wait for Marilouise and Ada to join us tomorrow. We are tremendously grateful that Keith's kidney seems so happy in its new home and that Evelyn is getting closer every day to her old self. Evelyn just asked to take a nap, which she did not take once in the hospital. She knows it's her birthday today and has asked for a banana cake and balloons when her sisters arrive tomorrow.
Love to all of you!
P.S. - my young, especially at heart, father was in a serious bicycle accident two days before transplant. Broken nose, broken teeth, broken heart at missing Ev's big day. Nevertheless, he came to visit Evelyn almost a week after his accident and she was thrilled. Thanks for all of you who heard and prayed for Grandpa Kvernmo's recovery!
|Saying goodbye to our lovely dialysis nurses.|
|Last meal before transplant|
|New pajamas from Grandma Sherman.|
|My brave, sweet man.|
|My brave, sweet baby.|
|Ev asked to sit up the morning after surgery and didn't want to lay down for 24 hours.|
|Finally fell asleep when I held her.|
|Sip of apple juice and 5 ice chips!!!|
|Coloring is hard when you've got 5 IVs, BP cuff, monitors, and a catheter. But she did it!|
|No showers? How about a shampoo cap? What they won't think of next.|
|"Grandpa, what happen to your face?"|
|Fun with Coban (purpose adhesive bandages were everywhere)|
|Waiting for Daddy and to leave ICU (she sat there for 4 hours!!!)|
|Kidney and owners reunited at last!|
|Semi-clean and totally cute in her new room and clothes.|
|Auntie Jennifer reading before procedure to remove HD catheter.|
|Amy, from Children's Child Life brought Ev a birthday present!|
|Well prepared for HD catheter removal. Lip gloss? Check. Purple purse? Check. Rubber chicken? Check.|
|On a roll in our red wagon. Exiting swiftly.|
|"Read to me, Daddy!" Home at last.|