I'm sitting in the transplant clinic waiting to be seen by my wonderful transplant team members. They are such a great group of people. So very caring, helpful, and they take great care of me! They are always kind and cheerful, even when they've been up all weekend with other transplant emergencies. I know them on a first name basis and can't wait to share pictures of my kids when I come back for visits. It really almost feels like an extended family. I'm 5 1/2 months post transplant and feeling so good these days! I'm looking forward to a good update today!
I'm also thankful that they have wireless internet access so I can blog while I wait! Such a wonderful thing to keep me occupied when the wait gets long, which it often does. They don't just treat healthy post-transplant people, they also treat very sick people who are waiting for their transplant, and people whose own transplant just didn't go so well. So they've got their hands full and there is no sense getting upset when they can't get me in on time. If I were in the other patients' shoes I wouldn't want them to be rushed while seeing me. So it keeps me happy to type and they can take as long as they need.
I am thankful for other transplant patients. I have found that other transplant recipients love to share their story with each other. . . people who will understand and have gone through it themselves. I know that I do. Today in the waiting room I met another nice young lady (younger than myself) who received a liver transplant 2 years ago. It is always encouraging to see people who are further out from their surgery and are very healthy and happy. Anyway, we got to chatting and discovered that we both had experienced liver failure from the same genetic disease, Wilson's disease. We were so excited! LOL! A strange thing to be excited about, but it's a rare disease so it isn't every day that you meet someone from another family who has gone through the same thing. She also has a younger sister with the disease (I have 2 older brothers with the disease). I gave her my blog address. I'd love for her family to get in contact with my family. They could be a big support to each other I think. After all, I'm sure her mom and my mom have a lot of the same worries and concerns.
I am again thankful for the gift of life! I got the chance to celebrate Kyle's 4th birthday this week! I love my children and am so grateful for these opportunities that were almost lost.
And though I am thankful for all these earthly things, I am most thankful for my God, the maker of heaven and earth, who graciously spared my life and gives me hope no matter the circumstances I may face!