Anna is in the room next door. We saw Dale briefly and I will be given the task to be up and walking a bit later. Hopefully, I will be able to stumble by. A bit of lucidity has returned as the antibiotics have begun to wear off. I am peeing like crazy and my creatinine has already dropped a point (and now another)! This is unofficial; but Idunn is working! Idunn?
Idunn was the Norse god of health and her gifts kept those beings immortal in the Northman’s myth. So, it seemed a fitting name for Anna’s gift…. although I still dig “Arkay.” Official word will be the doctors to give in a few hours.
Going into this procedure, I had wanted to still virtually attend my HPI Coaching Skills call last night. I thought would be powerful. It would have been selfish. I was in no cognitive state to serve as a good partner during the breakout portion. The make-up procedure is a lot more work, but the course is superb and thus worth the effort. My clients are worth the effort.
I was interrupted from writing this by the ultrasound tech coming to check blood flow and function of the transplant. “Impressive,” is what he said… twice. One of the primary things he was looking at was the resistance to blood flow from Idunn. We want low resistance and we got it! We were at 0.58 and 8.0 is where issues begin. She lit up, full of blood.
That other “impressive” remark was at him not having to navigate around bandages, dressings and staples. The surgeons were able to glue the incision site. I guess becoming a smaller animal had its uses. It feels like I can go back to sleep, now… so I will.
Anna Cannington has offered to be part of this program. As a kidney donor with a nephrologist brother (not to mention next level human) she will be able to provide unique insight into "other side" of the transplant process. It is particularly apt for her to join up as she is Dustin's Donor. To schedule a conversation with either of Anna or Dustin just connect with either of us!
Dustin was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy (Berger's Disease) in early 2007. He and his family know well the struggles that come with suffering kidney failure, dialysis and the transplant processes. Born from these fustrations and Dustin's love of strengths-based coaching (centered on what is best in people) comes the Kidney Koach program. This NO FEE program is for Renal patients, their families and nursing staff that want support, understanding and a little help on the path.