Today was the first day post-kidney transplant. I would be lying to you if I told you it went smoothly. Besides Marielle sharing our family secrets with random medical professionals, she struggled with lots of pain and anxiety.
Marielle is so confused due to medications, they she hasn’t fully realized that she has a new kidney. She thinks we are trying to trick her. Little does she know that not only did she get a new kidney, doctors had to remove both of her old kidneys (they were causing her high blood pressure) and do a bowel resection (prior liver transplant adhesions complicated access for the new kidney).
When she does believe us that she got her new kidney, she looks down at her stomach and becomes so upset. Originally doctors were to make a small incision on her right side. Instead, because of the complications, doctors had to do a very large incision from the bottom of her chest to her groin. It was not what we had wanted, but it was necessary to save her life.
The next few days will continue to be touch and go. Her kidney function is perfect. It’s just managing all the medications, their side effects and the ongoing threat of organ rejection.
Please continue to keep my Sunshine Girl in your prayers. But please, say a special prayer for the family who donated their child’s kidney to save my daughter’s life. I will be forever grateful that this amazing family was able to make the decision in spite of their grief.