I woke up and the doctors came to tell me my numbers. My creatinine was 11.6 before the transplant and it was 6.8 on day 2. My phosphorus was LOW! I wasn't allowed to eat at all on day 1, and on day 2 I was allowed nothing but clear liquids. The doctors were thrilled with Matthew's kidney. It was making so much urine, I needed more saline just to keep up with it. They had given Matthew and I clicky pain killers that we can click every 8 minutes. It is nice to be in charge of that, but when you fall asleep, you wake up in pain because you haven't been clicking.
And, I am just going to say this: They just don't give you painkillers like they used to. I remember ten years ago being totally high so much in the hospital, and it was so awesome. It was the ONLY bonus to being there! Maybe I just have such a built up tolerance I don't feel anything anymore. It is not easy to get even light sedatives these days, and its a damn shame if you ask me. The closest buzz I got was just from the IV Benadryl, and that is pretty weak.
Soon after they left, Matthew had come over to see me. he was a little groggy, but I think he felt like it was his turn to make the journey over. He now doesn't remember these pictures.
Here is the difficult thing: You have been through all this crappy hospital stuff for years, you get used to the pain and the drugs and the discomfort and the vulnerability. But then you take an organ from someone who has never experienced anything like this and it knocks them on their butt! And all you can do is watch and say, "I'm so sorry." It is really hard to describe the emotions that come.
We spent the day visiting each other and taking walks. Someone snapped this picture of us walking. We would hold hands and talk. It felt so nice to be able to be together experiencing similar pain for the first time in our lives. There is something about sharing pain, and there is even more when it is CHOOSING to share pain that results in less pain for both of you. I can't even try to describe the experience. What an amazing week we had.