As much as I would love to tell you that my Futzingday was perfectly swell...it was not.
I awoke at 6am to text JB a hearty "Good Morning'" along with a few kissy faces, and just as I was falling back to sleep, the dialysis unit called to see if I wanted to come in early. I was supposed to go at 4:40 in the pm, but a chair opened up and off I went.
I won't gross you out with the gory details, but it was definitely not pretty, We lost my blood pressure again, I spent a good amount of time on my head, and then, just for good measure, I upchucked all over everything right there in front of God and everybody.
( Which is my very worst nightmare come true, by the way.)
It came pretty close to me getting a ride in an ambulance to the ER, but it was determined that this might very well be a touch of the flu, combined with an intolerance of dialysis. Unfortunately, kids, I am just not doing as well on it as I would have hoped between the clotting, the blood pressure drops, the arm, and now this...so keep those prayers coming that I get over the hump.
This, I am loathe to tell you, is pretty rough stuff.
But I also really need to say it again and again...I've got this. I really do. I'm not saying that I've got it with any modicum of success at this point, but I really am giving it everything I've got.
One thing I do need to do, though, is address the kidney donation situation.
Many if you have commented or emailed me asking how you can get tested to be a living donor. I pray that you are never in a position to have to say this, but is it OK for me to admit that I don't even know how to wrap my brain around that kind of love? Psychologically, I'm just not equipped to say "Cool! Thanks! Here's how you do it!" But medically, I know that it might be the only way to save my life.
So...for those of you who have asked...I am currently enrolled in the Indiana University Health Transplant program. My coordinator is Jane Kinkelaar and she can be reached at 800-382-4602. You can also visit their website at iuhealth.org to learn more about living donation. I believe that they will ask you my details as the patient, so here they are: Coni J Rich. Date of birth is 4-14-1966.
Finally, I need to share with you that my sister is still very much in the picture as a potential donor for me, but I cannot give you any more details than that. Her story is not mine to tell, but it's important to me that you not think ill of her...but rather keep her (and Bosco) in your prayers, please.
Geeze, Louise...will you look at me with all of the asking neediness already? I really don't like this feeling of being flat on my shell at the mercy of the world...but I can promise you that once I'm up again we are going to have the Mo-ther of all parties to celebrate it.
I'm picking out the color scheme now...
If you're in these here parts and are at the wrath of Old Man Winter today, please stay warm and safe and dry. I'm going to attempt a little upright and a cup of damn good, and then maybe watch the snow fall until Rich gets home tonight.