7-12-12/3 months & Staples Out

Today marks the 3 month anniversary of the transplant surgery. What a bumpy road!

 

It feels like much longer as the struggles have been great.

 

On the upside – all 49 staples came out of my abdomen today. It was a dramatic turnaround – the antibiotics helped me avoid an infection and actually things healed faster than they expected. All good.

 

Additionally, my creatinine was down to 2.0 – within range of my 1.8-1.9 new normal range. So that seems to be stabilizing.

 

I am still tired and had to drop off a stool sample as I have been having stomach issues since I left the hospital.

 

I am also on prescription maalox several times a day as I was just healing from the assault on my stomach from the first surgery when the second surgery hit. That pushed it over the edge. I couldn’t eat without pain and have lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks. That medicine seems to be helping and that’s a relief as well.

 

Maria came with me today and will next Thursday for the Cystoscopy to remove the stent. She’s been a real trooper and a big support for me.

 

Thankfully, things are slowing down and she is working again most days. I think it’s good for her to take her mind off me!

 

It’s really hard for her to see me in pain and having things pulled out of me and stuck into me, etc.

 

There’s a great song by Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty (and solo work) called “Her Diamonds.” His wife has battled painful health circumstances for some time and it’s hard for him to see her in pain. I think this song applies to Maria dealing with me suffering through this ordeal.

 

“Her Diamonds”

 

Oh what the hell she said
I just can’t win for losing
And she lays back down
Man there’s so many times
I don’t know what I’m doing
Like I don’t know now

By the light of the moon
She rubs her eyes
Says it’s funny how the night
Can make you blind
I can just imagine
And I don’t know what I’m supposed to do
But if she feels bad then i do too
So I let her be

And she says oh
I can’t take no more
Her tears like diamonds on the floor
And her diamonds bring me down
Cause I can’t help her now
She’s down in it
She tried her best but now she can’t win it
Hard to see them on the ground
Her diamonds falling down

She sits down and stares into the distance
And it takes all night
And i know i could break her concentration
But it don’t feel right

By the light of the moon
She rubs her eyes
Sits down on the bed and starts to cry
And there’s something less about her
And I don’t know what I’m supposed to do
So I sit down and I cry too
And don’t let her see

And she says oh
I can’t take no more
Her tears like diamonds on the floor
And her diamonds bring me down
Cause I can’t help her now
She’s down in it
She tried her best but now she can’t win it
Hard to see them on the ground
Her diamonds falling down

She shuts out the night
Tries to close her eyes
If she can find daylight
She’ll be alright
She’ll be alright
Just not tonight

And she says oh
I can’t take no more
Her tears like diamonds on the floor
And her diamonds bring me down
Cause I can’t help her now
She’s down in it
She tried her best but now she can’t win it
Hard to see them on the ground
Her diamonds falling down

Comments
3 Responses to “7-12-12/3 months & Staples Out”
  1. Sam says:

    Hi David, I did not realise that you had a blog nor did I realise that you were going through quite such a tough time. Obviously a transplant is not exactly routine but you have clearly had a lot to go through. I hope that the blog is proving to be a good outlet for you and it is good to read some positive news in this post, even if it just small steps. I will return to see how things are going and best wishes from all of us here in the UK!

    P.S. Do you still have Tyler? A friend here has just bought a mini schnauzer and we went to visit them last weekend, which brought back many happy memories of visiting you in 2008 with a very young Daniel who enjoyed playing with him (of course Dan is not so young any more!)

    • dakski says:

      Thanks for writing Sam.

      It’s been a bumpy road but I am trying to stay positive.

      We still have Tyler and Banning – both are being supportive although having a hard time dealing with a sick daddy.

      Take care and be well.

      David

  2. tjzager says:

    So glad to hear that the incision is healing, which should make you much more comfortable, and that the maalox is helping you be able to eat!!!

    We’ll be thinking of you especially hard on Thursday. Thank you for keeping us all up to date with this blog. I’m late writing back, but I always read it as it comes and am grateful for the news, whatever news it is.

    xoxox
    T

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