Mark came and rolled me with John along and talked about his motorcycle trips... down the halls and around the corners to get a nuclear submarine... or something... where they put a IV radio isotope tracer in my central line and put me in a machine that showed the flow of urine from kidney to bladder which took 30 minutes... and them back thru the maze to ICU.
Liz came back, John left for lunch. John came back from lunch. I dozed.
Bernadette stopped by and talked to me about the book that David brought in the morning and and went over the post-op information and then rushed off. Of interest we talked more about politics and her growing up in Switzerland.
Liz has to leave again later in the afternoon again to get Shayna & bring her to see me and do her homework under the guidance of MOM. David the Social Worker came to find out how I was doing and I wanted Liz to be here while he was giving info cause it'll all be about insurance and stuff that I want her to know. So I ask David if he can come back when Liz is here and he says, "Sure".
At about 4:30 Pauline gets nervous about getting us up to 4N, the transplant floor. How many have they done recently? Four transplants in three days! That is a lot. Right before we leave to have Loretta the Nurse, who is NOT a gurney driver, take me upstairs, I give the button one more last punch for the road. We pile all my stuff onto the gurney and off we go careening thru the halls and bumping into corners to the elevator UP. Of course Pauline can't come to stay with me in 4N and that is too bad cause I perceive us as great friends already. As we pull up to the room they stop the bed and move it over close to the wall to figure out how to get me in and transferred to my "cheaper" bed, etc. So, I am laying there bored and I move my head to the right and right there, between my railings I see Carol standing back in a little cubby hole between a stack of pull out beds and the wall. "What are you doing in there?" I cry out. "Nothing...waiting for you.." she replies. Huh, well can you come out? Then the nurses move the bed and Carol comes out from her brief entrapment and comes into the room with a 4N nurse Eadi, the two ICU nurses... and we transfer me from the million dollar gurney to cheaper floor gurney. Then John come on and immediately leaves to find the girls. Within three minutes in come John, Shayna, Liz, and Michele! Soon the ICU nurses sign off, then Michele leaves, then Carol and it's just us and the kids and Edie and Lanette the Tech.
Tuesday ~ Late Night: It was about 24 hours ago now that Dr. Lewis (assisted by Dr. Sankora) added a new young kidney to my old bubbly polycystic ones and I am dozing along peacefully when Kristy the Nurse (why she came on awake and pondering: I am here in peaceful at 2 is a mystery to me) comes in to check my vitals and see how I am doing. Kristy leaves after telling me that she is married to a guy who hasbeen on the list for 7 years! He had one transplant already and is awaiting his second after the first was taken after a bout with Lupus. She turns off the TV and lights and leaves me quiet in the dim outdoor light filtering in thru the blinds, realizing just how lucky I am to be able to continue on the planet with my work, my wonderful partner and great kids and I just sigh and take it all in until I doze off again.