We’ve always known that one day our friend Dave would need a kidney. He has Polycystic Kidney Disease. One evening while we were at a party at Dave’s house, I had a very strong impression that I would be donating my kidney to Dave.
So long story short after several months of testing, I was approved to be Dave’s donor!!
Have you ever done something you really want to do, but you’re scared out of your mind to do? Like when you have to speak in front of a large group of people and although you really want to do it, you’re completely dreading it at the same time…
That’s what this was for me. I was making a commitment to Dave and to myself that I was going to do something that would be difficult, but I knew it would be 100% worth it. And it was even more incredible than I could have imagined.
A few days before our surgery Dave posted a picture of he and I on Facebook, introducing me as his donor. We received thousands of comments from people all over the world wishing us luck and praying for us before our surgery. This is the picture Dave posted.
I’ve never felt so much love and gratitude from so many people in my life. I thought I would be extremely nervous before the surgery, but having so many people thinking and praying for us brought me so much comfort.
I was almost excited for the surgery.
This is Chad and I just before they rolled me away.
The surgery went extremely well. The doctors said I had super human kidney function. My kidneys were functioning at double the levels of most people. They said my organs sort of just fell out of the way so they were able to easily remove my kidney. I went into the hospital on Friday and got to go home Sunday morning. I fully believe my healthy lifestyle,(and a wonderful surgeon) is what made things go so smoothly.
While I was in the hospital, my neighbors and friends “snuck” in my house, and completely redid my entire bedroom. .It was so wonderful to have a beautiful bedroom to recover in, not to mention a brand new super comfy bed…
My mom had a company come in and clean all of our carpets.
My neighbor Jessica mowed our lawn for us for an entire month, so that Chad could help me and take care of our kids
So many people watched my kids, and made this feel like a vacation to them.
My boot camp ladies made a meal calendar and brought my family dinner 4 nights a week. Ladies from church, boot camp and friends came and visited me. I was worried I’d get lonely but I never felt that way at all. I loved being home and getting to spend extra special time with Chad and our kids.
This week it has been 6 weeks since the surgery, and I’ve got the go ahead to start EXERCISING!! Chad has had the entire neighborhood watching me for the last 6 weeks, to make sure I didn’t sneak out and go running. My spin bike that is normally in my bedroom was moved upstairs (I couldn’t walk upstairs for 3 weeks) so I wouldn’t jump on it while everyone else was sleeping!! I didn’t break any rules for the entire 6 weeks, but now—
I. Am. Ready. To. Run!!
Join with me as I get back in shape – with one kidney less, let’s see how this goes!!