Laura was released from the hospital last night. She ended up getting three consecutive days of dialysis. They went back and forth several times on whether or not they were going to release her yesterday.
First, they said they were going to keep her there the entire weekend because they couldn’t find a dialysis center that would be able to do the dialysis on Monday. Then they found one so we were told that she was going to be able to go home.
However, when they did her lab work, they found that her red blood cell count was very low. It was so low that they said that if she weren’t on the transplant waiting list, they would recommend a blood transfusion. (They try not to do blood transfusions on transplant patients because it could cause them to produce antigens that could potentially attack a donor organ.)
About eight hours later they re-tested her RBC levels and it had not dropped any lower so they said they would go ahead and release her.
Laura’s in the hospital again. I brought her into the ER at about 9:30pm last night. She’s been feeling pretty bad for the last 5 or 6 days and had gained about 25lbs of fluid in the past 4 days. She really didn’t want to come to the ER but we both knew it was time to come.
After running a bunch of labs they gave us the bad news. Her kidney function is basically all gone and she will need dialysis immediately. We were admitted and finally got a room at 2:00am.
She’s currently in the operating room getting the access line put in her chest. This is NOT the way we wanted this to go. We were hoping that she was going to have time to get the PD surgery done on Sept 2, but unfortunately that’s not the way it went.
Once they put the access in, they will start dialysis later today.
I’ll post another update later.
I have the most “bestest” sister-in-law in the whole world! Lala, I’m not just saying that because you’ve babysat for us a few times and endured the pain of four needy kids. I really mean it.
All joking aside, as soon as you learned that your sister was on the list, you took it upon yourself to call the hospital and insisted on being the first to get tested. This in spite of being told that if you donated a kidney, you would automatically be considered a high risk pregnancy if you ever decided to have a family. It’s going to be a week or two before we find out if you are compatible, it doesn’t matter if you are a match or not, I will forever be grateful for your kindness and unselfishness. I can see that you really love your sister and I can tell you that she loves you just as much. And so do Alex, Jacob, Jayden, Gabriel, and myself.
It’s official!! Last Monday we received a letter telling us that Laura has finally been placed on the Kidney Transplant Waiting List. Now that she is on the list, they can actually start testing to see if we have any possible donor matches. If we don’t have a match, it’s going to be a long 3.5-4 year wait.