Here is the schedule for the testing:
Next Tuesday I am to have a nuclear medicine scan in the morning & a spiral CT in the afternoon. Sounds like a fun day hey? The nuclear scan involves having radio-isotopes injected into me and then lots of scans done of my kidneys. The paperwork for the CT scan has the word 'angiogram' written on it so I am wondering if it is a little more involved than just lying still for a scan. I know they inject you with dye to get a good look at the arteries and veins to your kidneys (FYI - it is better to just have one artery to your kidney - it makes the surgery easier).
Did I also mention that that is the day Ashlea is having botox? I'm a bit annoyed that some of the tests are next week because I am on holidays from work next week and was hoping to RELAX and not have too many stressful things going on. Obviously I am not meant to be relaxing!
On the 3rd of May I then have a huge amount of blood work done, a chest x-ray, an ecg and a glucose tolerance test. After all the tests are done I meet with a nephrologist (11th of May I think) to get all the results and (hopefully) the green light to donate, and after that I meet with my surgeon. Now that makes it seem more real.
When I spoke to the transplant co-ordinator I asked him if I would need to fatten up before the surgery - for those that don't know me IRL I'm a skinny little runt - and he thought probaby not - which is a relief as I am NOT a comfort eater. He said I would probably actually be a good sized donor for Ashlea - if they were using Murray's whopping great kidney they may have trouble closing her up after the surgery, and they may also have to artificially elevate her blood pressure for awhile to keep the kidney perfused. So maybe being a skinny little runt will come in handy for once?
I will let you all know how it goes.
For those of you who pray now would be a good time to start. I am not good with medical tests, and I know I will be incredibly anxious for