Yesterday Ashlea had her last kidney check up before the transplant.
Her creatinine is now 423 - at every appointment it creeps higher which is reassuring in a bizarre way - it reminds me that we are doing the right thing at the right time to treat her kidney failure. It still astounds me sometimes that Ashlea only has 8% kidney function - she looks too well to be that sick (if that makes sense).
Ashlea and I also had our final crossmatch for the transplant. Why do they have to take so much blood for that? They took 7 vials of mine and 4 of Ashlea's. Is it bad that as I was walking to pathology I was hoping that Ashlea was the one needing the 7 vials taken???
The results will be back in around 2 weeks. They don't expect there to be a positive crossmatch at this late stage but they have to double check and make sure Ashlea hasn't developed any antibodies that would attack my kidney.
We still have a few more things to do before the surgery. Ashlea needs a doppler scan of her arteries and veins to check that none are blocked after having so many long lines in during her NICU stay (a long line is like an IV but it doesn't just go into a vein in the leg - it is threaded up through the body and empties near the heart somewhere). They need to make sure that any veins and arteries that get connected onto the kidney are in good condition. Unfortunately the scan can take an hour and requires the patient to lie still so it looks like we will have to do it under sedation.
We also still need to meet with the anaesthetists and do pre-admission stuff - but I don't think that happens until the week of surgery.
Even after all this time I still have moments where I can't believe this is actually happening.
To our family.
I am giving my child a kidney.
Surely that sounds like the sort of thing you hear about other people doing?