Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Kidney Appointment

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?

5 comments:

Anna said...

It really is starting to all be real now isn't it? This time next month and it will be over xo

Sarah said...

That is alot of vials of blood! You make me laugh hoping Ashlea has more than you.

Wow only 8% kidney function, that is full on...but she continues to amaze us all!

Hope the doppler scan has a good result, does sound like sedation needed for that!

It would feel so very surreal no doubt!

X

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you all. That is a lot of blood :-)

Jacqui

Big brother, Little sister. said...

Alison thinking of you everyday as you gear up for this major challenge in your life xx sending ashlea much love too x

Lacey said...

It is something you only hear other people doing! What a gift to give your daughter! I can't believe its almost here. All the workup and checks is great because they will be ready for everything, and make sure it goes as smooth as it can!