December 4, 2013
Most transplant recipients celebrate their transplant anniversary date. In my case December 18th was my early Christmas. I was in the hospital post transplant for both Christmas and News Years. I watched all the college bowl games and all the NFL playoff games in my Hospital or later in the apartment we rented. We had to stay close to UCSF Med Center for six weeks after transplant/.
For me first anniversary on December 18, 2010, I had a formal dinner party for all my care givers which was a group of 11 people. I got out my mother’s silver and table cloths and with the help of everyone had a nice dinner party. I have done that each year since. This December 18th I am `celebrating my 4th anniversary. I am told that five years is a major marker in post transplant live-die protocol. I have one year to go to make that milestone. Each day is however is a millstone in my mind.
I have expanded the group to include some new friends who were not caregivers but have become very good friends. The group is up to 15 if all can make it. My idea of a dinner party is to give assignments. I ask the Tholckes, Cheryl and Steve, to b ring the dessert. They have done that each year and boy is it good and cholcatleeee, not an actual word. My sister Sally makes a killer yam side dish which everyone always wants the recipe. Yams and apples. Yum. My new friends, Phil and Kevin, make a great veggie gulahash. It is spicy and very tasty.
My wonderful ex-wife Nancy has brought the hors’d’oev’ures but may not be able to do so this time.Her brother had major surgery so she might be with him in Mission Viejo this time.
The next Day December 19th I am off to UCSF in San Francisco for my end of the year check up. I insisted on having my two fav doctors for the day of tests and consultations so I am stuck with that day. Get to bed at mid-night and then up at 4:00 am and on the road by 5:00am.
I will report back after the tests and will posts some photos of the anniversary party.
Life is Good