Feb 20 2010

Places everyone, places…alright, this time with feeling: Living Donor Transplant — Take 2

Okay, we’re gonna try this thing again. We are now officially scheduled for the transplant on Monday, February 22nd. Catherine and I will join Alison and Curt at the VCU Health System by noon this Sunday and begin the pre-operative extravaganza. After the initial disappointment of the week-long delay, I’m back in a very calm …

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Feb 15 2010

Transplant POSTPONED

As we’ve all learned in life, first dates don’t always go as planned. Such is the case with the date for the liver transplant. For unforeseen circumstances, the surgery originally scheduled for Monday, February 15th has been postponed and we are waiting to learn when the transplant will be rescheduled. The transplant team is holding …

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Feb 01 2010

We Have A Date

First things first: About a week ago, Alison was informed that her blood work and ultrasound exam both showed that she had recovered fully from the aneurysm repair. It’s obviously an understatement to call that welcome news, so we can all start breathing again. Next stop: the transplant. I’ve stared at this screen for several …

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Jan 01 2010

A Bright New Year Begins with a Perfect Match

I’ll spare you the dramatic build up and will jump straight to the punchline — About 72 hours ago I learned that I have a perfectly matching living donor for my liver transplant. I’ve officially placed my liver on notice that its time with me is short, so I’m feeling somewhat galvanized against the now-temporary …

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Nov 11 2009

Leaps of Faith

At first glance, high-jumping horses and vomit-flavored jelly beans may appear to have very little in common. Before I get in too deep, let me just start my little story with a disclaimer — I am far more familiar with the world of jelly beans than I am the world of horses, but I’ve been …

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Sep 30 2009

Red Giants and Cab-Driving Superstars

One of the easiest constellations to find in the nighttime sky is Orion. The picture to the right shows a somewhat over-illuminated view compared to what you’ll actually see from a typical city with street lights ablaze, but it does accurately show the structure of the constellation. My 6-year-old and 4-year-old have even learned to …

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Sep 08 2009

The Road Not Taken (and why I wish it had stayed that way)

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference – Robert Frost Ahhh, the allure of independence, free will, and personal freedom. The free spirit in all of us knows that the road less traveled is the one to take. It’s …

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Aug 03 2009

Theresa Varner (December 5, 1943 – August 4, 2008)

Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) is not generally considered to be hereditary although instances of it occurring within the same family are not unheard of. In fact, my mom had PSC and also required a liver transplant. She was diagnosed with PSCĀ in her mid-50s, but a review of her medical records suggests that it is likely …

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Jul 26 2009

It’s Official: I’m On THE LIST

On Tuesday, July 22, 2009 I was contacted by the Medical College of Virginia informing me that I’m officially on the liver transplant waiting list. About a week ago, following a meeting with the transplant surgeon, I had been told that I could expect to wait at least 3-4 more weeks before being notified about …

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Jul 18 2009

Meeting the Surgeon and Getting Sicker Quicker

On July 14, Catherine and I spent the day meeting with Dr. Rob Fisher (transplant surgeon), Dr. Todd Stravitz (hepatologist) and April Ashworth (one of the transplant coordinators) at Virginia Commonwealth University. Although it has been eight years since my initial diagnosis, all prior visits had been to the hepatology team, so this was the …

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