I did however get some encouraging news from CHOPthough. I called them to update them onthe test results and in doing so asked Jo Ann about where we stand on thetransplant list. It turns out that yourstanding on the list doesn't matter at all until a kidney actually becomesavailable and then the computer generates a list of people based on the donorinformation. So for one kidney Stephenmay be 3rd on the list, where he would be 100 on the list for another. That's key to understanding where you mayfall among all of the other recipients. But what was very encouraging is that since Stephen was listed on July27th, there have been three kidneys come available; not just the one wereceived the call about. The first weknew about and got the call that Stephen was being cross-matched. The second wasn't a close match at all and sothere was no cross matching done in relationship to Stephen. And the third, was a good enough match onpaper that the surgeon evaluated it for Stephen. But in the end, the donor was consideredhigh-risk and therefore the surgeon passed. So it's encouraging to know that in the month that Stephen has been onthe list, there have been three donors! Those are pretty good odds I think!
And I'll be going back up to UPenn next Wednesday to meetwith the nephrologist, so then I'll formally be added to the registry and we'llbe listed as an official A+/O+ swap. Sofor the time being the saga continues :)
But Mr. Stephen is doing great!! His infection is all gone and he's so close to walking on his own. He actually blew me kisses for the first time when Ileft for work this morning. A very proudMomma moment!!! Now if the little buggercould just sleep the whole way through the night I'd be an even happier Momma!