Diana entered the day hospital at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center yesterday to donate a kidney to my mom. My wife, since the beginning, has voluntarily pursued the chance to give her kidney to my mom. My wife’s demeanor and stature is absolutely remarkable during such a stressful situation. We are quite grateful that her pre-op tests did not come back like my own when I tried to donate my kidney in April. We had a great night with many visitors including Virgina Lakey, Donnie & Garnet, Dad & Mom, Clayton & Cynthia (Taylor & Logan), Rachel & Jordan, Micah & Judi (Lincoln & Emerson), Jon Sexton, and several nurses and doctors (Dr. Assimos).
Diana and I has some alone time and took the extra time to pray for her and mom as the surgery approached.
I stayed in the room last night with Diana. Normally, she does not mind if I stay, but she didn’t mention that it would be fine for me to go home and get some sleep. I took that as my que that I needed to stay. Our rise and shine time was at 530. So we had a good rise and shine time. She jumped into the shower and I brushed my teeth. We had to laugh as she put on her hospital gown. The gown was such a cool 8th anniversary outfit.
We took time to read I Corinthians 13 together, which is the passage we always read together when we were dating. Of course, this got both of us crying as we anticipated the surgery in less than two hours. We cried for a few minutes and then wiped away the tears.
Donnie and Garnet arrived just a few minutes after 600. Dad showed up about 610 this morning. We all talked until the doctors arrived at about 633 to take Diana down to the surgery staging room. At this point, I really did some crying, but God gave me much comfort as I walked with her to the staging room. I told Diana as we got on the elevator…”I thought we got all these tears out earlier this morning.” I guess not! Oh but God is so good.
I then went back up and spent a few minutes with mom, dad, and Donnie & Garnet before going downstairs to the surgical family waiting area.
We have had several visitors including Carol Smith, Sandra Nifong, Aunt Pete, Wanda Brewer, Doug Kinney (my uncle), Cynthia (and the 4 girls). Donnie & Garnet have been here the whole time and brought me breakfast from Bojangles.
I spoke with the OR nurse three times and the Diana was doing well each time. I spoke with Dr. Assimos about 1100 and Diana would be moving to recovery in about 20 minutes. She should be in recovery for about an hour before moving to another room.
I can’t wait to see the love of my life!
I love you babe!