The Tube Ain't Bad!

It's been almost two months since I last composed a blog post.  The past two months have been a bit of a roller coaster ride from work-personal health, but looking forward to regularly posting again and keeping everyone apprised as to how I'm doing.

  Everything happened so fast!

About a month ago, I had gotten my routine blood work done (to monitor my kidney function).  Each time I get stuck with the needle to draw the blood, I pray for no change -- which in this case, is a good thing!  Unfortunately, end of May was not in my favor.  I was at my parent's house hanging out when I received the call from my nephrologist -- my levels had decreased enough to require me to begin preparing for dialysis.  It wasn't a complete surprise, but its similar to those dreaded times when you were younger at school....presentation day.  You know its going to be your turn at some point in the near future, but you're doing everything you can to postpone the inevitable.  So, I had to start the process to schedule a surgical procedure to install a catheter into the side of my stomach, and begin coordinating with a local dialysis center to begin training on how to use the in-home unit.  All in all, it'll take about a month to do.  

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Within a week I was off making preparations for all of this.

I had never been under the knife before, so this was all strange to me.  And as a result of things moving so rapidly, I never really had the opportunity to sit down and absorb what was actually happening.  I maintained my usual overdrive/problem-solving mode, so I don't think anything hit me till I got into the OR under those lights.  I never get any anxiety, but under those lights, I guess I got a dose of slight anxiety.   I think part of it was that I was so busy preparing to be MIA for a few days (work, family, etc.), and the doctors and surgeons did a wonderful job from start to finish.

Before I knew it, I was out of the operating room and in recovery.  It was a fairly quick procedure, and everything went smoothly.  Such a strange and erie feeling -- to be put under.  One minute you're looking at this room full of people, under the bright lights.  And then suddenly you wake up and they tell you it's all done and you're in recovery now (sore as a MoFO!).   

 

<-- I'm so high! (legally)  LOL.  They had the good stuff...hahaha.

It was a hard decision to make (proceeding with preparing for dialysis).  I couldn't have done it without the help and support of my friends and family - particularly my girls!  They made everything including rest/recovery easy -- almost like a stay-cation!.    

Regardless of what I need to do in the near future to maintain health, I'd really like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone who has supported me through this journey.  And a HUGE THANK YOU for those that were willing to/have gotten tested to be a donor!   Words cannot express the level of gratitude I have for you. 

There still is a chance that I don't have to go through with this for too long.  We do (thank God) have someone who is currently going through the full diagnostic work-up  to be my donor!  So, hopefully everything works out on that end.  SUPER THANKFUL that there is someone!

On the one hand, PKD put a "wrench" into a few things in life, and on the other, it really made me realize three things: 1) I have an absolutely amazing group of friends and family.  2) Not only do I live in one of the best places in the world, but hands down the best time.  3) I would have never imagined how sincere, incredibly generous and ridiculously cool complete strangers could be and their willingness to support others in times of hardship.  Well, one more thing: 4) Doctors/Surgeons aren't savages...they did shave my hairy belly before they put the sticky bandages on.  It'd just be messed up if they didn't ;-)  Thanks team!  lol.

I'm still trudging through this tunnel, but I'm seeing lights everywhere -- and it really has fueled the fire under my @$$ to work hard, keep the fight going and build something that will be beneficial for generations to come!   There are so many people suffering in this world to a magnitude I can't fathom -- I was blessed with a walk in the park.  Let's all try to make the world a little bit better than yesterday!

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Hassan Shaukat