This blog by Grace51 was first published on Square Pegs (http://squarepegs.overspillers.net)
It was an October day..the 13th to be precise. Ellie and I had been waiting for what seemed like years, but it was really only a few months, for this day to come. She was so very thin. .I remember clearly worrying in case she didn’t make it and wanting the days to go by quicker than they ever could.
The ambulance came for her only.. which surprised me as I thought we’d go together. I was to go in later on that day, to settle in and to have last minute checks such as ECG, and to check that I was free from any infections.
I went to see her ..she was in a special room..cant remember what they called it now..and we talked and laughed together, happy that at last our waiting was over.
I didn’t sleep that night. The operation was at 8.30 in the morning.
I remember being wheeled to theatre, and watching the ceiling lights go past. I was in a small room outside the theatre when I had the injection..I counted to about four, then I couldn’t remember anything else until I was woken up by the doctor bending over me with the words’ Sister and kidney are doing fine’ I was so happy that I cried. I couldn’t stop.
When I was able to see Ellie, I couldn’t believe what lovely rosy cheeks she had. She looked really well for the first time in nearly a year. She lived for several years after that, good years. It makes me proud and grateful that I was able to do what I did