Half Hearted Update
Ana had an appointment with Dr. Martinez today. Jim took her and I stayed home so I could work and be here for Emily. Jim was able to confirm a few things including the fact that we won’t be able to keep the cats in the house for three to six months after the transplant. This is nearly as devastating to Ana as losing her hair was. I don’t even have the heart to write more than that. Needless to say, it’s been a rough night filled with tears.
Dr. Martinez also answered one of the questions I sent to Dr. Kato. If they do a living transplant and find they need healthy vein, where do they get it from? (Remember, Ana’s tumor originated in her portal vein – which is the primary blood supply to the liver). So, apparently they take the vein from either my leg or Ana’s neck. I think this warrants a…WTF?
Dr. Martinez said that Dr. Kato can explain more of this process to us (I’m not sure when he’ll do this – he hasn’t gotten back to me yet about anything I asked). I guess he’s a busy guy.
Dr. Martinez also said that we should make an appointment for the living donor transplant once I’m cleared for the procedure. However, she did say she was shocked we hadn’t gotten an offer yet. Apparently when they said Ana was at the top of “the list” – they meant at Columbia. Each hospital has it’s own list. There are two people with higher PELD/MELD scores than Ana (these must be very sick people), but they are a different blood type so they are not competing for the same liver.
I can’t even believe I just typed that last sentence. Anyway, the point is that we can (and probably will) get the call soon.
And now a plea for the cats. If you have room in your house and heart to baby sit two very sweet INDOOR cats, send me a message. I will pay for all food, kitty litter and vet costs. You must not have a dog – and I’m hoping to keep them nearby with someone local. They’re teenage cats (7 months and 8 months old) – very playful and sweet – one boy, one girl (both fixed). We have a cat tree you can borrow while they stay with you. We’re hoping they can come home within three months – it could be a bit sooner or a bit longer.
Now it’s time to call it an night.