Great to hear Josh's voice knowing he wasn't losing 40$ this time
Really glad to know things are going right smoothly for both of the folks involved.
Oh and I am kinda surprised Tycho didn't try to sneak in a promo for his book, maybe I should be his PR guy cos I woulda been all over that (tho ya never know what got left in the editing room)
Man, what a tale, good thing the techno wizards did their job so well in the dark time
Something about him reminds me of my older brother, Rex.
I had no idea Frett was doing this. He's got a big heart.
If that's not a friend, I don't know what is.
This is more for JT or anyone else who knows Josh well...
I'm assuming sending flowers is bad for people who just had a transplant (due to the anti-rejection drugs lowering your immune system [Besides sending flowers to a guy really isn't my style.]) Does Tycho have a charity (like the kidney association) we could send a donation to (in his name) instead. I think BF is a huge Relay for Life participant so I assume that would be his choice.
If everyone here kicked in the equivalent of a few figures, we could make a huge difference.
Rogue Squadron-19 Golds, Battle For Naboo-18 Platinums, Rogue Leader-15 Golds/15 Aces, Rebel Strike-19 Single Golds/19 Single Aces
James Boba Fettfield & Lord Malakite's Video Game Collection
that works for Tycho. but Frett's married so it might only get him in hot water.
Hello. I just got back on the forums today. I thank you for your kind words, but I hardly consider myself a hero, just a friend helping another friend. I am still sore, but the pain seems to get a little better every day. I'm just going to copy and paste my latest "blog" from my myspace page. It has some of the details of what I went through this time.
In a day when the world seems to be spinning out of control, I feel I have done something to help keep it a little more sane, because you all know we couldn't do without Josh's long and winding posts!
From my myspace page:
Donating a kidney.
Current mood: sore
Well, I wanted to give you an update on my kidney donation surgery. Robin and I got out here to San Diego Sunday night. Josh, the friend who needed a kidney, met us at the airport, and drove us to get a rental car. We got to our motel and early Monday I had to have follow up labs done to make sure not much had changed since my visit in October. About the only thing that had changed was I gained 8 pounds. After getting approved, we went back to the motel, and got to bed early. Tuesday was surgery day, and we had to be at the hospital at 5 am.
Robin and I got checked in, and were called back to an area where they prep you for surgery, this included getting questioned on my medical history, changing out of my street clothes to more appropriate surgical gowns and getting hooked up on an I.V., after a brief goodbye kiss to my wife, I was whisked away to the recovery room area where I was shaved on my upper body so they could tape a surgical curtain. I met with my surgeon, the anesthesiologist, and others who would be assisting in the surgery. Next I was wheeled into the surgery room, and was shifted from on bed to a narrow surgery table. I remember the nurses putting my arms off to the side then, boom, I was out. I woke up back in the recovery room. When I awoke I was rather groggy, but I recall looking up at the clock and it was almost 2:15 in the after noon. My first thought was of Robin, as I knew she was rather nervous about me going through this surgery to begin with. We were supposed to be out of the recovery room by noon, so I knew the delay would cause extra panic with her. What seemed like mere seconds for me, must have been an eternity for my lovely wife.
I was wheeled up to my room, still kind of in la la land, but it was the anesthetic wearing off. I felt okay, and was limited ti ice chips to keep hydrated. By Wednesday, I started feeling nauseous. I was not feeling well at all. Later in the afternoon, they wanted me to get up and walk, I stood up, with much pain, and was informed by Robin that I was looking a ghostly white, I was put back down into bed. My doctors informed me that I would feel much better by Thursday, but the way I felt that day, I said to myself "Yeah, right". Later on they got me up again, and I was able to walk with the assistance of a walker, Robin and a nurse. It felt great to be on my feet again!
Thursday morning came around, and I did feel better, I actually had a desire to eat. Robin had to assist me still with my meals, as it was still painful to bend much in any direction. More walking on Thursday, as well as being taken off the pain medication that was being fed through the I.V., and being switched to vicodin to manage the pain. I got my first shower in several days, and that felt great! Later on in the day, Robin and I awaited our discharge from the hospital. Robin was allowed to stay in my room, which greatly helped in my recovery time They set up a cot for her next to my bed, of course every time a nurse, or doctor came in to check on my, or check my vitals, she was awoken too. Robin was a great assistant to me, getting me anything I might need, without having to call a nurse. I love and respect her for that.
We got back to our motel around 5:30 Thursday evening, when I was called by a local San Diego news station who wanted to interview me about the connection of Star Wars with the surgery, For those of you who don't know, both myself, and my kidney recipient are fans of the Star Wars films. You can read more about it at the the two sites I have included links to just below. One is SirStevesGuide, the forum I met Josh on, the other has the news story both written, and the video in the upper right hand corner.
I forgot to add, due to the fact I was getting a little hungry, but after I got my discharge papers, they brought a wheelchair over to wheel me to the car. On the way down I stopped to see the gentleman who got my kidney, and he looked good considering he hadn't slept much over the previous 48 hours. He told me that his creatine levels had dropped from a 16.5 down to a 2.1. Normal creatine levels from what I understand are around 1.5, so this was great news! We didn't stay long as he had other medical staff come in, and he had been given medication to help him sleep.
I also wanted to mention that the room I was in looked down over the golf course where the Buick open was going on. We got to watch some of the action right from my hospital bed! I'm not much of a golfer, about the only time I follow it is when Tiger Woods is playing, but he was still healing from some knee surgery, so he wasn't in attendance. Beyond the golf course was the Pacific Ocean. So I can't complain about the view I had from my hospital room!
As we were leaving, my coordinator brought a gift bag to me from the transplant team. In it was a coffee mug, and an bracelet which says "give life", a insulated carrier to hold my water bottle in and two t-shirts, both say "Scripps organ and cell transplant hospital" on the front, and on the back of one of the shirts it says "Transplant team" on the other "Have 2, gave 1, living kidney donor". I was also give a certificate of appreciation signed by the transplant team.
I am still a bit sore, but I knew this would happen, as I had researched other donors experiences that had been posted on the web.
Peace and God bless you all!
2012 RFL Thank You to, TeeEye7 & Slicker!!!!
Be an organ donor, save lives!
Oh, and I didn't reveal who I was, in the event that I couldn't be a donor. I went through a great many tests, and flew out in October to be a donor only to have the surgery postponed because Josh's blood didn't get along with mine during the final crossmatch. Only a few picked up on who I was, mostly I think because I was friends on myspace where I posted about it in my blog. I think it's lunchtime, and I'm getting a little hungry.
2012 RFL Thank You to, TeeEye7 & Slicker!!!!
Be an organ donor, save lives!
He actually took his book to his editor RIGHT before he went in for surgery, I believe. If he had a publisher signed on, I bet you he would have mentioned it.Oh and I am kinda surprised Tycho didn't try to sneak in a promo for his book, maybe I should be his PR guy cos I woulda been all over that (tho ya never know what got left in the editing room)
Plus, you really made all us Star Wars fans look good with this one.
Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.
"In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.
Really! I loved the article that mentioned this story and one where a guy robbed a store with a Klingon store, defnitively ending the debate.Plus, you really made all us Star Wars fans look good with this one.
Seriously though, welcome back! Take it easy and don't worry about getting back to us, just worry about getting better.
Yeah, that video was interesting with the fact that we come here every night, as if it were some sort of primetime chat room or something. Also noted a mispronunciation of Josh's last name, I think. And those clips were a little heavy on AOTC for no apparent reason. It was good to see and hear you guys, though!