I was up early this morning - I got into the shower around 7 AM. When I got out, my phone was ringing. I saw the number on the caller ID - It was the Transplant Clinic.
I answered, and Ellen - my coordinator - said "Your number's come up! You're a backup for a kidney we've got, but we need a current blood sample to cross match!"
My heart hit the floor and then the roof.... I told her I'd be there in a few minutes, as I lived down the road, and I woke up my wife, who almost fell out of bed with excitement. We got ready in a hurry, and raced down to the hospital.
We waited in the lobby of the clinic; there was a little girl in the waiting room, too. She was probably about 8 or 9.... just a sweet little thing. I heard the excitement in her and her moms voice - they were waiting for a kidney too. That poor little girl had a bunch of surgeries, she said.... I know how much I'm suffering from this, but at least I had my childhood.... this poor girl.... my heart just bled for her. I hope she gets a kidney too.
So they took my blood, and said they'd know if I didn't cross match in about 4-6 hours. Ellen said she'd call me either way to let me know. I'm still waiting right now, and though I was cool about it all day - it's consuming me now.
Waiting is crazy. But the hope... the possibility..... my life could change...... I'm hoping.