In the River City

J-Dub made it back to Powell River hospital today. Pain management is being looked into; that is all that can be done until transplant I guess. Turns out that liver failure sucks.

Thank you to everyone who is helping us cast our net. For those of you that are seriously considering being a donor, the first thing you should to do is check your blood type (it needs to be in the O group). I see upon arriving home that a few of our loyal friends have looked into the best way to do this: 1) if you have ever donated blood, Canadian Blood Services will have this info on file. Call 1-888-2DONATE to find out. 2) get a blood work requisition from your doctor, go to the lab and check. Apparently the first way is free. Looks like altruism provides more than emotional rewards.

We also feel strongly that you need to be aware of all of the potential risks associated with the procedure and what to expect. Please contact us at joeywhitford@hotmail.com or Renee at reneerose@telus.net and we can email you a copy of the living liver donor guide. After you have read the guide and have thought about things carefully, please let us know if you are still interested.

We are both pretty happy to be home, all things considered. I can now sob openly as I type rather than hanging my head in shame in the hospital hallway! Hurray for privacy! Joey is tucked in for the night and actually ate a wee bit of pizza I picked up for him. I love stuffing his face.

Good night from the River City.

K