One year ago today, prayers were answered, and Machen got his slightly-used kidney. The changes since then are unbelievable, really.
I probably shared this then, but you never know, and it’s a favorite of mine—this is a picture I took shortly before the anesthetist got to work. He clearly had his priorities set—then again, he didn’t touch the phone again for a few days.
A week ago, he had his 1-year blood work and biopsy (he had an ultrasound the week before, come to think of it). This isn’t the best picture, but given the number of people (7!) that took part in the biopsy, this is the best I could do (his mother got one from another angle, but it didn’t come out so hot). I should note that most of those montiors, devices, and machines that go ‘ping!’ were left unused.
The results were uniformally positive—the kidney has maintained its size, is healthy, and shows no sign of rejection. He still has the bruit, but it’s usually quiet and shows no signs of impeding the work of the kidney. By the way, he’s down to only 4 medications (9.5 pills a day)! He’s growing, putting on weight, physically active, has a better ability to concentrate, managing his diet (but we could do better at that, but we’re still getting used to him with an appetite—14 years of conditioning is hard to overcome), and overall is healthy.
Healthy and normal. Which is basically the goal.
It’s all about maintenance now. Healthy habits, taking medication (he’s incredible at this part, truly), staying in touch with the doctor.
On the one hand, this is our everyday life and it’s very easy to take it for granted. On the other, whenever I stop and reflect on it—my mind is boggled.
We’re all so grateful for the support, the prayers, the encouragement that our friends, family, readers, and everyone else have given. The surgical and hospital team, his nephrologists and the pediatrician who kept him going for the first 14 years of life—did the heavy lifting, but it’s the rest of you who’ve made it possible for us to keep going. We can’t thank you all enough.
I do have a few other things to report on—but I want to wait until I can tell more than half a story, so I’ll hold off on them. But I wanted to get something up today to commemorate the anniversary and for one more chance to express our gratitude to you all and the Great God who is guiding all this.