So this week is the two-year anniversary of my kidney transplant! It is hard to believe it has been two years since the transplant and so much has happened to both me, and my family. My kidney disease was a long developing problem that started with my diabetes and at some point I was prescribed a BP med that kind of put me over the edge and shut down my kidneys, but I drove myself to the edge. My lowest point was during the winter/spring of 2013 prior to starting dialysis on May 2, 2013. The transplant was a long involved process, but as I’ve detailed that process in earlier blog posts, I’ll skip to my transplant on March 3, 2015! It came up very suddenly and involved 4 women donating to 4 men. All 8 surgeries done on the same day at Yale New Haven Hospital. It has been two years with many ups and downs (health wise), and many ups in my personal life! Many thanks to everyone that made this possible but two people really stand out. Meg – the love of my life – was with me thru my dialysis and helped me to put two giant needles in my arm every day, sat with me thru hours of dialysis and then gave a kidney to a stranger so that I could receive a kidney. And also my donor, Patricia, who just wanted to help someone by giving the gift of life! I will never be able to thank these two enough!
This past weekend WE picked up our new puppy – Griffin! By WE, I mean a large contingent that included Kate & Kenny, Carolyn and her boyfriend – we kind of descended upon Fox Creek Farms like an invading army. We spent the night before in Hagerstown, MD and my sister Carol who came up from Washington, DC. We had a very nice visit and night out for a very nice dinner. Griffin is a Goldendoodle that was born on 1/1/17. At only 8 weeks old he is still very little (weighs only 5 lbs.) but is very cute and lots of fun. He was pretty quiet on the ride home and alternated sitting on Meg and Kate’s lap, but did get active when we got home. This week, during the day, it has been just Griffin and me at home working on housebreaking and all the other puppy activities – learning not to chew on everything, playing games, and lots of sleeping. He sleeps in a box next to our bed, mainly for housebreaking, so if he cries too much we can take him out at night. It will be a long several months until this process is complete but we will survive.
Our Spring construction project began today (March 2, 2017), with the taking down of our old back porch. It was taken down today and the next step is to take out the foundation and dig out the ground for the new, and bigger, foundation. The dumpster was also delivered today and hopefully the excavation starts tomorrow! When complete it will be a 16′ x 20′ addition with a 15′ x 10′ attached deck. The addition will be our new living room and what is now our living room will become a formal dining room. We have been thinking/dreaming/planning for this since we bought the house 13 years ago, but it wasn’t until the 2016 HGTV Dream House win that this became anything more than just a dream.