Saturday, September 11, 2010
Phlebotomist: "Are you diabetic?"
Phlebotomist: "Well, you'll be happy to know I ran 5 miles this June for Diabetes Awareness."
Jake: "Oh really? That's cool." (Short pause) "Wait a minute... I'm not diabetic. I'm in here because I had a kidney-pancreas transplant."
Phlebotomist: "Really? Because of the new pancreas?"
Jake: "Yeah. I'm going to have to get used to not saying I'm diabetic anymore. It's weird after 32 years of telling people I am."
Phlebotomist: "Well, congratulations! It sounds like you're just starting a new life."
Jake: "Thank you. I feel like I am."
It's true. During surgery, they removed my gall bladder and my appendix, so I lost two organs. Then they added a new kidney to the left side of my lower stomach area, and a new pancreas to the right side of my lower stomach. Technically, I have 3 kidneys and 2 pancreas now.
That's just how I roll.
And hey, they are letting me eat solid foods. WOOHOO!!
Let's see if they really let me go home today or if they make me stay here through Sunday...