Today I was at work and seeing a patient a little after 10:00 a.m. She was telling me that she was going to be a grandma soon and that they had discovered through a routine ultrsound that the baby girl only has one kidney. I proceeded to tell her my story and how I was waiting on news. She said, "Maybe I am your sign that it will all be okay". From inside my exam rooms I can hear my phone ring in my office. While she and I were talking I heard my phone. It rang two short rings each time, which told me it was a call coming from outside the clinic. When I got done with her I walked back into my office. Ginger had left a message at 10:05 a.m. asking me to please call her back. She sounded very sober and not necessarily like a person with good news. With my heart beating quickly I called their house. Ginger answered and immediately put Lonnie on the phone. He said, "Jill?" I said, "yes" He said, "IT'S NOT CANCER!!!!" Then he started crying -- and so did I!! It turns out he just has a cyst on his kidney. Wow. What a tremendous feeling. Lonnie said he wanted to be the one to tell me so Ginger did a great job of not giving it away on the message! Praise the Lord!! He is good -- all the time!!
Tuesday we go for pre-op testing at Froedtert. For now, we celebrate the power of the prayers of people that we know -- and many who we don't know! Thank you all. Your prayers mean the world to all of us.
Just over two weeks until my left kidney is no longer mine -- and I couldn't be happier to give it away.