Happy birthday to my liver!

Today is the day, it has been a year since my transplant; well, a year in something like 6 hours and change. Over the last year my life has seen (hopefully) the greatest amount of change in my 35 years of existence. I have gone from being sick, with an uncertain future to being almost 100% normal and healthy. I say almost only because of the lingering issue with my Hepatic Artery, and my energy levels not seeming to return as I would like.

What is gone? The uncertainty. A year ago I was wondering if I would live to see my kids graduate from High School or even College, to having a glaringly more positive outlook on what is to come. It’s more than that though, it’s an attitude change. If you haven’t read the article I linked to from Michael J Fox, you should; it has a lot to do with how I look at things these days.

Without getting way too existential, I’m not the same dude I was a year ago. And I am happy that this change has occurred. Whether it’s something that most folks have noticed or not, I feel like the 800 lb Gorilla has taken a long walk off a short pier. Good riddance.

In the next couple weeks I will be heading back to Pittsburgh for my annual check up. Unfortunately this includes a Liver Biopsy. Not exactly how I would normal opt to spend a Friday. I will also get an Ultrasound to checkup afterwards, and then a CT Angiogram at the end of the day. This is all check the health of my new liver as well as the state of my Hepatic Artery and how much flow is going through.

The following Friday will have me traveling back to Pittsburgh for a standard clinic visit. That’s a whole lot of traveling back and forth to Pittsburgh, which will hopefully not result in any more trips. Since I ditched the Jetta, and the Bronco is now my major source of transportation; it makes it a little more sticky to constantly make that drive. With the Bronco only getting 11 or 12 mpg, it isn’t going to make the 3.5 hour trip if I can help it.

Before I babble any more, it was a good birthday. I spent the day with my Mom, Brother, his wife and Donovan at OMSI here in Portland and took a tour of the USS Blueback. Being on a submarine was cool.

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