Mark and I spoke with the Living Donor Nurse Coordinator yesterday and she agrees with our decision that I should proceed with testing!!!!!! I was so relieved to hear her say that she thought I'd be a good candidate to continue with the testing. She is a little "hard to read" at times. I was fearful that she would disagree with our decision.
I had hoped to complete the testing sometime over my Christmas break. While she said it would be nearly impossible to schedule the testing for next week, she thought January 2nd was a possibility. So, we're keeping our fingers crossed that January 2nd will work out due to the fact that I won't have to use any of my remaining sick days to travel to Lexington on the 2nd. I'm not exactly sure what testing UK requires for potential donors. We've read that other clinics require an EKG, ultrasound of the abdomen, stress test, x-ray, 24 hour urinalysis, and additional blood work. Some clinics also require a renal angiogram (a test that involves use of a dye in the blood stream to examine the kidney). I'm just so excited about the prospect of donating that I'm really not concerned about the testing. I just hope that I can "pass" all of the tests. If not, I could be ruled out as a donor and another of the top three donors would then continue with the same testing.
As always, please continue praying for us. Thank you for the thoughtful emails, comments, and cards. We especially want to thank all of the people from Gardendale's First Baptist Church for their cards and emails. It means so much to us that Roy and Kelly have such thoughtful people in their lives.