Category Archives: Pre-Surgery

Admitted, the Adventure Begins

imageHeidi and I have been admitted to 9-Long, the transplant wing at UCSF Parnassus.  We have separate rooms, but we both have private rooms which means that someone could spend the night in the room with us.

The hospital beds are extremely comfortable, and must have some form of AI, as they self adjust shortly after I have settled.  The menu for hospital food is surprisingly diverse, with attention paid to local produce and pasture-raised beef, and free range chickens.  The bad news is that I won’t be able to eat anything for a while, most likely a few days.

I have had about 5 tubes of blood drawn and had an EKG.  I am also about to have another chest X-Ray.   The view from my room would be wonderful if it wasn’t such a dreary day outside.  I will try to attach a photo to share (first time posting from my iPhone).

5:30pm, 6/25, T-14 hours until surgery…

Mom looking fashionable in her shawl:

Mom shawl admit


On Thursday June 26th, 2014, I will be donating the left lobe of my liver to my mother.  This was an easy decision for me to make.  My mother gave me the opportunity of life, and I am in a very unique position to be able to repay her with the same thing she gave to me.  I want her to be able to enjoy her retirement.  I want her to see her grandkids.  I want her to have a chance; the same chance she gave me.


So how did we get here?