Monthly Archives: July 2014

One Month Out

It has been a full month since the surgery, and it has been a few weeks since I have added any updates about our recovery, so I thought I would draft a quick post to inform everyone of how we are all doing.  Both Heidi and Chris have had numerous visitors stopping by with get well wishes, cards, food, and flowers.  There have been too many to list, so I will just say a “Thank You” to everyone who has stopped by.  Some benevolent Pixarites have been kind enough to set up a Dinner Delivery calendar through an online forum called Lotsa Helping Hands.  If you would like to schedule a Monday or Wednesday to drop off food and visit with us, please register for the site and select green day on the calendar.

About 2 weeks ago, Heidi and Chris had their 2nd follow-up at UCSF post-surgery, and everything is healing at a nominal rate.  I have been recovering well, Blood tests show that there is still some damage to the liver, which is totally normal, but the trend is that the liver is healing quickly.  I have also managed to pull apart the sutures at the top of my scar, which means there is a big hole in the center of my chest.  The good news is that it is healing from the inside out, and should be fully closed within the next 2-3 weeks.  I am finally off the intense pain medication and on regular tylenol as needed for pain, which is quite a relief.  I can still feel some slight pains in my liver region but I have a feeling that the sensations will go away within the next few weeks.

Heidi had her JP Drain removed, as well as 62 staples.  Heidi said that the 62 staples were not nearly painful/uncomfortable as the JP tube, as it was so deep inside that it felt very uncomfortable as it was being pulled out. The picture below shows the tube and staples before removal.  After a few days, the drain and staples had healed, and things were back to normal.  Heidi has been recovering steadily, and she is looking fantastic.

Overall, we are all doing extremely well.  We have been taking walks when we have the energy.  We have been eating much healthier and more than before the surgery, and most importantly, everyone’s spirits are at their peaks.  As we progress, I will update everyone through the blog.

Thanks for reading!


Surgery Photos have been Posted

08_Parms_Left_Lobe_2That’s a healthy Liver!

Good news from the Parmelee Household.  We are all home, resting, doing well to recover as quickly as possible.    Heidi and Chris had their first round of blood tests done at Kaiser in preparation for our first post-surgery visit to UCSF on Tuesday morning.  Heidi, Chris, and Kevan all took a walk around the neighborhood this afternoon, and spent some time chatting with visitors.

If you feel inclined to view the photos from the surgery,   I have posted photos from both my liver donation, and my mother’s receipt of the donor liver on the following pages.  Please take a look:

Parm’s Liver Donation

Heidi’s Liver Donation Received

Thank You again to everyone for their continued Love, Prayers, and Support.



Discharged 2 of 2!

I have great news to report:

Heidi has left the Hospital!

Not even a full week has passed since the her original liver was removed, replaced with a healthy piece of my own, my mother is out of the hospital, home, and sleeping in her own bed.


We are extremely thankful to everyone who took time to visit, pray, well-wish, think-about, even ponder their own choices in life, as that energy has been channeled into a speedy, so-far-successful recovery.

Please hold back the deluge of calls to the house at least until tomorrow.  Give us some time to acclimate and give her some deserved rest in her own home.

I promise to update the blog with more photos, details, and stories about our recovery, but right now, we both need to focus on our health, as we both are still months from being whole again.  The great news is that our recoveries seem to be going much smoother than anyone could possibly have anticipated.



Discharged 1 of 2

It is a glorious day.  I have left UCSF medical care, and am under the care and supervisory of my father at home.  It was a rough weekend, and I will be sure to post more details of the ordeal after a good night’s rest at home.

Heidi is doing extremely well also, and should be discharged as early as tomorrow.  Thanks again for everyone’s prayers, positive energy, and well wishes.  It has most certainly helped with the recovery process.