2 Months Post Op Report

19 Sep

It has now been 2 months since my living liver donor transplant surgery. I have to say, I feel pretty good and  even went on a hike for the first time in a forest in Oregon last week. I also started doing yoga again. I still feel pain everyday on my abdominal area. Its mostly pain on the surface. The skin feels tight and tender. I believe this pain may last for a few more months according to the doctor. The doctor says my liver function is back to 100%. I am allowed to consume alcohol again. I have been taking it easy with drinking, making sure not to freak my body out. When I first got out of surgery, I kept experiencing a side effect that resembled heart burn or acid reflux. It used to happen every single time I ate. Now it tends to happen once every few days, sometimes consecutive days, in the morning for about 3 minutes. It is super painful but it goes away without any medication or treatment, if I wade it out. My last physical thing to report, I have more hair growing on my abdominal area. I’m not sure if my hormone levels have changed from having the surgery, but I have a slightly fuzzier belly. Its really weird. I’m trying not to worry about it too much.

My mother got out of the hospital last week. I have not spoken to her since I returned to the U.S. so I’m not sure what her condition is. According to my family, she is doing pretty well. She is still pretty low energy but is trying to make an effort to exercise everyday. She is eating well and even has a treadmill in her room. She will be in Japan until she is fully recovered. This may take a year or even more. She still has to frequent the hospital a few times a week to get checked out. 

It’s weird that I haven’t spoken to her in so long. There is a part of me that is afraid to find out that she is still sick. She had major cognitive disfunction before and after the surgery and I am scared to see if she is still like that. Right now, in this emotional state, I would feel almost angry if she is. That is why I don’t call her. I sacrificed so much, not just my life, the surgery, the time away from my daily living, but also my childhood. If I don’t get the mom I always dreamed of, it will make me sad. This is something I have to work through because I can’t change her. She may become an awesome person or she may stay the same as she always was. Worst case scenario, she may become permanently mentally and physically disabled. Whatever the case is, I realize my work never ends. I definitely need to go to an Alanon meeting.

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