6 Month LDLT Post Op Report

10 Jan

It has now been exactly 6 months since I gave my mother 1/3 of my liver. I have never felt so blessed in my life as I have in the last month. I went to Japan mid December and picked up my mom and brought her home to Los Angeles for the holidays. I didn’t quite know what to expect when I got to Japan since the last time I saw her and she was unable to talk. She had just gotten out of the ICU and still had many tubes going in and out her. During the last 5 months, I had not really spoken with her. I guess I was afraid of so many things. There was fear that she would not be well physically, but I think I was most afraid of her being the same person she was before the surgery. Upon my arrival to Japan, I came out of the arrival gates, and there was my mom waiting for me with tears in her eyes. She hugged me with her little frail body but it felt like the biggest, warmest, genuine hug I have ever received. I have never seen this side of her. I truly felt like I had a mom. She was much smaller and her hair was all grey and short. My mother has always had long dark hair. This transformation has been the best thing to ever happen to me. Although my scar still hurts and the incision stings, I feel healed. My heart is healing, my family is healing. We have never loved each other as much as we do now. I never thought I would have serenity in this lifetime, around my relationship with my family but I am grateful to say I do.

As far as my physical condition is concerned, I am 100% with my liver function. All the weight I lost during what I call my “surgery diet” has come back unfortunately. I guess that means I have to eat healthy and exercise again. Booo! But, I guess I gotta be thankful that my body can get back to working out again. My scar still hurts on a daily basis. The doctor says I will have another 6 months till I am fully healed. I like my scar it looks like the “flux capacitor” from Back To The Future.

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3 Responses to “6 Month LDLT Post Op Report”

  1. June Minervini Stinchfield January 19, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    Ai…. I am so happy for you and for your Mom that you have been able to broker this peace between the two of you. Maybe that little bit of an ache that your scar still gives you is a reminder of all the pain that you have been through, but that you are now on your way to being fully healed. There is nothing like a mother’s hug, no?
    I do hope I get to see you in February. I am looking forward to it!
    xxx June

  2. esutterfield November 10, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    Your story is inspiring and beautiful.

    I am in a predicament where I am to be donating a chunk of my liver to my father at UCSF next month.
    There is no resource for live liver donors unforunately..

    Would I be able to message you about it and ask you a few questions to better understand your experience?

    It’d mean the world to me, I’m truthfully fearful about post-op life.

    Hope we can be in touch.
    Sincerely,

    Evan

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