Colleen Kaleda, here, a friend of Alison’s. Alison is now four days post kidney surgery, and she’s asked me to write some update posts in her stead during her early recovery phase.
Alison and I spoke on the phone Saturday afternoon. She is doing well, awash in joy, and feeling uplifted by cards, letters, delivered food, flowers and phone calls.
“I feel really bathed in love,” she said.
The physical pain, Alison says, is totally worth it, with the knowledge that Gloria will soon receive the kidney she needs, and probably get to see her grandchildren grow up. Alison says it was “one of the best memories of my life” to pray with Gloria by her hospital bed just before her surgery on Wednesday morning.
“These thoughts trigger my joy,” she texted me, just after writing, “I am walking at this point with the speed and sure footedness of a 100 year old person. Yay!”
After Wednesday’s successful surgery, Alison spent two overnights at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, before heading home Friday afternoon. After what she describes as a rough first day, she reports that each day since has been better and better. Ever the extrovert, Alison is currently finding herself relaxing by her living room fire, near the activity of her kitchen, where – of course — her supportive family is.
Alison is also keeping a journal, reflecting on her kidney donation process, and pasting in cards and letters and notes.
Full disclosure: I’m the mother of the children that wrote the pre-surgery letters that Alison featured in her last post. She says those have already been glue-sticked into the inner cover of her journal! I’m feeling proud of my kids for expressing themselves so freely, and who truly understand that Alison giving her kidney is really her giving someone the gift of life.
If you’d like to help support Alison as she recovers, please directly contact Sura at firstname.lastname@example.org