Monday 16 October 2023

Ten Years On

Today is the tenth anniversary of my kidney donation to my brother Tim - hard to believe how time flies! I just want to say that I am very well and have had no issues at all in the last ten years. Tim is also very well and that, after all, was the whole point of the matter. He has been back to his normal energetic self since early 2014, and his family in particular have so enjoyed having their Dad and Grandad back with them.

I don't really intend to ever add any more to this blog. It has been therapeutic for me to write and, as a history of what happened, has been very useful to me (as my memory is slowly going!). Ten years seems a good place to stop; as far as I am concerned, ten years more of life for Tim was the sort of thing I was expecting as the outcome, and the fact that he is healthy now indicates he will probably get a good few more years as well - a real bonus!

As a final comment though, I would like once again to say that we both give a huge thank you to Sarah Heap and her team at St George's Hospital who looked after us so well. In particular I recall Sarah popping in to see me on the evening of my operation (earlier that day) on her way to do yet another transplant, and then again at about midnight when she was on her way home. She is a wonderful person, not just a dedicated professional but also a caring person, and I thank her.

Friday 30 October 2020