No News

No news at all. In fact, I’ve slipped to number 2 or 3 on the list due to some folks that are very sick. Saying that, it doesn’t much matter since the first two on the list could easily change or be the wrong size for an available liver. SO – still could get a call at any time and staying close to home. (Nancy thought a GPS ankle bracelet would be appropriate attire) Talking to the liver center last week, ALL of the liver centers had very little activity in July. Last year July was very busy and August was slow. So, you don’t know what you don’t know and I will know when they know. ( that’s a Rumsfeld quote)

One close friend was under the impression that I was up against the clock. Not so. Remember, there was only one small tumor and that was zapped by the Y90. So, it’s definitely GONE, but the only way to keep it gone is a new liver which is an absolute cure. I have had every scan known to man and my only other problem is my bad knee which I didn’t know about until they told me. (of course, it started to throb as soon as they told me) Had I gone to another liver center – say Indianapolis or St. Louis, this would be done and over with – but there is no hurry other than what I have self-imposed on myself. I have a great deal of faith and confidence in the liver team at NMH. In fact, two of the transplant surgeons live right in my building – one in my apartment two floors up! Sadly, there are a lot of folks who are up against the clock and will never get a liver. They will die waiting, which is a tragedy, so make sure you sign off on your driver’s license as a donor. The demand has always exceeded supply so it is a way everyone can make a difference.

Stay tuned!

6 Responses to “No News”

  1. August 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm


  2. 2 Karen
    August 4, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Hi Dan – Doing my monthly check-in. I see you are still on the hot seat. I had my money on your birthday week.

    Make some new memories while you are waiting! Maybe tango lessons? Cooking classes?

    Thinking about you.


  3. 3 Robert Behr
    August 5, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Interesting to follow your story. As you know, I too have an issue with my liver, and was told it would not get better. However, at my last visit, my Hepitologist said that likely 10 to 15% of my liver tissue has regenerated itself and my good behavior results in a perfect liver profile blood test. Guess I will have to die of something else. There really is hope out there. I didn’t think I could stay away from alcohol, but it’s been a year now and the results are clear; alcohol of any kind is the liver’s worst enemy.
    Say hi to Nancy.

  4. 4 Annie Dickinson
    August 12, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    It’s coming. It has to happen sometime. In the meantime I have heard that Martha Stewart has come out with a fabulous line of gps ankle bracelets if you are interested.

  5. 5 Rick Voit
    August 18, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Dan! Prayers are with you. For patience on the strange timing of this whole ordeal. Remember I want to ride in your Bonanza – but did the FAA allow you to keep your medical???

  6. August 20, 2010 at 4:15 pm


    Thinking of you and checking in on all things liver. Keep up the humor to seriousness ratio. Easier said than done I know.

    God Bless!


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