22
Apr
11

A “No News” Update


A couple of my friends pinged me just to make sure I was "pingable". I then realized I was late on an update.

It is been less than two months since the surgery and it now seems like a thing of the past. That was in a different life. If I wipe the month of March off the books, I didn’t seem to miss a beat. I have been back in the office for over three weeks and doing about 95% of what I usually do. I have my 60 day checkup in early May and I would guess I gain the other 5%. The only side effect from the medication seems to be difficulty in sleeping. Sometimes I am wide awake until 2 AM but then wake up feeling rested. Maybe I am just requiring less sleep. Then there are the abdomen muscles. Everything feels normal except when I move around it feels like I just finished about 200 sit-ups. Otherwise the scar is completely healed and I take great pride showing it off just like LBJ. For a small fee I can share them with you too.

So, I’m certainly not letting the grass grow under my feet. My Vistage chair told me I must be back to myself because I’m starting to irritate people again. Nobody has asked me to leave the office, so it can’t be all that bad. Lots of things on the plate and I am probably back to 90% schedule.

On Monday I have lunch with the folks from Gift of Hope. That is the local organ procurement organization that has a direct liaison at the national level and supplies all of the donor organs for the Chicago area. This is more of a fact-finding mission to see where my talents might be able to assist them. The bottom line is there is a shortage of organs all over the country. People die every day waiting as their options are reduced to zero. Hopefully they can use some of my talents whatever they may be.

Tomorrow we launch the Nancy D splashing it in cold Lake Michigan. (The boat, not the wife). Last year we had two trips–one early in the season from the travel lift to the slip and the other completing the round trip in the fall. In two years we have put eight hours on the engines. This year we plan to dilute the rotten fuel, blow out the pipes, and float it up to Canada. If I’m lucky tomorrow I will get a picture of the Nancy D (the wife, not the boat) holding the anchor or something else of substance relating to the marine industry. We’ve got to be crazy launching in the snow but we are anxious to get it in.

I am making progress on the flying end too. I have not flown since January and I am collecting all of my records for the FAA. On June 1, the 90 day mark, I can submit everything to the FAA so I can fly again. It appears that there are only a few hoops to jump through. No one seems to expect any problems.

I suppose the later chapters of As the Liver Turns will become increasingly boring because "no-news" is the best news.


4 Responses to “A “No News” Update”


  1. April 24, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Hi Dan and Nancy,
    Can’t let the day go by without wishing you a happy and blessed Easter. We are in Illinois celebrating with son #3 (Tony) and his family. Great to hear that you have made so much progress and more of living a good healthy life with your new liver is to come.
    Hopefully, we will see you this summer in the Nancy D.
    Love to all,
    Bonnie

  2. April 28, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Hi Dan,
    So glad that you are doing so well. I can only hope for the same for my husband, Paul. He had his Y-90 on April 13th. All went well but hewas very tired for a few days afterwards. Then he had a sudden spurt of energy but now it seems like he’s taken a turn for the worse. Very tired and almost flu like symptoms. Just wondering if you experienced any of this with your Y-90? Please email direct if you like to slg72@aol.com so as not to clog up this blog with my ramblings about my husband. This is YOUR BLOG!!!
    Thanks,
    Sue
    Slg72@aol.com

  3. May 1, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Hi Dan,

    I finally made it to your site.. I read a message from you on inspire.com
    Glad everything is going well,,, well,I went into Liver an kidney transplant on April 17th. I was released today about 3pm. I was on the waiting list for 7 days. Boy do my abs hurt.
    I would say being banged up in the rib cage area almost hurts worse then the surgery… lol…

    I am glad you started a blog, an very very glad you shared it with us.. I look foward to your progress… did you ever find out what caused your liver to go south. My meld score was 35 forever, then dropped to around 29… They didnt let me look at my liver, an said I have cirrohis of liver, i need a pathologist to transplant they jargon that was given to me.. lol

    well Im having a restless night, it’s 4:11 am an everyone here at the hotel is asleep…
    if you dont mind, I would like to know some about your meds… ttyl

  4. May 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Hi Dan,

    I don’t know if you remember me or not, but wanted you to know that I have followed your blog for ages now. This is the most beautiful and wonderful of all updates!

    You are AWESOME! Congrats!!

    Suzanne


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