It’s now day three post surgery and Gavin remains to be doing remarkably well. His doctor told me “he is not doing anything that they were not expecting him to do.” which is great news.
Here’s a recap of all the events of transplant day and beyond up to this point:
On transplant day (Thursday, January 3rd), Gavin got out of surgery around 1:30pm and stayed sedated (by the doctors) until the following morning. His kidney function was normal by 5:00 p.m. that same day, which was amazing and what I noted in my last update.
The next day (Friday, January 4th), he had his breathing tube removed in the morning. In the afternoon, Gavin headed back to surgery because his central line came out. It was only a 15 minute procedure, but it required sedation. It was unfortunate that he needed additional surgery, but I knew he needed the central line. I was just so happy his kidney function was working normally and that helped me handle the news of additional surgery.
On Saturday, January 5th, Gavin was able to drink. He was still tired but in good spirits. His kidney continued to adjust to what his body needed versus what Jill’s body needed. This includes the amounts of pain medications and other medications which have been adjusted as well.
On Sunday, January 6th (just three days post-transplant), Gavin was given the clearance to eat solid foods. Pre-transplant, he didn’t eat very much solid food at all. We were all excited to see how much (if any) he could eat.
With his brand new kidney, Gavin was able to eat three meals, eat lots of different foods, and spent more than an hour at each meal eating!!! It was and still is incredible.
Gavs is in good spirits and is recovering well. If all goes well, he will probably be out of the PICU in a day or two and out of the hospital in 7 to 10 days.
Jill’s recovery has been slow, but progressing everyday. She was able to visit Gavin and his good news continues to help her recovery process.
Thank you for all your continued prayers and well wishes.
How amazing to read Gavin’s progress! He is going to be eating his second birthday cake before you know it. Thank you for the updates – your family continues to be in our thoughts and prayers.
Melissa, Jason and Benjamin Lichucki
Dear Jay and all,
Thank you so much for the updates. I check daily to see how everyone is doing and so glad when I see your post. I know it is hard to take the time to do that but there are thousands of us so glad you do. I continue to pray for all of you. You have a wonderful gift from God in your family and your self.
May He continue to bless you all and keep you in His loving care.
You are all in my prayers.
Christine “Miss Sparkle” Wolf
The news is fantastic!!!!! Sounds like a bigger grocery bill coming up. Lulu will have to watch her food a little closer. I’m glad to hear that all is going so well. The road to recovery might be a little slow but it will be a sweet one. Hope you all have a good day.
So glad to hear this fabulous news!! We’re all praying that everything continues this way.
All our love,
mandy, john, charlie, and emmett screiber
As I searched the web for kidney transplant information I can across your site. What an amazing family you have. Your little Gavin is so beautiful and full of such amazing happy spirit. I pray that his and Jill’s recovery are going well. How special that you Jill can give life to the same little man twice! I to am trying to become a donor to my younger brother. He is 44 and on dialysis as he has been a diabetic for 30 years. I hope he is cleared to receive a transplant and than my husband, youngest daughter as well as myself will be tested to see if we can be a donor for him. I wish Gavin a very successful transplant and a long, happy life.
Sincerely Peg Furance