Every night, as I get into bed, I silence my phone. I am hard of hearing and remove my aids at night. So it isn’t like I can hear the phone anyways. The reason I shut off the sounds is so whatever texts or twitter messages that go through, doesn’t wake up my husband.
I woke up with 6 missed calls from a number I did not recognize. It was a woman named Katie from Hartford Transplant Hospital. It was very urgent that we call back by 6am. Six missed calls in 2 hours.
I instantly woke Angel and we were both very confused. Why would the hospital be calling us? So Angel called them. It seems last night there was a liver donor. They had to give the liver to the next person on the list.
We were definitely in shock. We were told Angel would not get a transplant in his current health. However, being on the list would eliminate spending precious time getting on the list if his health declined. So why were we being called. Absolutely nothing has changed since his last endoscopy 3 weeks ago.
Turns out he is at the top of the list. He has the highest MELD Score. Angel is guessing there just isn’t much of a list for his blood type??? We were seriously in shock. Katie mentioned she was sorry but maybe there is a good reason why were missed this donor. Which I have to say, we agree.
If we had heard the call, what would we have said? Angel said a few times this morning, “I am not ready.” Neither of us are ready. I just can’t imagine what we would have said. Would we have rushed to the hospital anyways?? Actually Angel would have had to go alone. The nieces are here for the week. We have Anna’s tenth birthday bash planned. I would be on the phone right now trying to reach the girls mom and my mom to take Anna. Then trying to figure out a way to get to Angel. The next two months would be our scariest ever. From what we are told, life after a transplant is hard and crucial for the next two months. What would we have done? Would Angel have told them he wasn’t ready?
Honestly, I don’t know what we would have done. We sat in our bed for 2 hours in shock. It is obvious, we need to come up with a plan of attack for the next time we receive that call. I guess I am not silencing my phone at night anymore.