Michael is with Marlies just about day and night, except for getting some sleep at the nearby airb&b. Marlies walked today and is feeling more challenged than the previous days as the body heals and there's some pain.
She's being a trooper. Brenda is as far as we know also doing better with moments of pain herself that seem pretty difficult. They are on the same hallway about five rooms apart which makes it easy to visit both.
Marlies was read to by Michael slowly all the names of people who sent their well wishes and love. She nodded with each name and sometimes teared up. She thanks everyone and asks to keep sending your prayers.
She says she can feel everyone's prayers and she is in gratitude for them.
Marlies' return home is expected to be Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, and is being prepared.
Michael stayed with Marlies overnight.
Marlies has gotten up to sit and later today will be getting up to walk. She seems tired but all indications are good, she is getting better slowly over time.
Her spirit is pretty well, not too much pain. We are keeping watch over her and Brenda that they are not alone in the hospital for more than a short bit. Some of the team is very tired. I have requested more news, and as it comes in, it will be posted.
Marlies is doing well. Lindy and Mary have gone to get some rest after their heroic efforts.
Marlies left the post anesthesia intensive care unit to her room. She got what she wanted, a private room. She is alert, oriented and in good spirits and made some phone calls.
The surgeon just came out to tell that Brenda, Marlies' kidney donor, is out of surgery and everything went perfectly!!
Lindy and team just got two minutes in the recovery room with Marlies. She's already asking questions how everything is going with us. She is groggy but mostly coherent. Very thirsty and getting extra fluids but hasn't needed extra blood. Kidney is working well continuing to make urine. Michael will stay the night with her.
At 12:50pm the nurse called and said Marlies is doing well. They have taken both kidneys out and are preparing for the new kidney.
At 2:40pm today the news came that Marlies is out of surgery!!!
And the new kidney is working well! The Dr. said the new kidney started making urine right away! and that the surgery went very well.
She is in recovery and will be moved to her room this afternoon.
So many prayers are with Marlies. She felt so supported by all the calls the love last night, she was just floating.
This morning at 5:15am Marlies was driven to the hospital for her 5:30am check-in. Lindy and Mary spent an hour and a half with Marlies in pre-op. They met with the doctor, anesthesiologist, the nurses, she has a very great team all very positive and loving. She has her Bruno picture and statue of Tara in the surgery with her.
She felt very calm in her mind, just a little nervous about the surgery part.
She is in surgery right now, expected to be lasting 6 - 7 hours.
Please light all the candles and send your prayers.
Well, de kogel is door de kerk/the news has come; my kidney transplant will be November 14 at 5:30am at UCSF. They are going to take out both my kidneys because otherwise there is no space to put in my new supersonic kidney. The surgery will take 6-7 hours and I'll be in the hospital 5-7 days.
I am part of a chain of 18 people (9 donors & 9 recipients) who will undergo surgery. My donor – whom I don’t know – has the operation also in UCSF as does Brenda my original donor, but we don’t match. Her kidney will be flown to some place unknown in USA, a big day for many people.
I am excited, curious, tender and much more! I met with my transplant team last week, which was very affirming. Especially, meeting my surgeon. Which is crucial. He felt like deep Presence itself. What more can I ask for? All is divinely orchestrated.
I would love your prayers and candles lit so we all everywhere can enjoy the light and be touched by the unfolding healing presence of Her.
At home the recovery will be 6-8 weeks. That means I won’t be working till January 2018. I’ll be offering the monthly online satsang and most of the weekly online meditations. For sure I’ll be offering with my new kidney the Mexico retreat, 'Silence Dancing' in March of 2018!!! Please come and join, the early bird price ends December 1st.
I want to speak a little bit more about the transplant. One of the beauties for me in this experience is that about 40 years ago my mom died from this dis-ease and I feel I am completing what she never was able to do and with that bring healing to the lineage I was born into. Funny, how we have our family lineage and then also our spiritual lineage, all crucial in this human divine life here on Planet Earth.
A very sweet experience over the last about 9 years people kept asking me or telling me how happy they are that I am pregnant. I would always respond with, “Yes, I am pregnant with myself”. That is exactly how it feels, I am giving birth to mySelf. That gives me intense happiness. Can’t quite explain that.
Please know I am well taken care off. If you want to know how I am doing please check for updates the blog on my website (Knowing me it won't be a daily thing).
If you have any questions please contact Ditte at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lindy James and I are offering a winter solstice retreat 'Into the Heart of winter' from Wednesday December 20 - Saturday December 23rd at our house in Aptos. The days will be filled with periods of meditation, Qi Gong, Tandava, satsang and sexsang, tea ceremony from Thailand. For information please contact email@example.com
With a very warm heart,