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Saturday, April 16, 2011

what did you do this weekend?

04/08/11 05:15 hrs. Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre. Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
[shock the monkey.]
[may i have this dance?]
[sibling revelry.]
[kmac goes pre-op.]
[surrealism meets sunrise.]
[sporting the latest in blood clot preventing leg wear; sleek styling meets full coverage. get 'em while they're hot!]
[kimmers and her new bff, ras-mu-ssen...]
[i have 5 tubes, 4 kidneys, 3 friends waiting, 2(000) medical bills and one bursting heart...]
[i donated my kidney, and all i got was this lousy pillow...]
[looking glass renewed.]
[hi. could you take any longer?]
 [kim nightingale.]
[tak, min skat.]
[ow. smile. ow. smile.]
[d-day! the good kind...]
[TEAM KIDNEY disembarks...]
[now here's a marlboro man, you wannabees...]
[trader joe's = nirvana.]
[why does my wife make me do these things?]
[first post-transplant clinic...check!]
[why am i raising my arms? i have 2 tubes in my chest and an incision as long as the 405.]
[tar-jzeh and the aerobed. the closest kim will get to disney.]
[replenishing my fluids. what? they said clear liquids...]
[my guardian angel.]

highest creatinine 5.1
yesterday's creatinine 0.9
(normal range 0.5-1.4)

and with the heart-soaring words of dr. dafoe, "you have one robust kidney"...

what a difference a week makes.


  1. Beautiful!!!! Only you could create a humorous photo essay from this journey. So thrilling to see you beaming. I can't imagine a more uplifting story. Love to both of you. Xo

  2. Oh henny!! I'm so happy for you!! That makes me cry, I'm so happy! I've been wondering and worrying all week and just thrilled with all the emails that Kim and then Kevin have been sending but to see all these pics and to see YOU, shining ole' YOU just makes my heart swell and tears come to my eyes. Thank you so much for sharing your journey! I love you guys so much!!

  3. I have decided that "robust" is the most beautiful word in the English language.

  4. Henriette, I am so thrilled for you and wish you a super speedy recovery!
    What a great man you have!!!!
    More blog please!!!!!

  5. This couldn't be better news! I am so happy for you both. And I will give Kevin a lot of credit. He's been saying for years that you would get one of his kidneys and he was right. Glad he gave you the one that pees every 5 seconds. Love you both!

  6. <3 <3 <3 <3
    Joanne McMahon

  7. I'm so happy for you Hen and your new robust kidney : ) You and Kev are beautiful together; really makes me believe that certain people are destined to be together. I hope this is the beginning of many new, wonderful adventures together!!!