1. The first challenge of the day was to drive from the parking garage at the Day's Inn to the parking garage at the University of Maryland Medical Center. I was behind the wheel and I got a bit disoriented, but the Deke got me turned around, headed in the correct direction, and after a few minutes, we found the garage and got ourselves parked.
2. The Deke and I spent about six hours or so at the Transplantation Center. I met my Nurse Coordinator, watched a video, and we talked with a surgeon, nephrologist, social worker, dietician, and the finance person. I had blood drawn. I also received a list of other things I need to do in the near future, including more blood work, chest X-ray, cardiology work, and possibly a colonoscopy. There were two themes of the day: I've been taking good care of myself and no one sees any problems that would keep me from getting listed and, if I find a living donor, the kidney I would receive at some point would be a better one. One other thing: I started this process early on. I'll see if what I'm about to say still holds true when I see my nephrologist on March 16th, but, right now, I am not in urgent need of a kidney. I am not on dialysis and, right now, I feel great. My disease has progressed very slowly and I'm hoping it will continue to be very slow.
3. The Deke and I had originally thought we might have a dinner in Baltimore after all these appointments, but we changed our minds and made our way, with ease, back to Greenbelt. I went to the Co-op, bought a couple of cod fillets and a couple of red peppers, brought them home, cut up the fish, coated the pieces with a combination of lime juice, cumin, paprika, and minced garlic and let them sit in the fridge for over 20 minutes. Meanwhile, I sauteed an onion, sliced up the red pepper, and then combined the fish and red peppers with a can of diced tomatoes and a can of coconut milk, let it all simmer for about 20-30 minutes and the result was a fantastic fish stew. It was a comforting meal for topping off a tiring day.