Things going good

Garrett has has a good weekend. He got lots of rest and has been walking more and more everyday. The one thing we have been watching is his blood pressure. The bottom number has been great most of the time but a few times it has been somewhat high.  If we get a couple of high ones in a row we have to let his doctors know.   They just might have to do a little adjustment on his medication.  They told us that younger patients have higher blood pressure on some of the medication that he is on.  Its nothing of concern just something to watch.


oday we were home when a car outside honked.  No one got up to look and guess who it was.  That’s right it was Jerran.   He felted slighted since no one came outside.  He told us, “Hey, I gave up a kidney, you could at least come outside when I honk.”  Classic Jerran.

We also received our bill from UCSF, and Jerran found out how much his kidney was worth.  Of course, Jerran had another great line, “That’s just for a normal kidney and not a super kidney.  Good thing they don’t charge for a super one.”


Always good to see Jerran.   Beware he is back behind the wheel.


Nothing like a Sunday night movie in Garrett’s room to make him feel good.

Movie day

Today Garrett and Jerran got together and went and saw the new Kevin Hart Will Ferrell movie, Get Hard.  The movie was hilarious.   The surgery team at UCSF did a fabulous job sewing these two up.  They laughed throughout the movie and they stayed together and didn’t rip open their wounds, “they stayed hard” throughout the movie. You have to see the movie to understand.

After the movie we had a special visitor at lunch, Jerran’s son Liam came to lunch with us at Buffalo Wild Wings.


Clinic visit#2 with Jerran

Today Jerran had his first follow-up visit and Garrett’s second visit at UCSF. Before we met with Elizabeth they had to do another round of blood test. Of course Jerran has a selfie…


His phlebotomist wasn’t real happy with taking pictures but we all know Jerran — he is a rebel.

We then went up to the seventh floor to meet with Elizabeth.


Jerran was first in and everything was great. All his numbers in his blood tests were fine. He is healing good and he is off all of his pain medication.  He is officially done with UCSF.  He will meet with his own doctor in six months. 

Garrett also had a good visit.  Everything seems to be on track with his recovery.  They are very pleased with his progress.  In fact, his next appointment is in two weeks instead of next week. The best news Garrett got was he can wake up every three hours to pee up from two.

We were then off to lunch at Big Mouth Burgers.   Jerran was very excited not only for the cheeseburger with a fried egg on it but for the Blue Moon beer he had with his lunch.


It has been exactly one month since he had his last beer.  Here’s to Jerran, a well deserved beer!! You have earned it.

Two weeks!!

Well can you believe it its been two weeks since surgery. Doesn’t seem it has been that long.

Everything is still going well with Garrett.  Although not much has changed he seems to be improving everyday. Garrett is looking better and better.

The last couple of nights we’ve gotten to see Jerran. Jerran is doing great. He has cut back on his pain medication.  He is hoping that he will be able to drive soon.  He is now able to take very long walks, up to a mile at a time.

Tomorrow both Jerran and Garrett have appointments back at UCSF. We are going to ride up together and then go to lunch after.

Today Garrett had a special visitor, Ms. Flores from Irvington High School. Ms. Flores helped Garrett out so much while he was a student at Irvington. Without her help we don’t know if Garrett would have graduated.


We don’t know who was happier today, Garrett or Ms. Flores.

Wonderful Weekend

All we have to report is Garrett has had a great weekend.   He spent most of it with several of his friends playing video games and watching March Madness.

Sunday he had a great visit with his aunt and uncle from Roseville and his cousins.


He is feeling better every day and is walking several times a day. 

This weekend we participated in a block sale.  Everyone commented on our house.  When we arrived home from the hospital the front of the house was decorated with banners and posters. 



When we walked in the house there were streamers and ribbons hanging throughout. It made the homecoming quite special for Garrett.



Garrett has a blood test tomorrow at Kaiser and then another clinic visit on Wednesday at UCSF.

Look who we ran into…

It’s Fish Taco Friday! Mandi took Jerran to pick up some quick tacos at Tortilla Factory. While he was standing inside waiting, a woman was watching him. She noticed his shirt, so finally pointed at it and said, “your shirt…”


Jerran engaged. “Oh, yeah, I gave a kidney away a couple of weeks ago–“

“To Garrett!” she finished.

“Yes, how did you know?” he said.

“Can I hug you?” she asked.

Margaret and her daughter and granddaughter are friends of the Ramos family. She’s been reading every blog, keeping up with the story.

“We just love Garrett so much!” She said.

What a small world. And what a precious woman. She came out to the car to hug Mandi, and just couldn’t say enough about how grateful she was and how wonderful that everyone is doing so well. She and her daughter are planning to deliver a meal on Sunday. We hope they’ll stay and visit.



First clinic visit-great news

Today Garrett had his first visit back at UCSF.   We had to arrive an hour early for blood test. We then got him a quick bite to eat so he could take his morning meds and headed up to the 7th floor for our first clinic visit.

Our first stop was to get Garrett’s vitals checked.   Everything was perfect there and we moved on to the pharmacist. We went over his medications and everything seems to be fine.

We then met with our Nurse Practitioner, Elizabeth. She will be our boss for the next 3 months. What she says goes.

We went over all of Garrett’s blood test with Elizabeth. His numbers are outstanding. His creatine level was 1.43 which is awesome. His phosphorus level was a little low which is normal for the medications he’s on. This is something new for us since we have battled his phosphorus level for so many years being so high. Elizabeth even ask Garrett if he liked soda, when he said he did she said he could have a soda to bring his level up. You should have saw the look on Liz’s face, priceless.

Elizabeth would like us to up his walking a little bit more each day. He needs to continue to wake up every 2 hours at night time to empty his bladder. The super kidney was attached at the bladder so we gotta make sure the bladder doesn’t fill up and interfere with the surgical incision. Next week we probably will go to once every 3 hours.

Overall the visit was just great today. We were so happy when we left hearing all the good news that Garrett got.

Elizabeth did have one suggestion for us. I think everybody has seen in all the photos Garrett has taken he’s holding a pillow. He says this feels good because he still feels like his kidney is going to fall out of him. Elizabeth suggested that we get a velcro wrap to go around his waist. He also has had some minor back pain when walking. This is from the surgery. This wrap will help both his kidney and  his back when he’s walking. So we will be off to Walgreens today to pick one up.

Elizabeth also said it would be fine to go to baseball games or the movies or whatever. She would like Garrett to go out and live life . She said, “you got a new kidney go out and use it.” That made Garrett happy. He can now go see the new Kevin Hart movie next week. On the way home we called Jerran and made a date for the movie next week.


Garrett at the Kidney Clinic. Read the inscription on the wall. It couldn’t be better said how we feel about Jerran and Garrett


Silly Garrett and a soda