It’s been awhile

Well it has been a couple of weeks since the last update.  I am sorry about that but things have been moving along amazingly.  Garrett is just doing wonderful.  We went back to UCSF today for our six week post transplant visit and Garrett couldn’t be doing any better. All of his blood tests are right on the money. Elizabeth even talked to us about Garrett’s future plans.

We won’t go back to UCSF for three weeks.  On that visit they are going to do a complete work up on Garrett. We will then be transferred back to Kaiser and go to our appointments at the Van Ness location.  We will still have the same doctors but will be back under the Kaiser umbrella. 

At the six month mark Garrett will go back to UCSF for a kidney biopsy.   Even though everything is working great they do a biopsy just to double check everything.

Lets talk about some of things Garrett has been doing.

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Garrett along with Jack brought flowers to Hannah and took special prom pictures.   Both Hannah and Andrew looked beautiful.

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Garrett wants to start back at the gym but mom said no way.  So he asked Elizabeth today and she said, “Absolutely,  go live your life.  You have a kidney enjoy it!”  So when he got mom made him take out the garbage.

Overall we can’t believe how well Garrett is doing.  We are so blessed that we have so many good and close friends and family. We couldn’t have done this without you. All of your prayers and well wishes were so helpful.

One other thing, Jerran has asked Garrett and some of his friends to go with him to Sacramento to get some honey bees this week. This will be interesting and there should be some great stories from this…

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One month

Today is the one month mark for Garrett’s new kidney. It has been an amazing ride that is for sure. We have seen such an incredible turnaround with Garrett. He is enjoying life so much. He just feels great. It is hard to find him without a smile or laughing.  Garrett walks several times a day and the walks are getting longer and longer.

Last night we celebrated with Jerran and his family at Mission pizza and a cheeseburger pizza.

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Couldn’t think of a better meal to have for a one month celebration.

Happy Easter

First off we hope all of you had a great Easter. We had a great Easter weekend. Yesterday we spent it up in Roseville with our families and got to top it off with a visit with GG. We left late last night and the boys were pretty silly on the drive home.

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This morning the Easter bunny made it to our house and Garrett had to look for all of the eggs by himself.   He did good and found them all.

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It was then off to Jerran’s house for lunch.  It was so much fun, what an incredible family they have. There was all kinds of awesome food.  We talked, shared stories and played games. As usual it seemed like we were always laughing.

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Liam even told Garrett , ” you are now my brother, oh wait you can only be my cousin since you don’t live here.”

Whatever it is we know we are FAMILY.  We just feel so blessed and are so lucky to have them in our lives. 

Easter is the perfect day to reflect on what has happened to our family.  Garrett is feeling so good and doing super.  We just sit back and look at Garrett, we listen to him sing in the shower or laugh as he watches t.v.  Words can’t express how we feel, but we know we are so lucky to have Jerran and Mandi in our lives.

Fun Friday night

Tonight we enjoyed a night at Das Brew with Mandi and Jerran.   We all had a flat of beers and some bbq. Jerran had us all laughing with some great stories.

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Once the wind kicked up we decided to go back to our house and continued with the stories.

When we got home Garrett had a couple of his friends over. We played a quick round of reverse charades.  These boys were great actors and had us all cracking up.

It is so great seeing Garrett and Jerran together.  They both showed us all of their scars. Pretty interesting to say the least. Garrett is always happy to see Jerran

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Garrett has an appointment back at UCSF on Monday.   His blood test this week all came back pretty good.

Jerran made training

Tonight Jerran made a surprise visit at K9 training.   Everyone was real excited to see him.  He had to tell his story several times as all of the handlers rolled into training. 

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As far as Garrett goes he doesn’t have to go to UCSF this week.  He has two blood draws this week at Kaiser.   His test from Monday was all good and he has one again tomorrow.