Carol's Blog #3 - Mother's Day 2016

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms reading this! What a privilege it is to be Sam's mom. I remember when I found out that I was going to have a baby. I went to the walk-in clinic in April 1997 because I had a terrible cold that I couldn't kick with my home remedies. Before I could receive a prescription for an antibiotic, they made me answer certain health-related questions. I couldn't give them a firm answer on one critical question that determined what type of antibiotic I could take, so the nurse ordered a pregnancy test!!! When the nurse poked her head back into the room and congratulated me, I was speechless. I am rarely at a loss for words but in that moment, my entire life changed. I was a mom!!!! heart

So fast forward to 2016 and here I sit, writing a blog on my son's kidney transplant fundraiser website on Mother's Day. I am sure there are hundreds, if not thousands, of "Mom" blogs and I have read a few but never really gave them too much thought. I certainly never imagined I would blog on a subject matter such as an organ transplant for my son. God knew and that is all I need to remember as I go through each day as Sam's mom. As I watch Sam continue to mature into a man that has a set of health-related challenges that are not unheard of, but certainly not what we expected, I thank God for the work He is doing in Sam's heart and life. Sam is diligent about taking his meds, he listens to his body when he needs to rest and does a very good job of eating well. When the time comes for that new kidney, Sam will have these good habits going for him. 

Sam's last labs on 4/12/16 showed his kidney numbers didn't change from the previous labs done in late February. We see his nephrologist on 5/27/16 and Sam will have another set of labs done. This is the drill for Sam's "watch and wait" stage 4 kidney-disease.

Sam's disposition is remarkably positive. He is working on his motorcycle to get it road-ready for the upcoming summer months.

Sam.."Yes, Mom, I will wear a helmet".

Me..."I know you will!"

So, this Mother's Day, the best gift I was given was seeing Sam's sleepy face at 6:30 a.m. this morning when he gave me a kiss and a hug and wished me a Happy Mother's Day. That is the best Mother's Day gift ever!


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