Yesterday I called my kidney coordinator in St. Louis to see if she knew anything from the blood work yet. To my surprise, I was next on her list to call! As soon as she said “Yes, I know” My hands started shaking and I thought I might not be able to breathe anymore. I’m pretty sure my heart skipped about 8 beats. Before she told me the results, I was given a disclaimer. A way out, should I choose to take it. She explained to me that no one else would be given my results. They would not tell Jami. They would not tell my husband. They would never be released to anyone. But me.
“Brandi, are you ready?”
“Yes?… wait. No…. OK. Yes.”
……. We’re a Match!!!……..
Our blood types mixed perfectly and the cellular reactivity was 0. That means that there was not a negative reaction when our bloods mixed together and that her body will have no problems accepting my blood. They also tested tissue compatibility. Out of 6 tissues, we were a perfect match on 2. That might sound like a low number, but its actually really good considering we are not blood related. The most important number is the one for cellular reactivity.
So, once I knew the results I was given the option to tell Jami or to just leave it alone and walk away. I could tell her anything I wanted to. I could tell her that the bloodwork was lost in the mail or that I wasn’t a match. But I didn’t. I was excited to tell her. I wanted to share the news as soon as I heard but I had to wait until I told my husband and Jami and our very immediate family. It feels very freeing to have it out in the open now.
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. I have a lot more tests to come to make sure my body can handle the surgery and the loss of a kidney.
Jami, I feel blessed to have found such a great friend and I am honored to join this journey with you. Like I said on day 1… I’m all in.