I wanted to let everyone know that I'm now home and doing very well. I wanted to share some pictures from my "trip". Here goes:
Here's a picture taken of Masud (the recipient), left, and his friend at the hospital right before surgery.
This picture is, from left to right, of me, Masud, and my aunt Carolyn right before surgery. Sorry, I wasn't allowed to wear make-up.
This picture is of, from left to right, me, Masud, my aunt Carolyn, and Sharmin (Masud's wife).
This picture was taken after they took Masud and I to the pro-op area. That is my aunt Carolyn, me, and Sharmin. You can see Masud over to the far right of the picture. We were all cracking up and making lots of jokes. It was great!
This was also taken in pre-op. It was seconds before they wheeled me out for surgery. I told them I wanted to walk, but they wouldn't let me, lol. Notice how puffy my face is? That's b/c they pumped me full of fluids before the surgery. It's supposed to help Masud somehow. I guess they need to see if it will produce urine. He looked so sick.
This picture was taken 2 days after surgery. I had been released the night before. Masud was released the next day.
Here's a picture of Masud and my aunt Carolyn the same day. Masud's color had gotten so much better.
This picture was taken a 5 days after surgery. We all got together with Masud's friends to have a thank-you/farewell party. There were over 30 people there. I was so touched. Everyone was super nice! In this picture you see Sharmin, my aunt, me and some friends. I don't remember everyone's name b/c there were so many people.
I was presented a plaque from the Bangladesh Association of Phoenix, Arizona thanking for for my gift. The plaque reads: "Dear Melissa Swanson, You have touched the heart of our community with the uniqe gift of life. You will be remembered forever with love and gratitude." I cried pretty soon after this picture was taken.