We're all just about still standing here. Niall and Rory are both very stable. Rory is still in ICU which is to be expected after all he has been through. Niall is bonding well with his morphine pump and looking great after his ordeal.
They both went to theatre round noon with the kidney going into Rory shortly after 5pm. It had been rushed through Dublin traffic at breakneck speed from Beaumont hospital nearby.
We had an emotional meeting with the transplant team at 7.30pm when they assured us that all had gone well. Now all we had to do was wait for the urine to start to flow. Rory's bladder had to be bypassed, it's not quite ready to be plumbed in yet, he has an interesting bag on his abdomen to collect the urine. There was an anxious hour in ICU as we waited to see the golden liquid flow into the bag. I couldn't bear to look! Mags took matters into her own hands, massaging his kidney points until miraculously it started to flow, and flow!
Almost 2 litres in less than 24hrs! Not bad for a learner!!
It was the longest day of my life, truely hellish. Fortunately I was supported by an incredible team of people. Auntie Mags played a blinder with tissues and tea on tap. It seemed that the entire staff of Temple St hospital held their breath for the 7 long hours of surgery with many of them not wanting to go home after their shifts until there was news. It has been truely humbling to be around these people, their skill at their jobs is second to none but their humanity has left us lost for words. This is one area of our health service where nothing short of excellence is tolerated.
The messages of good will are a huge help - sorry if I don't always reply, I'm not often fit to talk or text, thank you all so much for your support it is invaluable.