Frank is fine, but unfortunately, due to the donor organ situation, his transplant was canceled once again. How frustrating this must be.
Here's Frank's email to me:
Thanks for your thoughts and prayers, but it was another dry run
similar to last August's when the pancreas turned out to be damaged
and the transplant canceled at the door of the OR. It didn't get
quite that far this time. Just as they were beginning to prep me in
my room (not yet down to the pre-op area) and had given me some
initial anti-rejection drugs, my surgeon cane in to tell me of another
Most kidney-pancreas transplants involve a multiple-organ donor. That
was the case here with liver, lung, pancreas, and kidneys involved at
least. Apparently they found a circulation problem as they began
harvesting and had to sacrifice a perfect pancreas to save the liver
for which there was a recipient waiting on the same floor of Methodist
as I. Ergo, out came the IV and out went I back to the top of the
list. Unfortunately, the blood Type As have not been available lately.
It is a major disappointment, but then that's what Type 1 is all
about. You have to take a lot of punches and keep getting back up to
fight the disease another day with thanks just for the ability to
bounce back off the mat.
Thanks again for being a friend and thinking of me. I'll just act
like a Dodger and "wait for the next chance (hopefully before next
I'm going to put a note on Juvenation later this p.m.