Chopped Liver – This Old Liver Of Mine

An update for you peeps.

Today is Feb 9th.

The magic day. The second anniversary of my new liver.

Two years!

My latest appointment with the doc was a few weeks ago. He looked at my blood results and stated matter-of-fact that my results are “normal”.

He looked up at me and said “You can’t get better than normal”.

So that’s it. I have a normal liver.

And for that I am most grateful.

And I feel good too. Never felt better.

I’ll repeat that.

Never felt better.

Hope you all are too.

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14 Comments on “Chopped Liver – This Old Liver Of Mine”

  1. maria de witte Says:

    Great to hear that.Now we can meet at the transplant games this year in Sheffield. 15-18th August. We are usually only 2 from the liver department. “Too much effort ” is what I heard last time in the transplant clinic from transplanted patients who are extremely well. I hope you can make it this year and celebrate our much improved life and do some effort to thank our donor. The donor families are there to support us, recipients. The kindest act I have ever seen in my life.

  2. Fiona Says:

    Great news. I started ‘blogging’ about my liver about the same time as you. Still here. As yet, fingers crossed, still cancer free. But just back from a week in hospital (rushed in as an emergency when ALT suddenly spiked to the upper 600’s! Never been higher than mid 80’s before. even pre-surgery for HCC). It’s not definite yet, still waiting for biopsy result, but seems I am dealing with autoimmune hepatitis AIH on top of the Hep B and cancer. It never quite goes away does it, the thought, and the fact, that things can go pear shaped again all of a sudden. Optimistic I’ll get on top of this one too, and so glad to hear you feel better than ever.

  3. Mark W Says:

    Great to hear this news:) I hope that the results will continue normal as they have been for many more anniversaries yet to come!

  4. andrea rappoport Says:

    What fantastic news. Lucky we live in this day and age. What are you doing work wise these days? How about a visit to Fortune? We are now 60 strong. All the best

  5. Graham Pyle Says:

    2nd birthday eh? When’s the party?


  6. Awesome! I just passed 9 months with my new liver.

  7. Kitta Says:

    Congrats!!

    We’re only starting down that road now with my niece and hope we get there sooner rather than later!

    • davidkallin Says:

      Hi Kitta – thanks for posting. I wish your niece well. The waiting time can be difficult – do read my pages as I was on the list for 11 months so I cover some of the ups and downs (and irrelevancies). Every situation is different I know, but if I can help do feel free to ask.

      • Kitta Says:

        Thank you very much.

        Chloé’s been on the list since Aug 2012, but we don’t have that many registered organ donors in South Africa.

        The organisation said the chance that she’ll get a liver from a donor is very small, that’s why they’ve decided to do the LDLT before she gets too sick.

        That being said, the hospital did receive a donor liver on Friday and split it to help two patients on the list.

        Good luck to you!

      • maria de witte Says:

        So happy Kitta that SA organizes the world transplant games in July in Durban The UK is coming with a large team and due to the large publicity it will have, many more SA people will register as a donor in July. I used to live in SA and I will ask my friends to register, if they didn’t do yet. (most of them will donate after seeing me doing so well). I always attend the transplant games as I know that it helps to increase awareness for organ donation.here in the UK did we have 150.000 extra people who signed up in 1 WE due to a 1 hour tv stunt. Also this WE was there large coverage about an invention that the liver can now be preserved for longer and assessed before transplanted. Something that will of course also come to SA and will also give a boost for people who wait for a transplant. Especially as innSA the distances are huge to transport a liver. Wishing that your niece will soon have her liver.

      • Kitta Says:

        WOW!! That’s amazing!

        Thank you for sharing. Every extra registered donor will help!

  8. Vickie Says:

    Hi David,
    Glad to hear it is your two year anniversary. I wrote once before and started a blog but didn’t continue as everything was still so very vague on exactly what was wrong with me and I didn’t quite know what to say. However, I am back in NZ a year now and my proff told me when I got back that the reason I was in pain everyday for the last 17 years was due to overgrowth of bacteria in the Roux en y loop which is attached to my liver. I’ve had a pretty awful time this last year both with family and the doctors which ended with finding out why I have had such poor treatment in this country re my pain. The specialist I had where I live did not belive I was that ill and my G.P practice were misinterpreting the 2001 community care health system that you will be getting in the Uk. I was continually told i could not go to A&E as I would be sent home and even when I came back having gone to hospital many times in the Uk, I was told I should try not to go to Hospital as Nz cannot afford chronic patients!!! This is not true , if your very ill the hospitals can and should be treating you–its just the diabetics and various heart conditions, asthma where they try to train people to manage their disease better to cut down on hospital visits but that isn’t always going to apply to all cases.
    My assessment for a liver transplant was messed up by an incorrect report from the specialist , so when I got to Auckland Liver Transplant centre I had an upset Proff thinking I had not been telling him the truth! It got worse from there as I made the mistake of putting in writing that I was going to change my specialist so at one point I was blocked from getting into hospital as I had no doctor and no plan!!! They were lucky I was in an ok state of mind because it could have ended quite badly.
    I have my second chance at getting on the transplant list on the 19th April when the team from Auckland come to my hospital. They come down twice a year apparantly.
    I will start a blog again now that there is some hope again.
    When he does the transplant it will be joined straight to the duodenum without the loop of bowel that most people have. He said the hepatic ducts need to be wide enough so if food gets up into the liver it can easily get out again otherwise it would cause infection.

    Glad things are going so well for you.

    • davidkallin Says:

      Hi, so sorry you’ve had such a tough of it. Hopefully, you’ll receive more positive news when the liver team visit and good luck with that. It’s a good idea to continue with your blog – it’s just another way of releasing your inner thoughts and who knows, you might pick up an interested observer with constructive ideas. Try to keep positive – that’s sometimes the difficult part, but it does help.


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