Tomorrow's the big biopsy day; I'm flying to Chicago tonight. I start my day tomorrow at 8 a.m., and after the requisite hours of waiting around doing nothing, the procedure will take about 20 minutes. They'll numb my torso, and then stick a needle in through my abdominal muscle and into the liver to take little pieces from throughout the organ. There's a decent description of the procedure here. I wish I knew how long it will take to get the results, but my family is optimistic that I'll be cleared. We still hope we could aim for a surgery date in early December.
On an only slightly related topic, does anyone else think it's unexpected that when you search for "liver biopsy" on Google Images, you get a headshot of Anthony Hopkins in addition to this informative graphic here?He looks marvelous. Must have had a great liver biopsy.
In January 2006 I successfully donated half my liver to my brother, Joe. This blog began in November 2005, when I was just a hopeful donor candidate, and continues today as a vehicle for sharing my experience and building community among past, current, and would-be live organ donors and transplant recipients. Thank you for stopping by. All content on this blog, including images and text unless otherwise cited, is copyright (c) 2005-2007, Becky Waller. All rights reserved.
In 2007 I founded the Greatest Gift Foundation, which provides information and support to living organ donors throughout their transplant experience. I'm in Minneapolis, when I'm not traveling the country meeting with transplant teams. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.