Tracey and I hadn’t seen each other since the wedding. That will be 28 years in July. She lives in California, but visits her elderly parents in Detroit often, so she planned a trip to Kalamazoo this time. It was good catching up with Tracey, who spent most of the day with me. She accompanied Esteban and me to basketball camp after she had picked me up from dialysis and we had lunch together. Between our shared medical problems, and Tracey’s medical experience, it was comforting to have conversations about organ transplants, and how to live your live in the specter of serious illness. I valued our friendship in college. I value it even more now.
Katie and Jessie came over to hang out with Imani and Joy this month. There was a lot of singing. They played karaoke, as well as various instruments. Our living room is a full music room now, and that’s very appealing to anyone interested. I saw Katie on the keys and Jessie on the drums. There was lots of laughing and harmony.
Joy and I toured Hillsdale college with our friends the Furtaws. Joy and Kate have been in class together since 7th grade, and Cori will be their challenge 4 tutor next year. This college is tucked away in the farmland of southern Michigan, east of us. While its students and alumni complain of its location, I thought it was peaceful and charming. Joy is not sure what she wants to do after she graduates. She’s not sure of what she would study if she went to college. She is glad to have the free backpack she got from the tour, and would maybe even welcome another tour, during the fall. She’s not ready to decide on college just yet.
In my quest to make the kidney transplant list, I had a stress-test for my heart. This was a fasting, early morning appointment in Ann Arbor, 2 hours from our home. It all went smoothly, and the results would be revealed later. This appointment was followed by an oncology appointment, where I had 20 vials of blood drawn, trying to determine my fitness for a transplant. All is well on the oncology front. More details to come…