Since the point of this blog is to share information and experiences about living donation, from time to time I’ll reprise some of my favorite posts from Chopped Liver, the blog I wrote while I was going through the experience of being a living liver donor in late 2005/early 2006. This particular entry, written about four months after our transplant surgery, seems particularly timely because I have talked to a few potential organ donors this week and last who are going in for their MRIs and CAT scans as part of their work-up process. I hope it helps them and any others who are going through work-up procedures. Warning: the entry includes graphic photos of yours truly’s insides. You can click here to read the original blog’s full archives from this particular anxious period in my journey.
Chopped and Unchopped: The naked before and after liver pictures
As promised, faithful Chopped Liver readers, below are the most naked pictures of me that you’ll ever find on the Internet: before and after MRI images! (Warning — they’re graphic — look away if you’re squeamish.) The before shots were taken on November 10, 2005, nine weeks before surgery. The after shots were taken on April 27, 2006, 14 weeks after surgery.
I haven’t been over these pictures with my doctor yet, but based on the amount of tissue I see with my untrained eye, it seems to me the volume is back to normal. The shape and position, meanwhile, are, well, off. The doc says that’s typical: “For the first few weeks it just dumps tissue as fast as it can,” he explained. “Then over the next three to twelve months, it re-shapes itself and moves back to where it belongs.”
What he didn’t know, of course, is that “where it belongs” is right here, on the Web. And in that case, here it is, ahead of schedule. Enjoy!