Hi, Baba. I really love Mayo myself. They are very caring and respectful, as well as excellent. Are you going to be evaluated for transplant there? I notice in one of your posts you had asked how you could lower bilirubin. That would be something to ask them. In my surgeries there, they have been very good about explaining everything. So I really can't think of anything to ask. So much is based on how you do as an individual. The MELD score is used for the transplant list. The higher the MELD, the higher you will be on the list. It is found by combining the numbers of your bilirubin, creatinine, and INR. If you are getting dialysis, that increases the score. There are a couple of other criteria for increasing the score, also.
When is your appt.? I wish you all the best with it. Let us know what you find out.
Baba, thanks for the good wishes, but I've already had bilateral hip replacements and 2 revisions on the left. Now I need a revision on the rt. one. The last revision was done by a Mayo orthopedic surgeon, who did a marvelous job...so he will also do the rt. revision, God willing. It is dislocating on me every day, so it has to be done, but probably not until the end of Aug.
I'm sorry you are not a transplant candidate. What are you being admitted for on Aug. 17th? You have a lot more nerve than I do, going skydiving! That's one thing I have no desire to ever try, although I did enjoy parasailing in the Bahamas about 14 yrs. ago.
Thanks, Rick, and the tape recorder is a good suggestion.
Baba, I will be at Mayo Jacksonville (FL.) It's only about 15 min. from where I now live, and after I move (hopefully early Aug.), I will be even closer. After the next revision, I should be good until I die, as far as my hips.