November 19, 2020 – Kaiser Appointment

Today was the first meeting for switching care teams. I arrived at the Santa Clara Kaiser hospital just in time for my appointment.

I was nervous. I think anyone would be nervous in my situation. When switching care teams from which you had a major life event in to another provider, it’s a nerve wrecking situation.

I also think it ties into something bigger than just care teams. I feel as if I’m leaving a part of my childhood behind at Lucile Packard; I had my transplant, stayed for 3 months, and released my cookbook there. Now that I’m growing up, I’ll have to find my own way in life and build my own future.

I met everyone. Lena was amazing. She is so fun to talk to and I’m lucky she’s so kind to me. Lena said she oversaw everything even when I was at Lucile Packard.

Sharlene was also fantastic. Sharlene is my doctor and she was so thorough with labs, check-ups, and my overall well-being. What a strong group of women!

I have to say, I really love how they understand that even though I’m an adult, I’m still a teenager and have to do teenager stuff. I’m responsible for my age, but I still spend countless hours on YouTube and waste my money on boba. I can’t be perfect all the time and I’m glad they acknowledge that.

I’m in good hands. I’ll be a little sad for a while, but I’ll get over it in a month; I can honestly see myself growing up with Kaiser.