Hello! I am being scolded on not giving an update on Mark's condition! Well, we continue to drive up to Philadelphia every week for tests and doctor's appts. Mark is progressing well; physically, he feels good but a little tired during the days, which is normal. He is sleeping right now, allowing some time for this message! On this last visit, we found out he has type 2 diabetes, caused by the anti-rejection meds that he must stay on. So with him taking 10 pills a day, doing 2 nebulizer treatments twice a day, now we add 3 insulin tests and 4 insulin shots to his daily schedule. It is very exhausting for both of us, but a small price to pay for a good recovery! We drive back to Philly on Monday, the 13th; he has the one month broncoscopy on Valentine's Day, which is standard procedure for transplants, and then stay overnight at Gift of Life House,going home on Wednesday. I hope the weather holds out. With the weekly visits to Philly and the Monday Morning bloodwork trips to Lebanon, we are Very Busy! We have asked people not to visit us yet, because we need some time to de-stress and we don't want Mark to get sickness during this flu season. Depending on the results of the bronc, we are hoping the vsists to temple will be once every 2 weeks. Please continue to pray for us for a good outcome and also the strength to keep moving forward. thank you for your support! Maryann and Mark Krammes
Jan 10, 2017
Well, we finally got the call on Sunday, Jan 8th at 11 am. We were ready! We started on the trip to Phila, and arrived at Temple University Hospital around 1:15 pm. They took him to surgery at 3 pm, and it was finished by 9 pm. He received a right lung and they fixed his diaphragm also. They took out his ventilation tube the next day, and he has started eating solid foods on the 2nd day after transplant, after he passed his swallow test. He also walked to the nurses station and back today. Everyone is very pleased with how well things are going. This attests to the power of prayer and well wishes from people like you who have supported us through out this whole process. Thank you. Maryann Krammes
Jun 22, 2016
We had a bit of a scare a couple of weeks ago. The physicians at Temple called to say that they noticed an irregularity in Mark's right diaphragm. It is 1/2 the size of his left one. The diaphragms...
May 26, 2016
Yesterday I completed my 9 weeks of pulmonary rehab and now it's up to me to continue an exercise program at home to keep myself healthy while waiting for my transplant call from Temple University...
Mar 21, 2016
Mark will be starting pulmonary rehab this next week. These are exercises designed to strengthen the heart and the lungs for the transplant procedure. As his schedule with different medical...
Mar 21, 2016
I'd like to say "Thank You" to Miller Brothers Constr., Inc. of Schuylkill Haven, PA, several classmates from the Pine Grove High School class of 1971 and the Williamson Trade School class of 7W4,...
Jan 30, 2016
I would also like to thank the following businesses for their generous contributions to my fund raising campaign: Wehr's Auto Service, Pottsville, PA Bill MIller, Ebinger Iron Works, Schuylkill...
Jan 18, 2016
We want to Thank everyone who has donated to our campaign... And to mention, in particular, Mark's fellow co-workers at Alfred Benesch Engineering, who have been more than supportive. The employees...