New changes this year for me. I have gone back to work as a shift supervisor instead of a manager. My doctors feel that 40 hours a week is too much for a transplant patient and management would be even more. It is a considerable loss of income but I do make tips to help Make up for it. My husband and I have agreed to a separation but are, for financial reasons staying roommates for now. This really isn’t uncommon in our age group or for transplant patients as they become less dependent on their spouse. This does raise some financial concerns for me as far as paying the deductibles on my medical expenses but I have learned to not spend a lot of money and I have lived on my own before. I trust that God will provide for me. Aside from the stent problems I am doing really well. I try to work out 3-4 days a week at the club To keep my muscles toned and keep my sanity. I actually love being on my own except when it comes to having to get around. I think that this year I will learn how to drive so I can become more independent, although I have been getting around pretty well with the bus and Lyft and I don’t know If I want the expense of a car. I do want to thank everyone who has supported me both financially and with prayers. I truly could not do this without you. God Bless
May 25, 2017
Well it has been 14 months since my transplant and I think I am finally on the right track. I was going into the hospital for about 4 days every month for a while there and even spent Thanksgiving having gall bladder surgery, no turkey dinner for me. I did reach my goals of watching my boys graduate one from high school and one from college. I have returned to work very part time 14 months later, my personal goal was to return in 6 months but that didn't happen. The last one of my goals to achieve will be in July when my oldest son gets married.
I am so thankful that my doctors have been able to handle every complication that comes up Including a stent that fractured and started moving to the tissue that will not firm up so they can remove it. I have almost accepted that I will have the stent for the rest of my life and that they will have to check it every 3-6 months. This involves going back under anesthesia so they can go into my lungs through a breathing tube. Aside from it being costly, it keeps me in Minnesota as my doctor is the one that knows all the complications with my airway. Not that I mind Minnesota I just wish that it was warmer and closer to my family. Thankfully we have a new family out her.
I don't know if I will ever return to full time work but I am enjoying being back and doing what I can. I am also looking forward to doing some camping and hopefully some hiking on those camp outs. It is so nice to be able to breathe again.
Oct 04, 2016
it has been almost 7 months since my lung transplant. As some of you know I started off recovery being an all star patient I was able to go to both of my son's graduations which were 2 major goals...
Apr 21, 2016
Hi every one, I am 7 weeks in on my lung transplant and I have never been able to breathe better, even when I was playing sports. I have accomplished my first goal of being able to go out of town...
Apr 01, 2016
I have now been home 3 weeks and am doing really well. I am getting around and even able to do some cooking. This is good because. It helps bring my muscles back without feeling like I am...
Mar 09, 2016
The lung transplant was done on Feb 26th not March 26th. I just did 15 minutes on level 2 on the new wave stepper, which I would have never been able to do before. Lungs are feeling good
Mar 08, 2016
9 days into my new lungs, and we are so grateful for everyone's support, I was transplanted March 26th at 7:00am and except for some kidney issues I have been doing very well. Thank you to every...
Feb 25, 2016
Thank you to everyone who came to the Fundraiser. Your continued support means so much to me.
Jan 27, 2016
I had a doctor's visit on the 21st of January, the doctor said that my name had come up a couple of times when they have had lungs, but they were not good enough for me. Good news is I am very...