Help Tom get his second wind – a lung transplant!
Three years ago Tom was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. Although some do not believe this illness is hereditary, he has lost his father and a brother to this same disease. Tom has been told that his only chance at a healthy life is to have a lung transplant — he is now on the active lung transplant list at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Tom awaits the call that could give him his independent way of life back.
August 22, 2016
It has been a month since the lung transplant amd I’m improving a little each day. I had a big hump on my back that was filled with blood and from which pain radiated to my fingertips on my right hand. Last week they did my second bronchoscopy and then drained the blood. I can’t say relief was immediate but it was a great help in managing the pain.
I am now able to walk on the treadmill using 3 LPM of supplemental oxygen as opposed to using 20 LPM before the surgery. Of course the ultimate goal is no supplemental oxygen at rest and minimal or none during activity.
I am also happy to report that as of today I will only have blood tests once a week instead of 2-3 times a week and Doctors’ appointments, xrays, and Pulmonary Function Tests every other week instead of weekly. Slow but steady progression works for me.
I want to thank everyone! Your prayers, thoughts and kind words has greatly lifted my spirits and allows me to keep pushing myself to better health. Thank you.
August 1, 2016
Getting excited. Hope to be released by noon after 16 days.