So Steve's doctors appointment went good today. He had a chest x-ray, echo, and biopsy done. The doctor said his heart looks great (he had her say it few more times just so he could hear it over and over). They made a few minor medication adjustments. There was fluid around his new heart and that has since resolved. He can drive short distances now, which he is excited about. He also is planning on starting cardiac rehab very soon! Praying for good results tomorrow regarding biopsy results.
Also hopefully the letter to the donor family will be mailed shortly. We can't meet them for at least a year, they may not even want to meet him. But we want to let them know how thankful we are for them, how much they are part of our lives, how much we think about them.
I know I keep saying this but this has been the greatest gift. It's been a hard road and this journey isn't over yet. Steve's chance at a new life is a complete blessing. Life is short and can all change in a blink of an eye.
Thank you again to everyone who has helped us during the past 42 days. Thank you for all the prayers. Thank you for all the random acts of kindness. In a world full of negativity there are some truly AMAZING people out there that we are lucky enough to call our family (blood related or not).
Aug 17, 2016
Steve received his new heart of 8/10/2016. He was transplant number 711 at Saint Luke's Hospital-Heart Institute. Steve had some complications right after transplant and had to be taken back to the OR 3 times. He also suffered significant blood loss and received many transfusions of blood and blood components.
Steve finally moved out of ICU late yesterday. He is doing much better. He has went on a few walks around the unit. Still in a lot of pain but all things considered he is doing amazing!!!!!
Best moment so far has been when the boys were finally able to see their dad and they were able to give each other hugs. Steve is the best dad, and with this new heart he has been given the opportunity to be even better!
Thank you for all the messages, phone calls, and texts. And I huge thanks you for all the prayers and love. This honestly was the best gift from God.
I also would like everyone to keep the donor family in their prayers as well. Because of their selfless act of kindness my husband is able to be my husband longer and a dad longer. He is going to make sure to take care of this new heart and make sure to give back to those who have supported him and prayed for him. I promise you he will life this new life to the fullest.
Aug 10, 2016
We got the call at 3:12 am this morning. They have found a donor heart for Steve. We are in pre-op now. I will try to post updates.
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