On February 5, 2017 Jamie had a double lung transplant at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago. This has been a long time coming as in early 2014 he was diagnosed with Chronic Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis, an aggressive interstitial lung disease. This disease causes inflammation in the lungs that in turn develops into pulmonary fibrosis (scaring of the lung tissue).
Though he tried every traditional and alternative medical treatment available, his lung function has continued to decline rapidly. Eventually, Jamie has needed to use supplemental oxygen 24/7 and has no longer been able to work. At the time of his transplant his lung function was under 16% capacity; which his doctors said was an indicator not only of the severity of his disease, but also a testament to his strength as they have never seen a patient with such poor lung function not in a coma. That said, his only hope for survival was a double lung transplant. This procedure is one of the longest, most dangerous, and complicated surgeries that one can undergo, however, so far Jamie is thriving. He has a long road ahead of him with at least several weeks of inpatient care, several months of 24 hour care, and at least a year before he can start working again.
February 6, 2020
Birthday number 3 was yesterday, feeling good, doing good. Had to deal with a bit of pneumonia at the start of the year, yet my compromised immune system was still able to fight it off, eventually. Cheers to a happy and healthy 2020, and 3rd year as a double lung transplant survivor.
October 13, 2017
So it’s been a long time, here’s a little update. Just did my 8 month check up, x ray, lung biopsy, pulmonary function test, ect. and everything is heading in the right direction still. No infection or rejection, just some pain issues. But the contrast of the new to the old chest x ray really stood out to me. On the right side is my old lungs xrayed and you can see all the white scarring. That is all fibrosis that had lowered my lung capacity down to 14%. I should of been in a coma my doctors said. On the left are my all clear / black outlined new lungs. Doctor says they look perfect, that’s what you want. All black, no white. What a difference, I was in really bad shape!
October 2017 x ray comparison
Left Side; Current new lung x ray = perfect, you want all black, white spot in the middle is the heart. Right side = old lungs, all the white is fibrosis, it’s so bad you can see my esophagus kinked sideways. How the hell did I breath or swallow at all!?!
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April 15, 2017
I drove by your old house in Perry the other day so I figured i'd look you up.. I stumbled on this sight.. I just want you to know that you are the strongest person I've ever known.. Hands Down.. I'm hoping for a fast, healthy revovery.. You got this brother.. Love ya man
March 2, 2017
well Jamie, you got me beat by 10" - the family record for incision length now passes to you!! We're so glad to hear that you're doing really well & send our best wishes for your continuing recovery.
Aunt Sue & Uncle Jim
March 1, 2017
I'm so glad to hear of your great progress. Keep on truck'in Jamie! I just know this is going to work out well for you.Love,
February 28, 2017
Get well soon, Jamie. I look forward to seeing you up and around. You are always in my prayers.