Drum roll: 3 months: Ralph Holmes: simply amazing to watch Tubby transform from struggling for each breath to breathing with ease! I'm not going to lie, it's been a rough road. Our family have gone above and beyond helping us. Had it not been for Tubby's donor I'm sure he wouldn't be with us today. Beyond grateful for the gift of life from his donor. The bumps in the road have kept us on our toes. Our new routine is getting easier! Slowly catching up on things that were not priorities. Robin Holmes, now professional driver! Has taken him to Boston for appointments and blood work allowing me to work. He's feeling good, trying to stay busy. He still has restrictions with lifting, pushing or pulling no more than 5 pounds. He's hoping to be able to drive soon. We are so fortunate to have the support from around the world. We are very grateful
Apr 27, 2017
Day 14: Ralph Holmes: it's hard to believe it's been 2 weeks today since Tubby got his gift of healthy lungs. We have had many ups and downs. We've found out we are stronger than we thought and other times when we fall apart and wonder where we'll get the strength to get back up. Staying positive every step of the way is challenging. I can't imagine not having my family and friends helping us along this journey. This morning he had his bronchoscopy and we are waiting on the results of the biopsy. The Doctor that did the bronchoscopy was one of the Doctors that saved Tubby's life at Beth Israel Hospital in January. Dr Kheir was one of the pulmonary interventists, we spent 6 weeks there and got to know him very well. He recognized Tubby right away, even called him Tubby! Dr Kheir and the other interventists at BI were a huge part of Tubby getting fast tracked into the transplant program at MGH. Today he slept most of the day due to the sedation he received during his bronch. Still with fluid overload and AFib. No walk today because of his high heart rate. Steroids are making his blood sugars high so picked up a glucometer and supplies at MGH pharmacy. Education with the pharmacist today. Tomorrow's going to be a better day.
Apr 20, 2017
Yesterday marked 1 week from Tubby's double lung transplant. It's hard to believe how quickly he got his new healthy lungs. We started the process at Massachusetts General Hospital in February 8th,...
Apr 12, 2017
Tubby got the call from Mass General Transplant team Tuesday April 11th, at 945 pm. It was a full moon and it was exactly 3 weeks from being listed for a double lung transplant. He went into...
Apr 08, 2017
Tubby is still an avid Patriots,Red Sox and Celtics fan! He and Valerie have their bags packed and are waiting for that call from Mass General Transplant Team for those precious lungs! His #1...
Mar 21, 2017
Valerie Roulo and I have exciting news. February 8, I started testing for a double lung transplant at Mass General Hospital. It has been a whirlwind of testing, blood work, more testing and going...