Since the transplant, Scott has had a backache and has a hard time finding a comfortable position to sleep. Earlier this week, he had an X-Ray of his back. It turned out he has a ruptured vertebrae in the middle of his spine and also another one on the lower spine. He went to the hospital today (Sept 22) and had a MRI to determine what needs to be done to correct or at least treat. He will have to go to a specialist to get this taken care of. He had a Bronchoscopy to check out how his lungs are doing yesterday, and the lungs are doing good. Otherwise it is baby steps, and taken one day at a time. Thanks for your support.
Aug 03, 2017
Scott was diagnosed with COPD/Emphysema in October 2013 when we took him to Emergency, unable to breathe. He was admitted and stayed for 3 days. The Drs sent him home with an oxygen condendenser and two refillable tanks. We made an appointment with a pulmonary specialist, and we received the diagnosis, "I'm sorry Mr Oman, there is nothing I can do for you, the horse is already out of the barn!!!"
Scott started regular visits with a different specialist, and she referred him to have a lung transplant. As can be imagined, Scott was extremely apprehensive about having that kind of surgery, "What if... my body rejects the transplant? I can't just go get another one off the shelf."
After much going back and forth on the decision, Scott decided to go to the University Hospital and talk to the "Transplant team" to find out if he was a canidate to be placed on the transplant list. After talking to and getting information we decided to go into the program and give 110% to pass the battery of tests and going to rehab.. After passing most of the tests the team discovered a spot on his left lung and the rest of the testing was put on hold and Scott was scheduled for a biopsy to determine what the spot was---Well, a one night stay in the hospital turned into a ten day stay. Because of the procedure, trauma, and anxiety it caused him, Scott stopped breathing and was unresponsive in the early morning of the next day. He was revived and woke up to a breathing tube inserted and his hands tied down so he would not pull it out. He was in the hospital for ten days, at least 5 of those in ICU. GOOD NEWS THOUGH, THE BIOPSY WAS NEGATIVE FOR CANCER!!!
Scott resumed his tests despite the fear and apprehension of another surgery. After passing the rest of his tests, he was put on the transplant list. Two weeks later, he got the call and received a bi-lateral lung transplant on July 5, 2017. He received two heathy lungs and is at home and recovering nicely.
Scott was sent home with a grocery sack full of his meds that he has to take.
Between the two hospital stays, cost of a bi-lateral transplant, meds for the rest of his life, the bill is going to be hefty to say the least.
Please donate what you can, no amount is too small. God Bless