Most of you don’t know me.
Even those that have been around for years.
March 31, 2021
First, I need to apologize that I haven’t kept everyone as updated as I can. Recovery from the actual transplant was a little rough in the beginning, I spent a lot of time sleeping and being in pain. It was very tiring just being awake. Then slowly, it started to get a little more tolerable day by day.
Unfortunately, I had a few minor setbacks (comparatively speaking): a partially collapsed lung, a leak in the duct between my body and my new liver, one duct was dilated, and there was a narrowing of one of the ducts.
I needed to get the fluid drained from the space around my lung, a stent placed in the one duct (thankfully, this took care of the leak, the narrowing, AND the dilated duct), and a drain put in my abdomen. This not only pulled the backed up fluid from my liver, but also left an opening for when the Drs need to go back in to remove the stent.
In the meantime, I was admitted back into the hospital, because then I developed an infection around the drain site.
It has been a roller coaster dealing with everything this last year, and some days all I want to do is lay in bed and cry. But, I know that won’t help or change anything. So, I’ve tried to stay as positive as possible, which is so much easier with the continued good wishes, prayers, positive thoughts, generosity, support, and love I get from all of you. Again, I appreciate it to no end, and I would not have gotten through all I have already, if it wasn’t for you!
And on that note, I am truly sorry that I have not kept up on the thank you cards, but I WILL continue to write them all, no matter how long it takes!
January 24, 2021
Hi everyone! Just wanted to give you an update after my transplant. But first, I want to say thanks to my living donor. I never would have survived without her. I know I will never be able to repay her in any suitable way. She is truly a miracle, my angel, and my hero all in one! Next, I’d like to thank everyone for the outputting and overwhelming amount of support, prayers, good thoughts, and generosity. I couldn’t do it without you either! (Ok, this is starting to sound an awful lot like an acceptance speech…)
So, after 54 staples, 15 HR surgery, 2 drains, my liver transplant – priceless. There’s no amount of words or emotions that adequately address either, or the steadiness if the surgeons hands, the tireless teams working with each of us. All I can say is thank you and thank God. I am determined to pay it forward after recovery. And until then, comes the hard part. Pushing myself harder than I have ever. I will be sore, I’ll want to quit, but I won’t. That’s the only way I can give back right now…