Got Lungs! : ) Thank you Lord! And a Super Collosal HUGE THANK YOU to the donor, whoever you are for your selfless choice of being registered as an Organ And Tissue Donor. You have blessed me and my family abundantly. The Lord Jesus gave me a second chance at life and now you have given me a third chance. I pray that I get to meet you in Heaven!!!! On 16 Nov 11 at 9:30 p.m. several of us were singing praises to God in the sanctuary after bible study which we have never done before. exactly 12 hours later I got the call from the Cleveland Clinic saying I need to get up there ASAP because its time....... Sugery was scheduled for 5:30 p.m on Friday 17 Nov 11...... Tina came home from work and threw some stuff in the car and headed north. I wasnt to eat or drink anything nor had I since the night before. We expected a welcome comittee when we got there but with the hustle and bustle there, no one was there to greet us even though we were on the phone with them almost continually as we got closer. So we asked where to go and started getting pointed to the right places. Finally Tina and I walked into the Lung Transplant ICU with my O2 on 15 liters/min and said, "we made it". They asked if I had to use the potty so I did. They put me in a bed and proceeded to stab me several times with artery iv's and vein iv's. The fellows who were trying to start my arterial iv struggled and struggled and it hurt so much. I think it was his first time.... Lots of prep work and then into the Operating Room. The Anesthiologist had to re-do the atery iv. They stretched me out like Jesus on the cross but i was laying down. There was a team there of about 8 people who discussed what they were going to do, like a little meeting which was chaired by the main Surgeon. The anesthiologists assistant held this little green rubber mask over my nose and told me goodnight ............... I missed a couple days there and started conciously waking up and remembering where I was. In the ICU about Saturday night and Sunday. There were lots of struggles to get out of the icu and I was so hungry and dieing of thirst. All I got for the longest time was a morsel of a tiny ice cube about 9mmx9mmx9mm in side every what seemed like hour or two. All my kids and family came up and were there. Now after talking to everyone and putting things together, I remember a little more and more of post surgery. Thank you everyone for the thoughts and prayers for me and my family. I truly love you all! love, bill http://http://
Aug 14, 2011
Fundraising Event /Pizza - August 29th Pizza Night at the Big Cheese....more details coming soon!