On March 11, 2014 I got the call of a lifetime. A healthy young man who had decided one day long ago to become an organ donor, met his untimely death. With his final breath, he gave me life with a gently used, healthy liver. He gave my four children (two with special needs) their mother back, and my super hero husband, his wife for life!
My recovery is going well. It is a long road, but I am on it. I walk more and more every day. This will be a life long journey of medical interventions and daily handfuls of medication. I am completely immune suppressed. So, going anywhere, or being around other people is a nonnegotiable. My children shower and disinfect before coming in to say hello to mommy. Best case scenario will be in June, 3 months post-surgery, I will be able to drive a little and be one on one with people outside of my house. Things like the grocery store, Church, schools, or big office settings will be 6 months with a mask to one year mask free. All together a timeframe of 2-3 years of my life being flipped upside down. How did this all happen?
May 27, 2014
70 days post transplant and kickin it! Feeling good and strong!
May 8, 2014
Well, I had my six week checkup with my surgeons. It’s taken me over a week to get this written, for some reason. All is going well. All my medications are still the same. In fact, my main immuno suppressant, prograf has increased. I had a good immune system which makes that the case. I hope to be able to go back to work a little sometime in June. I can hardly wait. We still have to be so careful about germs. We need to buy stock in hand sanitizer. We buy it 2 gallons at a time! I am eating out if there is a patio and I Lysol wipe the area, & I have gone into a store or two, but have others touch things for me.
I do get to come off of some of my insulin, which means that the fact that I am diabetic will likely be short-term. So, I am looking forward to that. I’ve started physical therapy to strengthen my back without harming my abdomen. I am still exercising with walking. I can walk about 3.5-miles at a time. I am active for four hours before I need to take a big break. In a whole day, if I break it up a bit, I can be up & about for a total of about 8hrs. I am now able to be without a companion & can drive a little!
We had a fabulous Easter. Jim and I renewed our vows (pic attached). Our girls were recieved fully into the church, and our families came to see it all. I was only able to be at the vow renewal (dang germs!), but was so happy it was a great celebration.
I am so thankful to my Mom, Jim’s Mom & Bill for uprooting their lives for weeks and weeks for me and for our family. I know that I thank Jim a lot too, but seriously…he honestly and truly amazes me. Taking care of the kids, basically alone, for 6+ months before transplant. Oh ya, and took care of me! Then, just stepped it up, over the last 7 weeks.
I think we are both excited that I am more and more like ‘me’ every day. We are headed in the right direction and see a light at the end of the tunnel. My whole families life has been on hold for almost two years. I can’t wait to make it up to the kids and Jim, by being able to bike and run, and play. No more cancelled activities! That is what motivates me.
Thank you for the continued meal support (takethemameal.com). I have started to cook a couple times a week, so please know that the meals you are providing are so helpful, and REALLY make a big big difference to our family. Also, a huge thank you to my co-worker Teresa (& several other co-workers) who planned and carried out, and incredibly successful, silent auction to benefit my non-profit (https://m.helphopelive.org/campaign/4439) during an annual party for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Green.
Lastly, the national Transplant Games, happen to be in Houston this summer. I am not eligible to participate as a competitor…yet! In 2016 in Cleveland I will be kicking booty! However, there is a 5k in Houston on July 12th (http://www.transplantgamesofamerica.org/public5K.html) that is open to transplant recipients, living donors, family and friends. I will be doing that 5k with my family and would love it if you’d join us. I’m thinking of trying to come up with a team name! Please consider running/walking with us. It would be so fun. Let me know. Thank you for all the continued support. Although we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel, this is a marathon fight, and we have just begun! Love and hugs to you all!
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April 1, 2014
Tracy, I am so glad to hear the good news. Your and your sweet family continue to be in our prayers.
Erin van Staveren
April 2, 2014
Just read your blog. God bless you Tracy. How fortunate to get the liver so soon. I look forward to yur posts and will kep you in our prayers and thoughts. I know being surrounded by so much love really helps.
March 17, 2014
We are sending love and prayers...Aunt Shirley and Jeannie
March 17, 2014
Thinking of you and your family, prayers to you all.