It has been a month since I’ve been discharged from the hospital after my bi-lateral lung transplant. Since then, I have been home in Valencia, getting plenty of rest but also doing things in and around the house that will help me get back into the swing of things. Although I am still on disability, I have started looking at getting back into the workforce.
While at home, I perform the duties of Mr. Mom; making sure the kids get up in the morning, get themselves ready for school and prepare their breakfast (sometimes). I’m also the morning carpool driver for them and several neighborhood kids. All of this keeps me active which is what the doctors want to see from me. However, I am still dealing with a poor appetite and my doctors attribute this to the number of meds I’m currently taking. But every day is a little bit better than the previous and I’m optimistic that one day soon, this too will pass and I will start grubbing down for breakfast lunch and dinner…and some snacks in between.
Tests results from my latest visit to the UCLA clinic improved for both my blood work & my pulmonary function test. If fact, my doctors have reduced my medication from 28 different meds to 17. And my lung capacity has improved from 21% to 85%. For so long, I’ve been living with a capacity no greater than 60% and now being above normal capacity (80%) is a blessing and feeling I will do everything in my power to maintain. Having a wonderful support group in my family and friends, and continuing to work on my faith with God, I have no doubt I will achieve this level for many years to come.
Thanks for listening, Dominic
Jul 28, 2015
The natural closing of the hole in my lung did not occur so the doctors tried two different procedures. The first was a plasma procedure that was intended to promote a blood clot and close the hole. This procedure did not work so the next step was to perform a procedure called pleuraldesis. Although this procedure was successful in closing the hole, it did not come without complications.
It got to a point where I had to be placed back into the ICU. Doctors were concerned that I had come down with a condition where toxins in the body create a full-body inflammatory response. I had extreme pain surrounding my lung, a fever, nausea, vomiting and zero appetite.
It took me five days to recover from the pleuraldesis procedure, so much time had gone by since the day of my transplant. But after spending an additional week at UCLA, I am glad to say that I have been discharged after spending one month and a day in the hospital.
Jul 09, 2015
Although all other signs call for discharge, the fact that the pleural space (scape between the chest cavity and the lung) is still leaking is reason to keep me admitted here at UCLA through this...
Jul 06, 2015
First 10 of my lung transplant - Day 1: Surgery a success. Waking up in my ICU room, trying to remember how to breathe correctly. Day 2: Still in ICU, taking meds, meds, & more meds. Pain on my...
Jul 01, 2015
Thank you for all your donations. As many of you already know, Dominic received his new lungs last Friday, June 26th. He is doing well and on the road to recovery. He can breathe again without...
Jun 26, 2015
Got the call this morning. Waiting to be transplanted. Keep him in your prayers. Lesvia
Jun 10, 2015
My transplant coordinator called me today to tell me that I have been listed on the lung transplant list. I am #1 in my category of average height & average weight. I could be called to go in any...
Jun 09, 2015
After waiting two weeks for word on making the transplant list, I was told yesterday by my coordinator that I needed two more tests before I can be listed. So this morning, me and the rest of the...
Jun 07, 2015
I am still waiting for official word that I have been placed on the lung transplant list. It has been almost two weeks ago that I was accepted as a transplant candidate by UCLA on May 26. The step...
Jun 02, 2015
Today's PFT results were the same as Aprils which, at the very least, tells us that I'm am stable for now. FVC measured 28%. Normal >= 80%.
Jun 01, 2015
Going to see the doctors today at UCLA. I'll do another pulmonary function test (PFT) and then follow up with Dr. Johannes and Dr. Lynch. My wife Lesvia will be there by my side as always. She's...
May 31, 2015
My in-laws and nieces visited me yesterday. They cleared out a room to begin the prep stages of converting it to my recovery room while I'm home after the transplant. Next step...painting.
May 28, 2015
Got the all-clear from the dentist. No cavities!!!
May 28, 2015
Going to the dentist today to get clearance for my lung transplant surgery. Hopefully they won't find any cavities.