15 Years Ago Today, May 24, 2007

Today was the busiest day of all!

There was a decision made to potentially release me tomorrow, so there was much to be accomplished today. I was still on IV Heparin for the blood clot, so I had to learn to give myself two Lovenox injections in the stomach each day … “fun times”. I had x-rays, ultrasounds, I met 2 more heart recipient volunteers, I had a nutrition class, physical and occupational therapy, and the leads (wires) to my new heart were removed. And of course, all of the normal blood tests. I’m sure there was more as well.

The nurses and my family assured me that I was ready to go home ……. but I wasn’t sure if I was actually ready to go home. I felt safe in the hospital.

I also got my 3rd roommate, Sandwich Man was finally discharged and the poor chap that replaced him as my roommate had been flown to Cleveland Clinic apparently in need of a heart. The thin curtain that split the room in two may have blocked out the visuals, but later I could hear the family being told that he had two different types of terminal cancer and wouldn’t eligible for a heart. He laid there and sobbed all night. It was heart breaking.

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I am a heart transplant recipient and these are my stories and thoughts. My desire is to assist others pre or post heart transplant in anyway possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have a question.
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6 Responses to 15 Years Ago Today, May 24, 2007

  1. Oh my God, i nearly cried at your new roommate’s situation, that moment when one feels it’s all coming to an end. Glad you were finally ready for discharge. If it were me, I’d of course still feel safer at the hospital. I had a nearly similar feeling when I had a terrible road accident in 2012. I never ever wanted again to board a bus. And when i did, i kept controlling the road with my mind and feeling all sorts of movements and imbalances of the vehicle. It was awful. I’d even shout at the driver to go slow.

  2. Simone E says:

    Wow, so sad… it’s incredible reading your journey. Thank you for sharing

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