Jun 11 2010

Unexpected Bump in the Road

Okay, this may be a surprising update for some of you who haven’t heard the latest. The motorcycle trip was fun as always. We actually made it to our destination in one day, despite budgeting two. This gave us a little more time in Hot Springs, NC along the banks of the French Broad River …

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Jun 03 2010

Milestones, and Friends We’ve Met Along the Way

Today marks a milestone for me that I didn’t expect to reach so soon. When I first put this blog online, I included a picture of myself under the “My Story” section of the blog. It’s a picture of me standing next to my bike on the banks of the French Broad River in Hot …

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May 20 2010

Just Another Everyday Miracle

I’ve been contemplating putting this post up for several weeks now, and the timing never seemed right. Here’s what’s been on my mind. As I’ve gone through my own transplant journey and experienced one extraordinary event after another, I’ve found that I can only nod vigorously in agreement when friends, family and strangers approach me …

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Apr 21 2010

Eight Weeks Post-Transplant

I just reached the 8-week mark since my transplant and am still very encouraged by the rate of progress. That’s not to say that there hasn’t been a glitch or two along the way, but most of these have been minor and of little consequence. The only thing of any significance that has kept me …

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Mar 23 2010

One Month After The Transplant

Today marks exactly four weeks from the date of my transplant, and it’s hard for me to remember a time when I’ve felt better. All of the symptoms that have been a constant presence for the past several years are absolutely gone. Every day I wonder if some sort of complication is going to sneak …

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Mar 11 2010

Home

Thursday started with a follow up visit to see Dr. Fisher. Bottom line, everything is looking very good. There didn’t seem to be any surprises lurking in the lab work, and Dr. Fisher expressed surprise that my total bilirubin score is declining as rapidly as it is. My Prednisone dosage was bumped down another 5mg …

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Mar 09 2010

Two Weeks Under Our Belt and Finding the New Normal

First, to get caught up on some old news, here are some of the details about the days immediately following discharge from the hospital… Thursday evening at about 5pm, I was told that I was ready for discharge from the hospital. It would have been more accurate to say I was being discharged from the …

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Mar 04 2010

Thurday, March 4, 2010: Day Ten Post-Transplant

I had hoped to post an update or two earlier, but it’s been an eventful past couple of days that unfortunately included a return to the Critical Care unit starting late Sunday night. Let me start with a quick review of the weekend following my last posting: Friday: Alison and I continued to make great …

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Feb 27 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010: Vague Recollections of the Past Few Days

I’m four days post transplant, and I have to apologize in advance that this post will be brief since fatigue seems to set in quicker than I’d like. Monday was a relatively easy day with most of it under heavy sedation, with the exception of the early waking hours . We got up bright and …

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Feb 22 2010

Day Before Surgery

We’re here at the hospital and well into our pre-operative routine. We arrived just after noon and have spent the time signing multiple consent forms and chugging our gallon of GoLytely (if you don’t know what it is, consider yourself fortunate). Right now Alison and I are on the same unit, just down the hall …

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