Walking into a new and brighter life.

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Friday, November 5, 2010

I Have News ~ :) ~ :) ~

The phone rang this afternoon and the voice on the other end told me she had heard from the transplant center.  Kellie... They are interested in your lungs.  They want to order a battery of tests which I will begin to schedule Monday morning and once the tests are received and looked at by them they will CALL ME FOR SURGERY.

Not Transplant.  They don't want to transplant me at this time due to my age. :)  Instead they think I may be a good candidate for Lung V0lume Reduction Surgery.  I will post some information after this blog for those who are interested in what it is and what they do.

As I was listening to my Pulmonologist's nurse it was like I was in a fog, dreamland.  Someone heard my prayers.  Someone could feel the fear I had about transplant.  Someone finally listened and acted correctly.

I couldn't be happier.  For quite a while tonight I wasn't sure if I was actually happy.  I didn't feel happy.  I didn't feel lighter.  I had repeated over and over to myself that I would have a transplant and I would be prepared and be fine.  Every night when I went to bed I said a prayer asking to make it to transplant and be better after.  So, hearing I wasn't to have the surgery I wasn't sure what to do or how to act??? 
Finally it hit me.  The reality of this hit me.  Yes, the University of Washington had heard of me, and yes they are interested.  Only this time I feel like I am starting with a second chance. 

People come through these surgeries and do well for years.  Maybe eventually I will need a transplant... But this girl doesn't get one yet!!  I have a second chance.  I feel like I can relax.  I almost feel that knot in my neck release for the first time in 17 months. 

I no longer have to worry about relocating to Seattle.  I will have to make some trips back and forth for follow ups.  From what I hear that makes all the difference in the world.  If nothing else comes from this it is that ..... I am a darned good patient.  I listen to instructions and follow them to a tee. 

I am hoping that if I get my breathing capacity better then these problems with my heart may go away.  These problems walking or swimming may go away.  I know this is not a cure.  I know I will still have limitations, but I should breath much better.  I shouldn't have anymore of those anxiety ridden out of breath moments anymore. 

What a nice start to a new year this would be.
I can go to bed tonight and dream the dreams of those free of stress. :) 
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