Saturday, September 7, 2013

no news is good news!

Week two of being in the NC is done!  I have now successfully finished 6 classes of rehab!  There isn't much to report this week.  I met with another surgeon on Tuesday.  He walked us through the surgery a little bit and covered the risks.  Unfortunately due to my messed up insides it will be a much harder and riskier surgery than your standard lung transplant.  In the docs words it will be a challenge but not something he thinks they can't do.  I like to think of myself as one of those rare cases on Gray's Anatomy that the interns (and surgeons) are fighting over.  The surgeon also gave us a copy of my x-ray!  I have seen both this and my ct scan before but this is the first time I have gotten a copy to keep so now I can share it with the rest of the world! (yes that means you!)

  Right                         Left
The white blob on the right side is my heart.  If you look closely there is  a dark tube shaped thing above my heart this is my trachea.  If you want to see a normal x-ray you can look it up on google.  Essentially the white heart blob is in the middle and the lungs (large darkish shape on the left) are equal on both sides.  Pretty cool huh?  My right lung collapsed so my body adapted, shifting the heart over and expanding my left lung!

Okay enough suspense I know you are just dying to find out what happened with the whole vaccine thing.  When I went for my appointment on Tuesday the docs had me get my blood drawn again to re-check the varricella antibody level.  After waiting the rest of the week we finally decided to call the docs and find out what had happened with that.  Hoping that the lack of a follow up call meant they felt I didn't need the shot.  Sure enough that was correct!  In this case God decided to say yes to our request and up my immunity!  Yippie!  I am still hoping for lungs on the 13th!  (we have run into another slight hang up.  My test results from some test I did at home never made it to Duke.  We are praying they make it soon, so they can get me on the list!)

Happy last Saturday with my old lungs! ;)

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