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April 1, 2013

Yesterday was Easter Sunday.  It was my Resurrection Day!

That clever comment came from Scott’s cousin who has been very supportive and knows what having a transplant in the family can be like as her brother is a 10 year heart transplant survivor.

This begins Week 7 of my 12 week post op follow up.  I’m working toward my first milestone of 3 months.   The program involves 3 days at physio therapy and 1 day of tests and clinic follow up with one of the doctors in the program.

Some progress up to this point:

Week 4- Nieces Eleanore and Sarah were here with me.  It involved running errands, and trying out a couple new restaurants for lunch.  Along with some fantastic meals and deserts cooked up by Eleanore.  Weight is stable.

The Foodie Week!

The Foodie Week!

Week 5

Courtney was here for my second bronchosopy and my increased walking speed!  There is an hour prep prior to the bronch procedure.  They freeze the throat so the doctor can insert a scope that has a camera and a tweezers on the end.  They take pictures of the airways to make sure the stitches are healing and there is no infection.  They also grab a tissue sample to look for any early signs of rejection.

Bronch prep- throat freezing.

Bronch prep- throat freezing.

When I mark on my chart that my legs are not fatigued beyond a 4 out of 10 then the therapist adds to my challenge by increasing speed or grade or both!

Fast Forward!  3mph good brisk walk

Fast Forward! 3mph good brisk walk

Prior to my transplant I was at a low of walking  (1/2) mph  until my oxygen level dropped too low and my recovery was long and full of coughing at which time they had me stop the treadmill altogether and just do the bike.  So 3 mph is very exciting.

End of week 5 clinic-  This chest x-ray comparison is a reverse of the negative.  The lungs on the left are my new lungs.  The white space would be the oxygen mass occupied by the lung, the lungs on the right are my old lungs taken just prior to my transplant date.  You can see how they have shrunk in size and the functional area was quite small.

Each week I can see more positive space on the ‘gifted’ lungs.

Think White!  Think Positive!

Think White! Think Positive!

Week 6  My brother Mike was here for this week.  No Clinic just physio and some tests.  I am still on a weight restriction for lifting which is 10 lbs or less so Wally has to be carried down by someone other than myself.  Angus is under 10 lbs.  Both Wally and I will miss Mike…

My sleep patterns are still a bit sporadic but the one thing I don’t have any longer are nightmares about stairs!  And I’m looking forward to tackling the ones at Rogers Centre this week when the baseball season begins.  Slow and Steady!

I'd like a re-do of this hike.  It was a nightmare at the time.  and I used to have flashbacks about it or any other grade of stairs!

I’d like a re-do of this hike. It was a nightmare at the time. and I used to have flashbacks about it or any other grade of stairs!

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  10. Frank Manzo permalink

    … and even more progress! What a great pair you got there, Pam! (… of lungs, I mean 😉
    With the gains your making, you will be conquering ANY fight stairs presented to you in no time! xo

  11. cynthia taylor permalink

    Hi Pam. Thanks for the updates. So good to see you surrounded by your people and getting better and better! Now, once winter leaves us …all that more time to be outside!

  12. Dan & Julia permalink

    Congratulations on your continued recovery. You are amazing. I don’t think we realized how lucky we are to be able to breathe with so little effort. We should never take breathing for granted. Love to you and Scott and the pups!

  13. Karen Saunders permalink

    I too like the visual of the lungs – makes it easier to understand. What’s next after you conquer Rogers Centre? The Empire State building ONLY has 102 stairs – ha ha.

  14. Stephanie Duncan permalink

    You go girl! I so look forward to these posts. Please keep ’em coming!

  15. Jessie Thomson permalink

    Way to go Pam!!!!! Jessie

  16. Frank Taylor permalink

    Attago, Pam. What great news. And what a goal – to go back to China and do it all with ease. I love to receive your posts and hear about your progress. It brightens the day, no matter what’s going on. Thanks for keeping us all in the loop.

  17. Alexa Murphy permalink

    Pam,
    My goodness time flies! Can’t believe it has already been two months since your transplant! We are so relieved that your recovery continues to progress without any hitches. Congrats on your new walking speed of 3 miles/hour. That is fantastic!
    Thanks for the before and after photo of your lungs (amazing!) and for keeping us posted!
    Lots of love,
    Alexa and Co.

  18. Susie permalink

    Love to read the updates and hope the Great Wall of China is in your near future! Xox

    • Muncie Rogers permalink

      MUNCIE ROGERS – God bless you Pam – I was more than delighted to see you and spend time together on Easter day.You are always in my prayers – and I look forward to another visit. my love to you I

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