WE HAVE A LIVER!

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pscwife
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   Posted 1/20/2009 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
tongue   turn Everyone,
 
We received very exciting news this afternoon.  The surgeon has accepted a liver for my husband.  It should arrive here at the hospital within the next 6 hours.  If everything is good upon inspection of the organ, he should go into surgery at about midnight.  His surgery will be more complicated since he has a feeding tube and his common bile duct is scared.  But, the surgeon is confident he can work around this.  The operation will last from 12-18 hours.
 
For those of you who are trying to get on a waiting list, never give up.  If you can't get cooperation at the center you are going to, go for a 2nd opinion.  So long as there is a breath left in your body, there is hope.  We were turned down at one facility, and accepted at another.  My husband has been hospitalized since December 16th.  He was listed for transplant here at Florida Hospital-Orlando on January 14th. 
 
For those of you who have lost your loved ones to this dreaded disease, may God bless you and keep you.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.   For those of you still struggling for help, fight the good fight!
 
Penny

Judith
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   Posted 1/20/2009 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   

Penny, sooooooooo happy for you both! Can't wait until the day comes for us yeah .  Please keep us posted.

 

Judith


Pink Grandma
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   Posted 1/20/2009 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah   yeah yeah   I doing the happy dance!!!!!
 
My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your husband for a successful transplant..........
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Butterflythree
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   Posted 1/20/2009 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Penny, I am so excited for you both. I'll be praying for the transplant to go smoothly and for a speedy recovery. Thanks so much for the words of encouragement. They are greatly appreciated. I hope you have someone at the hospital with you to help get you through. It has to be scary and exciting at the same time for you.
Butterflythree
 
There is always hope!


hep93
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   Posted 1/20/2009 6:52 PM (GMT -7)   
My gosh, that is fantastic news!  :-)    My prayers will be for a successful transplant and smooth recovery.

hep93
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exhaused
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   Posted 1/20/2009 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Penny
I am so excited for you and your husband.  I'm sending you all the strength I have to help you get through this surgery.  Please keep us posted.  We all need sucess stories like yours!!!! 
 
JoAnn

pscwife
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   Posted 1/20/2009 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I want to thank you all so much for the support you have shown me. I feel so fortunate to have come across this forum when I needed it the most. You are by far the most compasionate group of individuals I have ever come across. I truely appreciate the kind words and the encouragement. United we stand!

I have family coming in from all over the country. This is a very happy day for all of us. We've been crying tears of joy all afternoon.

I'll keep in touch and let you know how things turn out.

Thanks,

Penny

exhaused
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   Posted 1/20/2009 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you Penny

Thank God for Family. 

 

JoAnn


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   Posted 1/20/2009 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   

God is good.  I am so happy for you all and will keep you in my prayers.

Helen


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   Posted 1/21/2009 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Penny

I am so excited for both you and your husband. My prayers go with you for a successful surgery.

Lucy

hep93
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   Posted 1/21/2009 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   

Penny, that is great that you have family coming in for support.  Let us know how the surgery goes.  And YOU try to get some rest!

Hugs,


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Butterflythree
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   Posted 1/21/2009 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Penny, I'm so glad to hear that you have family coming. I'll share in crying tears of joy with you. I'll be thinking and praying for you.
Butterflythree
 
There is always hope!


pscwife
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   Posted 1/22/2009 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
My husband Harvey received a very healthy liver at Florida Hospital-Orlando yesterday. The liver was already producing bile before he left the operating room. The surgeons said the best indicator of liver function would be his ability to wake up from surgery. This would mean that the new liver is removing the general anesthesia from his body allowing him to regain consciousness. Well, he became so alert in CCU that they had to sedate him! He has a long way to go, but our biggest challenge has been met.

They took Harvey back into surgery this morning to resolve a small bleed. They don't expect any complications, but please keep him in your prayers today. Harvey and I sincerely thank you for your kind words, thoughts and prayers! It has meant so much to us. Please keep the family of the donor in your prayers--without their sacrifice and generosity, this would not be possible.

I'll keep you posted.

Penny

exhaused
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   Posted 1/22/2009 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   

Penny

This is so exciting!  What a wonderful gift.  I have said a prayer for the donor family!

JoAnn


pscwife
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   Posted 1/22/2009 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
No problems in today's surgery. All is well. I'll keep you posted.

God bless,

Penny

hep93
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   Posted 1/22/2009 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
That is wonderful news, Penny!  I hope that Harvey's recovery continues on a smooth path.  Prayers are still with you guys, and of course a prayer of thankfulness to the donor family.



hep93
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Post Edited (hep93) : 1/23/2009 3:41:37 PM (GMT-7)


Butterflythree
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   Posted 1/22/2009 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Penny, I am so glad to hear that things are going well for Harvey. I will continue to keep you both in my prayers. Thanks so much for keeping us updated.
Butterflythree
 
There is always hope!


Pink Grandma
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   Posted 1/22/2009 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah yeah yeah I'm still dancing Penny!

Thoughts and prayers..............
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TDT
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   Posted 1/22/2009 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Penny, This is great news!!! Prayers being said for the donor family! Prayers for you and Harvey as well! I remember when we got the call for my husbands liver transplant, the feeling is like no other! May you always be blessed and have a smooth recovery!

Teresa


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   Posted 1/24/2009 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   

Penny.....I am just now cathing up on all the posts (this last week has been crazy for me).....all I can say is Praise be to God!! I am soooo happy that your husband got his liverr, and will continue to pray for his recovery.......

 

Mer


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   Posted 1/24/2009 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Penny. Reading your posts makes me smile from ear to ear. How absolutely wonderful. I hope everything stays well fro your family. You have reinforced the hope I needed to read about today. Thank you.

pscwife
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   Posted 1/25/2009 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone!
 
Harvey's recovery is going very well.  I was very concerned about his kidneys shutting down on Friday, but as soon as they removed the breathing tube he filled his catheter (it had something to do with internal pressures).  Anyway, they removed the central lines yesterday and got him up in a chair.  He tolorated this very well.  His incision is healing nicely.  It is 'L' shaped running vertical from his sternum to just above his belly button, then horizontal toward his love handle on the right side.  He has two (J-tubes) drain lines, one on the lower left of his abdomin and the other on the lower right.  These have clear plastic bulbs on the end that they use to monitor fluid drainage from the surgery.  They will be removed soon as his hemoglobin is stabilizing.
 
He seems a little confused and cannot describe exactly what he is feeling.  He is struggling to clear his mind.  Once he is out of bed and moving around more his mind will clear up.  Heck, he's been in bed for the last couple of months!  He says, "I just wish I knew what was going on".  I've probed him with questions hoping that my answers will ease his mind but he is not being very specific.  The doctor said this is perfectly normal given all he has been through.  He is taking pain medication on occasion, but I can tell he is trying to avoid it.
 
The surgeons described his old liver and it is a wonder that he was even alive.  The right and left lobes were worthless due to scarring and shrinkage.  His caudate lobe was the largest they had ever seen.  The caudate lobe is normally the size of an egg.  Harvey's was the size of a grapefruit and full of infection.  See http://home.comcast.net/~WNOR/liver.htm or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gray1086-liver.PNG for a better understanding of the liver anatomy. 
 
They intend to move him to a private room on the transplant floor today.  The doctor is estimating that he will not be able to leave the hospital until at least next Friday.  I don't want to push it.  I will keep you posted.
 
I see many new members in the forum (Welcome all).  This experience is bitter/sweet as I realize there are so many families out there struggling to get to this point and not everyone makes it.  My thoughts and prayers are with you always. 
 
Penny
 
 

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   Posted 1/25/2009 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello Penny,  Thanks for the update.   Having a liver transplant is a miracle in it self......but by no means is an easy journey.....hang in there.....how are you handling it?   Try to get some rest.  

Continued prayers for a speedy full recovery..........


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Butterflythree
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   Posted 1/25/2009 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Penny, I am so glad that Harvey continues to do well. I hope you are able to get some rest. Hospitals can be exhausting. As always, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Butterflythree
 
There is always hope!


Judith
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   Posted 1/25/2009 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Penny,

Thank you for sharing this with us! Hopefully we will be going through this in the near future. Will be keeping you both in my prayers,

Judith
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