I’ve been really busy at work. Our director is coming in for a tailgate meeting with my team on Thursday. I have to take Harvey in for a CT scan of the chest before the pulmonary doctor will schedule an appointment. He goes for blood work at the lab on Thursday, but says he can handle this on his own. He goes to the vascular surgeon on April 30th.
I’ve done some research on the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) and I’m not as concerned as I once was. They are now repairing aortic aneurysms much the same way that they place stents in the human heart. They go in through the groin with the graft and place it in the middle of the aneurysm. They used to do major surgery that required a hospital stay of up to 10 days!
I just want a break. So does Harvey. I told him to be patient. Tomorrow will be his 3 month transplant anniversary. He is still only 148 lbs, but he seems to be getting stronger. He is now walking more than 3 miles per day! He lifts 5 lb weights as well. He’ll work his way back to health.
I’ve been reading your posts on the MELD scores and it makes me angry. I met a man and his wife in clinic the other day and she was frustrated because her husband got a transplant and she didn’t think he was sick. The only symptoms he experienced were fatigue and itching. I told him he really dodged a bullet. He seemed grateful. She said they almost turned down the liver. Her daughter was about to give birth to their first grandchild and the transplant would interfere with their travel plans to Jersey. In her words, “I figure they had a type B liver laying around and decided to transplant it into my husband.” Needless to say, I was furious and had to leave the conversation.
I hope everyone is calculating their own MELD scores using copies of the blood tests. Here is the weblink in case you’ve misplaced it . . . http://www.unos.org/resources/MeldPeldCalculator.asp?index=98
Butterflythree, we are just trying to stay positive. Without the transplant, Harvey would not be alive today. We have to remind ourselves of our blessings.
BrokenMommy, you asked about Harvey’s pain. The pain he suffered was internal. They cut the nerves of the abdomen during surgery, so he didn’t have pain at the site of the incision. He was prescribed pain medication, but never took it until he had the hernia.
Connie, I’m certain you know exactly what Harvey is going through. You are a real trooper yourself!
Take care. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.