Anything is possible
heart transplant, inspirational story, organ transplant, motivational story, kidney transplant
January 30, 2018
Do you ever feel like your life is falling apart right in front of your eyes? Today that is how I feel. As I sit here looking at my daughter, so many things run through my mind. The one question is why? Lord know she has been through hell and back, so why again?
To put icing on the cake, my father-in-law is in the hospital, back home very sick. My husband's life has been work, hospital, hospital. I so want to be their for my husband, but my primary responsibility is to take care of my daughter. He tells me "take care of Lauren and I will handle things here at home".
They say when it rains it pours, so true. On top of medical, our furnace decided to act up. Thank God for my son Mikey, he contacted someone to come look at it and it is being repaired tonight. Dean has been living in a very cold house the past couple of days. Oh and one more thing, my puppy Kooper is starting to lose his fur. He is not supposed to be shedding now, so we think it is because he is at home alone a lot now. My son goes over everyday before he goes to work to play with him and let him out, but I know he misses mommy.
Lauren has been doing good. She had the PA line placed yesterday so her next day she can walk around will be February 8th. That seems like forever. 10 days with the line then one day off. I pray every night, the nurse would come into our room and say "no eating or drinking for you Lauren" which would mean her new heart and kidney is on it's way.
We have been trying to stay busy, my sister Donna sent some craft sets. All the nurses say they want to do crafts with us.
When I look at Lauren, I just wonder how in the world does she hold it together? I know I have had my moments, but I haven't seen hers. Lauren writes in her journal, I guess that is where she lets her feelings out. I write here.
I am going to post the address again, I have been messaged for it, so here it is:
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Att# Lauren Meizo
70 Francis Street, Shapiro room 927
Boston Ma. 02115
January 25, 2018
Today on this journey, it is day 17 living our lives in the hospital. Lauren has been in good spirits and her doctors are very happy with her heart pressures and her over all health. Yesterday her doctor said "you are in the best health place right now, to receive your heart and kidney". Physical therapy came in and brought her pedals so she can sit and peddle, and they gave her a work out to do at the bed side. She has faithfully been doing her workout and I am so proud of her. It's hard to stay motivated here, but me being her cheerleader she has no choice in the matter.
I would like to thank everyone for the cards and care packages Lauren has been receiving. When they come into the room with a delivery, Lauren's face just lights up. We have a wall that we put everyone's card on it. Who ever enters our room says "you can feel the love in this room".
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT.
When I wake up in the morning, I read my daily prayer and wonder if maybe today could be the day. Living on hope and fear at the same time is very exhausting. Days are turning into weeks now and soon it will be months. I pray we don't find ourselves here in the same position months from now.
Living life in the hospital on the heart and kidney transplant list.
January 26, 2018
As a caregiver you most often forget about yourself. Your world revolves around others at all times and we tend to forget about taking care of number one, ourselves. One of my favorite quotes I say is "They don't make enough moisturizer for this type of life".
If you are anything like me, always looking for the right moisturizer that will make my skin feel and look great was always a hunt. Spending money on products with hopes that my skin would feel soft and hydrated. Let's face it one bottle is an average cost around $15 or more.
The last 5 years I have been living in and out of the hospital with my daughter Lauren. The air in the hospital is so dry on my skin. To be honest I am not ready to look my age, so it is important to me to find a good skin care product, and I did.
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January 18, 2018
This morning the doctor came in to take Lauren's PA line out. It's going to be a great day. I told Lauren, if she wants any thing today she can get up herself to get it, LOL. Last night we played the card game rummy and loser has to buy lunch today. Well, I lost so lunch is on me. Lauren is able leave the floor to go to the cafeteria, then we are going to the gift shop for some retail therapy. Big day here.
Lauren's friend Gina sent us this prayer book. Every morning I read a prayer for the day. This morning's prayer was so beautiful I wanted to share it with anyone who is dealing with any type of a struggle, large or small.
For Strength and Courage
There are times when I act small in the world because I'm afraid to get out of my comfort zone. I'm scared of looking foolish, or failing terribly and letting people down. Yet, you've given me talents and abilities, and I long to use them for good in the world. Help me, God, to find that courageous lion within me and to go forward with trust and inner strength, knowing that whatever comes up, you'll help me through it. I pray for your will to be done in my life,and for the fearlessness that comes from having you as my rock and my foundation. Let me shine my light, God, and help me to not play it safe and miss out on the incredible experiences you have in store for me. Amen
Make today a beautiful day, we are
It's around 10:00 p.m. and thought to myself, ok I'll give everyone an update on what's going on. NOTHING !!! Ground Hog day here. Same thing, just a new day, which is good. The reason we are here now is to, basically just wait for Lauren's new heart and kidney to come. Lauren has been doing good, spirits are good and staying as busing as she can. Big accomplishment today, she created a sign to put on her door for when she naps stating "SHH NAPPING". Some people are great about knocking when the door is closed while other's just walk right in and announce loudly who they are and why they are there. To me it's just common courtesy. When the door is closed one reason being, Lauren has to use a commode when she goes to the bathroom, which is right on the side of her bed. She hates it, but with the PA line in she is leashed to her machines. After a week now being here, the memories are flooding back from four years ago when we sat in the same room waiting for Lauren's heart.
Today Lauren received a beautiful package from a good friend, Gina LaScala. Lauren was so excited. Gina picked out some very lovely items. A bag of chocolates, a pouch with some relaxing oils and a prayer book (which I was excited to see), I'll be able to read a prayer every morning to start my day. Thank you Gina for thinking of Lauren, that was so thoughtful and sweet of you.
Last night we hung some are work on the walls. Just to make it look a little more homey. They told us we could as long as we use the command strips. Lauren found the "Boston Has My Heart" sign at Marshall's in Chicopee. We both thought it would be appropriate to bring it and hang it up. The other pictures were done when Lauren went to a Painting with a twist class. It's funny Lauren loves when someone walks into our room and they comment how nice it looks and smells in here. We may be living in a hospital, but our room doesn't have to have that sterol hospital look to it.
We are counting down to Thursday, Lauren will be unleashed. Big day planned, going out to lunch in the cafeteria then shopping in the gift shop.
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