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January 14, 2018
Today was our 7th day here in the hospital, seems like longer than that. I'm done playing hospital. I was talking today to a family member of another patient and when I mentioned how my daughter is here waiting for a heart and kidney transplant, she asked how long I will be here? I said " I wish I knew, it could be weeks, two months, or 9 months or longer". It kinda hit home with me. Looking around my environment, I just wanted to just find a hidden corner and cry. Then I thought to myself, I have it easy. I have the luxury to be able to walk around, go outside, while Lauren is leashed with the PA line. She can't go anywhere. The poor thing can't even go to the bathroom in the bathroom, she has to use a commode.
Today she was telling me her head was itchy and she really wanted to shampoo her hair. After talking with her nurse we were able to figure out how to get it done. We had to be very careful not to get her PA line wet or and shampoo in it. It could cause infection. Lauren's PA line goes directly into her heart. Bathing is a little easier, called sponge bath. But working around where all the lines are, makes it a little trickier. We had Lauren sit on her bed, with her head hanging over so the water and shampoo would drip into a basket on the floor. So next time you wash your hair, think to yourself, you have it easy. I feel guilty when I shower and Lauren says to me "I bet that felt good". Thursday will be her 10th day, so she will be able to shower and walk around.
We had a great weekend. First my husband Dean came up on Friday right after work, I know how much this puts on him. Work all week then drive up here to sleep in a recliner for the weekend , then drive home on Sunday to get ready for the week ahead. Then my son Mikey, Katie and Maddie came to spend the day with us. I was able to get my Bachi hugs in. They got here around 1:00 and left to go home around 8:00. They really made a day of it.
Maddie and Lauren Maddie comfy in my bed Katie & Mikey
The best medicine in the world is family time. We had so much fun. I felt bad they had that hour and a half drive home, but they told me it's worth it. For Christmas I bought my son Mikey a Brigham & Women's jacket , so he wore it yesterday, looked great on him.
I get upset with the situation we are put in again, but on the inside I feel so blessed to have the family I have. Together we can concur anything.
Lauren has been doing good, spirits are still good, and she loves to receive mail.
She loves when the nurses come into our room and they say "it smell so good in here", She says " I don't want to be the smelly room, mom has air freshers to keep it smelling clean".
That's all I have for today,
Keep prayers coming for a speedy wait time.
If you would like to learn more about life on the transplant
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Strength in a Heartbeat, Diary of a Heart Transplant
Our new address is:
Brigham & Woman's Hospital
Att# Lauren Meizo
70 Francis Street
Shapiro Room 927
Boston Ma. 02115
We have quite a few people as if they could send Lauren surprises, (LOL) so here's the address. There are no restrictions on Lauren, so send whatever you would like. In my opinion a plant would be nice in the room, they say it cleans the air.
Today is day 5 in the hospital, but to me it feels like we never left. Our home away from home. We are staying positive and upbeat. With the weekend here, that means our family will come up. Dean, and my son Mikey and his family. Looking forward to get my bachi hugs from my granddaughter Maddie.
No matter how long we will be here, I will never get used to the sirens constantly going off. We are on the ninth floor, but it sounds like it is right outside our window. I really don't know how people like to live in the city. To loud and busy for me.
I would like to introduce Tracy Lafrenniere, Hair Stylists at Paulos Salon in Chicopee Ma.
Lauren and I first met Traci at CVS in Chicopee Ma.. We were their printing pictures from Lauren's first heart transplant, and Tracy was there printing pictures of some of her clients hair for her portfolio. Lauren and Traci started chatting, then Lauren found out Tracy was just beginning her career as a Hair Stylists. Lauren asked her about her hair, she wanted to have extensions placed in her hair. Not knowing Lauren, she agreed to come to our house to do Lauren hair. At that time Lauren just came out of the hospital from her heart transplant, so Lauren couldn't really sit in a salon for a lengthy period of time. From that day on, Traci has been doing Lauren's hair and has become a great friend .
Tracy Lafreniere is employed at Paulos Studio in Chicopee Ma. You can visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/paulossalon/ to see for yourself the absolute beautiful work Traci has done.
When we were preparing everything for our move into the hospital, Traci contacted Lauren and said "I want you to look fabulous, I'm coming over to take care of your hair". When Lauren told me Tracy was coming over to do her hair, all I thought was "I love this girl". reason being I know how busy she is. It's a girl thing, if your hair is looking great, then you feel great. Tracy gave her the that big smile on her face with confidence in her attitude. The best medication a girl can get.
After Tracy was done putting the highlights in Lauren's hair, she then gave Dean and myself a trim. I was so thrilled, because who knows when I would be able to get my hair done. And my husband Dean said "don't forget me". After trimming his hair Tracy showed him a new way to style it. A little up do for his bangs with gel. It looks great on him.
It turned into a family event.
We are so blessed to have so many people in our lives that will take the time to think of us during stressful events.
If you are looking for a great hair stylist, with her specialty being coloring, you must contact: Tracy Lafreniere
309 Front St
FYI - appointments fill up fast, don't delay if you have a special occasion coming up.
No words could ever express how we feel about you. You are a genuine person with heart of gold.
All packed and ready to move to Boston. One last picture before we left.
Lauren and I are all moved into Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston Ma. I still cannot believe this is all happening again. The real weird thing is, we are in the same room that we lived in last time when Lauren was waiting for her new heart. Now Lauren is waiting for a new heart and a kidney.
Today is Wednesday, January 10th 2017. Lauren is listed as a 1A top of the transplant list. Lauren now has the PA line in with 2 different medications going through the line. That puts her at the top of the list, reason why she needs to be in the hospital to wait for her transplants. Below is a picture of the PA line, it is inserted into her neck. Picture was taken yesterday, she was still a little sleepy from the procedure.
Today has been a good day. No problems with the line (thank the good Lord). Lauren has been up sitting in her chair. She is (leashed) as we call it. Her line is connected to machines, so she cannot walk around, she has around a 4 foot radius. The line has to stay in for 10 days, then it comes out and she will have one day off. Lauren will be able walk around and shower. When the line goes in again, it probably be on the other side. So on Thursday January 18th, Lauren will be unleashed.
Just wanted to put out a post to let everyone know, so far everything is going good. Our spirits are good, trying to stay positive. No Debbie downers here. Our room is starting to look comfy, a few more decorations and we will be all set. Every now and then I say something out of the blue, just to keep Lauren on her toes. Something stupid just to get a smile. We told each other we got this, we did it once before and we will do it again.
Just throwing this out there, I will be referring to some terms, example (leashed) if you have read my book you will understand my language. If you haven't read my book," WHY NOT" , it tell our journey of Lauren first heart transplant.
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