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Strength in a Heartbeat, Diary of a Heart Transplant Book Giveaway
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"Strength in a HeartBeat, Diary of a Heart Transplant"
This is my journal I kept when my daughter Lauren Meizo became sick and eventually ended up needing a heart transplant. When my daughter became ill, I gave up my business designing custom gift baskets to be by her side 24/7. Family comes first. Lauren's health declined to the point that I lived in the hospital in Boston Ma. with her for months on end. During that time, our story will define all the ups and downs of life in a hospital. To sum it up... I have slept in hospital chairs, window sills and couches. Skipped meals and cried from fear. I have become an expert on Lauren's condition. I am a strong advocate that had to make life changing decisions. I am a parent of a medically complex Warrior!!!
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Good Luck To All
February 15, 2018
Lauren received this sign from a couple of friends who came to visit. The sign reads "I am kind of a Big Dill". She has it hanging on her bed pole. Sometimes you just need a little humor to get through the day. Her doctor's have said "it is so true".
Today is day 38 and still waiting. In my mind the clock is ticking, Lauren is strong today and is ready for surgery. My fear is if we wait for months, will Lauren be strong and ready for such a life changing surgery? All we can do at this point is pray and put it in God's hands. I have spoken with so many people about how we have to have faith and stay positive, we are but there are times when I question and I have said it before "WHY".
As I am sitting here writing this post, all I can hear is machines beeping non stop. Most of the time I can ignore it, but tonight I just want to yell "STOP". It's not Lauren's machines it's the heart monitors in the hallway. Then it the sirens outside. We may be on the ninth floor but we can hear them as if we were on the first floor.
What comes to mind is an episode from Sex and the City TV show. One of the girls was in the suburbs and said "she couldn't sleep, it was to quite, she missed the outside noise". Well, that is not me. I don't think I could every get used to this. At home, I have a chime in my front yard and even in the winter I can hear the calming sound of the chimes, they relax me. I miss that.
Lauren and I were talking today, to all her friends when she does get the call for her new heart and kidney, she will no longer be putting post up on Facebook. If you would like to keep up to date with Lauren's progress, please subscribe to my web site and you will automatically receive email alerts when I post an update.
Still waiting for the pins to come in, as soon as they come we'll let everyone know.
February 14, 2018
Happy Valentine's Day to everyone...
I was very surprised when Lauren gave me this roses. She had one of the nurse's run down to the gift shop for her. Even leashed, Lauren thought of me. Love my girl.
As I sit here, the room is quite, Lauren is taking a nap. I am looking out the window and wondering how long will we be here waiting? I can hear the helicopters coming and going, praying that one of them could be for Lauren. I know they are not for her, because we would know before they arrive. What better Valentine's Day it would be if Lauren was to receive her heart and kidney today. Wishful thinking.
The other day, I was talking to my husband Dean and said to him " Lauren's heart and kidney could come today or we will be having this conversation in June still waiting". I remember last time sitting here praying and praying, thinking up ways to keep our spirits high. It is so easy to get into a funk, but I have to be honest it is so tiring. There is only so much TV to watch. I have been trying to do exercises to keep my body strong. Basically sit ups and walks right now. When I start feeling down on myself, I think "what the hell is Lauren thinking"? I can leave the room, I can take a shower, I can use the bathroom. Simple things like that, Lauren can't do.
I ask God everyday why?? I still haven't figured out the answer. All I know is I am so blessed to have the family I have. Very supportive and loving. My son Mikey calls me every day just to ask how we are, at this point I tell him "ground hog day". Nothing new here. Then we talk about the plans for the weekend, what day Mikey and his family are coming up.
The sun is starting to set, everyone on the floor is getting ready to go home for the day, and the next shift will be here. I'm trying to think of something for Lauren and I to do after she wakes up. I went to the store earlier and turned in our crossword scratch tickets, we had $20.00 in winners, so I got 10 more tickets. Maybe we will be big winners this time??? We started awhile ago with $20.00 and we are still playing on the original money.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Valentine's Day
Sending our Love,
Lynne & Lauren
Why did I publish my book? Why did I write it?
One answer, to bring awareness of the importance of becoming an organ donor.
I can personally say ten years ago, I knew nothing on this topic. I wasn't an organ donor. A simple act of checking that box on your license can help so many people. One organ donor can save up to eight lives.
When my daughter needed a heart transplant four years ago, it opened my eyes to a whole new world. The world of organ donation. I never knew there were so many people and their families suffering and waiting for organ transplants.
Being on the transplant list is a scary position to be in. Not knowing what is happening or what could happen, you feel so helpless. It's a learn as you go process. So that is why I wrote and published my book. To be able to help others that are starting on their journey, and to help them understand they are not alone and what they can expect. There is so much to take in all the time. I am no expert, but I have lived it.
Lauren's heart went into heart shock in June 2017, her heart never recovered. So here we are again, living in the hospital waiting for her second heart transplant and also a kidney transplant. Heart transplant medications the kidney doesn't like, and the kidney medications the heart doesn't like. Lauren's kidneys took a hit in June when she was on the ECMO machine to save her life. So they never recovered.
This video was taken at the International Book Fair in Miami this past November. It explains why I wrote my book. Enjoy
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