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The last couple of days have been rough, Lauren somehow caught a cold. Lauren started coughing a couple of days ago, and all stuffy. The hospital really jumped into action. They swabbed her sinuses to check for the flue, swabbed her throat to check for strep, did extra blood work, everything came back negative. So the final diagnose is Lauren has a cold. So I pulled out my trusty Vicks vapor rub and Lysol. We asked the doctor's if this would put a hold on Lauren receiving a heart and kidney, and thank God they said no.
Also we found out that their was a match for Lauren for a heart, but unfortunately the kidneys we not good. They had to pass. The heart and kidneys have to come from the same donor.
Sometimes I sit and think why is this all happening again? In my heart I know God has a plan for all this, but I would love to know now. Was there a lesson in life we didn't learn the first time around?
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To be honest in our family we never thought about it until Lauren needed her first heart in 2013. Now we are dedicated in helping to educate and bring awareness to such a quite subject.
More than 120,000 people in the U.S. are waiting to receive a life-giving organ transplant. We simply don't have enough donated organs to transplant everyone in need. Many factors used to match organs with patients in need are the same for all organs, but the system must accommodate some unique differences for each organ.
The First Step
Before an organ is allocated, all transplant candidates on the waiting list that are incompatible with the donor because of blood type, height, weight and other medical factors are automatically screened from any potential matches. Then, the computer application determines the order that the other candidates will receive offers, according to national policies.
Geography Plays a Part
There are 58 local donor service areas and 11 regions that are used for U.S. organ allocation. Hearts and lungs have less time to be transplanted, so we use a radius from the donor hospital instead of regions when allocating those organs.
The Right-Sized Organ
Proper organ size is critical to a successful transplant, which means that children often respond better to child-sized organs. Although pediatric candidates have their own unique scoring system, children essentially are first in line for other children's organs.
Donated organs require special methods of preservation to keep them viable between the time of procurement and transplantation.
COMMON MAXIMUM ORGAN PRESERVATION TIMES
I haven't updated in awhile, nothing much going on here. The days seem to just roll into the next day and so on. We just keep praying we can move forward with a new heart and kidney.
Lauren and I were talking and we were saying most people come into the hospital to get well. They are admitted, some have surgery, some just need to be placed on medications then they are discharged. We feel like we are just sitting here day in and day out.
Our doctor's told us last weekend there was a possible heart for Lauren. Lauren did not receive it because of the antibodies she has now. We got excited in knowing that she is getting offers, just waiting for the perfect one for Lauren. God is testing our patients to the limits. Living in the hospital, is becoming harder and harder, now with the nice weather coming in.
When I wake up every morning, I don't even want to start the day. I know what I'm in for, nothing. My body hurts, it usually takes me awhile to get the aches and pains under control, Tylenol is my best friend. I had one good night sleep here, Lauren and I switched beds. Her hospital bed is not that bad, plus Lauren told me she slept good on my bed. Change things up a little. Another thing, we would love to open a window to get some fresh air in. That's not happening. Our only savior in that aspect is our table top fan.
Even though we are in the hospital, sometimes you need to shop for items you may need. I have to tell you Amazon is the best. We place our order and in a couple of days it is delivered to our hospital room. Click the link below and it will take you to any item you may be in need of. Living in the hospital a table top fan is almost a must, just to feel the air circulating, you don't feel so closed in.
Living in the big city is so expensive. I don't have the luxuries I would have at home like a kitchen to cook in. You know sometimes you just want a home cooked meal. When I think about what I'm going to eat, it's so depressing. The same shit all the time. I have found that if I walk to subway and get a 12" sandwich, I can eat half and save the other half for the next day. Down the road they have a food court with subway, McDonalds, Chinese food, and a couple of other fast food choices, but after months of living here I cannot eat fast food every day. The hospital has a cafeteria but to be honest it's all fast food also. Lauren has a good menu here with her room service. Sometimes she will order extra for me. We take care of each other.
When my sister Donna, suggested a GoFundMe Page, my first reaction was no. I can say I have donated to many over the years to help others in need. Then the cost of living here and also the scary thought of medical bills, prescriptions and so on after the transplants had me really thinking. How the hell is Lauren going to be able to afford this. Since we started the www.gofundme.com/strengthinaheartbeat, some of the pressure has eased. Lauren will not be able to work for quite a while after the transplants, and with me as her caregiver the primary income is my husband Dean. We know the cost of most of everything, already lived it once, so little panicked with all the new expenses with a double transplant. If you would like to donate please click on link below. Thank you so much.
Emotionally this is the hardest thing our family has to go through, but to have to live this again is so wrong. We are always asking WHY??
I know with the love and support from family, friends and our community we WILL be home soon.
If you would like to read about Lauren's first heart transplant, click on link below
Strength in a Heartbeat, Diary of a Heart Transplant
Strength in a Heartbeat, Diary of a Heart Transplant
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