Anything is possible
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We had a wonderful Christmas morning, Santa did show up at our house. Added bonus we had a white Christmas. It looked beautiful outside, the snow was falling and we were comfy cozy in our house. My son Mikey and his family came over and we did our present exchange. Still in our jammies, enjoying the moment. Everyone was happy with all their presents, then working together to clean the cars and clear the driveway. For me it was nice, I didn't have to do it. The girls got to chill in the house (for once).
After getting ourselves organized and dressed we were waiting the arrival of Lauren's nurse to come, Lauren's IV bag needed to be changed. To me it was getting late, it was almost noon time and she hadn't shown up. We were nervous her bag was going to run out, so Lauren and I agreed we could do this. Well, I got everything together and said "we can do this", then my hands could not stop shaking. I was so afraid I'd do something wrong. Every time you change the bag, you have to change the battery in the pump and reset the pump. We saw it done twice, but this is an IV that runs right into her artery for the heart. I was saying to myself "No mother should have to do this on Christmas morning for their chid", but this is life. Right before we started the phone rang, it was the nurse and she said she would be here in 5 minutes. Talk about relief. Lauren said "mom you were shaking so much it made me nervous".
I felt bad that she had to come on Christmas, but she said to me "no problem it goes with the job". I gave her some Christmas candies as a thank you for taking the time to help us.
Nurses are angels, in my eyes.
The rest of the day was perfect. I normally would do a sit down dinner for the family, but this year, it was more like an open house. The day before Lauren and I made all different kinds of appetizer type food so all I had to do was heat it up and put it out. We had so much food, I think there was more food than if we did a big sit down meal. Today I looked in the fridge and said "oh forgot to put that out" and a couple of other things. Trust me no one left hungry, plus everyone was able to take a plate home. It was great.
It was a nice relaxing family day, minus my family that lives in Florida and Virginia. I heard they all had a great day as well.
Top row: me, dean our sons Matt, Dean Jr., Mikey
Sitting: Lauren, Madison, Katie
It's been a long time since we all were together for Christmas.
So with the holiday behind us, reality sets in. Time to focus on getting Lauren healthy again. We go to Boston this Thursday for a clinic visit. I told Lauren to be on the safe side we are bringing our bags. You just never know. I hate being up their with nothing. So I have been packing and tomorrow my granddaughter is going to come over and help Lauren organize and pack her bag. If we get admitted we are there for the long haul.
I have been running around the house to make sure everything is where it should be incase I don't come home. (Dean has a hard time finding stuff, you would think sometimes he doesn't live here right) It's hard on him. He works all week then drives up to Boston for the weekend then back home for a week of work. It hard on the whole family. My son works 2nd shift now and it is killing him that he can't come up like he used to. The only day he can come up is on Sunday's. Before, him and the family would come during the week when he got out of work just to have dinner together. So if anyone is hiring for a first shift job, message me please. Mikey is a great support for Lauren and myself when he comes for visits. He can take a bad day and turn it around for us. The company he works for now has no opening on first shift. It really is important for us as a family. So job offers are welcome. Just tell us where to send the resume.
Looking forward to saying good-bye to 2017- 2018 has to be a better year. New heart and new kidney
Hoping to see my car in the driveway on Thursday evening
Yesterday I was surprised with a beautiful floral arrangement from Angela Grout. The arraignment was designed with a sled base, purple roses plus a crystal strength angel figurine. How special I felt.
I have never met this beautiful lady, but she reached out to me to tell me about her aunt who needed a double lung transplant. She received her gift of life but she was only blessed with three extra years.
We became connected when she selected my book to read. Angela your thoughtfulness was welcomed with love . Thank you so much. It was a surprise that made my day, and reminded me of how much support we have.
Update on Lauren, everything is been going smoothly. Today we had a visit from her nurse to do a dressing change and to place a new medication bag.We found out she lives right down the road from us, which is great. If I need her she is close. Lauren has been feeling good, but last night the emotions got to her.
It is so hard when you want to comfort your child and make everything better, but you are at a loss. When she says to me "Why is this happening to me again?", I am finding myself at a loss for words. I go blank. I think I am still absorbing what is happening. We are all numb, to what is in store for our family. All I have is "we are home for Christmas to be able to spend it with our family and then in the new year we will start fresh with a new heart and new kidneys. You are strong now and you need to stay that way to be able to endure the operation. I will not let you get weak, mentally and physically."
To all my neighbors, this year we will not be able to do our traditional caroling night. Sorry, I know how much you enjoy our family singing (LOL). For the last couple of years, Dean myself and Lauren and last year we took our granddaughter Maddie with us caroling to some of our neighbors. Lauren and I would bake or create a candy to give to our neighbors as a thank you for all your love and support throughout the year.We put on our Santa hats gather our goodies and go door to door singing. That is the only tradition we can't do this year.
Two more days till Snata comes, I'm excited.
Merry Christmas to All
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