Anything is possible
heart transplant, inspirational story, organ transplant
It has taken me close to a week to pick up my computer, I needed everything to sink in myself. It's been a long week and I think I am ready to give everyone an update. Fist I want to say "Thank You" for everyone's concern and love. Everyone wants to know what's going on with Lauren.
It all started last Tuesday, Lauren was not feeling well. She had stomach pains that she thought was hunger pains. After she ate she still had strong pains in her stomach. Lauren basically just rested the rest of the day. It was around 2:00a.m. my husband woke me up and said that Lauren is throwing up. We called her Dr.'s here in Boston, told them what was going on. They told us to take Lauren to the emergency room. So we decided the best place for Lauren was in Boston. We weren't going to fool around with Dr.'s that didn't know her.
Upon arriving at Brigham's, they took her right in and after a couple of test told us Lauren was in heart failure. The stomach pains were from fluids that were building up. Her heart never fully recovered from the episode in June.
When we arrived to her room, we could not believe it was the same room we lived in when Lauren was first listed on the heart transplant list. So many memories
from the past.
After so many test, we were told that they were going to present Lauren at their meeting on Wed. to be placed on the heart transplant list. It was a hard day, when the doctor's came in we didn't know what to expect. What happened next was nothing we even though. Lauren was denied, due to her kidneys. We were speechless. They told us Lauren would need a kidney and heart transplant. Lauren's kidney took a hit the last time she was hospitalized in June. They are only functioning at 25%. I told the doctors that she can have one of mine without hesitation, but I was told no, only because if Lauren needs a heart and kidneys they must come from the same donor. The body would not be able to adjust to different donors. The kidney transplant doctors came in last night to explain more and Lauren needed to have a kidney biopsy to show if there is scar tissue in the kidneys.
Today Lauren went down and had the kidney biopsy, so now it is the waiting game again. It is very confusing on what is happening. To be honest, I feel numb and scared for my daughter. Lauren's heart is not getting better and then to hear she was not approved for a heart transplant has left me speechless. The only thing we have to look forward to is we hope they come up with a plan for Lauren.
Also today we received a special visitor. On old schoolmate from CHS Candy Oyler. We reconnected on Facebook but I haven't seen her in close to 38 years. What a surprise, and it was so sweet to see her hear. Candy had an appointment here at the hospital, so she decided to look us up. She is dealing with hr own health issues but still took time to see us. Thank you so much Candy, you are welcome anytime. Lauren thinks you are the sweetest person.
Not sure if I explained it all correctly, if you have any questions leave a comment.
Some of the nurses have asked if I am going to write another book series number 2. My answer "hell no". The book has been selling great up here, but if you would like to buy your copy, it is on Sale this month. This morning it was ranked #3 in Amazon's Best Sellers under the category of transplant books Click on button below
Strength in a Heartbeat, Diary of a Heart Transplant
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