Anything is possible
heart transplant, inspirational story, organ transplant
February 11, 2018
Living life in the hospital is a very trying time. You really appreciate what you used to have, a life. Since this is our second time (one time is enough for a family to survive) we know what to expect. When we moved in, we packed appropriately. Mattress pads for Lauren's bed and one for my couch, our own bedding, plenty of clothes so we can have a selection to pick from. I purchased from the store 5 Below a small table lamp (so we don't have to have the over head lights on all the time), a rug in front of my couch, a closet organizer to give me shelves for my clothes and storage boxes that collapse.
Then we packed our own beauty items. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, scrounges to shower with, make up, hair dryer, hair spray, medication (mine), tooth brushes and body lotion, it gets very dry in the hospital.
After packing all that, we needed to decorate our room to give it more of a homey feel to it. So we brought a couple of wall art to hang up. The hospital allows it as long as we used the command strips. The hospital provided us with a mini fridge in our room, which is great and so convenient.
This time we were experts on preparing to move into our new address. All those little things makes the world of difference.
How do we stay busy???
I took up knitting. Never knitted before, so I bought some yarn and knitting needles and now I am making a scarf. It's relaxing and a sense of accomplishment as it gets longer. Lauren is staying busy organizing the heart and kidney pins. We are waiting for the order to come in. If you have placed an order with Lauren she has the envelopes all set to go out. Also Lauren and I began gambling. LOL I buy the $2.00 crossword scratch tickets (they take time to do). Every couple of days I walk down to the store turn in the winners and get new ones. We were up to $60.00 at one time, now we are at $20.00. Big gambler here.
We try our best to stay busy and stay positive. I will not let us get into a rut, which could be easy to do. My son Mikey and his family come every weekend, which is so nice. Also my son calls me every day to make sure we are ok. He is a great guy. If I need anything Mikey and Katie are right there all the time. I tell them they are the glue that keeps this family together. I couldn't ever have a better daughter-in-law than Katie. Love you.
Today is day 35. This would be a perfect time for her to get her gift of life. Recovery would go so much better than last time. Lauren is strong and as healthy as she can be. I wish our prayers could be answered today.
I would like to thank everyone for all your love and support, when we look at the wall of cards it's a reminder we are not alone. Thank you. Every card we receive goes on our wall.
Sending our love from Boston to you
Strength in a Heartbeat, Diary of a Heart Transplant
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