Anything is possible
heart transplant, inspirational story, organ transplant
I know it has been awhile since my last update, but so much has been happening. My last post I mentioned the heart transplant team was going to decide if Lauren would be accepted to receive another heart.
Last Wednesday the doctor came into Lauren's room, sat on her bed and told us she was denied. We sat there in shock, because we knew what denied meant. We asked why, how come? We were then hit with a bigger shock. Lauren needs a kidney also, plus they were not sure if her body could handle another major surgery. Talk about feeling lost for words. A couple of weeks ago life was fine, now my daughter is in need of two organs to live. I am not even going to say the words but, you can only imagine what the thought process was.
Then there was hope, they had the kidney transplant team get involved. Lauren had many tests done then finally a kidney biopsy. Not sure what we were praying for, results from the biopsy came back Lauren's kidney are failing and they approved her for a kidney transplant. So many different doctors in and out of room, social workers and a department that visits with patients to make sure their final wishes are vocalized. That was enough to put us over the edge.
The final assessment was from her neurologist, to see if her body could handle these surgeries. Results are he agreed she is strong enough. So Lauren is being presented to the heart transplant team again with the OK from the other teams. Lord knows we re praying our hearts out that she gets approved tomorrow.
When they first mentioned she needs a kidney, I told them without even thinking "take one of mine". I was told that if Lauren has a double transplant it is safer to come from the same donor. The body only has to fight off organs that came from the same person.
Today marks 2 weeks here in the hospital. Lauren has her central line in and she was fitted for her life vest to go home with. They are telling us if approved she can do the waiting at home if everything stays stable. At this point today, Lauren is still holding on to fluids. They are trying all different medications to get her stable. Once stable they will take her off the IV medication and try the pill form to go home with. So as far as how long, that is the big question. Don't know. I just pray we will be home for Christmas.
Yesterday I was taking a walk, and a nurse asked me if I was ok. I didn't have an answer. She told me I was in shock, the body and mind need to absorb what is going on. I am sorry if I haven't called anyone, but every time I would start to talk I would end up crying. Dean has been here most of the time, but needed to go home to go to work. If I need him, he will be here in a minute. My son Mikey and his family has been wonderful. Great support for us.
Lauren is scared, but my little pollock is really trying to stay positive. Don't know where she is getting it from, but maybe from a crazy mother living with her.
So much has happened in two weeks, our lives have turned upside down. I am so happy we are in the best hospital in the world. I know they are going to do all they can for her.
If you can keep Lauren in your prayers, she can use them.
With much love, Lynne
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