|Description:||Story of Nathan and his wife, Tricia who was living with cystic fibrosis ready for a double lung transplant when they realized she was pregnant.|
|Continued Improvement - Sun, 19 May 2013 17:22:00 +0000|
|Tricia is continuing to do incredibly well. She spent all of yesterday off any kind of supplemental O2, meaning she is breathing completely on her own for the first time since early October. She also walked thee laps around the hall without any O2. Her saturation did drop during the night while she was sleeping, so she may be given a little bit of O2 for the next few nights. She has been sleeping well the past 48 hours, which is very important to recovery. She had one chest tube pulled and has had some of her bandages removed. All tests and bronchs have shown no signs of infection or rejection, which is great news.|
Both of our kids are here with us this weekend, so I've been busy. Sorry for not being able to update the blog as often, but I am able to updateTwitterandInstagrama few times a day from my phone. Different family members are coming and going to spend time with Tricia, so I've been able to spend extra time with the kids, which has been nice. They like to hang out in Tricia's room and play on the extra large window sill when we're all at the hospital together. We have a great view out the front of the hospital and get to see lots of helicopters and ambulances.
I'll try to post another update ASAP about what needs to happen in the next few weeks for Tricia to be discharged, although it's basically the same as five years ago if you want to go back and read. Thank you for your continued support and prayer!
|Fast Track - Fri, 17 May 2013 02:22:00 +0000|
|The first few days after Tricia's first transplant were rough for her (if you go back and read my several posts from just after her first surgery in April 2008, you can compare with what's going on now), so we expected the same this time around, especially since the transplant team warned us several times how difficult the second time around can be. BUT, Tricia has amazed everyone these first 36 hours. She was awake and off the vent within hours, and walking by the end of the day. She felt and looked incredibly good from the start and continues to improve, and this afternoon she was moved to the stepdown unit and placed on what they call a "fast track". She is not out of the woods yet, but the past few days have been very promising and we're praying she'll avoid any setbacks and be released from the hospital within the next 2-3 weeks.|
The medical team has amazed us once again. Tricia's first surgery five years ago was about nine hours long, and was, according the Dr. Lin, one of the more difficult lung extractions he'd ever performed. This surgery was no less than 11 hours, and Dr. Lin again told us that it was an incredibly difficult extraction. Tricia gave him a big hug today and told him he was her miracle worker. She also told him how thousands of people were praying for him during the surgery, for which he said he was very thankful. So, thank you.
|Transplant Success - Wed, 15 May 2013 14:38:00 +0000|
|Surgery successful. Went as well as possible. Tricia in ICU. Hard part starts now. Please keep praying. |