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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
We hope all of our family and friends have a Very Merry Christmas and a safe and HEALTHY New Year!!
I am going to finish with This quote from the Unos.org website. Please read and really think about what you are reading. "Without the organ donor, there is no story, no hope, no transplant. But when there is an organ donor, life springs from death, sorrow turns to hope and a terrible loss becomes a gift."-2009 UNOS Annual report.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Well I am bored in the hospital, all my test came back negative. Still just waiting for the heart. I do have the best room and view on the floor. I do want to thank everyone for the donations. It's helping a lot. If you or a family member are have harry problems, may god bless you. Please pass this blog to people you know and donate your organs.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
My wonderful co-workers are throwing Larry and I a benefit/fundraiser on Oct. 27th in St. Peters at Mark's sports bar and grill. I think it starts at 4 pm and goes all night. they will also have an silent auction. Kids are welcome to come from 4 to 8. After 8 pm the kids are no longer aloud to stay in the bar. I will have more on this later, but I wanted to keep you all informed.There is also a donate button on the right side of this page, if you will not be able to make the benefit, and would like to donate, please feel free to click on that.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
While he was in the hospital, they figured out that the insurance company had figured the home health care totals wrong and that he was still able to have a nurse come once a week. THANK the good Lord!!
In the mean time, we are still waiting on the call for the heart transplant. It has been almost 3 months of waiting and I am getting very anxious about it all. I know it will come when it is meant to, but I am not a very patient person, especially when you never know when you could get that call. Thank you all again for your prayers and support through all of this!
My amazing co-workers are throwing us a benefit/fundraiser on Oct. 27th in St Peters. I will have more on this at a later time. Keep checking back for more information.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
UNOS is United Network for Organ Sharing and is the private, non-profit organization that manages the nation's organ transplant system under contract with the federal government. Larry is Multi-Listed under UNOS which means that you are listed on multiple lists throughout your area. So he is on the list in many different cities that are close enough to fly the heart in. UNOS has a website if you are interested in more information. www.unos.org.
The actual heart transplant surgery is much easier and faster than the LVAD surgery. They say it is only about 4 hours and that the recovery time is not as long either. As long as everything goes well, they like the patients to be up and walking the next day after surgery. He will have multiple Dr. visits the first couple months after the surgery to make sure his body is not rejecting the heart. And when I say multiple, I mean twice a week for months. With any organ transplant, there is always a chance of rejection and they do as much as they can before and after the surgery to ensure that your body is not rejecting the organ.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Larry's Version: I had a bad headache that saturday and it went away. This was one of the signs of a stroke. Well I never knew how it was or what a stroke was like. I had just heard of people having bad problems. Well after the work out and lifting weights that day, I got home and noticed my hand was not working as fast as the other hand. slowly my hand and arm were not working or like they were in slow motion. At about 12 am that night my hand and arm were flopping around like dead weight. I was so scared and was crying cause my arm was not working. The few days I waited was getting worse. After we found out it was a stroke and made it to barnes, they were very suprised I was talking and walking due to how bad the brain bleed was. I really think that constant working out and eating right helped me and my body to stay strong. You really never know how much you need your hands and arms till they do not work. I have been working very hard and attending rehab five days a week. I have gotten the strength back and we are working on the small motor skills. One thing I realized after going to my uncle's church was that I still had it good and was blessed because the guy infront of me had lost his arm and was still making it. If he was able to get dressed and shower, then I know I would be able to get back to my crazy self.
I just want to say that we should never take things for granted, and take things a day at a time cause things can be taken from you in the blink of an eye. One last thing, if you find your self saying you hate your life or life sucks, well trade places with a war vet that has lost their legs, or a cancer patient. I'm pretty sure if your walking and talking with out any health problems then things are going ok. There always someone worse off then you.