I thought these holidays would take me out. I had 3 days in a row at the hospital this week & will next week. But I did ok. I can do a bit more each day.
My therapy team is awesome. They are really getting movement & stiffness out in my shoulder & left arm which is significantly weaker. Also a pain in the butt since I’m a lefty. Luckily, I’m ambidextrous enough to compensate enough. It’s finally coming along.
I’m reminded of the true reality of transplant.
One of the women in our hospital support group on social media died yesterday. She had the transplant & got her lungs but took a turn for the worst & went into organ failure. The surgery was too much for her body.
It hit us all pretty hard because she was so supportive of others even though she spent months in the hospital prior to her transplant. She was a sweet woman.
But sadly, not everyone comes through this journey.
Yet another reason I’m grateful for how well I’m doing. Why I take things day by day.
I built up 5 months before surgery as sick as I was. I think that made a difference, but not everyone can do that & even some that do face complications.
I was prepared for best & worst but luckily am farther along than I thought I’d be.
That 9 month wait and the year before really took their toll, I won’t lie.
I’m just grateful I have a wonderful support system & friends & family to lean on & did during that time.
Not everyone does.