Heart and Soul – One woman’s journey through a heart transplant
Welcome to the weekly blog of a Donate Life Northwest volunteer who has graciously offered to tell the story of her journey through the organ transplant process. She will post to this blog every Monday and Wednesday so you can ride this bumpy road with her.
A second interesting thing happened the same day as the winery tour. I’m trying very hard to adhere to all those new rules and regulations in the “red book” of post transplant living. Avoiding exposure to the sun is another hard one for me. I am a sun worshiper, made harder by living here in the Pacific Northwest. But adhering to this rule? I am, for the risk of skin cancer for me now is very, very high. I have purchased lots of 70 SPF sunscreen and keep it in my car, in my purse, in all the bathrooms. I have bought hats - lots of hats! Hats that I previously did not like to wear have become standard attire this summer. I have also bought lightweight, long sleeved blouses to go over tank tops and longer shorts and capris. So today, I am dressed in a tunic with long silk shorts and a big straw hat. This woman comes over to me and says, “I like your costume.” Costume? I think, hmmmm. “I can’t be in the sun” I say, reserving the real headliner for later if I need it. “Neither can I” she says, although I can’t help noticing her linen tank dress. “Where did you get your tunic?” she asks, and I reply honestly that I can’t remember because I have been buying a lot of things like these the past few months. “May I touch it?” she asks. ” Go away!” I think to myself.
The author is a heart failure patient going through the transplant listing process. She also is a nurse and former hospital administrator. She would like to thank Donate Life Northwest for permitting her to post her observations on the Donate Life Northwest website. She also wants to emphasize that all opinions and views stated in the posts are her own and not those of Donate Life Northwest.