As I Was Saying 02/15/2012
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.
I am sitting once again in a window seat in the Kohler Pavilion at OHSU, 11th floor, room 6 to be exact. Have been here 4 days now. Admitted with a gut infection - Diverticulitis with microperforations. Kind of dicey in someone who’s been transplanted and is immune-suppressed. The docs don’t mess around, so here I am. Kind of freaks me out to be honest. A bit like the twilight zone except I am not as high on steroids, just in more pain. It’s really hard on my son. He hasn’t been up to visit. I think it’s bringing it all back. I feel very bad I can’t be there for him, and it’s the start of the basketball season, just like last year.
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.