My Burning Question 02/22/2012
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.
Can’t believe it’s been almost a month, but there have been two holidays and a lot of basketball and all that goes with it to blame for not sitting down and putting pen to paper. Interesting that now that I have the time, I am right back where I wrote from before – an OHSU hospital room. Bummer! Not the same room; not as nice a view, but I don’t plan on staying as long either. Same floor, same reason. Getting a lot easier to know how to throw the "going to the hospital" bag together. Everyone’s been great, I must confess. They put the dreaded duckbill mask on me in the ER and in the hallways for my own protection. I have my one year test result clinic visit tomorrow, but we will do it a bit differently than originally planned, now as an inpatient. I have my questions ready and foremost on my list is “On a scale of 1-10 how does my post-transplant experience rate?” I am very interested in the answer. I will let you know.
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.