I've got a lot of appointments and tests scheduled at UW this week! These trips are truly a ton of work on the part of my caretakers and if I'm being honest, they tend to just really wipe me out completely. Once again we got back to back days, with an early morning appointment tomorrow. So we decided to go ahead and stay over again, like last time. So we loaded up the car for what looks like the apocalypse and headed to Seattle. A handy tip for folks that have a ton of appointments over on the other side of the water: GET A MEDICAL PASS FOR THE FERRY! I can't count the number of times this has saved our hineys and we were able to squeeze onto a ferry. It is something your doctor has to provide for you but they can make them good for up to 90 days at a time. We pay for our tickets and print them from home, when we get to the ferry we are able to drive straight to the front of the line and they make sure we get parked by the elevators and restroom. I never knew about this handy piece of paper until I had already made many trips to Seattle but boy am I happy to have it now so wanted to share that tip!
Today I had allergy testing because one of the drugs they typically use after transplant happens to be a medication that I had a bad reaction to about twenty years ago. So they pricked a small dose under my skin, waited a half hour, pricked a slightly larger dose under my skin and waited another half hour. Since I barely had any reaction, they gave me an entire dose, orally and I waited an hour to see if I had any reaction. Which, I didn't! So, yay! I will have to come back next week to go through this same thing again for one more medication but hopefully I will be cleared as being allergic to this one and get the green light for them to use it after transplant.
Tomorrow we will be meeting with someone from the lung transplant team to go over my history again, talk about transplant and life post transplant. This will be a good appointment to have all of our questions answered. Fortunately, UW has been really great about providing information via mail, email, classes, their website, etc. So we feel pretty confident going into this meeting. The photo below is just something to make you laugh, this is how we have to pack for me to go somewhere for ONE night. I swear it is like traveling with an infant!