I can't believe it. The day has finally come. What a whirlwind of an adventure. I have laughed, cried, bled, worked my a$$ off, had ups and downs and all kinds of surprises and hiccups in my journey. But today is the day. I am being released from University of WA Hospital and moving into the Transplant House with my momma!
We were provided additional training today by several people. The nurses from both the liver and lung post transplant teams met with us to review safety and health precautions. What to look out for, symptoms we shouldn't ignore, timing of my meds, discussions about upcoming appointments. We also met with the pharmacist who made sure I had filled my pill box correctly and reviewed medications once again. We also met with a very nice lady who taught us how to administer medications through a port I still have placed for vancomycin. This medication is necessary for at least another week to get rid of an infection they found in my blood recently. We learned how to prepare everything in a sterile manner, were taught how to use the equipment for the infusions, etc. Both mom and Eli were trained and tested regarding this process and I think they will both do a fantastic job, although they are clearly nervous about this responsibility.
We will be at the Transplant House for at least a month as I continue to be closely monitored and keep up with all of my therapy too build my strength back up. It is exciting but also just a little bit scary. I am used to having someone monitor me closely, 24/7, even while I am sleeping. The thought of that safety net being removed is terrifying if I am being completely honest. Fortunately this move does mean I get my MOMMA back by my side! The last couple of weeks without her have been brutal to say the least.
Eli is coming today to help us get moved and settled into the apartment. She has been tested for Covid and has been quarantining to make this possible and I am so incredibly thankful for her help!
This is one step closer to me being back home with my loved ones. Sleeping in my own bed. Snuggling with my pupper. Meals and bummin' around the house with my mom, Eli and Alden. I am so looking forward to living without being dependent on oxygen tanks and tubes. This is a second chance at life for me and I will NOT take it for granted or have this opportunity be wasted. I'll be seeing you all soon enough!