Wednesday 8th June

8 Jun

Harefield day! This is an extra special post just to update you on today’s developments.

I had my usual 6 monthly clinic appointment at Harefield today. We left just before 9am and drove up which took about 45mins. It takes quite a lot of planning with oxygen supplies etc but nothing compared to the last trip I did getting over here!

When I got there I met a couple of the transplant coordinators and nurses I know from before and they all commented how well I was looking and seemed pleasantly surprised that I was doing so well.

I did all my tests and gave my usual ‘gallons’ of blood (ok that is a slight exaggeration but it feels like it!) had xray and lung function tests and also an ECG and that was it for this time, nothing nasty! Then we went off and had some lunch in the cafe and then came back to clinic for 1pm.

We saw Dr Carby, (who is the main man), about 3pm and I really like him. I have met him a couple of times before and he is so nice and honest, very straight-forward. He could see the lung collapse on the xray but he agreed with Dr Lukszas advice and that it wasn’t a problem transplant wise. He also said that unfortunately my lung function is not any better than last visit which is slightly disappointing given I was quite unwell last time, but the good news is that it’s not any worse despite how ill I have been since.

Now comes the good bit: the bottom line is Dr Carby has always wanted to transplant me ASAP given my age and situation but the problem is (as we suspected) is that the surgeons are not picking me when the organs come up. This is because I look a lot worse on paper than in person. My low weight and recent hospital admissions and the late stage of my lung disease would make the surgeons think me unlikely to survive the operation and rehabilitation. However, Dr Carby is strongly of the opinion that this is not the case and feels I would do very well with a transplant. He is willing to recommend this to the surgeons and suggests given my new close location to the hospital that I come back next week to meet one of the surgeons so they can see this for themselves. Which of course we have agreed to. I’m very lucky to be getting this opportunity as I have been told before that the surgeons deliberately don’t meet recipients prior to transplant to make it an unbiased decision.

So we are waiting to hear what day next week I will go back but possibly monday or thursday. So fingers crossed. I’m really very pleased about this, obviously it’s still no guarantees but I really feel its promising progress- something we have been waiting a very long time for!

The drive back took a bit longer as got stuck in traffic and I’m very pleased to be home for an early night now. Will keep you updated as and when things happen xxx


10 Responses to “Wednesday 8th June”

  1. James Dingle June 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    Very encouraging news, Kerry. Fingers crossed for the meeting with the surgeon.

    Do let us know if there’s anything we can do to help or if you’d like visitors – we’re not so far away now!


    James and family X

  2. Anonymous June 8, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    Great news Kerry! Thanks so much for keeping us informed of the situation. Love Alison x

  3. Alison June 8, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    Hi Kerry! Great news! Thanks so much for keeping us informed of the situation. With love and prayers, Alison

  4. William Cameron June 8, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    Exellent news!Hope all goes well next week.Every small step counts!Certainly an easier trip to the hospital now. Keep well Bill.

  5. Sue Devereux June 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    Hi Kerry

    What a wonderfully positive sounding update πŸ™‚

    Take it easy now for the next few days, gather your strength and show those surgeons that you should be top of their list. Go for it girl!

    Sleep well
    Lots of love

    Sue x x x

  6. Serena June 9, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    Hi Kerry

    What a positive visit! That all sounds fantastic, will keep all fingers, toes and anything else I can think of crossed for you! Love Serena xxx

  7. jolefeuvre June 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    Hey Kerry πŸ™‚

    This is a fab update! I think you will be able to charm the pants off the surgeon – next step – transplant, in no time, fingers crossed.

    It’s great to hear that you are settling ok over there….missing you over here though. Can’t wait to see you soon-ish πŸ™‚

    Lotsa love n gentle hugs.

    Jo (and Dauny) xxxx

  8. Gerry Padden June 9, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    Well ,well ,well young Lady, this really is very encouraging reading and now you are probably thinking the long journey was worthwhile?

    Keep your chin up, rest while you can and enjoy the pampering you are no doubt receiving from the family? Please say “Hi” to your mum and everyone else, stay positive and if you ever feel down, just think of your Dad’s new glasses, they make me smile!!

    Don’t forget to keep smiling………God loves a smiler!!!

    Lots of love

    The Padden crew xxxx

  9. Mim June 10, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    Hi Kerry

    Thanks so much for the update, it is so good to hear all this good news, it is just the tonic you need…….really well done πŸ™‚

    All your hard work getting better and eating chocolate is paying off!!

    Keep your chin up Kerry, you are doing a great job…..we all send you loads of love and huggs and so does my Mum…nearly everyday!!!!

    Mim & Boys xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  10. Anonymous June 11, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    Hi Kerry

    We’ve just arrived back from Ireland and have been catching up on your blog. We are really realy happy for you. We will email some picture of Calum over the next few weeks.

    Emma and Leo

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