Friday, March 20, 2015


So as I recover from my Lung Transplant, and the healing continues, albeit slower than I would like, I get to do things I haven't been able to do for a very, very long time. I've written about this before and the things I've been dreaming of doing. Some I've been able to do: go for my first walk outside; go to the hair dresser; sleep lying down with no oxygen to name a few of my FIRSTS since my transplant.

Last Night I got to do one of the things that I've been dreaming about since I got sick and since I had my Transplant. Go out to dinner! My cousin from California is visiting and my parents, my brother and his wife and I all went out to dinner! I also got to wear "Real" clothes for the first time since I got sick. I had been living in warm up style clothes before the Transplant because "real" clothes were extremely uncomfortable. I already couldn't breathe and putting on jeans just made it even harder to breathe. Then there was all that Prednisone weight I gained that meant NOTHING I owned fit; literally NOTHING fit. So that would have really been impossible.

I have since lost all the Prednisone weight and knew in my head I could get into all my clothes again, but I was still uncomfortable in regular clothes; the post surgical incision is still uncomfortable and then there's the open wound I've written about that I now have a Wound Vac attached to. I couldn't figure out if I could make that work with regular clothes.

But I persisted, found my comfy jeans and some nice tops; put on some nice jewelry - I even got my rings on again. When I had all that Prednisone weight, I couldn't get my rings on and for a while after I lost the weight, my fingers were still a bit swollen and the rings were tight, but tonight they fit just fine.

A dear friend had given me a lovely necklace that says "Just Breathe" and I wore that tonight. I felt so normal, it was great. My first night out to dinner since I got sick, but more important - my first night out to dinner since I got my Transplant! And best of all, with family!  Another of my "dreams" that has come true! And we even went to the restaurant where my niece is a server and she waited on our table. We had so much fun! I'm exhausted but it was so worth it. 

So last night I celebrated another milestone: My First Night Out to Dinner!

Wearing "Real" Clothes for the First Time!

(Left to Right)
Sister-in-Law; Cousin; Brother

(Left to Right)
Dad, Mom, Me with my Mask Pulled Down for Photo

Me and our Waitress, My Niece

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