Tag: lung transplants

Two of the Best Dive Sites in Cozumel are full of Sea Turtles!

Two of the Best Dive Sites in Cozumel are full of Sea Turtles!

Dive sites on Cozumel often have turtles! I always love diving El Paso de Cedral (Cedar Pass) and the Palancar Reefs. I cannot think of a single trip I have taken to Cozumel when I didn’t dive them more than once. Palancar is beautiful, full of colorful coral and sponges (and turtles!). Palancar Reef is […]

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3 Years Post Transplant: A Daughter’s Perspective

Filed in Boomer, Midlife, Transplant. An Unexpected Journey by on September 18, 2016 28 Comments
3 Years Post Transplant: A Daughter’s Perspective

It has been 3 years since Randy, my husband, received the last minute gift of a double lung transplant. Randy had been on life support for almost 2 weeks, and time was running out. His lungs had failed, but no one really knew why (after the transplant at UT Southwestern Transplant Center it was determined […]

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Randy is 3 Years Post Double Lung Transplant and Doing Well!

Filed in Midlife, Transplant. An Unexpected Journey by on September 9, 2016 24 Comments
Randy is 3 Years Post Double Lung Transplant and Doing Well!

It has been 3 years since Randy, my husband, received the last minute gift of a double lung transplant. Randy had been on life support for almost 2 weeks, and time was running out. His lungs had failed, but no one really knew why (after the transplant at UT Southwestern Transplant Center it was determined […]

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How to Vanquish Germs While You Travel

How to Vanquish Germs While You Travel

Do you get sick when you travel? I do. Almost every single time. I’d come to think of it as just an unhappy consequence of traveling, but after my husband, Randy, had to have a double lung transplant (a very unexpected journey) two years ago I looked at it differently. Viruses and infections are extremely hazardous to Randy, […]

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Fab Photo Friday: White Water Rafting in Aspen!

Fab Photo Friday: White Water Rafting in Aspen!

Thank you to Blazing Adventures in Aspen, CO for a fabulous white water raft trip! We had a great time, as you can see! The guide, Mike, was super, and we not only had fun, but we learned quite a bit about the canyon and the Colorado River. Next time you are in Aspen, be […]

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Two Years in the Rapids: a Photo Essay of Gratitude

Two Years in the Rapids: a Photo Essay of Gratitude

  Today marks the two year anniversary of my husband’s double lung transplant! We are celebrating by enjoying a trip to Aspen with another couple, who stood by us all the way.  Yesterday, we whitewater rafted (and floated) the Colorado River, and I think that is a fair analogy of the last couple of years! […]

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And the Wheel is on the way back up?

And the Wheel is on the way back up?

Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin’, don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow, wheel in the sky keeps on turnin’…..(Love you, Journey!) The wheel in the sky, the wheel of fortune, the never ending roller coaster, has been pretty relentless the last few weeks.  2015 has been relentless, now that I think about it. And yes, […]

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Transplant World’s Version of the Roller Coaster

Filed in Midlife, Transplant. An Unexpected Journey by on February 1, 2015 4 Comments
Transplant World’s Version of the Roller Coaster

Recap:  Randy had a double lung transplant 17 months ago, and 3 weeks ago the doctors lowered his antiviral medication, Valcyte, because his kidneys weren’t “happy”.  Randy’s donor had had a common virus known as CMV, but Randy had never had the virus and therefore had no antibodies to it.  When they reduced the medication […]

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Philanthropy: 5 Worthy Organizations Who Need Your Help!

Philanthropy: 5 Worthy Organizations Who Need Your Help!

These organizations need you!  And, hey, just before the end of 2014, which means you can write them off your taxes! These 5 groups, foundations, organizations, are always on my Giving List, and for very good reason! 1.  Marine Megafauna Foundation: “MMF specifically focuses on the research and conservation of threatened marine megafauna species. ‘Marine […]

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9 Months Post Transplant and the Roller Coaster Ride Continues

9 Months Post Transplant and the Roller Coaster Ride Continues

In September, 2013, my husband, Randy, had a double lung transplant. The crisis happened quickly, and was certainly not anticipated by anyone.  The events were severely debilitating for Randy, who was on life support (ECMO, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, and a Ventilator), not only physically, but emotionally as well.  My two children, their significant others, and family […]

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