Thursday, February 4, 2010

Day three is in and I'm at home on my own damn couch. After days of poking and prodding it feels so great to be beyond the testing phase. I still can't shower because of the cardiac cath, but at least I'm home. I'm going to try and use some wet wipes to clean up my boys, I look like my groin was in a knife fight and lost. But the great news is the dr said my arteries and heart look great.

It's been a really tough couple of days I'm going to need some recoup time for sure.

One piece of news from yesterday is my blood type is AB+ which is very rare (3% of population). I'm not sure how this will affect me yet since there won't be as many donors to pull from, but logically there should not be as much need for them either.

Other piece of news was Pulmonary Functions FEV1 24% FVC 37% so slightly off from last time. Numbers may be slightly swayed because they were more precise and had me 5'-9 1/2" tall and 155 pounds (up 5 baby!)

But core message is I'm glad to be home, thank you everyone for your support and thank you Denise for everything!


  1. So glad you were able to blog about your daily progress. You are a lucky man to have such a wonderful wife. Especially a wife that carries your bags and gets you Starbucks. ;)

    Chapter 1 of this story is now over. Can't wait for more. I'm looking forward to reading all of the post-op updates and *fingers crossed* reading about your trip to Florida next year with new lungs!

  2. Glad its all over with! Rest up and no worries :)

  3. Glad to see you are done with all the testing and you are home! It's a grueling process. Are you listed or do you have to wait to know? Chillax and enjoy being home! :)

  4. Follow up with Dr on 23rd....all the parties I met with need to get together and talk first I guess. Kind of sucks to have to wait though. I want more detail on what the blood type thing means to me, and learn about crosslisting. Any transplant listed readers out there, your PFTs about the same as mine?

  5. Well done for getting through it. On the blood typing side, I went through the same thought process as you, but on the other side - I was O, so more donors but more demand/competition from others on the list. That said, I don't know if the system differs in the US compared to UK. I think ultimately the wait time is a lottery and is based on when the best match turns up. Good luck! You asked about PFTs when listed. Mine were about 27% FEV1 and 45% FVC, so not massively different to you. Enjoy home life and your recoup.