Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Surgery is done!

The celebration pictures. Surgery went well!

Just spoke with the surgeon and everything went well! There were minor amounts of adhesions which is completely normal for cystic fibrosis lungs because of constant infections.
He will be coming to ICU shortly and we will get to see him in about an hour. He will have 6 chest tubes and is on a ventilator. Don't know how long vent will be in, it depends how Jim does.
Lots of tears but they are of JOY and not disappointment this time!!!
Thank you everyone for the prayers and good vibes! And thanks to my FB friends for keeping me entertained and laughing!
I still cant believe this!
Love you all!

Dr. Pochettino (our hero)
Jim's surgeon


  1. Its totally unbelievable I know what your saying!! My sister had a dbl lung this March 3rd and I remember thinking the same thing. This can't really be happening!! I'm so excited to hear James on the other end of all this and see him recovering well!! Good luck to all of you in the days to come, and get some much needed rest!
    Much Love. ;)

  2. This is great. I could not sleep until I heard the news. All the AProducts folks are pulling for you and Jim. Hope to hear more by morning. We will have a big day at work tomorrow praising God for this miraculous day.

  3. YAY YAY YAY!! I am so happy for you guys I have tears in my eyes! James, you are amazing and so deserve these wonderful new lungs! Rest now and wake up ready to kick some butt! Denise, you are incredible and I totally understand why James always raves about his wonderful support! Hope you get some rest now too and that you enjoy every step of the road on your new life with your better-than-ever husband!

    I still expect you guys to meet me for coffee sometime once you're back on your feet!

    Much much love.

  4. Glad he is done. . .it will be tough week or more ahead of him, It might seem like it gets worse before it gets better. He is strong and before you know he will be walking out of that place attached to NOTHING - no more dragging around O2!

    I am sending much love your way!

  5. wow denise that is great great great news.

    as soon as you can though youre going to have to tell jimmy that the yankees lost and the red sox won while he was asleep!


  6. Fantastic news for us to wake up to!! So pleased everything went smoothly. Now comes the hard part!! Like Jamie says, it may be a tough few weeks with lots of little ups and downs and psychological battles, and it's easy to expect too much too soon. Just trust that you'll get there eventually cos it'll be AMAZING! Thinking of you both.

  7. Wonderful news!!! Keep yourself rested and hydrated!
    I am so happy for you both! Let the recovery begin!!!!!

  8. This is soooooooo AWESOME! Thank you for updating all of us! Jim is well loved and God is soooooo good! I don't know how long his recovery will take, but please let us know specifically what his needs are so we can pray. There is power in His blood & prayer! We are so excited for you!!!

  9. It is 6:30a.m. and I could not want for better news to begin my day. Today is my birthday and as I celebrate my life today I will celebrate Jim's as well. The good news of his surgery is truly the best birthday present I will receive today. As I blow out the candles on the cake tonight I will be wishing Jim a happy birthday as well.

    I am so glad to know all went well. Jim is an incredible man. His stregnth and will got him to and through this surgery. I have no doubt that we will see him dancing at Musikfest or a Callahan event this year!

    My thanks and prayers are with you and the donor family for this wonderful day!

  10. So amazing!!!! This is wonderful news to wake up to this morning! I hope that you have a quick recovery, James and that you start enjoying those new lungs soon!

    I also had the cut down the sternum since I had double lung and liver...I really don't think the recovery is any easier, but hopefully it will be for James!

  11. I am so glad this is what I woke up to this morning! Lots of healing love coming your way from Maine!

  12. getting Knechts email yesterday afternoon, my family has been praying for you & Denise. We are so glad today marks the 1st day of the rest of a NEW life you so deserve pal. God Bless you and your donor...wishing you a speedy recovery!

  13. I am sure that today is the happiest day of my sister's life !! Jim and Denise have been in our prayers for months and will continue to be.., A Jim is very very strong and will recover with zest !! Uncle Keith and I will be there for anything you need when you get home along with Doris.........Love to all, Aunt Nancy

  14. Jimmy congrats on your new beginning and my prayers are with you and your donors family. I have been following your ups and downs on a daily basis since learning of your blog. Well I am so happy for you and Denise, I hope this brings you all the new freedoms you enjoyed before.

    Bob McLaughlin