Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Right about now...

...5 months ago, Jim would have been in surgery getting his new PRISTINE lungs put in place!

He went from looking like this:

To this:
within 5 months. How freaking amazing is that???!

5 months and a day ago was just an average day in the Fahr household...me wondering when the real call would come, worried about how long Jim would be able to live the way he was...constantly on O2, coughing and gasping for air.

Jim summed it all up today when he said "Dreams do come true!" And check it out, these numbers don't lie:

To sum the above up...his lung capacity has increased by 3% overall!

Dr. H showed us the difference between his CXR from September 28th to the one he got taken today and those new windbags look amazingly better and more defined!
Dr. H also showed us a pic of his new lungs just after transplant surgery. They were very cloudy and undefined because of the PGD issue. Thankfully we did not see that picture back then! So I guess you could say that Jim and his new lungs are getting along just fine.

Last week Jim went to the dermatologist because of the spot that he has had on his chest for a few months. Originally our family doc though it was a fungal infection and told him to put Mometasone cream on it which didn't help at all. The dermatologist decided to take a few hair follicles that were on the spot and then scraped some of the skin off and sent it to be tested.

It will take about 2 weeks to see if any type of infection or fungal growth is found. If all is clear then they will do a biopsy. It is doubtful that it is a fungal growth since he is already on an anti-fungal med (v-fend) for the aspergillus that was found in his last bronch.

"I should have been dead so may times over in my life. Do you know how weird that is?"
"I'm stoked!" Jim - regarding his PFT and xray results.

All of this would not have been possible without the help from Jim's donor and his family...thank you!

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  1. We are ALL stoked!!! :)))
    WTG Jim, Nisey and pristine lungs!!!

  2. Hey Jim, you are doing amazing. Can I ask you a question, what exercise do you do to get that lung function UP? I am 6 months post transplant and my FEV1 is 85% which is amazing for me as it was 12% pre trans. However I blew 85% three months ago, and now it has just stayed the same. I do loads of walking and weights, can't seem to jog yet as my legs now hurt like mad, any info would be great. Best of luck and keep up the great work. Cheers Alison from Ireland x

  3. Great news on the improvement in PFTs! It is crazy how in just a few months things can go from so bad to so awesome!

  4. Look at those cheeks! Total facial transformation.