Sunday, May 29, 2011

Transplant Anniversary Party

Saturday we had a gathering for all of our family and friends that supported both Jim and I through this crazy transplant journey. Here are some pictures:

My yummy chocolate martini!

Team Sheldon, Sheldon and The Rock

Chicken satay...or as some people like to call it "chicken on a stick" ;)

A girl I used to work with made the cake! I'm so happy with the way it turned out and it tasted amazing! Here's her web site in case you're interested. The lungs are cake and the trachea was formed with rice krispie treats! Purple ribbon for CF and green ribbon for Organ Donation Awareness. If you haven't followed the blog from the beginning, the reason for "Pristine" being on the cake can be explained here, here, here, here and here. Basically, it's the word that we have been using to describe Jim's lungs since he had his first bronch.

Our support crew! You have no clue how much we cherish all of you

Team Sheldon - Holly, Shannon, Michelle and Barb. You guys are THE best!

The menu with a special saying on it from J

Yet again, I thank Jim's donor and his family for giving us the chance to enjoy a special evening with wonderful family and friends.

Oh, this blog set up stinks. The comments aren't matching the pictures. Must make time to figure this out...

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Mini Vacation

So we got a new MacBook and I have to say that I do not like the way it works with this blog. I can't move the pictures around the way I want them.
Oh well...I'll have to play around with it later.

We had a great little vacation in Atlantic City.

We had a nice dinner at Bobby Flay Steakhouse at the Borgata. I ordered cheesecake for dessert. The waiter surprised us with candles on it for Jim's transplant anniversary.

We did plenty of walking on the boardwalk, in the casinos and LOTS of shopping at the outlet shops. Jim tired me out again!

We saw a free concert with the lead singer from Live at The House of Blues on Saturday.

Jim is having some serious abdominal pain and nausea today. He's been sleeping off and on all day. Thank God for pain and anti-vomiting meds!
Thank you donor and donor family for allowing us to have yet another great trip!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

365 days later...

...and things are going great,

Right now we're driving on the turnpike but it's for a totally different reason compared to last year at this time! We are on our way to Atlantic City for a little celebratory getaway. We've got a 2 night comp at the Taj Mahal.

Emotions are very odd today. There is a mixture of sadness for Jjm's donor and his family, fright because of the unknown, excitement and also happiness. Needless to say I was a bit shaky this morning and took a Xanex. As usual, I'm thinking of what we were doing last year at this time and what the donor family was going through. 11:30ish was when I got the call from Jim to come home from work because HUP called for an offer of lungs. Finally at 6:18 I was told it was a go and refused to believe it until I had the receptionist call the nurse in the OR to confirm again. So, it was a go and then the wait began. I can say that I was not really worried that Jim wouldn't make it through surgery. I think I was actually more relieved that something would happen. Good or bad, Jim couldn't continue living the way he was.

Today we celebrate Jim's gift of life and are so very thankful for his donor and his family. May they know that even though their loved one is gone, they are still living on through Jim and he is taking great care of them! And without a doubt we thank friends, family and all of our blog readers for helping this crazy journey be a little easier. Love you all dearly!

Now, on to enjoy out mini-vacation!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Normal's been awhile since I blogged and even longer since Jim has. I figured I should probably post something even though things have been, dare I say, normal lately. Last night we went to First Friday in Bethlehem. I've been wanting to go to it for years but Jim was in no condition to walk around. But now...totally different story! We had dinner at an Italian restaurant on one end of town then walked several blocks checking out the different stores. Just another milestone in post-transplant life.

Jim's one year transplant anniversary is fast approaching and we already have plans to spend the time in Atlantic City with a 2 night comp room at the Taj!

There really isn't much to say. Things have been great!

Here are some new pictures from the celebrity bartending event last month. More to follow...

As usual, thank you to Jim's donor and his family for allowing us to enjoy the little things in life! here to become and organ donor!