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Old 08-28-2008, 02:50 PM   #21
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She will be in our thoughts and prayers. Best wishes for a speedy and better than ever recovery.
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Joe, what caused her to need the transplant so young?
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You'd be surprised at the lung conditions that younger people have. The primary condition that afflicts younger people is cystic fibrosis. More and more people under the age of 60 are getting diagnosed with COPD also.

Joe - good luck and I will say a prayer for her. Any updates on surgery?
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Old 08-28-2008, 04:44 PM   #24
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I hope all is well.

I found out the other day that a friend of mine is a friend of hers, small world.
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Old 08-28-2008, 05:01 PM   #25
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Thanks, all. Still no word. I found out that they didn't actually start until a couple of hours ago, it'll be probably 7 or 8pm before we have another update. After that she's going to be in isolation for 24 hours, so it'll be tomorrow night at the earliest before I can get in to see her. So for the moment I'm staying put in Port Charlotte.

Kinda weird that this decided to happen while I was not just in town, but actually staying at the family house. The phone rang this morning at about 5:30 as I was sleeping on the couch, and I just rolled over and tried to go back to sleep. About two minutes later I hear crying- the women are all hysterical, her daughter (3 years old) is freaking out, etc etc...

Just last night, she & I were joking about how she'd seen some TV news story the day before about underage drinking and how a record number of teens had been killed this past year, and she couldn't help but think "Well, that's more chances for me!" Just freaky...

Stephanie nailed it- CF. Actually, I'm surprised you knew about that, Steph, it's not a "big name" disease, but it's one that's almost universally fatal by the late teens to early 20s. She's already outlived the odds, so I guess every day after today is gravy.

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Still sorta wondering why you reffering to her as your "hot" sister... I'm doing my best not to walk through the door you just opened
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Of course I need to be careful how I phrase this to my wife. Can't say: "I'm praying for a hot 26 year old girl."
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just be thankful...iirc, you can get pain medicine with a lung transplant....
It's my understanding that they actually perform some kind of nerve block around the effective areas. The problem is that, immediately after sawing your whole abdomen apart and gutting you like a turkey, they want you up and about, breathing deeply, etc pretty much the next day, to get the new organs up and running properly. This would obviously be hellishly painful, so instead of oral or even IV analgesics, they simply deaden all the nerves in the area so you don't feel ****.
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Joe,

I hope all goes well. Last year our club donated all the proceeds from the MMG we hosted to the American Kidney Foundation. One of our members is a transplant survivor, and I know that all will turn out great for your sister.

It's those kind of foundations that make it possible for transplants to happen, and we are thinking about you, your family and especially her.

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Stephanie nailed it- CF. Actually, I'm surprised you knew about that, Steph, it's not a "big name" disease, but it's one that's almost universally fatal by the late teens to early 20s. She's already outlived the odds, so I guess every day after today is gravy.
You are right, she has done quite well to make it this far. That is awesome!

You pick up all sorts of odd info at the pulmonologist office. Unfortunately, I have spent too much time in one of those offices lately.

Your sister will do great. Imagine all the possibilities now!
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Luck and hope for you and your's.

If she's been dealing with CF for this long she's likely tough. That's good and will help her gut out the recovery. All the best.
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A good friend of mine married a girl with CF, I remember seeing her after a treatment and how sad it was.
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Will be praying for her. Prayer does wonders!!!
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We are keeping her in our prayers. God Bless.
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Old 08-28-2008, 09:47 PM   #32
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Well, just got word that she's finally out of surgery. Apparently it's a good sign when the surgeon walks into the waiting room with "a ****-faced grin" after all is said and done. Took bloody well long enough, though I suspect I'd be hard pressed to do an engine swap in 8 hours if it was necessary to keep the car running the whole time.

So, now we wait. She'll be in isolation for a day or two before we can actually get in to see her, and then of course we're looking a probably a month in the hospital before she can come home. Serious **** this is...

Somewhere in Tampa tonight a family is grieving that their son won't be coming home, but he didn't die for nothing.
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though I suspect I'd be hard pressed to do an engine swap in 8 hours if it was necessary to keep the car running the whole time.
Just had to throw out a car joke even at a time like this huh?

Seriously though, glad everything has worked out good so far and hope it continues to do the same.
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modern medicine is insane, best wishes
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Hope everthing works out.
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Im really glad to hear everything is going good so far. Keep us updated.
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That's great news Joe, your sister sounds like a fighter!
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That's fantastic. I wish her the best and for a quick recovery.
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brew her a keg!
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Make her a video! Then show us!
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