I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears, behold I will heal thee.
2Kings 20:5

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Out on Friday

Well today is Wednesday the 23rd and I guess the verdict is that I will be released on Friday the 25th so I have really one more day then I am OUTA here! My lung tissue test came back normal.....they said so far I am Cepacia free, infection free and rejection free (hooray!) I will have to stay here in Pittsburgh for at least another 6 weeks- they will be doing weekly blood work to make sure everything stays good. I am still planning on being home by April. The hurdle we are coming upon is prescription costs.......they are working them all up and we should have an idea of how much they will cost us :( I think I have pretty good prescription plan- Medicare isn't that great. We will deal with it when it comes.

I am so glad I have been given this opportunity. This transplant has changed my life in so many ways. I had to let down my tough exterior and let people help me, that was hard for me. I have grown so much closer to Heavenly Father.......he has answered my prayers and the prayers of all of you. I have grown closer to Bryan and his family. Our familys have amazed me. They spent so much time fundraising and so many of them have flown here to support and visit me. Family is such a precious gift from God and I appreciate my family and Bry's family so much more now. I am excited I am getting closer to coming home! The winter needs to be gone before I will come home :)

I found a picture on the internet of what a double lung transplant looks like- I will try to post it, it is hard to look at and think 'that's what they did to my body!' It is amazing the surgeons can even do it........truly a medical miracle.

Hey if anyone has instant messenger you can chat with me and I have a web cam, so you should be able to see me when you talk to me :) My instant messenger email is jamiebug77@hotmail.com and my username is jamiebug......so look me up!

Well- hope to hear from you soon. Thanks for the cards! Bryan had a good b-day! He spent the gift cards and money on DVD's and CD's (big suprise)

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Thank You for taking the time to read my blog. I am hoping that through this blog and my experiences that I can bring hope, faith and strength to all that may be living with Cystic Fibrosis, CF with Cepacia and Lung Transplant recipients. Information and blog entrees start Nov. 07. My Double Lung Transplant was on Dec. 10th 2007. Please feel free to read about my experience and ask me any questions! My email address is jamiebug77@gmail.com

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It's hard to put into words how I feel toward my Heavenly Father and the Savior. I have so many reasons to be thankful for what I have gone through & endured. Because of my trials in life I have gained a strong testimony of Faith. I have always had Faith in the Lord and in Prayer. As I faced the decision to get a double lung transplant I had to rely on faith to make the choice.....By listening to the spirit, I was guided to Pittsburgh where my life was saved. I believe prayers are answered. I have always tried to follow the philosophy of this: If I do what the Lord expects of me, he will give me what I want & need. That has always worked for me. I Believe in MIRACLES..........My life on this earth is a miracle- I prayed on my knees for years to be healed from my lung disease. I knew that through a priesthood blessing (if it was God's will) I could be healed. So many times I thought he would heal me instantly...my faith was tested as I continued to get sick and no cure was in my future. I turned to prayer....I talked to my Heavenly Father, I cried to him and he heard me and he healed me by guiding me to Pittsburgh and guiding the surgeons hands. I learned humility, and thankfulness. I realized that we need others to lean on and we are supposed to strengthen each others testimonies. I learned that the hardest things we'll do are usually the greatest blessings in our life. I was able to experience a lot of things during surgery and I know I had comforting angels in my ICU room. THe Lord knows each of us by name and he will never leave our side. We need to remember to stay close to him and have Faith that he is watching over us. I know this for a fact! I know that following the gospel will bring us true happiness- the world will tell us otherwise, but I know I am truely happy & living the gospel has brought me that. Amen