I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears, behold I will heal thee.
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Thursday, April 29, 2010

you’re a lung transplant patient when . .

I got this from a lung transplant forum. It made me laugh! The arrows are my comments I added :)

You know you’re a lung transplant patient when:

You have pills, masks and antibacterial hand gel in your pocket or purse <----pills and hand gel yes!

Your signature looks like you used an Etch-A-Sketch to sign, because of drug induced tremors <---haha! I was told once in an acting workshop I need to stop shaking, wish I could!

You know your creatine, lung function, white cell count, and prograf level intimately. <--- Very

You talk to your health care providers like they are friends (or enemies?). <---Friends

Your cough-sniffle radar is on high alert in public places and you run away in hysterical paranoia when someone sneezes or coughs near you <----YES!!!

Your diabetes is a piece of cake compared to everything else you’ve been through <---Luckily I don't have to deal with this too much.

Any day above ground is a good day <----hahahaha.....very true!

You honor and appreciate your donor family with all your heart (or lungs) <----Absolutely!

You freak out with any fever, wheeze, phlegm, shortness of breath, or pain in your lungs <---totally

You are terrified of children because of their germs <---Just ask my siblings who all have kids!

Your insurance company hates you. <---we have a love/hate relationship

You are an “inspiration”. <----I've been told this

You have an excuse to weasel out of the dirty housework and gardening. <----Never have used it to get out of cleaning. . .it's a thought though.

You love the wrinkles you see on your face and welcome every birthday. <--of course!

Your mind wants to do more than your body can. <--My body keeps up pretty darn good.

You keep your hospital in business. <---Not anymore! Hopefully not for while.

You can drive to your hospital with your eyes closed <----LOL! I still get lost at my transplant center :)

You have felt like hell and hated your body at some point <---Life Pre-Transplant

You have felt wonderful and loved your body at some point. <----every day now!

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bo said...

Hahaha. Nice.

Anonymous said...

minus a few comments....this fits a CFers life pre-transplant. Made me LOL:)

Where to start to learn about my transplant!

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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