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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Infection/rejection

I'm in Pittsburgh at UPMC and I have been here for just over a week. It all started about 3 weeks ago....

In Idaho a nasty cough was going around and I was trying ever so diligently to avoid picking it up. I thought I was out of the clear when I began to notice my energy level drop tremendously and within a couple days I developed a cough. I called my local pulmonologist and was quickly seen. However, I've now learned a very hard lesson on who to trust with my care. Everything he did (and didn't) do for me lead me down deeper into the rabbit hole of my troubles. He didn't order PFT's despite me asking, he didn't order a CT scan until it was too late. He NEVER consulted my transplant team. He put me in an antibiotic that did more harm than good and he laughed at the idea of needing a bronch. After just 5 days I took my life into my own hands and contacted my transplant Doctor directly. 

Within one day we were on an airplane from Idaho to PITT. I was admitted through the ER where they were expecting my arrival with orders from Dr.Pilewski (transplant expert) 💕

They began treating me for an obvious nasty infection that was brewing out of control. I cultured B.cepacia along with psudomonious 

They took me in for a bronch (first one in 7 years)!! Bronchs are high risk with culturing b.cepacia and they only do them under circumstances of medical nessesity. They found what they suspect is rejection however it is nothing like what they've seen before. I have been in the UPMC Hospital for over a week and will continue to stay close to my center during the duration of my treatment. 

My husband has been with me and not working, we will be staying at the local family house where I can continue to heal. With all the travel, medical expenses and expense of being away from home we need some help. 

If you can help please do. If you can share my story & gofundme please do. 

I'm just 5 months away from my 10 year transplantiversary and this little bump in the road is not going to get me down. Prayers are answered in Gods way and despite the fear, stress, expenses and other emotions I have I am still humbled and grateful for everything my life is and my trials that make me stronger. 

I will post updates and pictures. 

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