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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Rejection

What more can a organ recipient ask for than 9.5 years of healthy rejection free life. The reality is rejection is real and even as far out and "safe" I knew deep down it too would happen to me to just didn't know when. I guess no one can really be prepared for rejection and what it does to our bodies. I certainly was not ready. Within 5-7 days of having some chest congestion I began to realize this was not a normal cold/cough. I had seen my local pulmonologist after just a couple days of getting my cough. He was arrogant and ignorant and his care plan put me in grave danger. I listened to my body and went over his head to my transplant team. My fev1 had dropped 35% and my entire body felt off. My husband got plane tickets that day and we flew across the country to my transplant center in Pittsburgh. I barely made the trip
And was admitted through the ER. Immediately they put me on IV antibiotics as well as inhaled.

I was shocked at how fast my body declined, I felt like I was dying. All the fears and emotions from
Before my transplant resurfaced a it was so incredibly hard to not break down..to stay strong and push foward. 

We watched Wonder Woman before heading back to Pittsburgh. I'm far from
Wonder Woman but I fight my battles head on and take on challenges placed before me with courage & hope. 

We've raised some money to help with all our travel & expenses at this time. The love & generosity people have shown to me is just amazing. I am such a blessed person to have my life filled with beautiful souls who wrap their love around me and give me strength to endure. 

Officially I'm in acute mild rejection. It's treatable and I will start the solumedral tomorrow -Sunday. I have my best friend and incredible husband by my side. I know God loves me & hears my prayers...this too shall pass. 

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

3 comments:

sydney purser said...

I just love your amazing strength, you are truly a super hero!
Bless your hearts!

Reagan Gardner said...

Be so strong Jamie. I know you are and just typing that seams weird. But everyone get drawn down at times and it helps to have confirmation. You are the magic, the ever powerful Unicorn. What happens will happen, but you tell your damn body and mind that people need you, so woman up lungs, let's agree to agree!!!! Hayleymaeley@yahoo!!

Team Starla said...

Hi Jamie, I followed you forever through blogger before I moved to Tumblr. I came back to blogger and read your recent posts. I am so sorry to hear you are in rejection but you'll get through it! Hang in there!

I went through a rejection that started in 2015. I am out of it now.

Terri (Team Starla)

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