This Monday was what is now becoming traditionally known as 'Blue Monday', when everyone is supposed to be well and truly fed up with winter and summer feels a long way off still, plus all the New Year resolutions have probably been broken. For me, well it's feeling a bit dreary with the weather and it's a struggle to get up in the morning, but then again I've always struggled to get out of bed for as long as I can remember, so that's nothing new!
I am trying really hard to be as active as I can each day, so I can build up my strength and keep my muscles working well in readiness for my transplant, hopefully this may give me a better chance for an easier recovery. The physiotherapist at Papworth advised me that walking, within my limits and at a pace I can manage is the best form of exercise for me at the moment. So on Tuesday we decided to go out for lunch, then go for a walk in the woods with our cameras. Very cold weather can make me struggle to breathe if it's windy, but this day was a calm day. We went to the Red Lion pub, near Welwyn village - www.theredlionwelwyn.co.uk/, which faces a beautiful woodland called Sherrardspark, which is on the edge of Welwyn Garden City www.sherrardsparkwood.com/
by Robert Burns
In the eighteenth century when Burns was alive the concept of transplant, modern medicine and the NHS were not thought of, but back to modern day and the latest statistics from the NHSBT show that there are only eighteen people in the UK waiting for a heart and double lung transplant. That is not very many of us, but put in the context that only two of these operations have been done in the last year due to the shortage of organ donors, then you will understand that I will be one very lucky lady if I get that all important phone call. It looks very likely that I have one extremely long wait still ahead of me, during which time I need to keep well enough for transplant.
I've been waiting for my transplant for 492 days now, so that means that 1476 people will now have died while waiting for their transplant during this time too. In Burn's day, you would have had to go on horseback riding through the glens and mountains to get help and computers were unheard of, but if you wish to help, if you haven't done already, then just a simple click on the links below is all that's needed, no need to go out in the cold looking for your horse!