|All the bits, twice a day! The orange line is every other day|
I have to carry a spare drug kit and pump with me at all times in case of emergency and an interruption to the pump and I have to check the catheter entry site daily for any signs of infection and report any unusual symptoms I may be experiencing in case it's due to infection. An infection getting into the blood stream can cause septicaemia, which is life threatening. So having this drug does bring its challenges, but being well prepared and knowing the signs for infection these risks can be minimised.
|All the extra bits: keeping sterile, sharps bin and waste tray|
|Dressing change time|
Aside to all of this, I was brought back down to earth even more by a letter I received from the Transplant Team, along with all the other patients waiting for lungs. The letter explained about all the various types of lungs I may be offered: smokers lungs; lungs belonging to a patient with a brain tumour; lungs from an older person; lungs from a drug addict or someone with high risk sexual behaviour; organs from a donor following a cardiac death; organs that have been placed on a machine to improve their function before transplantation. Now all this sounds very daunting and also highlights what a chronic shortage of organs there is. This had already been explained to me during my transplant assessment, but it is hard to see it all noted down in one long list, but I have had to agree to have whatever can be offered, the alternative isn't much option. I also trust the Transplant Team fully that they will check the organs are fully suitable before going ahead with a transplant and I'm not going to dwell on it any further, it's yet another thing that can go into one of those storage compartments I have in my head.
We did have a chuckle though trying to imagine different scenarios of receiving lungs from someone who had the whole range of problems, what would the chances of that be? Well as long as they are good strong lungs, I would be more than happy to accept the wonderful gift and be grateful for evermore!
It's a good job there is a lot of support around at times, support from other patients who are going through the same, there are quite a few of us and support from patients who have PH. On Saturday it was good to meet up with the Papworth PH Matters Support Group in the Papworth village library. This group is for patients and anyone else who has been affected by PH. We had some excellent speakers, the chairman of the PHA Association UK, who just happens to be a PH specialist nurse too and specialist nurse from Papworth informing us about many aspects of PH. We enjoyed a lovely buffet, raffle and a good chat. Everyone is welcome to the meetings, you do not have to be a Papworth patient and next time in June we are going to get a tour of the path lab at Papworth and see what they get up to with all those blood samples they like to take, we will also have a talk about all the different blood tests we have to suffer! We will also be having a talk in September from one of the PH research team from Cambridge University. The help, support and professional information we get from the group is invaluable to us patients, so thank you to all those who voluntarily organise everything for us. The dates for the next meetings are: Saturday June 22nd; Saturday September 7th; Saturday November 30th. The meetings are held in the Papworth Everard Library Complex and start at 12 noon, everyone is made really welcome.
Well it's time for all guns blazing: dentist, eye testing and a visit from BUPA to service my medical pumps on Monday and warfarin clinic on Tuesday morning and by Tuesday mid day I will be checking in on Duchess ward at Papworth. Mr G is now in charge of updating my blog ...