Since I published my blog last week, we had the wonderful news that my friend Anne got her phone call on Thursday to say they had got a match for her new heart and lungs. She went into the operating theatre very early on Friday morning and we had what felt like a very long wait during Friday day time to hear any news. Again, like when Sita had her transplant, it really brought it home to me what the family has to go through while they wait for news. Anne's brother kindly updated us all that her operation had gone as well as it could and by Sunday morning Anne was sitting up in bed asking for Jelly Babies. By Monday evening she had even managed to find the WiFi and was posting on facebook and having a chat with me and a joke with Rob. I found this rather amazing given that she only had her transplant on Friday and am so pleased to hear that things are progressing well. She is still really tired and has a long recovery to face now and Rob and I, together with many others are wishing her all the very best of luck for her recovery. We are hoping to go and see her soon if she feels up to it.
Since we met up in October we have all managed and I think I can say thanks to each other, to have more contact with lots of other transplant patients and we have become part of the 'Transplant Community', who give each other much support and along with the support we get from the PH community, this is invaluable.
|Ebbing and flowing just like the numbers|
|Just waiting, waiting, waiting|
Currently over 90% of the population say they would be happy to receive the gift of life and take an organ if they found out they were dying, yet only 31% have actually signed the organ donor register.
Although many more people have now signed up, this figure has only increased by 1% in the last year. There is much more likelihood that you may need an organ, rather than have to donate. So a very sobering thought for those people who just can't be bothered to sign up.
|If you were in the eye of the storm you would take one gratefully|
|Just in the lap of the gods|
|New life just waiting to emerge!|
|And now they're beautiful swans|