Day 3, Up and Running! August 28, 2013Posted by Stella☆LunaC in Mike's Big Adventure.
Tags: Cirrhosis, liver transplant
Mike is making progress by leaps and bounds! His color is returning, the bilirubins have dropped and the yellow jaundice was faded. He looks GOOD, a sight for sore eyes!
His day was pretty busy, full of new routines, learning about diabetes that commonly occurs in post-transplant patients. The anti-rejection meds while saving his liver, also affect many other functions; we are still learning so much that takes place after transplant, my head is spinning from all the new information!
First big thing that happened, they got him out of bed! The PT lady said the prep time getting him ready to stand was longer than the actual event LOL!!
All ready to go, he stood up on wobbly legs and motioned his head toward the door in anticipation of a long walk down the hallway. But after 3 steps, it was very obvious it was going to take a lot of work to get to that point and with 3 more steps, he was done and had to sit in a chair just inches from his bed. He was so disappointed that he couldn’t do more, it was almost heart-breaking to watch. We all told him, that was a BIG STEP, the first of many, and with patience and hard work, he would do it again!
Later that morning, two of his transplant Drs came to see him. Dr. Fernandez and Dr. Casey were all smiles as Mike thanked them and told them how grateful we are that they took this liver and saved him, when we almost didn’t get it from the first hospital, that night we got the Call. A very profound moment, one of many to come, the tears still keep coming as we recall how very blessed we are, every day a new beginning.
The next BIG event was when he was taken off ice chips and got on clear liquids on his lunch tray! When his tray came, it was laden with beef broth, Jell-O, 2 cups of cranberry juice cocktail, hot tea which we made into iced tea, and a TWIN POP!!!!
Next, the Air Flow and getting out of bed into a cardiac chair. His two male nurses got an airflow mattress under Mike, blew it up in a matter of seconds and were able to simply float him into the chair and then sit him up. He loved it!
After he was sitting up a few minutes, he requested that he get his hair washed, and clean up a bit. Justin was happy to be the Shampoo Girl!
By Erin Schwab
You did it daddy. Today you will be given a second chance to live. I wish I was there holding your hand when they wheeled you off to surgery. I will be with you soon though. I love you to the moon and back and always will.