Tricia had her first clinic day today post second transplant. Clinic days typically take all day and consist of blood work, x-ray, breathing tests, blood gas, and a visit with a transplant pulmonologist. Everything continues to look good. The doctor took her off a few meds, which is always nice. Tricia was excited because it's the first time she's been able to have a clini day without the help of a walker or wheelchair in about 8 months.
Of course, the bad part of clinic is that Tricia has to miss a day of physical therapy. Monday and Tuesday were her first two days of PT. She is doing well and working hard, but those first two days have shown just how much muscle and weight she has lost and how long it's going to take her to start feeling good again. It was great to see the friends we've made at the Center For Living, and to see how many patients have been transplanted in the month Tricia was in the hospital.
Tricia continues to receive most of her nutrition through her feeding tube, and because she hasn't eaten well in about eight months and hasn't eaten at all for about a month, it will take a while for her appetite to come back and for her stomach to tolerate big meals. She is sleeping well, and several of the minor issues she has been dealing with for months because of med side-effects and the severity of her declining health have begun to dissipate.
As always, thank you for the prayers, encouragement and positive comments.