Hi everyone, Well the second call came on May the 7th at about 6:50pm. Just like before we were all just doing our normal routine things for the day and then even though I have a special ringer on my phone to alert me that the call is from the hospital, I got a regular tone ring and so I answered it as I saw the familiar 214 area code. My husband was right there by me watching TV with and everyone else were other parts of the room.
As I listened to the lady, Teresa, on the other end of the line, she starts to tell me that they may have possible lungs for me. Then proceeded to ask me several routine questions about my current health, when did I last eat and other questions. She then tells me that they need me to go ahead and get on the road and to get there as quickly as safely possible as there was a shorted window of time to work with. . I told her fine and thank you and we will be on our way. Dallas is where my transplant hospital is located and takes about 3 hours to drive with good traffic. Last time we took the Care Flight plane but it took so long to wait for them to get ready,,get a plane to Abilene and then to our destination in Dallas that we chose to drive as we could get there faster we had leaned.
So I turned to my husband and said "Ok, lets go" and he said "Where?" I said "To the hospital, they want us to get on the road now". He was surprised. He heard nothing I was saying on the phone and so he yelled to everyone to get ready, we got the call. It was great!!! Made a few phone calls, got the bags in the car and got gas in the tank and off we went.
We ended up making to Dallas in about 2 1/2 hours. My oldest son drove with the flashers on. HaHa! So, we get there, and since it was at night had to check in through the ER. Got that done and then they had us sit and wait till the had someone to escort us to where we needed to go which ended up being the 7th floor. Room 745. After arriving there, nurses were immediately there to start getting me ready,. Shower, urine,blood draws, x-ray, AKG, medication check,check vital signs ask a lot of questions , -put on ID bracelets, talk to the doctor on the phone and some sort of antibiotic breathing treatment and took a pepcid capsule. Ha Ha The surgery was scheduled for 12:00 am (midnight).
A little after 12:00 I said my I love yous to everyone in my family and the wheeled me off to the operating room. I was so glad to see the nurse that was going to be in the operating room was the same one that was there from my first dry run. I liked her. After they got me in the operating room they put on the stylish hair net and ran the IV and the other IV thing that they put in your artery. That really hurt!!! . I was all ready again, just waiting for the word so they could put me to sleep. After awhile the phone rings and the nurse waves for one of the male attendants there to answer the phone,. As I almost am holding my breath, I see him make a motion with his hand to the nurse and it was not a good one. She had that look on her face as she came slowly walking towards me once again. She tells me it was canceled again. The longs once again were not good. They had fluid in them so they could not be used. It was sad, and I hated that I had to leave there once again with these old , sick lungs but I am handling is so much better than the first time.
After a short wait we all piled back into the car and headed back home once again to wait for yet another call. Praying the third time will be THE CALL. They say third times a charm. :)