Today started as a same ol’ same ol’ day at the hospital. The kids came down for a visit and I started my daily walk. I’ve walked in circles all around the 4th floor since I got here 34 days ago. I’ve walked anywhere from 1-3 miles each day. My nurses tell me all the time that the more I exercise now the easier it will be for me to recover after my transplant. Today I was walking with my friend Deb from across the hall. Deb is a 1a also waiting for a heart here at Saint Luke’s. As Deb and I were finishing up a lap we saw two of the transplant coordinators, Jennifer and Julie, standing in the hall. We instantly became suspicious as they never travel together. Deb immediately asked, “Do you have hearts for both us?” and Jennifer replied “no” but ended our walks and shuttled us to our rooms.
Jennifer came in my room moments later with a smile on her face. I asked, “Jennifer do you have my heart?” She said, “I do.” Mary Ann was standing next to me and I started crying. I held her tight and cried. A few moments later Dan said, “Don’t worry baby girl, Mommy’s crying happy tears.” I looked her in the eyes and was finally able to tell her that I would be getting my new heart and I would be coming home soon.
February 15 2015 I was told that I would receive my new heart. My mom, dad, Daniel and kids were here for the best news of my life. Although I got the big news today I won’t actually be in surgery until after midnight. I am leaving two dear friends on the 4th floor on St. Luke’s waiting for a new heart. A friend of ours, mother of two, is facing her own heart battle in Salina. For all of you who have prayed for me, please pray for them as well.
If you’re reading this, I am out of surgery and Dan has posted this blog post for me. I will be out of contact for a few days while I recover. I look forward to talking to everyone and I appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers. Thank you to everyone who has supported me my family! I will see you all soon!
Courage, dear heart. ~C.S.Lewis