So What is up with Superdad?
So, if you know my story, I am a heart transplant survivor. Back in 2014, I was blessed with this gift of life, and for almost three years of smooth sailing and zero incidents, I experienced a setback this past January. Long story short, I contracted a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). That infection started to grow E-Coli in my bloodstream. That woke up my immune system. My immune system went to war against this foreign invader. Sadly, it also thought my new heart was a foreign invader and attacked it as well.
This caused my heart to be acutely rejected by my body. My systems started shutting down, and I barely survived. I was put into an induced medical coma, and an external pump, and ECMO device, and an Impella pump, were utilized to let my heart and lungs rest as my body rid itself of the infection. For the long version of the story, click here.
What happens now?
I have been living in the University of Minnesota Hospital since then, as I now need another heart. I will have to stay in here until I am blessed with that gift. My goal is to be in the best shape possible when we get the call for the next heart. I am pushing myself daily in rehab: physical and occupational therapy. I am able to still do a majority of my daily work, especially since I can do it virtually.
What about the future?
This has set up a challenging new family dynamic; I am limited to staying in the hospital, while the family is about 30 minutes away at home. We are able to Skype, chat and visit as much as possible, but it isn’t quite the optimal thing. We know it is just a chapter of life, and we will get through this as best as we can.
As you can imagine, going through the LVAD surgery, a Heart Transplant, and facing a Second Heart Transplant surgery, our finances have been strained, our savings depleted, and we are working as best as we can. We have been blessed by many friends, family, and community members. A good friend went and setup a Go Fund Me. If you would ever consider a donation, you can do so here: https://www.gofundme.com/LowerFamily.
Feel free to drop me a note in comments or for those in the Cities, I am usually up for visitors! Cheers!