I've Had My Heart Transplant!!


I can't believe it! I seems like yesterday that I was walking around with my ICD pacemaker and MVad heart pump device, now there's a strange flatness on the left side of my chest and a weightlessness at my right hip at the place where my driveline exited my stomach and the MVad used to hang.

All I have now is a beating heart ... I'm not a cyborg anymore.

Its so weird saying that

I'm going to be able to walk through airport security doors with no problem, fall asleep at night with my phone on my chest, shower without thinking about water proof bags and dressings, go jogging with my brother and play tennis like I did when I was younger.

This is turning out to sound pretty exciting!

My recovery has gone really well, so well in fact that a lot of Doctors told me its one of the fastest bounce backs from a heart transplant that they have seen in a long while.  What makes this even better is that I'm only nine days post surgery!

Heres a photo of me that was taken two days ago

 

Life is full of so many unexpected  changes, I imagined that I would be going to University this semester and have my MVad for a lot longer as well. My plans may have changed but that's alright, I can start Uni next semester and even though I have to build up my fitness again, things are going so much more quickly than I could ever have imagined. 

Yesterday one of our phones vibrated on the little table where I have my meals and look out through the window to Paddington and the sky and trees beyond. " You need to change your battery." My brother said to me as we looked around the little, white walled hospital room for the source of the noise. "Wait" he said. I could see the realization filling is face like a light. "You don't have battries anymore!" 

Its so funny not having to plug yourself into the power point in the wall at night or change your batteries every few hours. After doing it many times a day I almost began wondering how on earth the human body could function in any other way. I mean, how do normal people stay powered without electricity anyway right? 

Now I'm one of those "normal" people, now I'm powered like basically everyone else, with a real flesh and blood heart.  

- the-average-cyborg-girl 



I've been told they've found a heart!


I'm on my way up to the hospital for a heart transplant. I can't believe its really happening after all this time.

And I'm afraid...

But also I'm thankful

but mostly afraid.

I'm thankfulaid... or maybe afunkful

(Sorry, my sense of humor gets worse when I'm stressed)

2016 was meant to be a good year, I have been feeling so well and doing so many new things. I've begun University  (for two whole days) and I've felt so happy and healthy that for the past little while I've been thinking that maybe I don't want a heart trandplant, that maybe I could remain as I was for ever and not worry about ICU and hospital gowns for the rest of my days.

I couldn't have stayed on the MVad (my mechanical heart pump) for more than a few years however I felt about it. I new heart os what I need, nothing else can stand in itx place in the long run.

I wish I didn't have to have a heart transplant, I wish I was like my friends who didn't need to worry about things like this. I am very thankful that I can have this transplant even though at the moment I'd rathet almost do aything else. I hope my transplant goes smoothly and that my kidneys stay strong. I hope that before I know it I'll be out of hospital and breathing in the salt air by the sea.

- the-average-cyborg-girl

How You Can Make A Difference - Registering To Become An Organ Donor Is Now Online! (In Australia)



Registration to become an organ donor now has an online option in Australia!  

YAY! 



This means that it is now easier than ever to donate your organs, it is even expected that the number of organ donors in Australia will increase dramatically ( maybe up to threefold!)  

This is so great and I can't tell you how excited I am. 

If you live in Australia and want to donate your organs then click the link below! 

https://www2.medicareaustralia.gov.au/pext/registerAodr/Pages/DonorRegistration.jsp  

YAY! 

- The-average-cyborg-girl