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 



2 comments:

  1. You're so blessed Breagha and recovering so well. Eternally grateful to the hospital staff at St Vincent's, the amazing technology, and most of all, the donor and her family for saying 'yes' to organ donation.

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  2. You're so blessed Breagha and recovering so well. Eternally grateful to the hospital staff at St Vincent's, the amazing technology, and most of all, the donor and her family for saying 'yes' to organ donation.

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