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May 29, 2005

More on the Lung

After my bout with acute rejection I woke up to find myself in the ICU again. This was a kind of weird time for me. The medications they gave me to fight off the rejection/possible infection scrambled my brain a little. Between that and being cooped up in the ICU I was more than a bit confused. For a while I pretty much forgot I'd had the transplant.

For the next week or so everything snapped back into place and I remembered where I was and what I was there for. But it was so strange to look back and and my thinking still makes sense. There is a condition called ICU Psychosis what is experienced by some people, and we think I had a touch of that added in. I remember having lots of really odd dreams, which I guess had me speaking out loud too. My parents and sister have all kinds of stories of me talking about too many countries and leprechauns.

After close to a week I was moved back to step down. At this point I'd barely eaten in weeks and my weight was down 35 pounds. So the next week was gaining strength, starting to walk again (with the help of a walker). Getting used to eating again (which took some time).

After just over a week of that I was ready to head home. I was going pretty crazy with boredom and got to leave just in time.

So far things at home are going well. I get better at going up and down stairs every day. It's amazing how hard even little things like that are still.

Posted by snooze at May 29, 2005 05:08 PM


Good to hear you are regaining strength on a daily basis. Let me know when you are up for visitors at your parent's house.

Take care. Erin

Posted by: Jana [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 30, 2005 07:02 PM

It's so amazing to hear of your experience, first hand. So few people get a chance to learn about this kind of thing right from someone who has been through it. Hopefully, your story will inspire others to be brave, tough it out, and hang in long enough to get a new chance on life. Greg, you are an inspiration.

I hope to see you soon. In the meantime, your mixes keep me going.


Posted by: ethan [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 31, 2005 09:58 AM

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