I’ve been waiting to update with the hope that I could deliver some good news about my status with Tampa General. It’s going to take a little longer to get that update. I’ve been in Florida since November 16. I had my first appointment on the 17th (thanks to Jami’s Uncle Ralph for being my Florida Family and spending the whole day at TGH). And the appointments keep coming. I have to admit a little frustration in the inability of the system to get me to the place that I can be considered for transplant with TGH more quickly. I continue to be positive about my decision. I’m more sure now that my chances are better to be transplanted faster here than in Minnesota, but not without a cost. I really miss my family. Thank God for FaceTime and a much needed family visit over Christmas break! The way the days fall it looks like I won’t be able to presented to the review board until after New Year’s . Pray there are no roadblocks. Once accepted I’ll shift my time on the list to TGH. So thankful I’m not starting over!
What keeps me positive and hopeful:
All my friends and familythat have reached out to me just to check in or arrange a visit. Thanks Tim and Katie for making me a side trip on your visits to the sunshine state. Thanks Tom for consistently checking in on me and being ready to jump on a plane if I need a visit. Thanks Father Rolf for your check-ins and prayers! Thanks Mom and Dad for your faithfulness and encouragement. Thanks to my girls for making me a part of everyday.
Ricohas been a blessing. Don’t know what I’d do without my little buddy for companionship.
Florida! I could be waiting in Cleveland or worse… how much worse does it get than Cleveland? I see the sun almost everyday. I enjoy walks by the water.
My Health! I feel great. The VAD continues to do the job. I know I feel so much better than last year at this time. I was on borrowed time.
…And if I ever need live entertainment I can drop by the Wal-mart late in the evening for a snapshot of life that can only be described as surreal.
I covet your prayers. I know that’s a daily habit for many of you, I pray for you too! Keep in touch!