Today started out as a bad day, but it turned into a very good day. This shows the roller coaster you ride on after a transplant. There are many “bumps in the road” but we get through each one with a smile on our face.
It started out when a vascular doctor came into the room and said they were checking why Alicia’s left hand was colder than the right hand. He said the arterial line (an IV in the artery) may be causing a blood clot that prevented blood from going into her hand. The tips of her fingers were also purple. He said they would take out the arterial line to see if that would clear the clot, then try some anti-clotting medication to see if that would clear the clot. As a last resort, they would do vascular surgery to clean out the clot. After removing the arterial line, they decided to do the vascular surgery, which was Alicia’s third surgery in five days. The surgery went well, the clot was cleared, and Alicia went back to ICU (still asleep).
In the morning, Jim went to get the rim put onto Mary Kay’s car. Thanks to Superior Automotive Group for the rim and tire, George and Robin Mihal met Johnny and Anne Lang in Wilmington to deliver the rim and tire. Johnny and Anne Lang were coming to visit us, so they met me at Best Buy Tire on Superior Avenue in Cleveland. Mike at Best Buy Tire took the new tire off the welded rim and replaced the other front tire and put the new rim and tire on the car. He put the old tire back on the welded rim to use as a spare. So, buy your next car from Superior and tell them you know Alicia. If you are in Cleveland, get a set of tires from Best Buy Tires and tell them you know Alicia.
After the vascular surgery on Alicia’s left arm, she came back to the ICU. When we came back, she started reacting to our commands. She then OPENED HER EYES. She continued to move around, grab our hands, wiggle her toes, and watch TV. THE ALICIA WE ALL KNOW AND LOVE IS BACK! Thanks for all your prayers!
Below is a video of what we should do with cystic fibrosis – - -