On the Road Again

Just a quick post to say Al has been released from Pittsburgh and can go home!

We’ll be driving home this afternoon as soon as we can get checked out and packed up.

We’ll be home well in time for Thanksgiving!

New Lappy

Acer AspireOneWell, I’m sitting here using a new laptop – actually, not a laptop, it’s a netbook, smaller than a laptop.

Since my Toshiba died the other day and thinking I was going to be stranded here in Pittsburgh, I decided this was an economical replacement until it gets fixed. It’s small and not a replacement, as much as a compliment to the full-sized Toshiba.

There is no DVD or CD drive, because of size, but I have a USB CD-RW drive at home. It’s getting less and less necessary as almost everything is installed from the internet now anyway. The occasional program on a disk can wait for the external drive.

One Month and Counting

I can’t believe it, but the one month anniversary of Al’s Transplant is here. It sure has gone by fast.

Al visited the Doctors on Monday and had a couple lab tests done. He’s having another blood test drawn tomorrow and if all looks well, they are going to consider letting him go home to Lockport.

We are planning on a quick day trip to Lockport for Thanksgiving (going AWOL) but may not need to resort to that, now. Continue Reading…

One Week Out

Al chats with some coedsAl’s been out of the hospital for one week now. To the casual observer, you’d never know he’d had a lung transplant. He’s feeling good, has energy to walk around and go places and the stiffness and soreness is less and less each day.

We’ve met a few people staying at the Family House who have had lung transplants and are back for check-ups. They’ve been supportive and almost always surprised by how well Al is doing.

There is always need for caution after any transplant. Rejection can appear suddenly. Infection can also happen and appear quickly. Both need to be addressed with immediate diagnosis and treatment. That’s why they are keeping him here for so long. He’s got a contact person who is only a phone call away and can advise him on any aspect of his recovery. Plus, he’s only blocks from the hospital, should there be need for any test or exam. Continue Reading…

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