Well, last night was a little bit of a revelation.
The first major milestone of the evening (other than my 1 week anniversary!) was the message from a friend that she received her shirt! So they did, in fact, go out and should be arriving soon. I think she liked it, too, which made me excited on a personal level. I'm so excited to be able to offer the shirts to readers, and stay tuned for new wardrobe additions.
Milestone number 2 was the fact that I was satting 95 on room sir. Excuse me?! 95?! Um, where did that awesomeness come from? Donor, you continue to amaze me. (side note: I did slip the o2 back on around 3 am when I woke up briefly after some odd dreams that were likely drug-related, but it wasn't scary or bad.)
And finally, I realized yesterday that I can still cough - which is a good thing! For one, it means that my lack of cough is REAL and not a product of lack of muscle or something. For another, your body needs to clear its airways. So yesterday I had a couple of good coughs, and that was awesome in itself.
In other words, yesterday was another in a long string of good days. I'm not going to pretend this was easy -- my family is already laughing over my post-surgery drama -- but I will already say that it was worth it. I've teared up several times already from the amazing, well, just GREATNESS of it all. I can begin to express my gratitude, my optimism, and my faith in this all. And if that sounds melodramatic, just imagine how it feels to actually live it! I want all my pre-tx friends to someday breathe this way, and my head just keeps marveling at how wonderful it is. All of which should be taken with a grain of salt seeing as I'm a well-known sentimentalist, but all my CF friends - know that I have SUCH high hopes for us all, even those of us who don't go the transplant route, because if breathing can be this easy then surely we'll all taste of that somewhere.
In the meantime, though, it's tough to comprehend just how beautiful this slow unfolding of such an ultimate gift can be. I know I'll never be able to say thank you enough to everyone who made this possible, but I also know now that it never hurts to keep trying. So thank you again, all of you, for all of this.
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- I am a 33-year-old wife, sister, daughter, friend, law school graduate, CFer, lifelong student of public service, blog writer, patient, Sagittarius, reader, Top chef fan, double-lung transplant recipient (twice!), and dog owner living in Colorado's beautiful Mile High City. I love all things colorful, funny, inspiring, or needlessly sarcastic. I share my city with about 2,500,000 other remarkable people, share my disease with 70,000 other beautiful souls, share my life with some unbelievable family and friends, and share my apartment with one very handsome guy and one really fat mutt with a kick-butt personality. We make it work.
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