A Win for Cassandra!
I was just informed that Pittsburgh Hospital has found a liver for my grand daughter Cassandra. The transplant will begin at 2 am, a surgery that will last 12-18 hours. According to the surgeons, the donor is a perfect match. My son and daughter-in-law are racing to Pittsburgh as I write this.
Thanks in advance for the prayers, good wishes and those of you who donated to Cassandra's GoFundMe appeal. The DU family is part of this.
May she live a long and happy life!
Sometimes these things fall apart because there is something wrong with the liver that makes it incompatible. Crossing my fingers that everything is a go!
But you're right. Without a full examination by Cassandra's surgical team, the organ is still in limbo status. It happened to my brother-in-law's first lung donation; the surgeon discovered the beginnings of pneumonia and rejected the first organ on the spot. My brother-in-law waited another month.
We shall see.
Thanks for the note and reminding me of the question.
May she have a long and very healthy life
May all go well with the surgery and may Cassandra have a wonderful life.
A true blessing. I'm in Oregon but I can be there at 11:00 pm my time. Peace and joy to you all.
a long and wonderful life.
I haven't checked the site in a while but it will give everyone an opportunity to see Cassandra's picture.
Please keep us posted. Sending healing vibrations to Cassandra and all of the family.
BTW: How old is she?
She's a wee one but she's a live wire. LOL.
Just hoping all goes well. Thanks for the note and inquiry.
Oh, I am so glad that things came about for her. Thank you for the info...I will continue sending healing thoughts and strength to both her and her parents.
A hug for you, PeggySue...
My family is collecting every prayer and blessing, all for our pint-sized warrior. She deserves it!
I am sending to her. Fantastic to find that close match. Good thoughts and everything else I can think of to send her way.
I worry more for my son and daughter-in-law. This has taken a real toll on them. I don't know how my daughter-in-law keeps standing. But she does. And my son keeps on keeping on although right now he's a nervous wreck.
Gotta hope for the best. What else can we do?
Thanks for reaching out.
Your DU family is here for all of you..
Wishing strength and the speediest of recoveries for Cassandra! Please keep us posted.
for you and you family, PeggySue!
So glad it happened so quickly after it was Approved! 💕🤷?♀️💕
Thank you. It did happen quickly. The insurance company dragged their feet for nearly two weeks, only to then say no for the second time regarding Cassandra's continued care. The day before we left for vacation, the insurance company reversed the decision and she was officially put on the donor's list. That was August 11th, a little over 2 weeks ago. So, even with the back and forth arguing we didn't lose too much time.
Fingers and toes crossed! Thanks for the note.
OT but I was just thinking earlier today
That I'm so glad you got out of Tennessee.
But I was also concerned about my husband's worsening health conditions. Our kids are here, the baby's here and a number of old friends still live in the area. Talked to a friend just the other day, someone I went to Kindergarten with. We spent half the conversation talking about school friends and the other half talking about what a horror Donald Trump is. She lives in Jersey, not far from where I grew up. She's surrounded by MAGA's in her neighborhood and never, ever talks politics. Think she was delighted to have a sympathetic sounding board.
Once you reach a certain age, there's a certain comfort in having the familiar around you--old haunts, old friends and family members.
As for Tennessee? Once we moved, I never looked back. I was more than ready to say goodbye.
what he needs to stay well in PA. It seems like such an excellent move all around.
And to be able to talk to an old friend from kindergarten well that's phenomenal! I don't have anybody in life outside the internet to talk to as much as I'd like about what's going in our country anymore. That sailed when my sister passed Dec 26, 2019. We were on the same page and have in depth conversations over the phone.. she having been in California.
Notice I hang out on DU a lot.
As for sisters? I know where you're coming from. I miss my sister, too. Still can't believe she's gone. She was my baby sister, btw; it was just the two of us. She died in January 2020 just before Covid took over the country.
Life has a strange habit of throwing us curveballs.
Mary's Memorial in Los Angelis was in Jan 2020 & when I got back to Kauai..COVID was, of course, gearing up to hit.
In retrospect we were wondering if Mary had gotten an early case.. she had been in a Rehab for a long time and then suddenly she passed away from pneumonia. I was talking constantly with her until the last day.
You can imagine the shock.
You take care, too.
It will give everyone a chance to see the face you're now directing your prayers and good wishes to, the face that hopefully will shine for many days and years to come. This has been an absolute roller coaster ride for my son and daughter-in-law but they've held strong.
Can't tell you how much I appreciate the outreach and support. Means so much to me and my family. In fact at the end of things, it means everything.
As I said on the first round: you guys rock!
I'll keep you posted on the outcome. Thanks again!