Wednesday, January 16, 2013


I pecked out an entry on my Kindle last night, but it wouldn't post so I'll make another short one.

My first culture grew out mycobacterium abscesses-- not good! (that's not the clinical way to spell M.A. but I don't know how to override spell check)  The second sample they finally cancelled as "contaminated", So I had to give #2 again yesterday and then  Will give another sample (#3) in 2 weeks in Wichita. If #2 or #3 show M.A. then we have to treat first, transplant second and treatment is not an easy road, not to mention it takes months to treat.

My BIG prayer request is that both #2 and #3 will show no M.A.!!! There must be chances that these samples show false positives as they like to have 3 to prove or disprove a diagnosis.

So THANK YOU for your prayers and forgive any typos--I still need to learn my way around this Kindle (which was a precious gift from 2 special girls I might add!)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

St. Louis again

Tomorrow Marsha and I will be heading to St. Louis to give another sputum sample, do a pulmonary function test and a 6 minute walk. The 6 minute walk measures how far you can walk in 6 minutes, how much oxygen you require and I think they also check your endurance as well.

Of course I will also consult with the doctor and see what the plan is in light of this new diagnosis of mycobacterium. I really hope the doctors will be willing to move forward with a transplant, no matter what the test results reflect. I have to always remember that it's all in God's hands...

I would ask for your prayers for safe travels, for good test results, that the doctors will see me as a good risk for transplant (assuming there is some risk involved), for Garry and Dakota while I'm gone, and for peace for me.

I will give an update in the next few days and thank you for the thoughts and prayers!

Monday, January 7, 2013


I heard back from my lung transplant coordinator late last week. This won't mean much to many of you, but the first culture (December 10) grew something in the mycobacterium family. Somehow they knew right away that it wasn't non-tuberculosis myco or myco avium, and this is a good thing from what I understand, as these are some of the myco's you want to avoid. Now, the culture still needs to continue to grow out until the type of mycobacterium is identified. From my understanding, this can take up to 8 weeks.

And I think this is good news, but the second sample I gave (December 12?) has not turned up anything in the myco family at all so far, although it is still processing...

I already had a doctor's appointment scheduled for January 15 and they want me to keep this appointment to give another sample for testing. Then IT will have to take weeks to grow out! So, now, it looks like March is the earliest I would be listed (or at least that's how I see it).

Not to drag this out, but in 2000 I cultured myco gordonae and my doctor had me repeat a culture right away because he said this particular type of myco can actually show up when the sample is contaminated, either by me at collection time or by the lab. The subsequent samples did not show anything (nor has it shown up since, to my knowledge), so I forgot all about this until this recent myco showed up. Maybe the same thing will happen here--wouldn't that be a blessing?!

That's the update I have for now. As always, thanks for the prayers and have a great week!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!! I hope 2013 is a great year filled with many blessings for all reading this! Hopefully 2013 will be the year I get some new lungs!

I have not heard if the new bacterial infection has grown out yet, so no word on moving back to STL and being listed. However, as bummed out as I was at moving home for a couple of weeks and temporarily missing the chance for new lungs, I now think it was a God thing for me to be home for the Holidays. Garry and Dakota had planned to come to STL for just a few days over Christmas, but it’s been good to be able to spend more time with Dakota and Garry. Wait! I can’t leave spending time with Caleb out (Dakota’s boyfriend)--lol, even though he bankrupted the whole family in Monopoly yesterday!

I have been humbled at the amount of people that have been praying for me. I received the sweetest card from our neighbors and the messages inside were heart-warming. One of them mentioned that people all over town were praying for me—I guess I kind of figured that family and church friends were praying for me, but never had considered that people that didn’t know me well were praying for me.  I also have a good friend that is a teacher at a private school and she informed me that her Third Grade class has been praying for me, and I thought this was so thoughtful and sweet! I want to thank those of you that have gone out of your way to make a brighter day for me, your kindness and gestures do not go unnoticed J

Love and Hugs,