Surgery Day

Years ago, Greg had a Medi-port placed just below his left clavicle bone because he was getting sicker by the day. For those that don’t know, ports are usually placed when doctors believe there will come a time that they will no longer have access to good blood vessels to take blood or give medications through an IV line. This port made it easier for the hospitals to give Greg his regular IV treatments without having to place a line in his arm or leg. Hence, it was freedom.

It has been over a year since he had to last use this artificial medical device and I am happy to announce that he will be having outpatient surgery this afternoon to have it removed once and for all. Greg is healthy enough that he no longer needs to have this device. One small step for man. One giant step for an organ transplant recipient!

Why have it removed? Well, he decided, even before his transplant, that if he did not use it for a year it would get removed. Plus, a patient is also supposed to flush the port once a month and well, uh, my husband hasn’t flushed it in a year. (shakes head in disbelief) Therefore it now needs to be removed because it is most likely clogged anyway. I think it was just my husband’s way of making sure it gets removed once and for all.

So please keep him in your prayers today. 🙂

After her husband received a double-lung (bilateral) transplant in 2004, Shannon founded the Angel Cove Organ Donation Awareness Shop, which provides awareness t-shirts and gifts products for transplant recipients, living organ donors and donor families - giving 100% of the profits to help heart and lung transplant recipients with medical costs. Shannon lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her wonderful husband and two chocolate Labrador Retrievers.

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