I am unsure what to call this update. Maybe something like I feel a lot better now that I have showered! (laugh) I am checked into the hotel about 4 miles away and the hotel shuttle will be taking us back to the hospital shortly to see the wonderful miracle continue to unfold.Greg is doing wonderfully. His plural (sp?) space around the lungs is still draining which is normal and they are continuing to lower one of the drugs he is on to prepare him for getting off the vent tomorrow morning. Oh! To see him take his first deep breath! I cannot tell how how excited we all are. Of course, Greg wants off the vent now but he is being good and listening to all the doctors and nurses. He knows how much of a miracle this is and he is not going to risk his health for anything now – not even the anticipation of taking that first breath!His color gets better and he continues to amaze the whole staff. We know that there is always the possibility that he can have a setback but we have faith in God that everything will turn out great in the end.So, I have an address for the hospital. You may send balloons, stuffed animals, or cards at this time. They do ask that there be no flowers or plants since it is a filtered ICU. Here is his address:Greg Steffenc/o UW-Madison Hospital4D West Cardiac Surgery & Transplant UnitD4C4 Cardiothoracic Surgery ICU600 Highland AvenueMadison, WI 53792So, if you wish to send anything, please follow the guidelines above but we look forward to seeing just how colorful and decorative his ICU can get!We can’t thank you enough for all your prayers and well wishes! We are truly blessed to have you all in our lives!
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.