So, an update. Today marks 18 months on the waiting list. A year and a half. It’s a longer-than-normal wait, no question.
Caitlin had her biannual transplant appointments this past week. There is a new surgeon here (there are 3 on the team), whom we met and really liked. Everyone on the transplant team seemed to be conscious of assuring her that she wasn’t being forgotten. They are obviously accustomed to dealing with a lot of frustration once the wait gets long. This is how it goes, though, and petite women like Caitlin are the hardest to transplant, because the chest size is small.
However, she’s very stable, and in good shape for surgery! We do hope it will happen during a stable time like now. Every day waiting is another day closer… right?
We are fortunate to know a few other CF people, Caitlin’s age, who’ve been through all this and are on the other side, doing really well. It keeps us going.
The unexpected trip home was incredible. Surreal and wonderful. We stayed for two weeks. I cannot convey how thrilled I was to see the star-filled night sky again. Caitlin saw friends and enjoyed favorite Boston sushi she’d never thought to eat again (no sushi once immuno-suppressed.)
For me, two best moments: One night, Nick and I were outside cooking on the grill, and my favorite, autumn Indian flute music was playing. The wind through the branches was perfect, soft. I was really home!! I just closed my eyes and held onto it a moment.
The second was the night that Caitlin and I sat on the back step and watched the entirety of the beautiful red lunar eclipse.
Andrew drove back with us and stayed for a good stretch. He and Caitlin discovered the beautiful, large Frick Park here, with accessible hiking trails, and visited it a few times.
Someone told me that fall lasts two weeks here, and it seems true. The skating rink in PPG Plaza is nearly installed, and the holiday lights are up. Holiday festivities officially start here on November 20, which is only a few weeks away, I guess. We didn’t expect to see another holiday season here, but we’ll enjoy it. Live trees aren’t allowed in our condominium building, so Caitlin’s getting her wish–a silvery-white, retro fake tree.
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