DECEMBER 10–Another No-Go

We got another offer of lungs last night, about 5pm. The surgeon seemed optimistic and confident about these—but their initial assessments are based on CT scans and blood gases, etc.  They don’t really know until the UPMC team gets the lungs in their own hands. Unfortunately, the left lower lobe was completely damaged by pneumonia. Kind of a coincidence: Caitlin’s left lower lobe was the one that was irreversibly damaged when she was eleven, and which was removed in a long surgery at that time.

We’re keeping the faith. Lung transplant is tricky, and miraculous. It’s not like getting a new pair of shoes. No-go’s happen a lot, as we have certainly discovered.  I’m not going to get overly confident, or post about offers, until I hear that the lungs are good to go and we’re on our way to the OR.


–Maryanne, with Nick.

Author: kittenupdates

I am the author of CASCADE and LITTLE MATCHES: A Memoir of Grief and Light

16 thoughts on “DECEMBER 10–Another No-Go”

  1. 🙏🙏 and ❤️❤️ still heading your way.

    I hope Caitlin is still feeling a bit more comfort after yesterday’s procedure.

    Sent from my iPad


  2. I’m encouraged by the number of offers you have received thus far and continue to keep the faith that the right ones are coming very very soon. ❤ ❤ ❤

  3. Keeping positive thoughts for you all and remembering the amazing strength and spirit of one amazing little eleven year old . ❤️😽

  4. We’re right by your sides, praying and hoping for another offer of lungs for the brave and beautiful Caitlin. They will come and soon. Love as always Eileen & Padraig xx

  5. Dear Maryanne, Nick and Caitlin, My thoughts and prayers are with you and have asked my friends to pray for all of you too. I believe…I believe…I believe in miracles. I love these lyrics and I thought I would share with you as a prayer. Your Pittsburgh Friend, Nanci Sullivan
    “Oh, I believe there are Angels Among Us,
    Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
    They come to you and me in our darkest hours
    To show us how to live
    To teach us how to give
    To guide us with a light of love.
    When life held troubled times
    And had me down on my knees
    There’s always been someone
    To come along and comfort me
    A kind word from a stranger
    To lend a helping hand
    A phone call from a friend
    Just to say I understand
    Now ain’t it kind of funny
    At the dark end of the road
    Someone light the way with just a single ray of hope.
    Oh, I believe there are Angels Among Us,
    Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
    They come to you and me in our darkest hours
    They wear so many faces,
    Show up in the strangest places
    And grace us with their mercies in our time of need.

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