Friday, April 3, 2009

April 3rd, 2009

Today is like one of the best days ever, not just because it is Friday, but for several reasons, first off I know of 3 very cool people that were born today and all of them are very special to me! So here is a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHOUT OUT to:
Today is also special because 3 years ago today a very awesome young man that we just met and have had the extreme pleasure of getting to know received his heart transplant JOE MATTHEWS aka ENGLISH JOE. He was just a bit older then David when he had his transplant and his story is quite similar to Dave's, he had his done at Stanford as well and he has been such an inspiration to all of us. In the last couple of weeks he has really helped us with answers, support, and basically just saying "this is normal and you will get through this". Just an awesome guy- so congrats on 3 years out Joe! Looking forward to knowing you for the next 30 years out!! His website is for anyone who is interested in knowing more about his story.

And finally it is an awesome day because I am home with the rest of my babies for the weekend, I am going to the school this morning to be part of their Easter festivities in their classes and I am really looking forward to it. Linda, my stepmother, went up yesterday late afternoon to spend the night and all of today with Dave until Doug can get there. Which I know she was looking forward to because she has only seen David once since transplant because she was fighting off a slight cold. It will be a good weekend for all, and we are all looking forward to the change of pace and the kids are really looking forward to going to grandmas for a week on Sunday, especially when they found out it is supposed to snow there!!

Dave's appts went well yesterday, other then the fact that we waited in the biopsy area for over 4 hours. His appt was at noon, we waited until 3 before they called him back, and then they weren't done until after 5. Since we had been there since 8am it was a VERY long day for the both of us, for him because he is just not used to sitting and standing for that long and for me because I still had to drive back to Sacramento after all of that! We will have the test results from everything back today, and as soon as I get them I will post them on the blog. The doctors told him that in another 3 weeks or so he can get in the pool and swim and he was really excited about that because he would like to do that for exercise.

Bonnie, our fantastic and wonderful nurse, really got on him about the meds and mask wearing, so I think it finally sunk in to him. Everything else is just going to take time and for awhile I am just going to give him the space he needs and let him try and work things out on his own. I am going to maintain a positive attitude and plan stuff for us to do and encourage him, but he is his own self. He knows what he has to do with this second chance of life regarding his mind, medicines, and masks.... it is just up to him to do it.


  1. Thanks for the big birthday shout out!! We are so happy to hear the results are in and they are GOOD!! Yeah. Have a great weekend. Sarah and Christopher

  2. Cheers for the shout! out = )
    I'm hoping to be around for a bit longer than the next 30 years lol...
    Glad to hear the results were all positive! Let Dave know Ej said keep up the good work and to go at your own pace. Keep positive mentally and you've one over half the battle = )

    Enjoy the weekend and will be in contact soon.

    Take care...

    English Joe