Monday, March 21, 2011
When you are listed for a transplant you need to be ready to go at any moment, almost like having a baby, so you need to have a bag packed and ready to go because you can't waste any time packing a bag! I have packed my bag and it's interesting how different my first transplant bag is from my bag this time around. The first time I'm not even truly sure I had a bag! It might have just been my mom that had a bag! By the time I was listed and instructed I was dying, so it didn't really matter (this time has been drastically different) so this time I have packed a bag, and it includes: sweatpants, zip up sweatshirts, a toothbrush, toothpaste, face wipes, dry shampoo, a plug for my phone/ipad, flipcam, shorts, and underwear. These are all things that I did not have the first time around (well, I had a toothbrush they gave me) but they are things I could have used after a week when I was able to sort of get up on my own, and the gowns that were 4XL were falling off me, and I had no underwear (the whole transplant staff has seem things they shouldn't have ever seen on me!) and my hair was practically it's own entity, and I could have used some lip gloss. But you know, I may never even use any of these things the entire time, it really just depends how fast I bounce back and when I start to be weaned off of drugs. I mean when you have a morphine drip going you'll be completely naked in front of a room full of people and think everything is right in the world....because you are drugged up and breathing!
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