Madeline is on the road to recovery.
On Wednesday, Madeline was moved to inpatient rehab. It was originally thought that Madeline would do her rehabilitation at UPMC Montefiore -- where she spent some time in the spring after her transplant. However, there were no beds available to her there so she was moved to another inpatient rehabilitation facility within the UPMC consortium. This new facility is outside of the city and much closer to the Petersons -- who have been kind enough to take a Jim in once again.
The next day, Thursday, June 8th, Jim & Mad welcomed their fourth grandchild and first granddaughter, Caroline Grace Reilly. Caroline was born at 5:04 am at 8 lbs, 2 oz and 21.5+ inches long with a headfull of dark hair. Meg & Caroline are both doing well and returned home today -- providing extra incentive for Mad to get home ASAP!!!
As expected, Mad has been putting forth her very best effort during her twice-daily PT & OT sessions which have included climbing steps, using a walker to move down a hallway, and going up a curb with the walker.
Madeline expects to be discharged Tuesday afternoon and she and Jim will then fly home on Wednesday afternoon to meet and snuggle Caroline! Jim and Mad are also looking forward to seeing their extended family next Saturday as they celebrate the wedding of their niece Kaitlin and soon-to-be-nephew Brian.
Madeline & Jim left Thursday morning for a quick 2 day trip back to Pittsburgh for some follow-up appointments and tests. These trips will be part of their new routine every other month for the next two years. After that, they will continue to make the trips with less frequency.
Unfortunately, Madeline fell in the Philadelphia airport during a layover on the way to Pittsburgh. Ever the trooper, she boarded the plane to continue the journey. By the time the plane landed, Mad was unable to put any weight on her left leg. However, she continued with her pulmonary appointments (which went well!) before heading to the ER where x-rays confirmed that she had broken her left hip.
On Friday morning, rather than undergoing a bronchoscopy, as previously scheduled to test for rejection, Madeline had a partial hip replacement at UPMC.
Saturday she she was able to move to a chair and today she took a few steps with a walker. The bronchoscopy is now scheduled for Tuesday and Madeline will have inpatient rehabilitation for about a week or two at UPMC -- back to her old stomping grounds where she spent a week and a half in February.
As always, Madeline continues to have a positive attitude and is confident that she'll be back home in no time at all! She's ready to meet her granddaughter-- who could arrive any day now -- and celebrate her neice's wedding on the 17th. All of your thoughts and prayers have helped in the past and we know they'll help on this new, unexpected journey!
As often as possible, we'll try to update this page to let you know how Madeline is doing and where she is in her fight for new lungs. Visit often!