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!