Another Update on My Friend Liz Carter (AR Member who had double lung and liver transplant)

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

For those of you who have been keeping up with the story of my friend Liz Carter, I thought I should provide another update here.  I had put this in a comment in a previous post, but Margaret Woda suggested that a new post was in order, so here you go...

 

I spoke with Liz's husband Bill for about 15-20 minutes Sunday afternoon, and he said that Liz's new lungs and liver continue to function extremely well. She started on solid food about a week ago so she's receiving more nourishment, which is apparently a huge positive step with liver transplants.

There was initially some concern with her vocal chords, because her voice was gravelly, and it turned out that one side was immobile, following some apparent minor stroke activity after the surgery.  This is now something that they think may have happened before the surgery, but it was just never caught until now.

One of her arms and one of her legs (on opposite sides) were a concern at one point, because the mobility was around 10%.  According to Bill, this mobility is improving "pretty much on a daily basis" and they had her up and walking around a little bit, too.  Needless to say, there's a long road ahead when it comes to physical therapy, but Liz is a tough cookie, and I'm sure it will be fine.

The strokes themselves don't appear to have left any irreparable damage, and Liz hasn't needed any supplemental oxygen at all for quite some time now, because her oxygen levels are completely normal (95-97% range). Obviously, all of this is very encouraging. They had a minor setback with one of the medications, possibly because of the balance between pain killers, anti rejection drugs, etc., but that was only problematic for a day or two.

Bill also mentioned that Liz loves to see people, so if you know Liz and want to visit her, she's at St. Luke's Hospital, just south of downtown Houston.  She's in a normal room (i.e. not in ICU), so just check regular visiting hours.  She can't receive flowers/plants because the soil contains bacteria that could cause infection.  We may be traveling to Houston to see family soon - if so, I will make sure to see my friend while we're there. :)

It sounded like there's a reasonably good chance that she will be going home from the hospital sometime in the next couple of weeks.

THANK YOU for your continued prayers. This is nothing short of a miracle that she got the needed organs (lots of matching has to occur - tissue, blood type, size, etc.) and that she's doing this well so far.

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excellent news. . .

Oct 19, 2010 02:36 PM #14
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Hi Jason,

Oh thanks so much for the update, I've been wondering about her myself. She's remained in my daily prayers, so it's such a blessing to hear she's doing so well.

Do you have a mailing address for cards for her?

Oct 19, 2010 03:53 PM #15
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Lynda - If you want to send the card to me, I can make sure she gets it.  I have her home address, but I don't want to give that out, and I don't have the hospital one right now.  My office address is 3636 Executive Center Drive, #210, Austin, TX  78731.

Oct 19, 2010 04:51 PM #16
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Jason thanks for the updates.  I am delighted that she is making progress to the point where she will be able to go home.

Oct 19, 2010 06:33 PM #17
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Well, if I could just see through these damned tears I might be able to write this. I am so very happy to hear this. Liz, of all the spirits on this earth, is by far one of the greatest fighters I have known. She is a person to be reckoned with and I for one am proud to know her as you are Jason. Liz creates her own miracles and I can bet you that when she is able to shout about it SHE will be the one to tell us so. God bless you for catching us up on this and God Bless Liz and Bill for what they are going through. God I love that woman!  ssshhhh...and, you too.

Deb

Oct 19, 2010 08:58 PM #21
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Jason - It's great to hear she is doing well. My prayers are with her to make a full recovery.

Oct 19, 2010 11:01 PM #22
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Jason...

Wow, it sounds like Liz is a fighter. I will continue to remember her in my prayers.

Oct 20, 2010 01:10 AM #23
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Thank you for the update. You're a good friend to take the time to do so.

Oct 20, 2010 01:36 AM #24
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Jason, it sounds like Liz is coming along quite well and on the road to recovery. We will continue to pray for her. Thanks for the update.

Oct 20, 2010 01:52 AM #25
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Thanks Jason - I will continue to keep Liz in my thoughts and prayers.  She is one heck of a kick butt lady - man.  It truly is a miracle that she is recovering from a double transplant so fast. Amazing what these doctors can do. And I believe in miracles. 

Oct 20, 2010 03:08 AM #26
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Sounds like she has been through a real ordeal and hopefully the worst is behind her.

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Thank you, Jason, for the update.  God and prayers work wonders....

Oct 20, 2010 03:28 AM #28
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Kim Dean
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Jason - thank you for updating so many that are praying for her. My mother had a double lung transplant so I know first hand all that goes into the process - before, during and after - and I know it's a life long change. I pray God brings her many, many healthy years ahead!

Oct 20, 2010 05:30 AM #30
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WOW. I have been following this story. I hope you share our thoughts of a good recovery for her. We all know how long a process it can be so please send us updates when you can, until the day she is back at it herself.

Oct 20, 2010 06:43 AM #31
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PS. I also encourage everyone when you get or renew your drivers license to check the donor box. In California they used to give you a pink dot. Now they actually imprint it on your drivers license. Should the worst happen I would hope someone could benefit.

Oct 20, 2010 06:47 AM #32
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Jason - Thanks for sharing this update. I've following your comments on a previous post and also Marcel's post. Glad things are improving for Liz.

Oct 20, 2010 06:56 AM #33
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THANK YOU for your continued prayers. This is nothing short of a miracle that she got the needed organs (lots of matching has to occur - tissue, blood type, size, etc.) and that she's doing this well so far.

That's GREAT news.  Thanks.

Oct 21, 2010 08:33 AM #34
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Good afternoon Jason,

Wow this is amazing..how well she is doing. Thank you for the update..this really is fantastic news!! I'm so thrilled to hear how well she is improving.

Oct 23, 2010 11:14 AM #35
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Jason, I am late to read this one but thanks for the Liz update. All our prayers have helped.

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Thanks for the updates Jason...

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