It is exactly 10 months since Addison’s heart transplant and we are marking the occasion with a visit to the ER. I wish I could say it is a pleasant stroll down memory lane but it is the complete opposite. The little princess has been battling a cold for 11 days now. She has had a little coughing and chest congestion over the past few days and today it seemed a little worse. Then she had diarrhea so the transplant team decided we should come into the ER for a checkup and chest xray. On the way here, she puked too. Nice!
So four hours later, chest xray is clear, heart looks great and now IV antibiotics are on board. Once the meds are done, we should get to go home. Because she is so ‘special’, there is an abundance of caution for any little medical blip. Addison has been a brave little girl as usual, but she is definitely not her usual cheerful self.
We have not been back in the ER since May 2nd last year. That time, we arrived by ambulance and left 4 weeks later with a new heart. This time, we walked in on our own and we should be home soon with just a pack of meds to show for our visit. I was hoping we would make it through her first year post transplant without a hospitalization and we might still get there!
Elaine, Aaron and Addison