If you happened to be down by the Convention Centre around noon on Sunday, you might have seen a gathering of superstars. We had a Sunday brunch date with the who’s who of the transplant world and it was a great time. Hélène Campbell, double lung transplant recipient and famous from her two appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, in in town on a cross-country tour to promote organ donation. Darvy Culleton, another lung-transplant recipient, is one of BC Transplant’s poster boys. And Katie Powell is a superstar donor who gave part of her liver to her brother. Talk about an inspiring group of people! Addison proudly showed off her scar to everyone and we all compared notes on meds, life pre-transplant, life post-surgery.
Since Halloween it’s been nonstop action for the McYongs. I was out of town again for my transplant series – last trip! Cameraman Sergio and I went down to North Carolina to visit the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. It was a quick trip – only 3 days – and of course the Princess didn’t seem to miss me at all. It’s funny because before I leave, I talk to her about where I’m going, when I’m going to be back, and who is going to be coming to look after her. Then I promise to bring back a special treat. She is very excited about the special treat and we talk about it on FaceTime or over the phone while I’m gone, but when I get home, she completely forgets about the treat and never asks for it again. I have built up a good supply of emergency special treats in my closet now.
We are also now at the beginning of flu season. Please get immunized. Even if you don’t want to do it for yourself, consider the people around you. There could be immune-suppressed people you come into contact with who really cannot take the chance on getting sick. If Addison gets the flu, we will end up in the hospital.
After Addison had her flu shot last week, we told her she could hold Mommy and Daddy’s hands while we got our shots to make sure we didn’t cry. She did such a good job. It didn’t hurt at all.
Elaine, Aaron and Addison
PS Did anyone get a special delivery from BC Children’s Hospital Foundation these past couple of weeks???