Monthly Archives: November 2019

Thank you ❀️

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Friday 15th to Sunday 17th November

Boiler’s broken again. We’re all freezing πŸ₯Ά No heating, no hot water ☹️ Tough times.

Ever wondered what goes into retrieving an organ for transplant? (I know it’s heart and lungs but it’s still interesting!)

I saw this from the Royal Papworth Hospital, which is one of the largest specialist cardiothoracic (heart and lung) hospitals in Europe and includes the UK’s main heart and lung transplant centre.

“Some of our National Organ Retrieval Service (NORS) team take on the #TetrisChallenge to show all of the kit required for retrieving a heart or lungs (sometimes both) from an organ donor. In this picture we have:

❀️ An OCS (Organ Care System) heart machine and an OCS lung machine – transports the donated organ

❄️ Ice boxes – to cool and protect the organ

πŸ’‰ A cell saver – enables patients to receive their own blood back during surgery

⚑️ Defibrillators

πŸ‘¨πŸ½β€βš•οΈ Scrub box – for the scrub nurse

❀️ TOE (transoesophageal echocardiogram) probe – provides an ultrasound scan of the heart

πŸ‘©β€βš•οΈ DCP box – for the donor care physiologist

πŸ‘¨πŸ½β€βš•οΈTP box – for the theatre practitioner

πŸ’Š Medication box

🧰 Roadside bag

πŸš‘ As well as ambulance driver, Transplant Coordinator, Theatre Practitioner and Senior Staff Nurse.

Once we get notified that there is potentially a suitable heart or lung – altruistically donated by an individual and their loved ones – for a patient on our heart or lung transplant waiting lists we deploy this team, and a surgeon, to retrieve and inspect the organ. If the organ is assessed and deemed to be of good enough quality, it will be brought back ready to be transplanted into the grateful recipient at Royal Papworth Hospital.

P.S. We didn’t have enough time to unpack each of the boxes – sorry πŸ˜…”

And now have a read of Cora’s story (I will just warn you that the video shown is very difficult to watch πŸ₯Ί) It’s always amazing when families have the courage to agree to organ donation at such an incredibly tough time.

Thank you to ALL organ donors and their families ❀️

Virus 🦠

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Saturday 9th to Thursday 14th November

Maybe explains why I was looking pale at work. Looks like it’s time for a virus 🦠

My usual one that I get quite regularly but this time making me feel quite poorly and the rash being quite a bit more painful than I’ve had for a while πŸ˜·πŸ˜–

Looking pale

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Friday 1st to Friday 8th November

November, yuck! It’s getting very close to my least favourite month of the year πŸ˜–

On the 3rd of November I had been back at work since having my transplants for 4 years. It’s still as tough some days as it was at the start!

Well done to Derbyshire Police ‘who stepped in to deliver a human organ for an immediate transplant at a Birmingham hospital after the ambulance it was being transferred in broke down’.

Happy Bonfire Night – I didn’t actually get to see any fireworks πŸŽ‡ ☹️

While I was at work on Friday, three different customers told me that I was looking pale. It has been a tough week, full of stress and worry πŸ˜–

And finally, congratulations to Lewis Capaldi on reaching the US Number 1 spot with his song Someone You Loved (it was also Number 1 here in the UK for 7 weeks).

‘Many people might not know that while the song lyrics can apply to many situations, Lewis connected the message with organ donation.’

You can hear Lewis talking about the story behind the song in this video from NME magazine. (Sorry about the swearing 🀬 ).