• My Journey

    October 2017

    Hello,
    My name is Adam Wells and I am in need of a bi-lateral Lung transplant. I have been placed on the active list for 19 days now and had my first call up last Tuesday. I would like to share my story and that day with you.

    My Journey has been going since 2003 when I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis. It was acute at that stage and was being monitored by a specialist at Randwick. As the years moved so did the extent of the decease. It started to damage more lung tissue and then it helped form Bronchitis and most recently Pulmonary Hypotension of the right Ventricle to my Heart.

    Last Tuesday’s Call was something that I have never experienced in my life before. It’s one thing to know a call will eventually come to you but when it did, boy did it dredge up some emotions. First was for the donors family second was fear of the unknown third was strength as I was ready and forth was love from my family friends and community. These thoughts were like a blood letting of raw emotions that I hadn’t experienced so profoundly before. I received the call at 7.45am and was asked to present myself to the clinic at 2.00pm. An X-Ray and 15 Viles of Blood Urine Sputum and Swabs were taken. I was briefed by the surgeons and my beautiful specialist.

    I was then moved up to the ward.
    At 5.55pm my specialists delivered the bad news, she was visibly upset as was her colleague. I wasn’t, it wasn’t meant to be. Everyone wants to win lotto but you need 6 numbers, I had only 5. Not my time. It’s coming though and I am better for the experience of that profound day.

    From every negative there is a positive. How else do we learn and adapt?

    Never give up.
    Adam

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    October 2017

    Well good morning from a very quiet and dark room at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney. It’s almost 5.00am and on Wednesday the 18/10/17 I received my double gift of life. A bi-lateral Lung Transplant.

    This time however felt right. I received a call the day before from the doctors saying there were potential lungs and they were a perfect match. With much dialogue with the team and some words of confidence from my specialists at RPA I was told to prepare for a call early Wednesday morning. That call came 4.50am. I will never forget that moment or morning.

    It’s a strange way to describe that day of certainty. My regular nurse who lives in my suburb walked past my home as we were leaving for hospital. Then my transplant coordinator whom I had only spoke to met us by chance at the doors of Vinnies. My doctors described in detail that this particular donor is a 50/50 chance. Somehow I knew it would be different. Even the beautiful nurse who took care of me into theatre had a quirky name and we laughed.

    The next thing I knew it was a day later at 4.50!!!! I know!!! Asking had I had the operation?? To which my life changed in an instant.

    I was in ICU for two days and am up in the wards now. Lots of changes and adjustments but it’s worth it. My old lungs were so bad that they couldn’t believe I could breathe at all. My new ones though…. Pristine.

    Adam

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  • Adams Journey

My Journey

October 2017

Hello,
My name is Adam Wells and I am in need of a bi-lateral Lung transplant. I have been placed on the active list for 19 days now and had my first call up last Tuesday. I would like to share my story and that day with you.

My Journey has been going since 2003 when I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis. It was acute at that stage and was being monitored by a specialist at Randwick. As the years moved so did the extent of the decease. It started to damage more lung tissue and then it helped form Bronchitis and most recently Pulmonary Hypotension of the right Ventricle to my Heart.

Last Tuesday’s Call was something that I have never experienced in my life before. It’s one thing to know a call will eventually come to you but when it did, boy did it dredge up some emotions. First was for the donors family second was fear of the unknown third was strength as I was ready and forth was love from my family friends and community. These thoughts were like a blood letting of raw emotions that I hadn’t experienced so profoundly before. I received the call at 7.45am and was asked to present myself to the clinic at 2.00pm. An X-Ray and 15 Viles of Blood Urine Sputum and Swabs were taken. I was briefed by the surgeons and my beautiful specialist.

I was then moved up to the ward.
At 5.55pm my specialists delivered the bad news, she was visibly upset as was her colleague. I wasn’t, it wasn’t meant to be. Everyone wants to win lotto but you need 6 numbers, I had only 5. Not my time. It’s coming though and I am better for the experience of that profound day.

From every negative there is a positive. How else do we learn and adapt?

Never give up.
Adam

Register Here

 


October 2017

Well good morning from a very quiet and dark room at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney. It’s almost 5.00am and on Wednesday the 18/10/17 I received my double gift of life. A bi-lateral Lung Transplant.

This time however felt right. I received a call the day before from the doctors saying there were potential lungs and they were a perfect match. With much dialogue with the team and some words of confidence from my specialists at RPA I was told to prepare for a call early Wednesday morning. That call came 4.50am. I will never forget that moment or morning.

It’s a strange way to describe that day of certainty. My regular nurse who lives in my suburb walked past my home as we were leaving for hospital. Then my transplant coordinator whom I had only spoke to met us by chance at the doors of Vinnies. My doctors described in detail that this particular donor is a 50/50 chance. Somehow I knew it would be different. Even the beautiful nurse who took care of me into theatre had a quirky name and we laughed.

The next thing I knew it was a day later at 4.50!!!! I know!!! Asking had I had the operation?? To which my life changed in an instant.

I was in ICU for two days and am up in the wards now. Lots of changes and adjustments but it’s worth it. My old lungs were so bad that they couldn’t believe I could breathe at all. My new ones though…. Pristine.

Adam

Register Here

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Adams Journey