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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Larry’s New Lungs: a moment of gratitude

Card: To my donor family

                  What a miracle!!  I still can’t believe it at times, that I made it and how blessed I am.  I really believe in miracles now! I thank my donor family so much for giving me the gift of life and I thank all my friends and family, especially my sister, for all their support and help through this. This journey is pretty much an ongoing thing, everyday. My double lung transplant is not a cure, it is a treatment and so far so good. Touch wood. It is so fantastic to

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Asthma Research at the University of Saskatchewan

Dr.Cockroft and blog

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan have been studying diagnostic methods and new treatments for asthma, particularly allergic asthma, for more than 25 years.  Don Cockcroft, MD and myself, Beth Davis, PhD carry out clinical trials testing novel therapies for the treatment of asthma as part of a collaborative with 5 other research centers across Canada as well as one additional center in Sweden.  This group, the Clinical Investigator Collaborative, part of the AllerGen NCE Network, will be entering its ninth year of performing Industry driven clinical trials using their expertise in bronchoprovocation methods to study new molecules being developed

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Larry’s New Lungs: A surprise visit

larry_postop_happy

Come that weekend, on Saturday, I had a nice surprise. The gang from the Lung Association in Ottawa came down to visit.  It was great to see Rosario, our respiratory therapist, and Larry Mayville, who was waiting for a transplant and Julie and Jacovina who were waiting as well.  (Jacovina was waiting to get on the transplant list in Toronto, but unfortunately she passed away before she even got to Toronto to receive her life saving surgery and donor lungs.  We were all devastated with that.) So, the group had a card and a joke for me to make me

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Larry’s New Lungs: Getting on my feet again

A few of my favourite quotes!

Larry recounts his recovery from his double-lung transplant. After the first few nights, my energy levels and week went faster.  I had the oxygen taken off and I was improving and then after 4 days they were able to take all the tubes out.  I pushed for this though because I knew I had to get up and move around. The legs are the first things to go, if you’re in bed too long.  Oh, I forgot to tell you, that literally the first day out of ICU, on the 8th floor, they got me out of bed to walk.

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Larry’s New Lungs: Going from 12% lung capacity to 100%

Larry Graham

In his last posting, Larry describes receiving a successful double-lung transplant.   After I was stabilized after the 3 days in the ICU (intensive care unit), they moved me to a private room on the 8th floor of the hospital. Hmmm, I didn’t like it as much as the ICU.  The bed wasn’t as comfortable and they had to put a special pad on my mattress because I found it too hard on my back and it was a real pain for my scoliosis.Well, I found out a few things in the next few days.  I didn’t even know my

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Larry’s New Lungs: Wow that first breath!!!

Hope_Saying

In his last installment, Larry receives a call that a pair of donor lungs are available in Montreal. Fortunately, his cousin’s daughter was in town from Montreal and she offers to drive him from Ottawa. Well, needless to say, I was in a daze from then on , but still stayed calm while Colleen drove and we all talked and laughed as we went along and they were so happy and thrilled for me. In the car, I called my sister Joan in Hamilton and told her the good news. I asked her to let my brothers and other family

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Larry’s New Lungs: “Mr. Graham, we have lungs for you.”

Larry_waiting room

In his last posting, Larry describes his long wait for donor lungs and visit to Montreal in August 2012 for some pre-operation testing. Well the next time we all went together again in the beginning of October and I was considerably worse. When, I saw the physiotherapist, I had to do a 6-minute walk this time and I had to raise my oxygen levels to a 4 litre flow rate and my blood oxygen saturations were still at 80. He was concerned. Heck me too! Even sitting and raising my arms my sats (satured oxygen levels) were low. Still I

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Larry’s New Lungs: Down to 17% lung capacity

Larry Graham exercising

  In 2011, all I tried to do was to eat right and stay in shape and keep a daily routine. That was very important so none of my other organs would be affected by my oxygen levels. I didn’t want any wear and tear on my heart, especially after all my good test results from the fall. I still went to the Pulmonary Maintenance Program at the Lung Association everyday day for the exercise and support. However, unfortunately I caught a lung infection in the Fall of 2011 and had to be admitted to the General Hospital for 2

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Larry’s New Lungs: A bump in the road

My sister Joan, Rosario Holmes (a certified respirator educator at The Lung Association) and me.

In November 2010,  the lung transplant coordinator in Montreal called me and gave me some bad news. I was devastated. Apparently, I had polyps in my colon and I needed another test before I could be placed on the transplant list. The reason being, that if it was cancerous I could not recieve a transplant. I then had my family doctor set up an appointment for a colonoscopy at the Montfort Hospital here in Ottawa, on an emergency basis but, I could only be placed on a cancellation list. Finally, I got called to have the procedure done and all

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Want to know about air quality in Alberta? There’s an app for that

AQHI App

Did you know there’s a new and easy way to access local air quality conditions? This can be accomplished by consulting the new Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) app. Available for multiple mobile devices and platforms including iOS, Android and coming soon, BlackBerry, the Alberta AQHI app reports local air quality conditions and health messages in more than 24 communities across the province.  The index updates throughout the day, and reports local air quality on a scale of 1 to 10: the lower the number, the lower the risk to health. This allows individuals to be more proactive about planning

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