Went to the lung transplant doctor today. The people there were so nice and very helpful. The doctor explained to me that I would have to lose about 50 pounds in order to qualify for a transplant. That kind of sucks because this disease is what caused me to gain 60 pounds in the first place, but it is what it is. The other problem is that I haven’t been a former smoker long enough. You have to be off the cowboy killers for at least 6 months before they will even consider you for a transplant. That also kind of sucks because the docs all tell me that my smoking had nothing to do with the disease. But again, it is what it is.
All of this is actually moot because I don’t want a transplant. And once I explained myself to the doctor, he understood my stance on the whole thing. He was a very nice man and very helpful. He had a social worker come in and speak with my wife and I to make sure that we have all of our ducks in a row, legally and medically, when the end comes. Which I found out today is probably coming sooner than we originally thought.
Anyone who has been following this knows that I have said that I am getting worse. That it’s getting harder to breath. I am just going to keep moving forward and try to be here as long as I can.
According to the lung specialist, that will probably be about 6 months or less.