Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Julie is home. It's like she never left. She looks great, with good color and high spirits. I had a text from a friend who didn't know about the surgery who saw her today at the UofU from a distance that read "I saw her today and never would have guessed she just had that surgery." Even her PT today told her "You are not the same girl who was post op 10 days ago!"

Tonight, I saw her go to take her oxygen canula off tonight when we were getting ready for bed and said, "Did you just try to take off your ghost canula??" She laughed in her what is currently a weak but cute laugh and said, "Yes. I have been doing it all day." I find myself looking to not kink her tubing in the door when I close doors throughout our house. At 6:00 am this morning when the boys were stirring I wasn't anticipating her walking to the bathroom. Before, her tubing required her to go through our den next to our room and into the hall opening two doors. This always wakes the boys up and since they were one month old, guess who's been getting to take care of them at night and in the morning? THIS GUY. I'm used to it now, but I react the way most moms do when their kids stir too early in the morning or in the middle of the night, I open my eyes wide and at times spring out of bed. My point is, she didn't have to walk that way. She was able to go around opening only one door on the other side of the house from their room and I got to snooze.

This picture was taken with my phone but its a bit of a momento. It's Julie's BiPAP, Humidifier and one of her nebulizers. We can say goodbye to the BiPAP and to this particular neb. We are starting to see the fruits of what many of you call, life. Free from machines and devices (ironically of which I sell for a living). Despite how much these devices and meds have carried Julie, we are glad to be rid of them. After all, what woman wants to look at that mess on her night stand?


  1. Julie how amazing is your story. I just love keeping up with your blog. Reading all of your progress. You are doing so well and it seems crazy that all this took place less than 10 days ago. WOW!!! You looked so great the other night!!! Walking around the hospital no oxygen Keep in touch

  2. I'm amazed that Julie is where she is at. It's crazy to think that she had a transplant 11 days ago and she is now home walking around! Pretty remarkable! I adore her and am so proud of her and SO happy for you guys.
    I can't wait to see her next weekend in the salon!
    ...assuming she is able to make her appt :)
    Love you guys!

  3. Katie HendricksonMarch 17, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    so glad you can be home!! Look for something in the mail coming from Kimberly....our kids have been asking and praying like crazy for you. WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH!