Transplant Type: Liver
November 18, one month after my liver transplant.
I started receiving calls October 16 late in the evening. Thought they were phishing calls! I returned the call and found out that they have found a matching liver and wants me to make a decision if I want to have the transplant and be ready to admit myself at the hospital. I declined. Since the holidays are coming up, I would rather spend time with loved ones.
Next thing I knew, I received a personal call from the head on the Banner Hospital Transplant Team, Dr Block. He asked me why and what reasons that come to mind about my decisions. He then told me that I place 1st at the regional level having a AB+ blood type and it might take longer or none at all for another liver match to show up. I said yes to have the transplant and on October 18th, I checked myself in the hospital.
The day of surgery, I had Jon with me for support but had him go home instead since it’s a 7 hours surgery. My anchor.
Got prepped and rolled to the operating room. The only thing I know is that the liver came from El Paso, TX. I got sad because someone has to die for someone else to live. A life for a life.
There were hiccups after the surgery. I am not a diabetic before my surgery but due to all the medications that I was given, my glucose level went haywire. I started on insulin! Fluids also started building up on my lungs, hard to breathe and had to be drained. They poked holes on my back and got 2 pints out. I got discharged and everything seems to going alright.
After a week, fluid started building up again and breathing was getting hard. Got connected to an oxygen tank and got admitted to the hospital for 3 days, again. They drained the fluids again and got 2 gal out. They stopped all diuretics and solutions that they prescribed. Got discharged but had to be re-admitted again for 3 days; more fluid keeps building up on my lungs. This time, they had another doctor from another department to take a look with a camera and make a recommendation for treatment. They decided on talcum powder between the diaphragm and lungs and add a drainage. Finally, the procedure is holding up! YEY! That was 3 weeks ago.
The last time I saw the head surgeon, 3 weeks ago, he told me he’s loosening my “leash” regarding my health and to live my life. The only follow-up and monitoring that they will be doing is through blood work and clinic visits which is 2 to3 times per week. I hate needles!!
I never knew I have Angels surrounding me, where I live even! Our neighbor behind our house works for the VA and had knowledge regarding diabetes. He taught me how to use the glucose monitor and how to give myself an insulin shot. The lady across our house is a double transplant patient and visited our house a week after I got home and gave me snacks to boost my appetite and gave words on encouragement to me and Jon! Jon’s son, Scot, fixed my bed since it was too high for me. Others dropped off food and flowers. I received so many get well cards and and encouragemaents from family and friend and donations on my NFT fund drive.
After the liver transplant, I made friends with my new body part and named her “Liv”. Quite an apt name considering the words “liver and living”. We are now in a symbiotic relationship. I feed her and she feeds the rest of my body. I told her that we are in these together and we’ll handle what comes our way together.
Thanik You All for your continued love and support.
The average liver transplant costs approximately $740,000, and that’s only the beginning. Even with insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, he still faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself. Noel’s declining health prevents him from working, further adding to his financial burdens.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Noel. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Arizona Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazens Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Noel Floresca” on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
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