A Not So Subtle Reminder

On July 5 of this year, just two days after my four-year transplant anniversary I had a bronchoscopy.  About a week later came the news of the fact that I was in rejection, again.  While it has been two years since my last bought of rejection just hearing the words, “You’re in rejection,” was a not so subtle reminder of the fact that my life really is fragile.  I know this all too well this side of transplant, but during the “in-between times” it’s easy to start feeling invincible, or at least think you are.

I had another treatment to try to break this rejection cycle about a month ago, but a bronchoscopy just four days ago revealed that the rejection was still present.  So, off to Duke I’ll go for a week-long heavy-duty infusion that hopefully accomplish the task of breaking the rejection cycle.  I’ll be admitted for a five-day stay at Duke Medical Center starting Wednesday, August 22.  Looking forward to the yummy hospital food and soft cozy beds!

It’s probably not a bad thing that every once in a while I’m reminded of just how precious this gift of life is and that there are NO guarantees, especially this side of eternity.  It helps me refocus on priorities and really helps me think about the fact that I really need to be more purposed in the way I live this “new” life I’ve been given.

A couple of poignant Scriptures:

James 4:14, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”  (NIV)

Job 33:4, “The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”  (NIV)