By creator to www.thesudburystar.com
Dwelling by means of a world-wide pandemic is scary for anybody, however much more so when your immune system is compromised. Elizabeth (Beth) Cassidy, who lately had a liver transplant, is a type of who should be much more cautious throughout this time.
“The primary time I heard the phrases coronavirus was after I was within the ICU and heard nurses speaking about it,” mentioned Cassidy, who had her life-saving surgical procedure in Toronto on Jan. 15.
The 48-year-old Massey resident went into liver failure in December 2018 because of a uncommon genetic situation referred to as Wilson illness, which causes extreme quantities of copper to build up and poison the physique.
Medicine was protecting her alive and her solely choice was a transplant, however no members of the family certified to be a dwelling donor.
After a number of months of pleas for a dwelling donor, one individual anonymously stepped ahead in December 2019 and Cassidy had the transplant a number of weeks later.
“I’m grateful for the timing as a result of if my surgical procedure had not occurred when it did, it most likely would have been delay for who is aware of how lengthy,” Cassidy mentioned in regards to the transplant, which meant she would not endure from Wilson illness.
She spent two weeks within the hospital following the nine-hour operation and an extra 4 weeks in Toronto so medical doctors may regulate her anti-rejection treatment.
Cassidy mentioned she is comfortable to be dwelling, having returned on the finish of February.
“It’s unbelievable timing with the COVID-19 to get dwelling once we did. We had been down within the thick of it as Toronto could be the recent (spot) in our province.”
However having a transplant means Cassidy has a compromised immune system.
“I’m positively extra prone to catching something as a result of my immune system won’t ever be the identical.”
As a result of cocktail of immunosuppressant medicine that Cassidy should take, she mentioned her immune system is “suppressed for all times in any other case my physique would reject the brand new liver so I’m at increased danger of catching issues.”
“I’ve received to be tremendous further cautious.”
Cassidy mentioned her husband, Les, and son Scotty is not going to permit her to do any buying.
“I’m housebound, however typically I am going for a journey.”
She mentioned your complete household is doing further hand-washing and her husband brings alcohol wipes and sanitizer at any time when he goes to the shop. He additionally wears a masks when he goes out as somebody supplied the household with do-it-yourself masks.
“Clearly, we’re not visiting anybody or having any guests in any respect. It’s unhappy however that’s the best way it must be for now.”
Cassidy mentioned she was lately weaned off one of many immunosuppressant medicine, which had its share of negative effects.
“I’m on two different immune suppression medicine, one in all which I’m going to be on for all times and the opposite I’ll most likely be on for one more six months.”
“I get drained in a short time, however that’s to be anticipated in any case my physique has been by means of, and likewise that I’m rising a liver.”
Docs advised her that the liver ought to attain full dimension in about six months, however that it takes a 12 months to completely recuperate from the surgical procedure.
Cassidy is slowly build up her endurance with yoga and simply received the inexperienced mild from medical doctors to begin utilizing her elliptical bike.
“I tempo myself and take note of my very own physique cues.”
Concerning the transplant, Cassidy mentioned, “It’s nonetheless laborious to consider. I feel it at all times will likely be. I’ll by no means get used to the concept that it truly occurred. I’m grateful that it did. Past grateful.
“I’m simply so grateful to my dwelling donor and all of the medical doctors. I feel I’ll say that for the remainder of my life. It’s only a feeling of gratitude that I’ve each single day. Due to some wonderful individuals, I’m in a position to dwell.”