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1st day in ITU

Posted by Oli on Tuesday 20th November, 2007

This is only a brief update, more will come later, I promise.

 Oli’s operation went really well.  He went down to theatre as planned at 00:15 and was in ITU by 7am.

We’ve seen him a couple of times but he is really,really busy at the mo with lots of wires and gadgets attached to him to monitor every aspect of his recovery.  He looks really good, when we first saw him we noticed how his breathing had changed already – it was amazing and unfortunately for you guys pretty indescribable.  By the time we saw him again later the nurse was really busy and so we left her to sort Oli out.  His breathing had become quite shallow and he was trying to get rid of the ventilator (this is a good sign).  The bat plan for now seems to be stabilising his breathing so that they can take him off the ventilator and slowly bring him round.  They mentioned that if all goes to plan he could be back on the ward by Thursday, however, it’s really important to remember that it’s early days and it’s perfectly natural and ok if he takes longer to adjust.  We all running to Oli time at the minute and that can happen as quick or slow as he needs.

 I’m off back to hospital with Oli’s bro, we’re going to be tag-teaming visits with Oli’s ‘rents so that we can be with Oli as much as possible.

 Thank you for all your kind messages, please be assured that Oli will see them as we are compiling a memory book for him.  While we’re waiting for him to wake up we may even read some of them out to him. 

We are so happy for Oli, this is truly the most wonderful gift a person can get and so in your prayers for Oli please take time to pray for the donor’s family as they are dealing with the pain of grief.  I would also ask you to take 2 minutes of your time to sign the organ donor register, if you haven’t done so already, at www.uktransplant.org.uk* and follow the links.

Back soon…

*Emily if this is wrong would you mind correcting it for me in a comment?  thank you x

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29 Responses to “1st day in ITU”

  1. Debbie (Aka Dubeerie) said

    Hi Oli, K and families,

    Thank you so much for the update. It has made me cry again!!! lol. Anyway, more prayers and lighting of candles will happen again later and for as long as it takes.

    I really am sooo happy that Oli has got his new breathers. He really has been struggling and I cannot wait until Oli himself is back on his feet letting us all know how he feels.

    This really is the best gist that I myself could have had today.

    Thanks again K for the update and take care of yourself.

    Debbie

  2. Katie said

    K, thank you for taking the time to update us – I’m sure that there are so many people all over the country keeping Oli and you in their thoughts today. Wishing Oli all the strength he needs over the coming days and weeks, and similarly for you as well. Take care, Katie

  3. alison aka *dreary* said

    great news, glad to hear your progressing well!!! dont rush your recovery, you have more than enough time to do it in now!!

    love to you and your families

    xxx

  4. Penny and Hee Liong Ling said

    Dear Oli,

    I wanted to let you know how overjoyed Hee Liong and I were this morning to hear you had gone in and are doing well. We send you our love and also your family and Kuti. Look forward to seeing you now you will be able to be out and about.

    Take care and get well.

    Penny and Hee Liong ( Ben’s Mum and Dad)

  5. Alice said

    Oli,

    I have been in touch with quite a few people over Facebook who are all sending you their very best wishes, thoughts and prayers. We are all so completely delighted for you and your family and overwhelmed by how brave and strong you are.
    You will do this in your own time and we will all be here for anything you, Kati or your family need.

    Thank you so much for keeping us all updated, it means so much us, helps us all feel a little bit closer no matter where we all individually are.

    Loads of Love to you all and especially Mister New Lungs!
    Alice xx

  6. Fran Smith said

    Oli,
    We’re all thrilled to hear the news and send our love to you. Dan let me know the minute you texted him, and I had just been reading your blog! This is the best Christmas present for you and your family! Look forward to seeing you out and about again.
    Fran Smith ( Dan’s Mum )

  7. Sparkley said

    Excellent news!!! Best of luck 🙂 xxx

  8. Nick and Mel said

    Hi Oli
    Thanks Kati for the update, we will talk later, but both of us are thinking of you Oli and are excited by the days events.
    Lots of love
    Nick and Mel x
    ps Where does Gabs send her Uncle Oli card?

  9. Linda Rowe said

    Oli, Ian and I were so pleased to hear the news. Very glad all is going well. You are very special and have touched a lot of hearts so there will be avalanches of very powerful and positive love winging it’s way to you. Our thoughts are much with you, and also the terrific collective that is ‘Team Lewington’. Thank you K for so kindly updating us on the latest. Please continue to do so.
    Our very best love to you Oli.
    Linda x (Alice’s mum)

  10. Frizzymum said

    Thanks for the update K – was it only 24 hours ago that I was telling Oli his call would come “any moment”?!…OK – if I’m honest, I didn’t think I was being quite so literal!!

    Lots of love to Oli, you and all his family.

    Mystic Aunty Frizz Xx

  11. Lizzie83 said

    Thank you K for the update! I’m crossing all my fingers and toes for Oli’s continued recovery and a life with those spakley new breathers! Yay!
    Lizzie xxx

  12. Emily said

    Perfectly put sweetie. Much love xx

  13. Lorraine Bowen said

    Good news travels fast! We are so pleased that the op has gone well and you are in our thoughts and prayers. Will keep looking at the blog (I’ll get Grace and Samuel to find it for me being an old technophobic myself!)

    Love to all the Lewingtons and all of Oli’s friends xxx

    Lorraine Steven Grace and Samuel xxxxxx

  14. Hi there,

    I’m Becky (BeckySerenDylan from the CF Trust boards, in case you might have seen a post or two by me on the Parents board, I have 2 children wcf) and I’ve been reading Oli’s blog for a while now, and I just saw the news on Facebook (through Emily) that Oli has had his transplant, so I hotfooted it over to his blog to read the good news!!!!

    So happy for you Oli, you’ve waited very patiently, and you’ve definitely more than managed to ‘Smile Through’ your long, long wait.

    Praying very hard that your recovery will be smooth and swift.

    Hope to see you posting yourself again soon.

    Hugs,

    Becky, Adrian, Seren & Dylan xxx

  15. Aimee said

    brilliant news , me and mummy are so happy for you. We saying prayers for you and for your donor family. You have been so brave, now you have to rest before you start your new adventures. Love to all your family too and the people looking after you.
    lots and lots of love little Aimee xxxx
    and you was right it will be your new email for years and years and thats great too xxx

  16. Lorraine said

    So very happy to hear that Oli finally received the all important call which proved to be a successful match this time round. Sort of put’s a lot of things into perspective in my life and I’m wishing Oli a steady and gradual recovery – no rushing Mr – set backs are now allowed!
    Much love and special wishes to you and to your lovely family and K. xxx Livvy xxx

  17. Emily said

    hi all

    K asked me to inform you that she does have a new blog ready to go up but at present has no internet access. It is all good though apparently! So news is on its way later today but we have to be patient. 🙂

  18. Pete W said

    Go Oli, it’s your birthday. Well, not technically your birthday but its a pretty good gift in the run up to Christmas. Just marvellously pleased for you that it’s happened at last, brilliant! 🙂

  19. Teresa Jones said

    Smile Through It – Oli I’m beaming for you this is fantastic. Lots of Love Teresa xxxx

  20. Ali A said

    Can’t seem to find the right word’s to say just how happy I was to hear your fabaroo news. sending you loads of love and keeping you in my thoughts over the important next few weeks, keep fighting Oli your nearly there then will be no stopping you
    love n hugs
    Ali
    xxxxxxxxx

  21. Audrey Eade said

    So many of us are with you all in spirit. Oli and Emily’s tireless awareness raising and campaigning has paid off for them in the best possible way.

    Willing Oli to make a full recovery in good time.

    Audreyxx

  22. sandy said

    So Pleased to hear that Oli call finally came! It is the best xmas pressie we could have all asked for, for him…. I hope he continues to improve and has a great christmas this year… Big hugs Oli, Thanks K for keeeping us updated to!

    xx Sandylizz xx

  23. Jayne said

    I’m absolutely over the moon for you Oli. You have made my week. We want more tales of you telling people off in there! (hee).

    Lots of love and best wishes from this side of MK.

    Love

    Jayne (and her entire household).

    xxxxxx

  24. Leanne Collins said

    Hey Dude and Dudette…..I cant believe it im floating on cloud nine poor olivia has no idea whats happening….im so proud of all of you for being so strong and supporting the most amazim person i know.Oli you truely are increadable and deserve the best.K thank you for being his rock you know the saying “Behind a good man…stands an good woman” all the best to oli family im sending you all a sloppy kiss from Olivia…and a hug from me.im also sending my prayers and thoughts to the other family…

    Speak soon please tell Oli ive got custard creams all ready for when he is better …

    Leanne,Ric and Olivia

    P.S. My family say hello and are sending all their Love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  25. Paul said

    Congratulations Oli!

    I’ve bunged some cigars in the post to break the new set in proper.

    Paul

  26. suzie said

    Sending loads of positive and happy vibes to you Oli, this is a well smiley bit of news, so it is.
    Do carry on shouting, you’re allowed chuck.

    Much love from all in Chester.

  27. sarah said

    so so pleased this time has come.

    crossing everything for oli and co.

    xx

  28. Doreen and John said

    For Keith and Linda,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you both at this wonderful but emotional time. You have a very brave son in Oli who is and will be an inspiration to others who will follow in his path. He will treat his precious gift carefully we know. Keep strong. We will be thinking about you and checking the web site from the other side of the world.

    All our love,

    Doreen and John
    xxx

  29. michelle said

    HI, i WAS IN HAREFIELD THE NIGHT YOU HAD YOUR TRANSPLANT. I WAS ON E WARD HAVING MY PRE TRANSPLANT ASSESSMENT WHEN ONE OF THE CO-ORDINATERS CAME IN AND APOLGISE FOR NOT GETTING AROUND TO SEE ME. I ASKED IF A TRANSPLANT WAS TAKING PLACE AND SHE REPLIED HOPEFULLY YES. I REMEMBER THINKING IT IS REAL NOW WHERE AS BEFORE TO ME, IT WAS ALL JUST A DREAM. I’M NOT SURE IF TRANSPLANT IS FOR ME JUST YET BECAUSE I SEEM TOO WELL, ALTHOUGH I’M TOLD MY LUNGS ARE ON THEIR LAST LEGS. I WISH YOU ALL THE VERY BEST IN THE FUTURE.WHEN YOU ARE WELL ENOUGH I WONDER IF YOU WOULD EMAIL ME TO TELL ME YOUR FIRST THOUGHTS WHEN YOU KNEW YOU NEEDED NEW LUNGS.

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