This is really for those of you who have been fortunate enough to have received a life changing Liver Transplant.
I personally had my transplant on the 1st October 2016.
I, as for most people, was so humbled and gratefully for everyone's support and help all through the whole life saving experience. Two years on and things continue to improve. I happened to return to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, yesterday for my 6-monthly checkup. Having some time on my hands, I decided to go back to where it all began, just to say hello. I ventured up onto Ward 726 (nice panoramic view of Birmingham from this ward). Memories came flooding back, and I was able to talk and chat with some of the nursing staff.
The sad thing was, these guys work extremely hard, and at the time we are all so grateful. One of the nursing staff told me that very few people ever come back once they walk out of those ward doors. It turns out that the staff get a real big kick out of seeing us when one of their ex-patients pops in to say hello. It kind of makes it all seem worth while to see us fit and healthy once more. It gives them so much job satisfaction, and makes them feel appreciated. I for one shall be sending ward 726 a Christmas card this year, and over the coming months they'll hopefully be seeing a lot more of me, as I've put in to become a volunteer adviser on the ward and offer advice during the transplant assessment days too.
So, next time your in clinic having your routine appointment, regardless of which transplant centre your at, why not pop along to the ward and say hello. You'll be surprised by the amount of smiles you can make happen on all the ward staff faces.