This month, I'm featuring my team at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento (California).
The first time I was booked at Sutter was 19 June 2016. I spent a week at the hospital. The team ran tests until the nature of my condition was discovered - LNVC. My prescriptions were changed and an AICD device implanted in my chest as a precautionary measure.
Unfortunately, I didn't improve much in the month that followed despite follow-ups and some adjustments. My condition was deteriorating and my body starting to shut down. I was booked in again on 17 July and stayed for two weeks. It was then that my final prognosis was made - LVAD, then Heart transplant. To transition, doctors discharged me with a mobile Milrinone intravenous injection and blood pressure medications.
Ten days later, I was discharged. The doctor and his team cleared us for travelling by plane to Boston, Massachusetts. (So, it is last year around this that we left Sacramento for Boston). The team referred me to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. They also helped made all the arrangements for that purpose.
I remain in touch with the nurses and the team at Sutter Sacc and regularly update them on my progress. We are forever grateful to everyone involved for their support and everything. I could never forget the time in Southern California between UC Davis, Sacramento and the region.
p.s.: I flew from Dakar (Senegal) to UC Davis (California) as a Mandela Washington fellow, for the YALI. The program director at UC Davis, her team, the Energy Group cohort as a whole, along with the YALI team in Washington DC have been with me throughout the process, comforting and supporting me all the way. (I'll get back to describing the two months that saw life take a new turn at a later stage).
Thank you. Love and Light :)
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