It has been many months since my last post on Matt’s Journey. Every time I get ready to sit down and write, Matt is off doing something else! I can’t keep up with him!
Here is a sample of what he has been up to since April:
- Celebrated his 32nd birthday with a really fun ‘cooking contest’ party with over 20 of his friends.
- Attended a number of car races
- Flat Rock Speedway near Toledo, OH with the Mead family
- Belle Isle in Detroit for his first ever Indy Car race (awesome!)
- Michigan International Speedway for a NASCAR event with Adam and Robin
- Whittemore, Kalamazoo, and Owosso Speedway’s for local short track races
- Attended several college football games (Central Michigan, University of Michigan, University of Louisville) and one high school game (Matt’s alma mater – Dow High School)
- Spent a week in Northern Michigan on vacation at the beach
- Learned how to ride a bike (he has a new bike to show for it!)
- Attended minor league baseball and hockey games
- Volunteered all summer at senior living center helping with game activities
- Twice-weekly pulmonary rehab sessions to continue to get stronger and more fit (it is working!)
- Piloted his drone
- Enjoyed several outdoor music concerts
- Fishing on Derby Lake
- Attended the county fair
- Visited several lung transplant patients (friends of Matt) in the hospital following their surgeries
- Rode in the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit
- Multiple visits to see his Grandma.
- Flew to NY to visit his Aunt Jacque and Uncle Joe (including yet another short track car race and an up close look at Niagara Falls!)
- Weekend in Kentucky visiting brother Jeff and sister-in-law Kimi….and their soon to be born baby!
- College basketball game in Ann Arbor
Whew….you get the idea! Even though he is wearing us out, it is SO much fun to see him be able to enjoy doing so many things with absolutely no problem with strength or stamina. His transplanted lungs have opened up a whole new life for him!
Matt has had three routine check ups with his team at U of M. All went very well. His Pulmonary Function Test results are stable and his doctor is very pleased with how Matt is doing. He has recently had several colds, and he just completed another IgG infusion – which should help reduce the frequency of any future colds.
When Matt came home from church a few days ago, he said “did you notice how long I could hold the notes when I was singing?!” And he was right! Before his transplant he had to stop and take a breath very frequently. It is one of many things that are so very different for Matt now! He is SO full of happiness every day….living out this truth from King Solomon written so long ago
When times are good, be happy…