Travelling as a Heart Transplant Recipient
Travelling as a Heart Transplant Recipient isn’t that much different than travelling in general. Minus the extra insurance, and a bag full of anti rejection pills, of course. For the past five years I’ve been travelling around the world, finding spots in my own country and travelling across Asia. I’ll continue my adventures and I’ll be heading out on a World trip within the next few months.
Travelling with a heart transplant is interesting at times. Before I leave, I need to ensure I’m healthy enough to take on the journey. Then I need to convince my cardiologist that I’m okay, need more pills, and that I’ll be gone for some time. Not to mention the constant stares I get with a scar down the middle of my chest. War wounds I call them. People typically are hesitant to ask, so I just blurt out “ it was from a heart transplant.” This changes the dynamic very quickly from curious to amazed!
At first it was a hard sell to get my doctors and family to back me up on my travels. Now, I’m Twenty One years post transplant which is no small feat. Although the typical heart transplant lasts for approximately ten years, I’ve more than doubled it. So its understandable when my doctors question me. However its now a lot easier to convince them. I do need to take special pre-cautions though. I need to be extra careful of what I eat, where I stay and what bugs are around the area. Most of the time, I’m perfectly fine, but Malaria or yellow fever for most people is a bugger. Malaria or yellow fever for me is well, not very good.
My travels have led me to some amazing places; the top of mountains I wasn’t sure I’d be able to climb, waterfalls as far as the eye could see, sand dunes in the heart of Vietnam, and even descending down a few waterfalls just to name a few. Nothing stops me from getting out and living life to the fullest though. I go on daily adventures, hikes, and constantly find myself pushing my own limits in order to really take advantage of this second chance at life I’ve been given.
I highly encourage everyone to sign up for organ donation, it saved my life and gave me an extra Twenty one years. So I ask you, please consider organ donation. You can sign up online, in your country by simply doing a search for organ donation sign up. Below Is a link to the BC sign up list. If you’re from BC, Canada. Check it out!