Saturday, January 19, 2013

Greetings from ICU!

Everyone has been so wonderful over the past few days since Keith decided to scare the pants off us!

As a quick update, he is still in ICU at Toronto General, is still on the ventilator (but at the lowest possible setting) and is awake and "talking" through notes on paper. He's even been gently warned that some of his humour might not be appreciated by some of the nurses so he needs to tone it down!

We are keeping our fingers crossed that he will be removed from the machine today. Although he is getting used to it, he really wants to be able to breathe on his own again and get up and moving around again.

Please keep visualizing new lungs for Keith. It wont be long #forKeith2breathe. Please share the hashtag and encourage everyone you know to flip over that Ontario Health Card and look for the words "DONOR DONNEUR" on the back. If they are there - great! If not and you wish to be, go to and register your wishes. You can and will save up to 8 lives.


  1. sarah, i am mumitudes sister and i am a nurse at toronto general.
    you should also follow a blog by jessica carver, a recent double lung transplant who is doing remarkably well. her blog is called
    live laugh will love her writings. very funny, inspirational, and informative. good luck, your husband is in very good hands. we will take excellent care of him.

    1. Debbie,

      Thank you so much for writing. Jess and I are good friends, and its amazing to see her doing so well. As I'm sure you are aware, so many of the patients in the lung transplant program become a family of sorts. I'm also friends with James Reimer and his wife, Adena and they also have a great blog at
      We all grow, share, cry, laugh and help each other but we could not do it without the incredible staff at TGH. They care so much, and it shows. Thank you, for what you do.

  2. It's good to see you both in good spirits, praying for the best for you. I just spent a month in hospital (2wks ICU). I was in 2hospitals & rehab. I don't remember the first 2wks. I'm told I'm lucky to be alive, they are amazed I survived the past 2yrs without proper treatment. Sadly my lungs are shot, yet my family doctor and doctors in the ER (many 911 calls) told me everything was normal, so I thought it was bad asthma. I've been on oxygen since around 2002. Now soon to be 52 I'm learning a new way of life and hope to take some road trips soon :0) keep up the good work and get better fast. My mind doesn't work the same be patient with yourself, keep your humour it helps. Sending you both love and prayers for the best. ......Junie

  3. I received a double lung transplant on January 24, 2008. Everyday I thank my donor, donor family, caregivers, family friends and the excellent staff at TGH. Without the support of all of these people I couldn't have made it. Hang in there Keith your turn will come. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. So great to see all your efforts at making people aware of the need to be an organ donor Sarah. Tell Keith we are thinking of him and can't wait to hear the news that he got his new lungs Gale