Back to page

Help Hazel get through her Liver Transplant & Recovery

  • Episode 31     14 September 2021

    Posted by: Hazel Wheeler
    Main image

    A little update for those of you following along. Firstly THANK YOU for your generosity. It’s humbling & incredible to feel so supported.

    Last week I had my 31st admission. A month or so ago, Auckland Liver Team put the breaks on, so to speak, as they were concerned about how often I get sepsis & my heart issues. “We have to make sure we won’t kill you” were the Drs heavy words. So they requested a specialist scan - a PET/CT which would use radiation to show where sepsis is happening, but I needed to have sepsis during the scan & it’s hard to book as it requires the tracer to be made in Wellington & flown up to be injected into me! Madness.

    Then, by some strange miracle, I stayed out of hospital for 5 weeks!! My longest time at home ALL year! Alas, then sepsis returned BUT it did mean the PET/CT could be done 🥳 So I am now awaiting the results. What we do know now is that it is ONLY in my liver, as Waikato expected, so now we await Auckland to make the next move as this proves a transplant should be safe.

    I also had an Angiogram {Camera into my heart through my groin} & they said my heart has healed & is acting normal again 🥳 I have a very mild heart murmur caused by a hole in my heart, but this may not really effect me now.

    I am doing my best to keep positive, one foot in front of the other & live life as much as possible between. Sorry for the delay updating this page, it just gets a little overwhelming sometimes, I still see your beautiful messages & support, it means the world to us xx

    Link to a video about PET scans:

    https://youtu.be/yrTy03O0gWw

      1 comment  |  Login to leave a comment  |  Share this update
    • 16/09/2021 by Patrice

      Hi Hazel. Thank you for the update. I keep you and your beautiful family in my prayers. You bring so much magic and beauty to so many of us. I wore my gorgeous Mystic hoodie the other day. We’re in the middle of a HOT summer here in California, but I escaped to the cooler coast for a few days. I feel so special when I wear my hoodie and I always feel so close to you and your beautiful energy when I wear it.

      Stay strong dear Hazel. I am sending you so much love and healing energy. 💕✨💕

  • MRI number 10 & time is ticking     26 July 2021

    Posted by: Hazel Wheeler
    Main image

    I had to take a moment to myself before this update.

    I was discharged on Friday as planned but this time they have decided they will nolonger give me oral antibiotics which means that at any time, I could end up back in hospital, we are just awaiting my next sepsis episode. Oral antibiotics were giving me a definate week or two at home, but I have become resilient & the team want to ensure I have some available after my transplant.

    I had another MRI on Friday to rule out an abcess in my liver which we are awaiting results for.

    My next scheduled appointment with the Auckland Liver Transplant Unit is in just over 2 weeks, although my team are trying to bring this forward if they can.

    I am so blown away by all of your love & support. When we made this page, we had no idea I was about to deterioate so quickly. It has been a strange 2 years of hospital, clinics, tests & surgeries.

    We are so grateful for you, I am struggling to reply to everyone but we are reading all of your wonderful messages.

    x Hazel & family

      0 comments  |  Login to leave a comment  |  Share this update
  • Speeding up my transplant      20 July 2021

    Posted by: Hazel Wheeler
    Main image

    The Drs are pushing for my transplant ASAP. They are keeping me until Friday & soon they may not be able to keep me out of hospital at all. Now I am awaiting an MRI which will be my 10th so far & they are requesting my angiogram to be urgent so everything is in place for transplant ✨ My body is deteriorating, we knew it would, just not this fast. My veins are collapsing, this picture is of a ‘blown’ vein, although it is hard to see. Both IV lines blew in 48 hours & it took 5 attempts to get another in.

    It all feels so real now. Thank you so much for all of your support, this went from 5 years away to 5 months away to asap in what feels like a heartbeat.

      0 comments  |  Login to leave a comment  |  Share this update
  • Admission 29 & a thank you     17 July 2021

    Posted by: Hazel Wheeler
    Main image

    Thank you so much for all of your support so far 💗 I am so grateful for you!

    I have just been admitted to hospital with sepsis again. This time my antibiotics finished only a day prior to what they are calling “Sepsis Flares” & the Drs are murmuring about my transplant being sooner again. 5 months felt soon enough haha.

    I am waiting on an angiogram to confirm that my leaky heart is strong enough but my specialist said it has improved in the last 6 months & he is confident the transplant is viable.

      0 comments  |  Login to leave a comment  |  Share this update