Tuesday, March 8, 2011

One Down, 14 To GO!

About 4 years ago, a patient waiting for a heart transplant decided to get into the Transplant Buddy process to see what it was all about. After attending the series and enjoying the education and fellowship a blog was born. The education sessions and other events have been posted to be available to those who could not attend. As time passed , it became obvious that the value of being "in the room" compared to the education materials alone. He uttered quietly "we should record these sessions and put them on the web." That has been set aside for a while as many other great developments have taken place but secretly, that utterance has put many wheels in motion. Susan has done the biggest part by working to get a budget and a service provider in place. We all know that nothing happens without a budget and Susan, after speaking with the tech support provider on campus and getting an estimate of what would be required, went to bat. Her first attempt put us a little tight with any edits or eventualities potential. Back to the well she went and returned with 2 and 1/2 times the original budget thanx to Christine Miller and the transplant department. This puts us in a very good position to produce a great series of presentations. Release forms have been passed and signed over the last 3 weeks as we inched ever closer to the big day. Last week, on 3/3/11, the recording began. To be there in Salt Lake City with that room full of patients, care-givers and educators was the realization of a dream. Lots of work ahead as we have many sessions to get recorded but having that first one in the can is awesome. Over the next 6 to 10 months, we will work to get the rest of the sessions recorded and then posted so they can be accessed by anyone in the world. This is the milestone I have anticipated for 3 years and I KNOW it is just the beginning.
Be good to each other,
 Tin Man