Penn Live | David Wenner
|Jeanne and David Roadcap in their Halifax Township home on Oct. 8, 2015. They are preparing to celebrate the tenth anniversday of his double lung transplant, which they consider a "miracle." (David Wenner, PennLive)|
Ever since he all but died, David Roadcap has steered clear of cruise ships, buffet meals and big parties, especially if kids will be there.
It's because of the long-shot double lung transplant that saved his life.
The transplant restored Roadcap's ability to breath, walk and live fully. But it also requires a lifetime of anti-rejection drugs which weaken his immune system.
Germs he might pick up at a buffet make it too risky for his tastes. Nor will he risk being confined with so many people, and germs, on a cruise ship. The same goes for many holiday parties, especially when flu is making the rounds. The presence of a lot of kids adds to the threat, because they come in contact with so many illnesses, and their live-virus vaccinations pose an extra risk for 67-year-old.
"It's just a way of life," says his wife, Jeanne Roadcap. "Most of our friends understand that."
Beyond that, they're perfectly happy with their way of life. Continue reading