Well my 2018 has been shitty so far, literal and figuratively speaking. Not that you cared to know that. I got that virus around Christmas weekend and it seems to have found a happy home in my body. I have been super short of breath just walking and even sitting therefore I have been using my oxygen pretty much 24/7, unless it doesn’t reach where I’m going in the house. Continue reading
2017 was a rough year. It had its ups and downs. In January I had transplant clinic which was good. I’m holding steady according to them. I see them, at Barnes Jewish in St. Louis, once a year to check me out. January also brought the 1st anniversary of my moms passing which was hard. I still miss her every day. The hole her death put in my heart will never be filled. I was on IVs in February, April, May, July, August which lead to being in the hospital because of my creatinine (kidney level) being elevated again. I had my gallbladder removed in September and did a week of IVs after surgery as a precaution. More IVs in November and then this whole virus/bronchitis/CF exacerbation or whatever it is in December that put me in the hospital for a few days. Man that’s a lot of IVs! Continue reading
I don’t write much about my family but this is a big update! My husband is retiring from the Air Force after 20 years service today. I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of him and all he has done for our country and our family. 20 years of service is a great accomplishment in the Air Force, and in any military branch. He has done our country a major service that comes with a lot of stories for generations to come. Continue reading
I remember when I could do a lot of things that I am unable to do now. Unfortunately, that is only going to get worse as time goes on and my lungs get worse. It is a major mind trip when you want to do things but your body won’t let you or your mind won’t let you because it knows your body can’t. If that makes sense. Continue reading
I saw my surgeon for my follow-up from gallbladder surgery and everything is good. All healed up! Not having the pain from having a bad gallbladder is great! I’ve known it needed to come out for a while now, I just needed it to finally act up. I told the surgeon the only thing left to take out is my appendix and these crappy lungs…hahaha. Continue reading
Yesterday was surgery day for my gallbladder removal. My gallbladder has been bothering me for a few months if not longer. I had lots of gallstones per the ultrasound. On the ultrasound, it was also constricted like it does when you are eating when it wasn’t supposed to be because I hadn’t eaten for at least 8 hours. Then was the hyda scan which is where they inject a nuclear substance through IV and wait for it to get into your system so they can see the things they need to see. The hyda scan took longer than it should have because my gallbladder was playing hide and seek, it wasn’t showing up within the hour like it should have. I had to go back for more scans/pictures an hour later and if it hadn’t shown up so slightly at that point I would have had to wait 3 more hours! Thankfully my gallbladder showed up ever so slightly but good enough to show that it wasn’t cooperating. When I saw the surgeon 2 days later there was no debate, it was coming out. Continue reading
We had a fantastic fundraiser yesterday. We played singo which is like bingo with song titles. You listen to 30 seconds-1 minute of a song and if you have that song on your singo card you mark it off. You get a singo with 5 in a row like bingo. Winners received gift cards to the restaurant where the event was held. Next up was trivia. That was a lot of fun as well. The winners also won gift cards which were donated. We also had 16 raffle baskets, one of which was custom made cornhole boards. I’d say you had lot of fun things to do yesterday.
We had a great turn out showing lots of love and support. It was greatly appreciated. I had set a goal for myself of $1000. Well that was surpassed twice. We raised just over $3000!!!
The money will go to the specific savings account we have set up for the lung fund to help cover medical costs now and for the future transplant costs.
We are truly humbled by the outpouring of love and support shown to us. Thank you so very much for every donation.
Until next time…