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Living On Oxygen for Life

You may already know this… I have a rubber chicken as my road trip mascot. I say road trip because I can no longer fly. Even though the airplane cabin is pressurized, it’s just not enough for my lungs at that altitude. My lungs are pretty weak. So, my husband, K, and I will pack up my van (HEAVILY packed!) with my medical equipment and hit the road for a fantastic vacation the scenic way. About 20-plus years ago, I really, really, really wanted a rubber chicken. Hey, if Magnum P.I. could have one stuffed in his junk closet… why can’t I? And so the legacy begins. K bought my first rubber chicken which I aptly named, POKE, because his beak. poke, poke, poke.. he would tap with his beak. I know, my logic back then as a 20ish year old was weird. Hey, you only live once, so let’s make it fun. Right?

Poke, died…so sad because he melted on the dash of our car. My bad! Next, came… POKE, JR. Oh don’t give me that.. I know it’s not orginal but POKE was such a great adventurous chicken. Not to worry because POKE, JR.. carried on the legacy in style. Unfortunately, he melted too. Not to worry.. I’ve finally learned my lesson. My next rubber chicken, named.. Mr. Chicken, came inside, the house or hotel, with us. Mr. Chicken was far out cool. He posed on a cannon and went to Las Vegas and happily went up in the Eiffel Tower that’s connected to the Paris Hotel. Unfortunatley, Mr. Chicken died too.. We think Rocco, my dog, got ahold of him and broke his neck. It was sad.

You probably are wondering why I have a rubber chicken at all or make such a big deal about it. Well, because I have breathing problems and a few other health problems, I look for ways to keep me excited and motivated in life. This gives me a little pep in my step. If a rubber chicken will do that, great! Plus, my imagination runs crazy with this kind of thing! hehe!

Now, I have KLONDIKE and Klondike is going to Paris, France. He’s packed and ready to go! Pictures are coming in. FOLLOW my blog to watch his adventure!

Klondike is packed and ready for his adventure to Paris, France! (2015)

Klondike is packed and ready for his adventure to Paris, France! (2015)

This JUST in!!! He’s in the air! Oh lands sakes… he looks a little nervous. It’s his first time flying. Be safe Klondike (and my sister & her husband).

Klondike is flying! He's on his way to Paris. (2015)

Klondike is flying! He’s on his way to Paris. (2015)

Klondike you are so cool! Thanks for having this adventure for me! I’ve always wanted to see Paris! If you’ll notice, Klondike is wearing a beret and scarf in the color of Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness which is a disease that I have. Pulmonary Hypertension is a rare, incurable disease that leads to heart failure. Learn more about PH by going to the PH ASSOCIATION *hugs*

We need YOU to spread the AWARENESS of Pulmonary Hypertension!

Living On Oxygen for Life

Hello to November! It’s finally cool weather. I never thought this day would come here in Texas. There is something else exciting happening in November! Oh yes… exciting, indeed! November is the month designated for Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness. So, get out your Periwinkle or Purple clothes and support PH for the cure!

Seriously, we need your help. Did you know that Pulmonary Hypertension is a incurable disease… that means, there’s no cure.. YET! With YOUR help, by spreading the awareness of this disease, you can, not only help others to become educated about Pulmonary Hypertension, you can be saving someone’s life. Did you know that Pulmonary Hypertension is often misdiagnosed? For example, a lot of people with PH, before being diagnosed, just think that they are out of shape or their doctors think they have asthma or just extra tired. PH is a serious disease that can kill within 3 years of being diagnosed without medical treatment.

I don’t mean to scare people. I mean I have this disease. There are only 12 approved medications to treat Pulmonary Hypertension. That’s not nearly enough. Double lung transplants can cure you but how many people out there have signed up to be a donor? Are you one? If you are and I could be approved to have a transplant (which I can not), I would thank you from the bottom of my heart.

There are several ways to read up on Pulmonary Hypertension. You can visit Pulmonary Hypertension Association or visit PHAware.

I want to add a SHOUT OUT for two websites that sell some pretty awesome PH jewelry. PHantistic Jewelry and Josephine’s Jewelry. I’ve bought from both of these lovely ladies and they make some awesome jewelry for a price you can’t beat! Support Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness and wear that periwinkle or purple!!!

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Women are 4X more likely to develop idiopathic pulmonary hypertension (IPAH) - know the symptoms - infographic