Klondike’s Big Adventure – Last update!

Living On Oxygen for Life and Klondike’s Adventure in Paris

And now what you’ve all been waiting for…!!! Klondike’s final Paris adventure update. My sister and my brother-in-law are home now and they still have Klondike with them. Yes, I miss that little guy (which isn’t quite so little according to my sister!) but I know he must still be having fun! Also according to what my sister has told me about their adventure with taking Klondike along… People were taking pictures of them while my sister was taking pictures of Klondike! Plus, people were trying to photobomb Klondike’s pictures! hahahaha! Apparently, Klondike added a whole new dimension of adventure to their trip. I’m just glad they had an excellent vacation.

Let’s check out the pictures!

Here you see Klondike braving the Space Mountain with my brother-in-law on Saturday in Paris!

Here you see Klondike braving the Space Mountain ride in Disneyland with my brother-in-law on Saturday in Paris! They’re SO brave!

Klondike isn't sure if these are Mickey or Minnie Mouse ears but he looks fashionable!

Klondike isn’t sure if these are Mickey or Minnie Mouse ears but he looks fashionable!

I don’t think you can go wrong with a pair of Mickey ears! (or are those Minnie’s ears?)

Klondike is posing at the Lock Bridge. He looks like he's not too sure why there are locks on the bridge.

Klondike is posing at the Lock Bridge. He looks like he’s not too sure why there are locks on the bridge.

Here is the locks up close on the bridge.

Here are the locks up close on the bridge.

Klondike posing in front of the river Seine in Paris

Klondike posing in front of the river Seine in Paris

The River Seine and the Eiffel Tower in the background. Wow! Klondike is getting around!

The River Seine and the Eiffel Tower in the background. Wow! Klondike is getting around!

Who knew it was Fashion Week in Paris? Good thing Klondike is dressed for it!

Who knew it was Fashion Week in Paris? Good thing Klondike is dressed for it!

Thank you for following along with Klondike in Paris, France. Perhaps he will have another adventure in the future! Yay! Many, many, many thank yous to my little sister and her husband for being so gracious about offering to take Klondike along on their vacation. Be well everyone and have a little adventure of your own! *hugs*

Random Picture Day #13

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Hello everyone! Wow… time sure does fly quickly. Doesn’t it? Well, I guess it seems kind of slow if you are snowed under. I hope you have sunshine by now. It’s starting to peek out more and more here in Texas. It is amazing how much a little bit of sunshine can change a person’s mood… from rainy-gloomy-cabin-fever blues to rip-the-doors-off-the-house-and-let-me-at-the-glorious-sunshine happiness. This Winter has been a heck of a roller coaster. So, I guess Spring has sprung and all that sweet sunshine has brought our daffodils up and blooming. That is until someone came by and cut and stole them from our front lawn. K was crushed. All that work and now it’s like he has nothing to show for it. The thing is.. he told me that he would have been happy to give them to whomever wanted a few if he’d just ask for them. K would have felt like someone sweet, other than me… of course *wink*, was going to enjoy them and appreciate his effort. But no… someone stole them. I’m a little worried about the tulips that are starting to come up. As you know, daffodils and tulips, make their appearance once a year in the Spring and they are beautiful. Majestic, really, which makes our next outing plans super exciting. It’s a wheelchair adventure with my new camera I got for Christmas! Thank you Santa!

We are going to a place that is GLORIOUSLY filled with tulips, daffodils, and so many more types of flowers. The last time we went to appreciate the flowers was about 5 years ago. Here’s two pictures that I took there.

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Taking pictures with my Nikon dslr 5200 camera is something I LOVE doing. It’s something that is easy to do while having to use oxygen. It doesn’t take a lot of energy unless I am having to move about a room like at a wedding reception. I like taking candid, spontaneous pictures of people in the moment instead of posed people in a group picture. But nature, by far, is my favorite to photograph. K has really developed an eye for photography. Sometimes my hands are too shaky because I get tired or my oxygen saturation drops and that gets me frustrated because pictures can blur. So, K will drag the tripod around with us if I end up needing it, we’ll have it handy.

So, what am I really like? You read my blog. Do you wonder… what is she really like in person? Here’s a bit of a weird bio.. I’ll try to add a little bio each time I remember!:

  • I have to say that I am pretty goofy.
  • I’m afraid to tell you that I can be a bit cranky or fussy when I’m tired but who isn’t, right?
  • I read a LOT! I should list the books I’m currently reading or at least, the books I’ve read that I think are good. I get most of my books through Amazon and read them on my Kindle app on my cellphone. Did you know that they have a boat load of free books? Just use the filter to look at the LOWEST cost books first. (you’re welcome for that tip!).. Thank you Thomas K., my Scottish friend! *wink*
  • I’ll only eat spinach in a salad. I love it raw/uncooked!
  • I’ve never been to college but I’ve been to a trade school. (Travel Academy)
  • Daisies are my favorite flowers. There’s something about them with their simple, innocent look.
  • I love my wheelchair and it’s driver (aka: my husband)
  • I believe in training a dog with the reward system versus punishment system.
  • To motivate myself in getting things done that I really DON’T want to do is by rewards (no I’m not a dog! *wink*). Those rewards can be ice cream, ice cream, and maybe some more ice cream.. but if I’m out of the ice cream (watch out!) then I’ll take whatever it takes to make me smile and moving with a pep in my step.

 

Now finally, here’s the part you are waiting for… Ready? My health update… YAY!!!: I did some lab work last week because my Endocrinologist asked me to. Instead of my TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) being too low, it’s flipped out and gone the other way. Needless to say, since I switched back to Tracleer (bosentan) from Opsumit (macitentan) and started taking Methimazole, it has worked especially well. Unfortunately, it worked too well and I have had to cut back on the Methimazole two weeks ago. I’m thinking that I’ll be off the medicine all together after my next Endocrine appointment at the end of this month. The weird thing is… I asked my Pulmonary Hypertension doctor if they have heard of any other PH patients on Opsumit having the same TSH problems. She said no. That’s why they keep telling me that they think it’s my Cordarone (Amiodarone). Though, Amiodarone, is not a good medicine to be on, it’s the one medicine that I could tolerate when my heart started it’s arrhythmia problems back in 1993. I’ll be going to see my Cardiologist for an Echo and to discuss this more and maybe see what else is out there that can replace Amiodarone. I mean it’s been 20 years. Surely, something better and MUCH more expensive is available by now. Though, Tikosyn was recommended to me as my first option last April but I’m not too thrilled with it. I don’t have A-fib and I’m not ready to subject myself to a new medicine that I’m not at least 75% sure that it’s something that will do more good than harm. I’m just not one of those patients that blindly go where doctors lead me. I read up on everything they suggest.

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Random Picture Day #12 – The Oasis

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Here it is as promised! My little oasis. I really love it. It’s not fully decorated yet but the lights, fan, and mostly all of the furniture are on it. The furniture was a gift from my mother-in-law! Totally awesome of her. I think she understood what K was trying to do for me. We’ve had several neighbors stop by at night asking about our patio and its lights… even a car driving by slowed down and K could them say, “Oh my gosh.. would you like at that?” K was up on a latter hanging lights at the time.

Maybe you are wondering how this patio can help me. It’s an encouragement for me to get out of the house. It motivates me to keep taking care of my plants. K and I have a deal where I am the only one who water my plants. He bought me a Pocket Hose which is lighter than watering with a normal, heavy, hose or a watering can. Before you say it… I’ve yet to have trouble with the Pocket Hose since I don’t turn the water on full force and I also drain the water out of it when I’m done with it. By getting out there to tend to my plants, I get a little exercise as well as a sense of accomplishment of seeing my plants, trees and fruit grow. I can’t tell you what that does for me.

We just hung the party lights!

We just hung the party lights!

I don’t know if you can see it but there is a ceiling fan hanging. It’s turned on by remote. The ceiling fan was a must because K didn’t want me to get overly hot outside. The pergola has a Polygal covering which not only keeps the rain off the patio but it shields some of the harsh sun rays off.

My plants

My plants

Can you see my dwarf lemon and lime trees? Not shown in this picture are my apple tree, herb plants and my jalapeños. This gardening thing is fun but can sometime be frustrating since there are these little things call Avids. Grrr! I want to grow Spinach next!

And finally a picture of ME! This picture is of me on the day K and I took my mom back to the train station for her train ride home. I was thinking… “Awh ma…. do you really have to go home?” *wink* We had a great time watching lots of movies!

oh mom

Take care of yourself! Let me know if you have any questions about me for a blog post or for the Q&A page! I hope you got your flu shot already! *hugs* to you all!! Happy Halloween!

Random Picture Day # 11

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Almost every year K takes me on a vacation for my birthday and our anniversary. It’s really a big thing with us. We generally pick somewhere that has a beach. It’s just so relaxing and I love watching K playing in the ocean or the gulf even though it scares me half to death because he wanders out so far. Hey! There’s sharks out there!

In this picture, K devised a way for me to not get too much sun. I get sun poisoning pretty badly because of my heart medicine. I love sitting under the umbrella watching K play and then when I’m ready, filled with energy, I wade out into the water. I have my portable oxygen tank in a plastic bag, attached to the chair. Sometimes, K will dig a hole in the sand and drop the tank that’s in the bag in the hole. He’s my personal MacGyver! I use my 50ft oxygen tubing so that I can reach from my chair out to the water. All I have to do is watch out for other people on the beach if it’s crowded. Another idea I’ve thought of doing with the tubing but haven’t tried it yet is to cover the tubing with sand. Then people can walk on it. K tries to take me out in the early morning or late evening when the temperature isn’t too hot. I last longer at those times.

Do what you can to experience life. This year we aren’t going on vacation because we focused on some home rehab. But there is always next year, right?? =o)

How to play on the beach with oxygen.

How to play on the beach with oxygen.

Random Picture Day #10

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Hooray!! Once again I give you Random Picture Day #10! By now you know what these are. If you are new to my blog, these pictures are a snap shot of my past and some of them are of my really distant past. I use these pictures to show you, my readers, what my life has been like while using my oxygen. Even though you may use oxygen or have a breathing problem, your life can still be a fun adventure. I love adventures. Although, K thinks I’m a bundle of chaos. Hey, it makes everything interesting, right? haha!

You are probably wondering why I’m teasing you with one of my favorite desserts. Yes, it includes ice cream. Naturally! This picture was taken at BJ Brewhouse after I had devoured (K helped!) an AWESOME “Cookies ‘n’ Cream Pizookie® which is a rich chocolate cookie featuring the unforgettable taste of Oreo® cookies. Topped with 3 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream and a dollop of creamy mousse – it’s amazing!” It really is amazing. I didn’t think I’d like the Oreo cookie but I was so wrong because they bring it out warmed up with ice cream on top. I was trying to drink my water gracefully when K snapped my picture.

Living on oxygen doesn’t have to be difficult or depressing. Find something that makes you happy and do it and enjoy it. Try something new and be adventurous but be safe and know your body’s limits. Find a way to get out there and live life. Love to you all. *hugs*

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Random Picture Day # 9

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Hello my friends! I’m glad you follow along this adventure with me. Today, I’m going to show you three pictures from my life. That’s right… It’s Random Picture Day! I love Random Picture Day. They’re so fun!

About a year before these pictures, K and I were making plans to go with K’s family to Cozumel. It was all pretty exciting because I loved going to Jamaica for our Honeymoon. But my health started to decline again and I knew I wouldn’t be able to go with K on this trip. I was pretty heartbroken but I didn’t want K to NOT go because I couldn’t go with him. It was a big vacation with his extended and close family going to Cozumel. So, I told him that he should go and that he shouldn’t worry about me. I mean, I have my family who I could call if I needed anything.

I helped him pack and saw him off for this grand adventure without me. I was bummed because this was going to be nearly a week without him in the country. It’s different because I couldn’t just pick up the phone and call him. Remember, this was before cellphones and high-speed internet. No laptop with Skype or an equally easy way to communicate. Can you even remember those days? They seem so long ago.

Before K left, he told me to make sure I’m home everyday in the morning. I didn’t know what he was talking about. But the next morning, I heard the doorbell. I opened the door to a lady holding this:
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The next day, the doorbell rings again. I opened the door and the same lady was at the door again handing me this with a BIG smile on her face.
flowersfromkev

I asked the delivery lady what was going on but she just smiled and shrugged her shoulders. The next day, K was still away in Cozumel, and the doorbell rang again! I’m like, really? Of course, I was totally excited! So I’m stomping down the stairs, grabbing the doorknob and yanking it open to this:
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It was the same delivery lady and she was smiling again. I couldn’t believe that among all the hustle and bustle of K getting ready for this vacation that he thought about how I would feel while he was off on an adventure without me. We missed each other and this was a way he could let me know that he was thinking of me even though we couldn’t be together. There was only two other times that K has gone on adventure without me. After that, he told me that it just wasn’t the same to go on a vacation without me there to enjoy it with him. Here I was thinking that I didn’t want to hold him back from the fun he could have if he just went without me. So, did I continue to feel guilty for what I thought as me holding him back? Or did I trust what he said and love him more for the sacrifice?

Overall, he chose to live his life with me whatever that life together may turn out to be. Going through changes in my health has been difficult. It’s had drawbacks but we’ve always found a way to find an adventure together AND apart. Even though we were apart in this story I just told you, it was adventure we took together… connected by flowers.

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Random Picture Day #8

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It is so time for another Random Picture Day! What do you all think? I know I’ve been away for a while getting some things done around here but I’m back now. I’m so happy to see you all! *HUGS* This picture was taken at the Gaylord Hotel in Dallas. K and I went with K’s parents to see the ICE! exhibit. And when I say ICE! I mean… brrrrr…. ice! Gracious! They had all these ice sculptures inside within a huge banquet room or rooms. I’m not sure how many rooms it took to hold all these sculptures. There were just so many of them and it was below freezing.

Gaylord Hotel's ICE! exhibit.

Gaylord Hotel’s ICE! exhibit.

As you can see, the hotel provided a heavy coat to us to wear inside the exhibit. I even bundled up wearing layer upon layer of clothing even though the outside’s temperature was really warm for December 2008. So, I was ready to cool down by the time we got to the hotel. I had NO idea how cold it would feel even though I had that blue coat on. I was shivering so hard that I’m surprised that I was able to get any pictures at all from my camera. In fact, it was so cold (9 degrees!) that my camera battery gave out. Apparently, the cold sucks the life out of the batteries. What was difficult for me was that my liquid oxygen was so cold going into my nose. It made me even more cold with all the frigid oxygen entering my lungs. Normally, room temperature would warm the liquid oxygen enough to give me no problems but it was just too cold for that in the exhibit.

Now you all know how much I LOVE ice cream, right? It’s one of my rewards for getting through dreadful doctor appointments. When I saw this ice cream cone, I just had to have my picture taken near it. Mmmm…. ice cream… *drool*

I hope everyone had a wonderful, wonderful Valentine’s Day. It looks like the weather here is on the rise, hitting the 70s now. YEA! No more sleet and no more ice storms… thank you very much. I know most of you feel that you’ve had enough of it too, right? Bring on the beach weather!

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Random Picture Day #7

Texas Rangers

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What fun! In 2011 the Texas Rangers were in the World Series. So, K and I decided to visit the gift shop in the stadium. Boy was it ever crowded! They were selling out of stuff fast! K snapped this picture of me showing off the banner that was hanging on the stadium. Practically next door is the Cowboy stadium that we like to refer to the Death Star. You know, like on Star Wars!

Today I am taking it easy because I’m going grocery shopping when K gets home from work. Not really excited about it but it’s nice to have food in the house when we need it. haha! I also want to remind you that there is only one more day for you to get your name entered for the Need a Hug? giveaway! Click the link in the menu to find out how you can enter. The drawing is on February 1st.

I really appreciate and enjoy the emails that people have sent to me. I do answer each one. I’ve enjoyed getting to know some very kind people who have found my blog. It makes writing fun! *GASP* Oh nuts! I forgot I have eyeliner on and I’ve been rubbing my face. Guess what y’all? I’m afraid to look at myself now. lol! I have black streaks on my palms. Oops! I guess it is back to the drawing board before K gets home or he’ll think I’ve become a raccoon! lol! Love to you all and stay healthy!

Random Picture Day #6

surrey

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Oh yes.. we are going way, way, way back in the past of my life with this picture. Get your plaid bellbottoms on and step back into the 1970s with me for a bit. This is the house that I grew up in for nearly 10 years of my childhood. If you look on the right side of the picture, you will see the farmer’s corn field that we lived behind and also the forest of Short Story part 1 that I wrote about. This house has changed colors while I lived there from blue to green and back to blue again. It’s all wood too, which isn’t very helpful since we lived in the Tornado Alley. I can remember many of times that my sisters and I were woken up in the middle of the night to run to the closet under the staircase because a tornado was coming.

My parents bought this house when I was a toddler. Since I had so much trouble with being short of breath and heart trouble, my parents put my bedroom downstairs in a room that was meant to be an office or something like that. My bedroom door was actually a set of french doors. I thought I was pretty special because I had a bathroom that connected to my room like Mom and Dad! Everyone else’s bedrooms were upstairs. My short stories that I posted on my blog are based on my memories of this house and the fun I had here.

I guess you are wondering about the surrey. My little sister and I (and I think that my cousin is the driver!) are who you see in the picture. In fact, you can see the back of my grandpa’s head in the garage entrance. He’s the one who built the surrey from parts he found and my grandma had sewn the fringed cover. She has always loved crafts and sewing which is where I think I got my craft bug from. This surrey was awesome and it got a lot of action out of us kids! My little sister did most of the pedaling because I would tire out too fast. We even rode in it during a parade which was a VERY long and tiring pedal job!

I think my mom had to make a lot of my clothes or shirts because I wore a Milwaukee Back brace at this age too. So, shirts had to be big enough to fit over the brace and the neck opening had to be a little more roomy for the top of the brace. I always had to wear an undershirt because I wore one beneath the brace to help prevent rubbing my skin raw. My dad would take my brace off once a day and that’s when he used witch hazel on the pressure points where the brace would rub. Usually my hips, my right shoulder blade (scapula), and under my neck. For a long time, there was a dark brown bruise-like discoloration under my chin. My chin would always be up against the chin piece of the brace. You can see the brace I’m talking about here, under The Braces section of my blog. Scroll to the bottom of that page and the Milwaukee Brace will be there.

If you haven’t guessed already, I am the one with the blue shoes! Try not to laugh over my hair cut. It had to be short or my hair would get caught in the screw that closed the top of the brace which is in the back. I may have had a lot of doctor appointments and trouble during the winter with catching pneumonia occasionally, my life as a child was a good one.

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Random Picture Day #5

I was waiting for K to setup the camera timer and it took my picture too early. Hence, no smile!

I was waiting for K to setup the camera timer and it took my picture too early. Hence, no smile!

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Today I am posting two pictures for you since they come from the same time period and location. As a surprise, I arranged a little vacation getaway for K and my anniversary and my birthday (which happens to be on the same day!). As a child, I liked going camping. K, as a child, did not like to go camping. However, I decided I’d risk it because the place that I selected had a beautiful cabin with an AWESOME hot tub out back. How can you turn down a hot tub??

So, I got everything arranged secretly… He had no idea where we were going. K got the right days off from work and we piled all my stuff in the van. You know.. oxygen, bipap, extra tubing, clothes, food, K’s knives, more food and our rubber chicken (at that time it was Poke Jr.) This all happened in 2005 which is the year before I started Tracleer. I had more energy back then. It was so quiet and no one bothered us. We just showed up and unloaded. There was a pit for a fire and lots of trees. I have to admit.. I was a little worried about snakes! The weather was perfect.

We did have an adventure though. We went off to find a store for something we forgot. I don’t remember what that was but as we got lost, we found a casino! Woohooo! Did we stop in? Of course we did! I even got $10 in credit because we went on my birthday! It was great!!! haha! I even won some money. What a birthday, huh?

We also went out to search for Turner Falls. It’s located really close to where we stayed. It was really beautiful with the waterfall cascading over the rocks. Look at that old fashion cellphone! haha! Even though K isn’t too keen on camping, we had a really good time. Love does that for you. I hope you enjoy looking at photos of my life. Don’t forget to FOLLOW my blog so you can see more of what’s to come!

Turner Falls, OK

Turner Falls, OK

Random Picture Day #4

chrischef

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Wow this picture is old! This was taken on Halloween (1991) before I was married. I was just dating K at the time and chose to dress in K’s work attire. Yes, y’all, K was a chef and I worked as a telemarketer for nearly 3 years. I worked this job until my health got the best of me. It was a terrible job because I hated pushing things onto other people even though sometimes they could actually benefit from it. I normally sold AT&T long distance calling plans. Please don’t hate me! It was job that provided me with health insurance which was VERY important at the time.

What you are looking at in this picture are my last days before I had to start using oxygen 24/7 and start using a bipap. Looking at me, you’d never know what my health problems were like. The stress from working 40 hours a week started causing heart rhythm problems as well as chest pain and shortness of breath. I felt worn down a lot. This was my first full time job. My mother had told me that I would have never been able to work full time. I should have listened to her. There just was no other way to get health insurance for me and the health problems that I had, made finding a health insurance outside of a job impossible. There was that pre-existing condition clause that got me every time or it was just too expensive.

When I look at this picture of me it makes me laugh and then sigh with a little sadness. I look silly in K’s clothes. I didn’t feel like starching K’s chef hat so that it would stand up stiff like it should be. I thought I’d give myself a goofy look with it smushed down like it is in the picture. I was always quick with a smile even back then when my health was changing fast.

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Random Picture Day #3

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It’s Random Picture Day #3!! I love Random Picture Day… don’t you? It’s a way for me to show you my goofy side like what you see in these two pictures. I chose two pictures again this time because.. well.. with only the picture on the right, you’d wonder what the heck I was photographing. Right? Here I am on a road trip once again and I had finally arrived at our destination of Corpus Christi, Texas. As you can see, we brought along the dearly departed Mr. Chicken, our former road trip mascot.. may he rest in peace. Give me a minute.. I’m a little sad.

Ok I’m all better and happy again. We have Klondike now. He’s a good rubber chicken and he never lets us get into trouble while we travel. Wheww! Wouldn’t want that. I couldn’t believe that there was a gaming system in our hotel room! I love my big DSLR camera but it’s a little heavy. I could never give it up because photography is one of my hobbies.

We will be taking Klondike on another adventure in early December to New Orleans once again. Ugh! An eight hour drive… with Rocco, the chihuahua, in the car that’s loaded down with all my stuff. K packs very lightly. He barely needs one suitcase. In fact, he just puts his stuff in my large suitcase. The stuff I take on every road trip is medicine, bipap, o2 concentrator, hose & mask for bipap, extra tubing/canulas, my gadgets, a copy of my medical records (Just in case!), 2 liquid oxygen portables, 2 liquid oxygen reservoirs, and a wheelchair. That’s not counting all the snacks, my purse, my pillows, duct tape and whatever else I can sneak in while K isn’t looking! Hey! I just want to be comfortable! You know? I do, however, take an emergency kit that I make myself. I’ll have to show you a picture of it. I can’t tell you how often it’s come in handy on the road.

I hope your day is full of excitement and adventure! If it’s not yet exciting, then try to find something that excites you! I went to Walmart on Monday (yesterday) and bought a skein of yarn to finish my Infinity Scarf! I was so excited when I finished it! Now on to my next project!

Random Picture Day #2

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Here we go! It’s Random Picture Day #2 where I post yet another silly picture of me living my life while using oxygen. In this photo, it was a beautiful Valentine’s Day. It was the perfect day to peek at my heart inside and out. I decided to take the chance to have the Right-Heart Catherization done in my neck. Before this, I only had them in my groin because the doctors weren’t too sure about the flow of the veins in my neck due to Scoliosis. The doctor had to use an ultrasound device to take a look at the vein to be able to decide whether or not it would be a go or no go for the neck. I have to tell you. I’m so glad it was a GO. The procedure using the neck area was so much less painful and required less recovery time for me. I will NEVER have it done in my groin if I can help it. Seriously, never.

I don’t recall if we had a Valentine’s Day celebration that day. Usually a heart cath will wipe me out for a day or two where I have to rest A LOT. We usually try to plan a nice dinner or a movie before or some weekend after a heart cath. But, I haven’t had a heart cath in nearly 2 years. I’m in NO hurry to remind them that it’s probably time for one. I am worried a bit about the dilation of my ascending aorta. It has increased in diameter from 4.5 to 4.7 (I’m guessing in millimeters). Therefore, I’m having another CT Scan in January 2014 to recheck the measurements that they last took with an Echocardiogram earlier this year. If it gets to the measurement of 5, the doctors will consider surgery. The doctors just tell me to try to keep my blood pressure down. I’m like… yeah, ok. *thumbs up* (sorry for that bit of sarcasm.. haha)

Anyhoo, that concludes “Random Picture Day #2” Remember to sign up to my blog to receive email notices of when I post information that will dazzle you! Have a great day y’all!

Random Picture Day

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Living On Oxygen for Life

Today is Random Picture Day. It’s where I post one picture from my life and show you what my life is like. Since today is the first day for this, I thought I’d post a bonus picture! Lucky you! haha! I use oxygen 24/7, 365 days a year although sometimes I take my oxygen off for pictures. The reason for this is because when my time on Earth is over and people are looking at the pictures I’m in, I want them (especially my husband) to remember first and foremost the fun and happy times we’ve had together. It’s how I want to be remembered. It’s a personal thing for me. It’s not because I have a vanity complex or that I’m embarrassed to have pictures taken with my oxygen on because that’s not the case. I am who I am and I’m proud of it and the things I’ve accomplished.

Ok, now about this picture. My husband, K , and I went to Clearwater Beach, FL for one of our vacations about 3 or 4 years ago. There is an aquarium there that rescues, rehabilitates and then releases the water animals they find injured or in trouble. My husband’s favorite are otters. They sure are cute and swim so fast. What I’m holding in the picture is a prothetic dolphin tail fin. It was specially designed for the dolphin named Winter who stared in the movie, Dolphin Tale. I couldn’t believe the staff let me hold it. The feel of it was so strange. The body of it was soft and indescribable.. maybe silicon-like. It reminded me of the Milwaukee Back Brace I had to wear when I was a child. That day I got to take pictures petting the dolphin Panama. That was amazing! I touched stingrays too!

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