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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Celebrate the Small Victories

Hello World!

So I haven't said much - health wise - lately because I didn't want to jinx myself. But since about mid February I have been feeling really well. It was super weird, I just woke up one morning and I just felt Good. And feeling Good isn't something I've felt in months!! So I've been patiently waiting for something else to go wrong. And here I am, almost 2 months later and my latest lung function test shows a 3% improvement! How about that - 3%! Hard work pays off.

Now 3% isn't a lot but we have to celebrate the small victories. My tests are FINALLY moving in the right direction. I really wasn't sure what I was going to do if the results were worse. With that being said, it's time to institute a strict routine. Over the last couple months I've been better about exercise but with the winter weather it's really hard to stay on track. 1 cold, crummy day can throw you off for days. As we move towards spring and nicer weather, it's time to kick it up a notch. I'm going to go from exercising once a day to twice. I have my elliptical that I will use in the mornings and in the afternoons, Brian and I are going to start going on daily walks. These daily walks will be good for everyone in the family, me, Bri and the dogs. We've all been cooped up inside all winter. Time to get out there and enjoy the season!

I plan on using this trip to Cleveland as my starting bench mark. I have to go back in 3 months. So in 3 months my goal is 5-10% lung function improvement. I really hate being put in a box and told how things are - so if I can prove Doctors wrong and raise that function I'll be on cloud 9! It wouldn't be the first time that doctors tried to tell me how things are and that they won't change and I did it anyway - I wasn't suppose to survive the coma I was in for 45 days, not only did I come out of that I was out of the hospital 11 days later. Don't live life with limits. You can ALWAYS do more.

In the other parts of my life as we move towards spring Brian and I are getting ready to build our very first goat pen! We are also looking into getting some chickens and ducks. I'm also going to try my hand at gardening. We are thinking about planting some apple trees. We already have kiwi vines and blueberry bushes on our property. We are trying to move towards a more sustainable way of life. We are by no means going "off the grid." I might die without my junk reality TV. But we are working towards raising our own meat and crops - homesteading - and eventually have solar power. Be more independent. Next year we are going to make our own maple syrup! Which for me will be a first, I can't believe I've lived in New Hampshire my whole life and I've never tried making my own syrup! Both of us like the idea of farm life and we plan on turning our little piece of earth into our safe haven for of us to grow old together on.

We aren't stopping or slowing down at all. Having these big plans for our future helps me keep my feet on the ground and pushing forward. I'm not going to let my medical circumstance dictate how I live my life. I Can't wait! Bring on change!!

Breathe Easy

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