Sunday, September 30, 2012

Badly Breathing

The last couple days have been really bad for me in terms of my PH symptoms. I still get shortness of breath (SOB), but it's not as often, and not terribly bothersome. But yesterday and today were awful. I didn't even have to be doing anything to be SOB. I'm thinking the weather is playing a big role, even though both days weren't too bad out. It was nice and sunny, a little cool out of the sun, but not really humid. So who knows?? All I know is that at K.'s yesterday, I kinda squashed his plans of going to the park nearby to walk a short trail to see if we could find any buck. I was having a hard time just walking around my apartment earlier, so I really wasn't sure what a walk outside was going to be like, and I didn't care to find out. He didn't seem to mind, just continued to work on some stuff that I knew he'd want to get done anyway. I'm hoping I didn't disappoint him, but if I did, he never said so.

I got my flu shot yesterday morning, and while I don't think it contributed to my PH symptoms, the owie in my left arm didn't help any. Even now it hurts if I rub the area where I was stabbed! Ok, I wasn't really stabbed with the needle. The nurse was rather nice. So I'm vaccinated for another year. I'm hoping this winter will be kind to me like last winter. I didn't get sick, knock on wood!! It's a relief not to be sick. Having PH plus a cold just means I'll take at least twice as long getting better since I'm limited on what cold meds I'm allowed to be on. Decongestants are a huge no-no, even though I didn't know that when I was a kid and I took it for at least 20 years!! Here's to another germ-free winter!!

I am off to bed early tonight, since I don't really think I slept too well at K.'s last night. I was having a little bit of a hard time breathing since I only had one pillow, and I usually sleep on two here, or wherever I go. Plus when I finally drifted off to sleep, I woke abruptly who knows how long later to K. telling me I kicked him, and completely not remembering doing so. lol I asked him about it this morning and he didn't even remember talking to me! So who knows what happened last night, but I need to get to bed so I can make up for the interrupted sleep last night! lol

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

One-Hit Wonder

As I was driving home from pulmonary rehab today, I heard on one of the radio stations that it was National One-Hit Wonder Day! How funny, I've never heard of that before! So, I thought I would do a fun little post about artists who only had one major hit in their career. Now, there are soooooo many one-hit wonder hits that I decided to focus on the decade of music that I seem to absolutely love the most, and that is the 90s! I'm picking one song from each year of the 90s! Here we go!

1990: Biz Markie - Just A Friend

I can't tell you how much I STILL love this song!! I have it on my Sony mp3 player, and when it comes on, I just sing along!!

1991: Mark Mark And The Funky Bunch - Good Vibrations

This song brings me back to my high school days!

1992: Charles & Eddie - Would I Lie To You

I'll be honest, I forgot that I used to love this song!! Had I not seen it on the list I found on the internet, I would still not realize who the heck sang this song. Quite obviously, they didn't last too long!!

1993: The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)

I still seriously can't stand this song. It was sooo overplayed when it was out, that I can't listen to more than a minute of it after all these years!!

1994: US3 - Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)

This song reminds me of going to a dinner with my boyfriend at the time, and trying to get him to dance. It didn't work. lol

1995: The Rembrandts - I'll Be There For You

This song, of course, became huge because of the extremely popular tv show, Friends. Friends was one of my favorites, and I still watch the repeats whenever I see them on!

1996: Primitive Radio Gods - Standing Outside A Broken Phonebooth With Money In My Hand

I still absolutely love this song, but it has to be one of the most ridiculously long song titles ever!! lol

1997: Aqua - Barbie Girl

I'm really not sure how this song became a hit. I admit I liked it the first few times I heard it, but then I grew tired of it!

1998: K-Ci & JoJo - All My Life

I seriously think anyone who got married in 1998 used this for their first dance. It was soooo popular!!

1999: Len - Steal My Sunshine

The biggest hit I can remember from 1999 is this one! It did get annoying after awhile, but I have to admit, at least it was a happy little ditty!!

Well, these are the songs that were one-hit wonders in the 90s. I tried to be a bit diverse, instead of picking out all the dance songs! This was a rather fun post to do. I'll have to do  more like it!!

Sunday, September 23, 2012


It's officially the season of Fall, and I'm officially sad. Don't get me wrong, there are things about Fall I actually do enjoy. 

1.) I love the changing colors of the trees, especially when they are a gorgeous red, my favorite color! (I took these pics a couple years ago, the colors aren't changing quite that fast here yet! I was just using them for demonstration! lol)

2.) Fall means soup and stew season can begin!! It's so hard to eat a delicious bowl of hot soup when it's 80 degrees out! The crisp Fall temps make it much easier to create some sort of soup and enjoy it for dinners and lunches. Mmmmm, I'm wishing I had ingredients to make a pot right now!!! lol

3.) Fall also brings in the start of what I like to call, Bath Season. I'm usually so cold at night before I go to bed when the temps start to get chillier. I end up taking a bath before bed, so that I can warm up, get a bit sleepy, and then just crawl into bed all nice and toasty so I can sleep! 

What I don't like about Fall? Mostly, it's the cooler temps, especially in the evenings and the mornings!! It means that I don't wear shorts or skirts anymore when the air feels only in the 60s. It means that I can't really wear a tshirt or tank top without wearing a sweater over it, and even then, sometimes I'm just not warm enough! Worst of all, it means.......WINTER IS COMING!! BOOOOO!! I'm not ready for:

1.) Winter coats

2.) Winter hats - Ok, I love this hat, which K. bought for me last December! lol

3.) Winter gloves
4.) SNOW!!

Soooo, although there will probably be some nice days left before the above white mess shows up around here, I'll most likely be layered in winter clothing already to just stay somewhat warm. I wish I could afford a move to a warmer area, but that isn't happening! You'd think I'd learn how to adapt by now since I've lived here for 37 years, but noooo. Every year I feel like I'm a bigger wuss when it comes to the change in season!! 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

One Year

About this time a year ago tonight, I was enjoying dinner with a man I had been chatting with for a couple  months online, and eventually on the phone. K. suggested meeting in person for a few weeks, and we finally did so September 19th. He was nice enough to say he'd come out my way, since he lives 30 minutes away. I waited for him outside the restaurant I suggested, and when I finally saw him walk around the corner, I felt rather at ease. It's funny, in the year since we've been dating, I don't think there's been any time that I haven't felt uncomfortable with him. I'm glad we met that night, and I'm even happier that he's been wanting to do things since. I haven't had too much luck with men, mainly because many are a bit intimidated with my health situation. I can understand that in some ways. Even K. hasn't been totally certain about it. I told him at one point that I can't tell anything about my future with my health since even _I_ don't even know what to expect. But he's been really understanding about the oxygen, and it makes me feel good. We've had a pretty nice year together, and I'm hoping it continues! :)


I hear so many people complain about getting older. Of course, I don't hear this from children or even teenagers. They seem oblivious to aging until they hit a certain point in their life when they realize that all they are doing is adding up the years. But the complaints about growing old sort of make me sad. Do people realize how blessed they are to actually BE older? Sure, I know aging isn't fun. The body loses physical abilities, the mind starts losing thoughts and words, aches and pains can become a frequent thing. I know this because I experience all of these things from time to time. I try not to complain too much, because I am THANKFUL for still being here.

This past Monday (the 17th), I turned 37. This is such a blessing for me. I wasn't given much hope about my future when I was diagnosed at 9 months old with PH and congenital heart disease. The guess from the doctors was that I'd live anywhere from a couple years to maybe 50. I'll be quite honest, I think if any of the doctors who had seen me as a baby saw me today, they would be very shocked to know I'm doing pretty well at the moment! I know I still have bad days or periods of time when I struggle with my health, but overall, it's nothing compared to when I was growing up trying to survive on no medications. So, I am incredibly thankful for every year I get. People look at me oddly when I say "Bring on 40!! Heck, I can't wait til I'm 50!" It just means that I can be here for another year with the people who mean so much to me in my life...even if it does eventually mean that one day I'll be walking around with a cane and hearing aids with lovely white hair!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


It's been almost a month since I last posted. I thought of a great post a few weeks ago, and then just never got around to writing it. I'm not too sure what the heck's gotten into me, but I haven't felt like writing lately. But hopefully I'll get back into it soon!!