Saturday, April 19, 2014
i can't believe how long it's been since I did a blog entry ! A lot had happened since November!
December was pretty awesome! We spent Christmas through new years at the farm. I think that was the best Christmas ever! And, my office was closed so I didn't have to leave.
I also paid off my truck and got the pay off letter dated Christmas Day! Whahoo! That was pretty awesome!
January was a mixed bag. We got the truck inspected and it failed. My truck was registered in another state. It has a long story but it was a fabulous opportunity and what an awesome deal. We got the repairs done and then got it reinspected and now, we have it all in our name. We actually paid it off a year and a half early.
Tim started getting sick again back in October. He as Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis and had a fungus ball they call aspergilloma (this was a new one to us). Anyway, he was taking his meds as prescribed and I swear we'd think he was getting better and then, wham, he was worse. He coughed so much he cracked ribs and he was just so miserable. It was heart wrenching for me to watch all this go on.
Tim carried on through his every day activities even though his illness was wrecking havoc on his sleep and his physical well being and returned to his doctor who told him this would be something that he'd have to live with and that maybe he should seek surgery.
Tim wanted nothing to do with surgery. He left the doctors office feeling depleted and frustrated. A week later, he was laying on his side coughing so bad, he had tears streaming down his face. It broke my heart. I told him he needed to go back to the pulmonologist and see if they could give him something else to help with the discomfort.
His dr wasn't available but he saw someone else and Tim had just had an x-ray. So, that doctor highly recommended surgery. There was no getting around it. And sent him for a C-scan and a referral for a surgeon.
We went to the surgeon Feb 28th and Tim was scheduled for surgery on the 19 of March. What a long couple weeks!
Surgery was long. It was 7 hours and they were unable to remove all of the aspergilloma. There was some in his left shoulder area that they had to leave for fear that he would lose some of the mobility in his arm. So, they called Tim's Pulmonologist and a highly recommended Infectious disease doctor to consult.
They removed the left top lobe of his lung and as much of the aspergilloma (fungus ball) that they could.
Tim spent 6 days in the hospital! Almost had a 7th when the chest tube incision wouldn't stop leaking as we were trying to leave. Fortunately, it wasn't too worrisome t the doctor...but sent us home with lots of medical supplies for me to keep his incision covered and clean.
I got pretty good at caring for the patient.
But then, I had another patient, too! Right before Tim's surgery, Frankie (my 21 year old TB) came down with a sinus infection, we thought. Turns out it's a tooth that the vet had hoped would fall out on it's own, but...it didn't and then the day before Tim came home, Poppy (our almost 7 yr old TB) had an abscess in both his hind feet. Thank goodness the farm owners called the vet stayed and waited for the vet for me.
The first week Tim was home were the hardest. They got easier as time passed.
Since we run the horse care, I was out to the farm evernight and getting home late. I have to say, I want more than ever to move closer to the farm. I'd rather commute to work and be right near the horses...priorities, right
So, Today is Tim's one month anniversary after surgery. He's doing really good. He's driving and he did walk the dogs yesterday by himself (first time) and he did the farm chores by himself (for the first time) because he wanted to give me a much deserved rest.
These last couple days he's been pushing to do more but he still gets winded and he has a lot of weight to gain.
But that's what we've been up to and where I've been.
I track my calories on my phone and my fitbit tracks my fitness. I workout every morning even tho some mornings I really don't want to.
Thank you everyone that sent goodies and pm's. It was so nice to be though of.
Friday, November 22, 2013
We left the condo on Sunday the 11th to house/farm sit for the couple that own the farm we board. We also provide the full care part of the farm care. Well, Tim really does. I do a couple days but Tim does it. We generally get Saturdays's off when the owner is home. But to us, the horses aren't work, but we do enjoy the concessional off day to do something different like, go rafting or hit a winery or just chill out at home.
So, the last two weeks have been incredible. They have a wonderful home. My condo would fit in there about 4 times. And the kitchen was amazing. We discovered tho, that's a lot of house to clean and to walk around. My fitbit would report almost 1000 steps just from my morning ritual from walking back and forth to the kitchen to the bedroom to the slider a couple times to let their dog out. It was a big house.
Then, I realized, working out was a dog walk because the driveway alone was 7 flights of stairs and close to 3k steps and I did that a couple times a day.
Then, I got to spend time with the horses. Gosh, it was super uplifting to see them every morning and evening. It's like a reminder of why you get up every morning to go to work and do what you do and put up with people that are sometimes not pleasant. It was just the best and guess what, it was exercise.
Sunday was a really long ride, Poppy did two hours in the park. I've got a lot of work to do with him, still but he's really getting there. He's only been in trailing a year and with my accident, he missed a lot of time but I have to say he did pretty good.
I did break down and order hoof boots for his front feet. He'll have sneakers. Horse shoes are just so barbaric to me and the terrain in the park really isn't conducive to metal shoes. I'm waiting for them to come but I can't wait to get them.
Poppy has tiny feet. Most horses are a 6, even the little mare has a large foot, but poppy has a 3. And his feet are just so tender. Hoping the boots do the trick.
We spent a lot of time at the park. Even got a 5 mike hike in there carrying my little Zoe. That wasn't my choice but their dog knows the park really well and got me in there and I got so lost, I had to call Tim, who then tracked my phone (thank god for GPS Technology) who then told me where I was and then I trekked to the main highway, so that my husband could pick me up.
I logged 5 miles and 31 flights of stairs in 2 hours. I was supposed to ride, but my back was so sore. I was going to at least go up and do some ring work but, one of our boarders came up to the house to chat.
Eating was pretty good because we planned our meals really well because civilization was a drive. Not like at the condo. You can almost walk to everything here. And Tim really enjoyed their gourmet kitchen.
Even tho, we had to go to work, it really was like a vacation.
We returned to reality yesterday. And what amazes me is, they appreciated us staying there probably just as much as we enjoyed staying. We've gotten several emails from them thanking us for staying there and taking care of things for them.
What a side hustle that was. I can't wait to do it again.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Wow! The last time I posted in my blog was May 26. That was over 2 months ago....
As I mentioned in my last blog, I had been going to the indoor pool down the street from my home. Bad news is, I had a reaction to the chlorine and got really ill. I tried to heal myself thinking it was just a cold. Well, after 2 or 3 week of not being able to speak and having a hard time breathing, I decided it was time to visit the doctor who gave me some antibiotics, steroids and simple instructions for my inhaler.
This led me to really look into some things in life. One thing was how much processed foods I was eating and were they really good for me. I started reading books and blogs about chemicals in our food and every day products that we use to clean.
Needless to say, there's been a lot of changing going on here in our world and the good news is, I'm better. I can breath and since changing our diet to a more natural whole foods, I've actually been able to breath and Tim has put on a few pounds (Remember, Tim is skinny, fighting to gain weight).
We started making our own cleaning and cleansing products out of natural ingredients. I shouldn't lie. Tim, makes these. He's the experimental one. I'm the one that critiques and complains.
We also started juicing, hitting the farmers market and making smarter food choices all the way around. We've been purchasing grass fed meats and milk from grass fed cows.
We're also working on creating less trash. Which means we've been purchasing food at Whole Foods or Moms in the bulk isle and bringing our own containers, which saves on trash.
One thing we've noticed since the change in eating is I haven't had to use my inhaler. I still carry it around but it's been over a month and a half since I last took a puff from it and I can walk up the stairs without being winded.
I've really gotten back into my workouts over the last month or so and really working on increasing my strength since my accident in April. I've really made some great strides, increasing my stability and strength. I still have a way to go but the improvements are incredibly noticeable And i have to thank each and everyone one of my apark friends for all the encouragement. I really don't know if I could have done it without you.
It's times when your chips are down where you learn who your friends are and who will motivate you when things really stink.
Thank you everyone!
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