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Spring In My Step




Spring is here. I’m so excited. Spring brings out the adventurous woman in me. I love seeing the trees blooming with flowers and new green leaves. I love seeing the tulips, daffodils, and other flowers blooming. I feel energized.

I had a good week this week. I rode the exercise bike at first for 3 minutes and now it is 5 minutes every day except for Thursday. I figured out that I can play my music through Spotify while I am working out at 3 PM when no one is in the gym area through my lap top without bothering anyone. This makes me happy. I start physical therapy tomorrow morning. I’m a bit nervous about it, but I am also looking forward to it.

Another big thing that happened this week was that my friend and neighbor Lisa came to me asking me to encourage and support her as she steps forward on her own healing journey. She asked me to help keep her accountable with her food choices. I said yes and I asked her to do the same thing for me. What we decided to do along with my caregiver and her friend Megan was to share a meal and try out a new recipe once a month. We will choose a healthy recipe to try out. I love this. Since Lisa sometimes accompanies us to the grocery store we can keep each other in check from buying the ice creams, pizza, chips, and candy that sometimes shows up in our carts and in our cupboards at home.

Not everything this week was glamorous and full of good cheer. I woke up Friday morning needing to change my trach, so I did. While the trach was out I continues to cough and blood started coming out. Can we say EEW! It was disgusting. Not a ton of blood, but what amounted to a few drops. The same thing happened Saturday morning. I only have ten days left until I see my Laryngologist in Seattle. April 7th cannot come fast enough. I’m anxious to get this sucker out so I don’t have to keep changing it and dealing with a mucusy filled cough and clogs that come out the stoma in my throat and not down my throat to my stomach where normal people’s mucus goes. If I sound irritated that is because I am. Living with a trach is not for the faint of heart. You have to do things that cause the stomach to wretch and make people uncomfortable. Atlas, I know my trach has been a blessing to.

So to deal with the frustration of my trach my friend brought the Disney movie Frozen over and we watched it together. Loved it, I just may buy my own copy when I can.

That is all I have been up to this week. This next week I will moving more, making better food choices, and try not to rip out my trach and throw it at someone. Keep breathing!

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