Saturday, December 24, 2016

Greetings . . .

Such a kerfuffle . . . This seems to come up every year and it seems more sharp this year . . .

If I know what you celebrate - I'll wish you that.  But if I don't know, I alternate between Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays:

Alrighty then - Onward  :-)

It seems I've missed most of December.  It's Christmas Eve.

For the last week I've been laid low with a cold - but for the first time in a very long time, it's just a cold.  If you don't have asthma, that's not going to mean too much to you.  But if you do have asthma, you are probably doing this to me:

The rest of you are scratching your heads.  :-D

I spent most of 2015 catching every stupid bug that hit the street - and it was never "just a cold."  It might have started that way, but it inevitably ended up as an infection in either my sinuses or my lungs.  I think I had three or maybe four z-pacs that year.  My asthma med was readjusted in August of that year (the last z-pac of 2015.  I had one in March of this year, but that's it.

Yes, I'm still sniffly, and yes I'm coughing - but the cough is productive.  My body is actually fighting this off on its own.  This is a big deal - a really big deal.  :-)


It's also telling me that things are back on a much more even keel for me.  I'm grateful for this, and it gives me a good base to move into the new year, health-wise.  This is a huge relief - seriously.

I talked about this awhile ago, but I'd like to do it again.  Let's look at the last two years or so . . .

  • August 2014 - my asthma controller med dosage is cut in half because I'd been doing so well.
  • November 2014 - Car accident
  • December 2014 - horrid respiratory infection (which I attributed to stress from the accident) requiring a z-pac.
  • February - May 2015 - construction
  • June 2015 - cataract surgery, both eyes.
  • June 2015 - another infection and another z-pak
  • August 2015 - really bad place with my breathing.  This is when we discovered that my dosage was off.  BP was 145/80 (not normal for me).  Z-pac AND prednisone, and a correction of my controller med.
  • December 2015 - just as I was starting to feel normal again, my right shoulder starting hurting out of nowhere.
  • February 2016 - annual physical, shoulder still terrible.
  • April 2016 - start very painful PT for my shoulder
  • June 2016 - shoulder surgery
  • June-September 2016 - constant PT for my shoulder.
And now it's December, and I seem to have turned the corner.  My shoulder is probably 95% of normal mobility.  I'll take that.  They say things come in threes - I would agree.  Car accident, eye surgery, shoulder surgery.  That's a lot to have happen in a two-year period of time.  Every time I would start to feel better, something else would land.  But since September, I've been OK, until this cold - but it's just a cold :-)

Hot Dog!

I just baked four dozen chewy Mole Asses (that's molasses, to you!  :-D) cookies to take to my cousin's tomorrow, and I will make a lasagna in the morning to take with, too.  I made a mistake in the cookie dough, but it didn't seem to cause any real problem (I added sugar to the flour mixture by mistake).  Here is the first dozen going in to the oven. 

I was crossing my fingers  :-D

They turned out fine.  I ate three of them to be sure.


I wish you and yours the happiest of every holiday that you celebrate  :-)


Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, Annie! Hope your day is wonderful with your family and that your lasagna tastes super good. :)

I know what you mean about having JUST a cold. I, too, have asthma and it's usually not that easy. Mine goes into bronchitis. Like you that means antibiotics, inhalers and heavy-duty cough syrup [usually the kind with codeine in it]. Maybe this time around your lungs are stronger since you've been exercising.

Also, I wanted to let you know that my violets have continued to improve. One of the mini's is blooming! Yaaay!!

Enjoy your day!!

Janice H.

A :-) said...

Merry Christmas Janice! Congrats on your violets doing so well - that's great news!!

candy said...

High 5. Yup, I understand. Hope you are better now. My inhaler kept me out of emergency a couple nights.