Tuesday, 26 July 2016

20 Month Transplantversary!

It's my 20 month lung-versary today. Yay!

I've had a great month. Besides spending the week at the cottage kayaking and playing games, I've been to the beach, hiking, and cycling around Springhill.

Yesterday, Isaiah and I hiked a trail in Cape Chignecto. I thought spending the day on the coast would offer some relief from the heat and humidity. I was wrong, it was just as hot there.

What has been fantastic is being able to really push myself and not feel as thought I'm going to throw up or get lightheaded. I had that experience last summer but it, unfortunately, didn't last as I started feeling faint from the cancer when I pushed myself. I really hope it lasts this time.

Yesterday when I was struggling up the "hill of torture" - a one km incline with a 30% grade and loose rock -  I wheezed and sweated but I never once felt as though I was going to throw up or have a coughing fit.

It's been 20 months since the transplant so maybe I should be over it by now, but I still find it surprising that I can breathe so easily. I may only have 63% of expected lung capacity but that 63% is still amazing.

Some pics from the past month:
My bike chain is well oiled.
Kayaking down the River Philip with Mom.
Made it to Heather's Beach!
Hiking at Five Islands.
More Five Islands.
Beautiful sunset walking home from watering the garden.
Beach Day!
Cape Chignecto - on the way back we, for some reason, decided to go up that hill on the right instead of walking along the beach.
Torture hill. It doesn't look that steep in the pic, but it was.
Grumpy/tired face climbing torture hill.
Yay! Made it to the top!
Amazing views.

It's been a good month.


Gail S said...

Genetics are great, in your grumpy picture you look like Trudy.

Trudy Soucoup said...

OH wait a minute! I don't think so.

Glad to see you doing so well and fighting the good fight called life!