Friday, November 18, 2011

Birthday Goodness

Wednesday was my birthday, and I am now 24 years old. There was a time when that was almost unheard of for someone who has Cystic Fibrosis. Amazing how times have changed. I have been working extremely hard to make myself as healthy as possible, and I have a lot of room for improvement. I have plans to live a long life and to have a family of my own. Neither of those things will happen if I don't work my butt off to keep my health up, so that is what I'm doing. I am on day 18 of 100% compliance with my treatments and medications. I have missed a few days of P90X, but I haven't quit. I am picking it back up where I left off so that I don't actually miss the workouts. I have also bought myself a treadmill. I figured, if I am really ever going to run daily, I am much more likely to do it if it is in the room down the hall. I will be bringing it home sometime next week, and I plan on  putting it to good use! And once that starts happening, you can be sure that I will be keeping my daily mile updated regularly so that you all can see what I am doing. All this to say.... I want to have a lot more birthdays!!!

My birthday was truly wonderful though. I had to work, but I really enjoy my coworkers and the children we work with which makes it much more enjoyable. I came home from work to my husband with a cake that he baked himself (his first ever). It was so sweet and really tasty. He was so proud of himself! I don't know how I got so lucky as to find someone as sweet and wonderful as Eldon! My day was filled with calls and messages from friends and family. I just feel so blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life! I will be celebrating with my family over Thanksgiving when I go back home to Knoxville. I can't wait to see everybody!

Well, Happy Friday Everybody! Here's to doing treatments, working out, and hopefully many more birthdays! :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Job Interview

After almost 2 years of applying for teaching positions, I had kind of lost hope of ever getting a job. Well, last week, I applied for a job like I always do with no hope of getting it. They called me the next day to set up an appointment for an interview. It was last Friday, and I think it went well, but I guess I will find out. Whether I get the job or not, I realized something really important. I have been applying for every job possible for close to 2 years with nothing... not even an interview. I started being 100% compliant with my treatments and medications October 31st. A little over a week later, I get a call for an interview. Coincidence??? I somehow don't think so. I truly believe that God was just waiting on me to figure out how to take care of myself before He would give me the opportunity to have a teaching job. I have to say that I am thankful for that, because if I had gotten a teaching job right after graduating from college, I can say with 95% certainty that my health would have steadily declined. I finally have my stuff together, so the next step is a job. Then... after that, who knows? Anyways, thoughts and prayers would be greatly appreciated, because this job would be really pretty perfect for me. The interviewing process for this job should be finished by the end of this week. I will keep you all posted when I find something out.

And to go along with this news, I have been compliant for 16 days now! :) One step at a time.

Monday, November 7, 2011

New features on my blog

Some of you may have already noticed, but I have added a few things to my page. If you look at the top, there are now a few tabs and there may be some more added in the near future. There is now a tab for my health stats where I will be keeping track of my pulmonary function test results so that you all can see where my numbers used to be, where they are now, and what progress I am making. The other tab is about 100% compliance. There is a clock on this page that is keeping track of how long it has been since I have missed any treatments or medications. In the past, I would miss a vitamin here or a treatment there, but that is coming to an end now. Both of these ideas were inspired by a fellow Cyster (female with Cystic Fibrosis). She has incorporated these things into her blog, and I thought it was a great idea. I'm looking forward to sharing this process of really trying to better myself and my health with you all. My goal for my next clinic visit is to get my FEV1 up to 60%. That is February 1st, so I have plenty of time to really work on it.  Happy Monday everyone! Hope your week is wonderful!