Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I am so thankful for the people who love me so well. My birthday was on Friday, and I was blown away by everyone's kind words. My students were so cute. They sang "Happy Birthday" many times with the encouragement of another teacher. I received many handmade birthday cards complete with illustrations. One of my students even gave me a pencil as a birthday present!

My family and friends showered me with love and birthday wishes, and I couldn't have asked for anything more! My husband was supposed to come home Friday night around 8:00, and I was so excited to see him. Thursday, as I was getting ready for bed, he walked in the front door. It was definitely one of the best birthday gifts ever!

Fast-forward to today... I had my clinic appointment at Vanderbilt. I had originally set my goal for my FEV1 at 70%, but after starting my new job, I had some trouble getting into the routine of taking care of my health. I've also been working hard not to catch all of the little bugs my students keep bringing in. Long story short, I thought it might have dropped a little, and I was right. It dropped from 60% to 53%. I also lost 8 pounds. Those two things concerned my doctor a little bit, so he decided to put me on some antibiotics. I am supposed to go have another PFT once I'm finished with the round of antibiotics to see if it helped at all. I hope that it does something, but I know it won't do anything if I don't step up my treatments and exercise. I feel like I sound like a broken record, so it's time to put my words into action.

In happier, less stressful news, tomorrow is Thanksgiving! I'm so looking forward to spending time with family and just enjoying each others company! Not to mention, I get to have my husband home with me for five whole days! :)

Happy Thanksgiving!!!


  1. Happy birthday!! So sweet of your students and husband!

    You so sound like me with lung function. I am usually mid-50s, but trying to get it higher. I would love to hit 70, but now with the baby exercise (besides walks) has gone out the window. I have clinic Monday and know I will be lower than baseline. I am hoping for at least 53%. I have a feeling I will be on meds soon too! I hope you feel better soon.

    1. Thank you! I hope your clinic appointment goes well! I'm sure it is very difficult with a baby around. That's one of the reasons I really want to try to get my lung function up. I am so ready to have a baby. :) We'll see what the future holds though. Happy Thanksgiving! Good luck on Monday!

  2. What an awesome surprise from your husband! :-)

    I feel the exact same way with my new job! I know that I've lost at least 5 pounds and I'm not sure about my lung function yet. It's hard to keep up with everything while working such a demanding, awesome job.
    I wish you luck to get back into a routine with treatments and exercise. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    1. He did a pretty good job! :) I'm very blessed to have someone as sweet and thoughtful as him.

      It's just so hard to make sure you are eating enough, doing all your treatments, and working out all at the same time with a teaching job. I'm just going to have to really put all of my effort into it.