Broken toes and the fair

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Believe it or not I am getting over breaking two toes. One on each foot.

I have broken toes before but not two and not on both feet. So I have had a painful time getting around.

During all of this I found a spot on the bottom of my foot that looks a lot like my AVM. Have not made the doctor’s appointment yet.

Our county fair was last week. We went early and listened to the free music. I had three pictures in the fair.

Two pastels and a watercolor. The watercolor of our backyard trees got third place. One pastel of Dave got second.

My other picture got first. So I did good.

I got 2nd place in the pastel other division

I got 2nd place in the pastel other division

The Band Perry played Thursday night. We had tickets. Good concert, next time we need seats farther back.

We looked at some our the animals. I took some good animal pictures for upcoming pictures.

Ron this is for you. This is the picture that got first in the non professional landscape division.

This picture took first in the pastel landscape division

This picture took first in the pastel landscape division

Class reunion

Obie the high school mascot

Obie the high school mascot

Well I can cross off class reunions from the bucket list.  No I’m not trying to be funny.

I went to my first high school class reunion ever.

It was a birthday party theme picnic style. At least it was free.

Back in high school I was the quiet one. Didn’t have lots of friends but the friends I had were good people.

After high school I finished cosmetology school and got my licenses. Then left for Navy boot camp. Found out I passé in boot camp.

My brother said class reunions are what you make them. My mother liked going to hers.

So I tried. I talked and I made an effort. People remembered me and came over to say hi.

But it was not fun.  But I tried. My daughter says she will not attend her class reunion till I go to mine.

Well Now she has to go.

You Can not go if you do not try!

Around here its really big news Lebron James is back. By back he means back home in Akron.

The city of Akron is having a welcome home party for Lebron. Tickets are free, but you have to be lucky enough to get some on-line.

They were giving out free tickets Monday morning on the internet. You could get up to six free tickets.

I tried NO LUCK.

Tonight they are giving more tickets away. I’ll be there attempting again. Praying real hard what ever tickets I am offered are not to high.

The Lebron party is at the brand new college stadium. Dave is afraid of heights. But I like trying.

Busy Summer

Me at the conference

Me at the conference

 IT has been a busy summer.

I have been doing the library summer reading program for adults. Started doing the 211 program connected with our local rec center.

The county fair is the next week. I am showing three pictures. The Band Perry will be at the fair. We have tickets.

At the end of June I rejoined our local rec center.

Along with I want to do, have been  tired . At the beginning of the week I broke my little toe. It still hurts.

So far the toe has been swollen and I have yet to get a tennis shoe on.

A long time ago our printer broke.  Now anytime we need to print something

we usually go to the library. Not having a printer and a broken toe has slowed me down this week.

Daves Time

Daves Time

At the PHA conference last month I signed up to help with the media blitz.

Someone made  thirty-second public service announcements about Pulmonary Hypertension.

I am to make ten calls in ten months encouraging tv stations to play the public service announcements.

Hopefully my toe will be feeling better and I can start the next week.

This is mostly looking out our front room window. Another picture going to the county fair. I have never shown this. We will see how it does.

This is mostly looking out our front room window. Another picture going to the county fair. I have never shown this. We will see how it does.

But for now here’s how to see the PSA’s.

Go to PH  association then click on get involved. From their click on sample PSA’s.

Let me know what you think. I have yet to see them on tv in my area.

What about you?

PH and me.

quilt at conference

quilt at conference

One of my medical problems is Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.

Pulmonary hypertension is not well-known. I had never heard of it. All I knew in 2007  was I was having a hard time breathing.

It felt like something was sitting on my chest. I was throwing up and didn’t want to eat. All this started on the way home after a procedure on my AVM.

It took three weeks in the hospital and lots of tests before I started to feel better.

Walking up stairs, especially carrying the laundry can cause me to be short of breath.

I had to give up any exercise classes. Over the years I learned  to walk  at my own pace.

There are times its hard to walk and carry on a conversation.

In April Dave and I went to a PH support group. The support group leader wants to do a fund-raiser for PH.

Around here nobody knows what PH is. So this is my attempt to let others know what PH is

At the  conference there was a booth giving on free business cards about PH.

We were told to use the business cards to explain about ph.  I haven’t tried them out yet but plan to at our family reunion.

One side describes what Pulmonary Hypertension is:

  • Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) or high blood pressure in the lungs is a chronic and currently incurable disease that can lead to right heart failure; treatment can help
  • People with pulmonary hypertension often do not look sick
  • Common symptoms include breathlessness, fatigue, dizziness, hoarseness, chest pain or heaviness and swelling of the arms and legs.
  • There are multiple treatments available for ph

Web sites to check out:

pha association

lipspaintedblue.com

Getting back on track

I have been attempting to get back on track after a really busy and stressful couple of weeks.

Boy do I really miss Daisy my 10  year old rescued boxer mixed dog. We put her to sleep right around Father’s Day.

We had birds stuck in the chimney at first I thought I heard her. I do not want a new dog. I want my old dog back.

During the summer I walked  with her and Dave. So I have joined our local rec. center to get the exercise I miss not having a dog.

The rec. center is having a summer fit contest, today is the first day. I joined.

It took longer than I would have liked to recuperate from the PH Conference.

The 4th of July is our anniversary so we had lots of things planned. Starting with a doctor’s appointment with the breast specialist.

I am back on the breast screenings every six months. March was my second breast MRI. During the appointment the question came up

about having an 85% chance of breast cancer. The doctor nodded and went on to talk about why six month screenings are done.

She talked about what could happen if I had breast cancer again in the left breast. Not a conversation I want to have again for a long time.

I have been making an effort to do things I enjoy and hopefully make a difference.

I have three pictures to enter in our local county fair. This is a first for me. All three pictures are not animals.

One is a watercolor. The Band Perry will be at the fair. We have tickets.

 I want to advocate for pulmonary hypertension. In my part of Ohio no one knows what PH is.

My family reunion is in July. I plan on attending a high school class reunion the first part of August.

That is  something I have never did. My daughter said she would go to hers when I go to mine.

So I can’t chicken out.

PH Conference Info

IMG_0462I enjoyed attending the 2014 Pulmonary Hypertension International Conference in Indiana.

Dave and I had a good time.

It was a four-hour drive.  Yes I was really tired when we got home.

When everyone got together for meals and programs they there were two big screen televisions so everyone could see.

For someone who had only met two other ladies with PH it was really big. There were people of all ages, from all parts of the USA and I think 35 countries.

 All ages attended. We saw families with babies who had oxygen. Adults with and without oxygen.

They had a kids room with lots of activities. The PH kids went swimming and to the children’s museum.

There was lots to do lots to see and lots of walking.

Every conference there is a fashion show. The fashion show is to hide or flaunt the oxygen and iv drug ports.

I was right in the middle of going through the research room during the fashion show. Then sitting in another line for a blood draw.

Most of the sessions I attended were medically lead. I attended the basics of PH. Every time I had heard them before I was in a hospital bed.

I went to the long-term survivors group. If you were diagnosed eight years or longer you are considered long-term survivor.

Dave went to the caregivers support group.  He had not been to a caregiver support group before.

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There were computers set up to blog from the conference. I tried a couple of time but could not get them to work.

I got some informative and useful handouts. At one booth I got a big stack of business cards.

One side had wad Pulmonary Hypertension is. The other side was about how doctors look for horses instead of zebras.

I had read about doctors needing to look for zebras on another blog. Looking for horses means doctors need to think what is more common first.

Sounds familiar !!