Saturday, July 30, 2011

Hey, what do you know, he never coughed!


Today was a good day. I planned on clearing out some of the grasses that have been taking over one of our flowerbeds. I started, got a few pieces out and then decided to get help from Jim. I made sure he had a mask on while swinging the axe and he stayed in the shade away from the rays. This typically would have taken me at least 3 weekends and I may have not even gotten completed if I were the only one doing it. We hammered this clearing out in 3 hours. I continue to be amazed by everything Jim is able to do. There was a moment (when I was sitting and watching) that I was just waiting for him to cough like crazy after swinging the axe. I cringed inside thinking about it...
Hey, what do you know, he never coughed! Of course, I had to take video of this


Oh, the roof is done too! Next week will be new siding and landscaping and Thursday is when the cleaning person starts! Life is good!

If there are any wives out there reading this who's husbands have CF please send me a message (fahr.denise@yahoo.com) with your email address if you are interested in being involved in a CF Wives support page. I wish I knew these girls years ago!

Thank you to Jim's donor and his family for the selfless gift that allowed to enjoy this day! I wish Jim's donor could see how he has helped us.

Please click here to become an organ donor.

video

Monday, July 18, 2011

I Out Run CF (again)


There will be another "I Out Run CF" run on October 1st which just happens to be Jim's birthday as well. Please let me know if you are interested in going for a run/walk. Distance or timing does not matter but finding a cure for CF does! Here is the blog entry from when I did the last virtual run. Registration is $25.
Ummm...Starbucks treat afterwards?

This past Friday we went to an Iron Pigs minor league baseball game. The field is about 5 miles from our house. Jim had is usual warm candied almonds and I had to buy a new pig nose. Yes, you read it right, a pig nose! I lost the one from 2 years ago. Sad, I know. :(

Saturday was spent cleaning up the yard and going for a ride in the convertible with my niece, Amanda (a/k/a The Rock) and her boyfriend. Sunday was also spent working in the yard for me and Jim washed our cars. My hamstrings are killing me from bending down to
spray the weeds that have started to flower. Ugh...I got very far behind on my gardening.

We are getting a new roof and siding on our house so that's the excitement for the week. Can't wait to see the final outcome. Here are some of the before pics.

47 more days and we're off to NC!!!

Lots of love sent to Jim's donor and his family!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Still going strong!

Just realized it has been awhile since anything was posted on here. Who knows if Jim ever will again. Maybe, if you're lucky :)
Other than some minor Tacrolimus adjustments due to high lab results and abdominal pain, things have been going great! We are enjoying the nice days with long rides in the convertible, picnics, concerts and whatever else pops up.
I'm counting down the days to vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina (58 days)! The house is rented, just need to get the dogs to the vet and train them on how to use the ramp we bought for them to use so they can get into the Jeep easier.
This picture is from when we went last time, in 2009.
We missed our yearly vacation to the OBX last year since Jim was still on the mend.




This picture of me was in a previous blog post when I explained, through Tiffany Christensen's
perfect words, how CF affects me. Every time I see this picture the emotions that I was
having that day come right back. Jim and I took a really nice long ride down the peninsula of the Outer Banks. We went as far South as the Jeep could take us. At one point in the ride we got out so I could check out the views. I climbed a huge sand dune to check out the scenery. During my climb all I could think of was that I wish I didn't have to do it alone. I wanted Jim by my side, enjoying the view with me but knew there was no way in hell he'd be able to climb. I remember when I got to the top of the dune I could see the ocean on one side of the peninsula and the calm waters on the other. It was a breathtaking view...but I had no one to enjoy it with me. That made me sad...

So, guess what the first thing on the agenda is for this years trip to NC?

:)
Lots of love to Jim's donor and his family!