I love the freezing weather, especially when I don't have to get out in at 6:00 in the a.m. I have never gotten to enjoy the cold weather because I have always had to get up and drag my burrrcicled self to work, and with classrooms facing the outside pretty much since student teaching, I rarely ever got to un-bundle during the day. Yesterday, I did have to drag Finn and myself out into the chilly mini-metropolis of Mobile for my labs and his six month check-up. Leaving the neighborhood at 8:00 a.m., my car's thermometer read 27 degrees! His check-up went great, and he barely fussed with his shot. However, he is starting a little bit of stranger anxiety beginning with some of Beth's sweet coworkers and wrapping it up with Dr. Sands. He weighs 21 lbs. and measures 28 inches in length: I am rearing He-Man over here! When we arrived back home and it had begun to warm up, we took a walk down to the pond to check things out. Of course our new porch tenants, the ugly ducks, followed us down in a straight line. Why can't the mallards be the ones crashing next to the house?
I am actually looking forward to Tuesday's hepatology appointment in New Orleans, since I get to go by myself. I am not going to stay the night since my appointment isn't until 9:30. Maybe I'll get to hit up a couple of the antique shops for my new project: the wall in the dining area.
I was able to come down on my steroids again, and I can feel it. I am sleeping a little better, the head-to-toe swelling is slowly going down, and the munchies aren’t as ravenous, neither are the hot flashes. My next biopsy is on February 2nd, and hopefully I will get to go down again (and color my hair)! Hehe. I will be four months out then; six months is the big one; if I can keep it going like this many of my strong restrictions will be lifted or “loosened.
I really want to be able to reach more folks by showing up in search engines and in the blogging community. I will also be able to insert photographs/graphics and details with more freedom and creativity. There have been so many little things I have wanted to spill on and get feedback for that I not able to do on here. Upon searching for blogs for pre and post-transplant support I was very disappointed. Hopefully, I will eventually be able to create a community for those facing the possibility of a transplant, living with heart failure, and those dealing with their new lifestyle post-transplant. I also hope to put a thriving face to organ donation and encourage those dear families having to face that end of the spectrum. I cannot imagine the fear and unrest these families feel. Some of them may never heal enough to be able to face the recipient of their loved one’s organ, but I pray for peace to fill the souls of these noble angels.