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Saturday, May 30, 2009


Today I celebrate,

Today Raegan has a birthday so I celebrate, I also celebrate the home going of my father who passed away on this day last year. Reflecting on the events of a year ago, I was at a lung cancer advocacy seminar in Chicago this time last year when I got the call about my father. I knew one day the call about his passing would come, I wondered who would make the call... the call came from my mother. She told me he passed peacefully and at home. Upon hearing this news I was not as prepared as I thought I was despite all the life and death I had since over the past three years. After the initial shock I was relieved that he was at peace, he didn't have to suffer anymore, and he could now be with his heavenly father.

On this day I also strolled into the ICU where Bo was being treated before he got his double / double (second transplant). Keep fighting BJ and Family.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

class field / day

Field Day (run Raegan run), I was late for class due to field day (field day was scheduled a long time in advance before I knew I'd be pursing another graduate degree)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Cellcept is generic Now

Cellcept is now a generic medicine, good news for my wallet..... now for the rest of the meds we take daily and when we are sick, experiencing rejection, or just a little out of the norm.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Rained out (no softball this year)

The transplant Awareness softball game with the Southwest Transplant Alliance (Transplant recipients) taking on local media was ..... can you believe it rained out (Yes it rains in Texas). Better luck next year although I have spent the last few weeks getting ready for the game.
  • Running the stairs over at TCU's football stadium
  • Throwing in the racquetball court for half an hour every 3 days
  • Taking batting practice twice a week
  • working on my forearms, and total body lifting too.
  • Lastly I started back swimming once a week

I guess I will have to go back to the old me, and try and get back in the good graces with my couch, I think I will get her a nice snuggle blanket...

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I saw the doc

Today was a good doctors visit, I hope my insurance will pay for the procedure (Gynecomastia) it is a result of past medical procedures so we shall see, it also messes with my ego and is painful...

2nd Try to see the new Doc. in Dallas

This is my second try to see the new docs in Dallas at the UT Southwestern SPA. The doc is a plastic surgeon to help with my Gynecomastia that I have developed since my transplant. The Gynecomastia is due I think because of some of my medication(s) and the clam shell incision that is used for a bi-lateral lung transplant. Gynecomastia effects your big ego, but it does allow you to get the Victoria Secret catalogue without raising an eyebrow (looking for a Bro).

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Swim lesson #2 (kind of)

The girls are starting there second swim class of the year soon, so there is no rest for the weary... I can't complain though I am enjoying the extension that lung transplant has afforded me. I hope all my post are vanilla and boring for awhile with no medical surprises to speak/blog about.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Last Soccer Game

Today it was very cold and windy I am wondering if we will get some rain today, it has been gloomy all day so far. The ray of Sun today is Ravyn’s soccer game…her last soccer game of the season. The season was interrupted by the Swine Flu (H1N1), Fort Worth and some of Dallas was basically shut down because of fears about this new flu. Ravyn played really well, she and her teammates had a lot of energy today (could be due to the pregame doughnuts) sprinkled doughnuts at that.

Thursday, May 07, 2009


Going to break in a new doctors, and re-organize his/her office. I am going to see a plastic surgeon to deal with my milkshakes, male boobies (from transplant ONLY). It is kind of tough lugging these fun bags around plus they are sore (all due AGAIN to the transplant for a double lung you are cut in a clam shell procedure). With Gynecomastia we get to VS (Victoria Secrets) catalogues at the house his and hers.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Day before returning to work

The Day before I physically go back I have been working from home up to this time. Working at home has allowed me to heal in a relatively clean environment away from the germs and swine flu carried by the general public. It will be good to have a change of pace, some new/old scenery, and someone to talk and bug during the day.