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In Uncategorized on November 23, 2011 at 11:52 pm

I got my flu shot at the recommendation of my doctors this week (always have).  After catching two colds so effortlessly in November I decided I’d better not tarry too much longer until inoculation. They were pretty mild colds, but I’m still started on i.v. antibiotics trying to recover my breathing baseline.  Life is so fragile, eh?  That not withstanding, I am still going to Halifax for this pilot television show I’ve been asked to sing on.  That’s over the weekend and Tom will join me … fish n’ chips in Halifax? Sounds great to me! I will be wearing my germ mask on the plane you can bet (the flu shot takes a further two weeks to “kick in”).

So, that’s my advice folks, for the greater public health: decrease the flu vectors. Get yer shot. Avoid barfing, and hallucinating, too!  Another quick tip: Cough into the crook of yer arm and wash those hands before eating.

MAJOR PS: My friend Lindsay just got her lungs today — I’m sending prayers to all involved.


Two in a Row

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2011 at 4:42 am

Believe it or not I am going into hibernation for the winter really soon. No more social outtings until…. May.  Do you think I can do it?! Ha ha. This is brought on by the fact that I’ve had TWO colds in two weeks. I had one the week of “lungiversary”, got rid of it, and awoke in Edmonton with a second cold.  Luckily, the work I was doing in Edmonton was pretty relaxing, sitting around listening to music on an art’s jury, but to be honest, it really sucked. Remember, because we are not able to boost the transplant immune system, all I can really do is to rest, drink lots and flush it out. I also ate nearly twenty oranges. That’s about all one can do. I got my voice back by Thursday when I played a gig in Edmonton for Remembrance Day.  I went in my 1940s dress, and though I would have loved to have danced, it just wasn’t in the cards, as my cold was still lingering. I did pretty well though, being all alone in a big city ministering to my ills in a hotel room, and then coming out guns blazing on the last night for a show with a very talented group of Edmonton musicians. I will thank the Lord that the cold passed my voicebox by then, and also be thankful that my band-leading skills were able to lead five Edmonton musicians that I’d just met in a night of great music. I am also grateful that I was able to shimy, squiggle, and wriggle my way out of my vintage “over-the-head” side-zip dress in the hotel room alone at 3am.  Keep calm and squiggle on. That’s what I had to do. I’m sure I looked straight out of I Love Lucy with this performance, and next time I am all alone in a far away city in this dress I will take the Pam cooking spray to my body first. Very humbling!  ANYHOW, I see the Docs on Wednesday for follow up on my 3-year assessment so we’ll get xrays then.  I guess I’ll just never be “normal”!   Update at the farm is that Gypsy is still in the walking phase and is feeling the autumnal winds in very frisky outbursts.  She also seems to be having problems with her vision in the barn. I guess those cataracts are starting to act up as she spooks at the darndest times indoors. Like, I walk up to her with a brush and she just about busts the ties in alarm.  Wonderfully, she seems to have great eyesight out of doors, so I think it’s just the indoor half light or back lighting that is perverting what she sees.  Still… old age sucks. On a better note, Dad got his hearing aid and hearing aids rock!


In Uncategorized on November 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm

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I give thanks every day, but especially on the anniversary of my double lung transplant. Thank you to my donor, and their family. Because of you I exist.
You have all my gratitude and I infuse everything I do with a love for this life
I have been given again. 1pm was when I went into the O.R.  This year I will be riding at horse at that time of day. That just about says it all. Thank you. From my family to yours. Thank you.