Monday, March 29, 2010

Can You Believe It?

A Mountain Monday post!
Pictures first, then I will tell you what is going on.

I was already writing an obituary in my head for Ms. Tenacious. I wasn't expecting to see her again, after the last three months or so. But guess what? She is still hanging in there. Wow. What spirit she has.

Spring is here in fits and starts as is usual for a Utah spring. There is still a lot of snow on the mountains.

I love the contrast of the snow and the dark rocks and trees.

If you look close enough, you can find a promise of the Spring to come, here and there.

Junebug, can you believe she will be THREE in June?

Sweet Squid, she has the most beautiful eyes.

All the girlies love their Pop-Pop!

Buttercup will be 10 months old this next week. Her eyes are still blue, much to our delight. Her mommy, BB, spiked her hair just for me!

The Pea. Remember the unadulterated joy of childhood? She is four and half and just a hoot. She announced to her mommy and me that she will be attending "killer garden" in the fall! We laughed, she got offended.

My own personal spring has arrived. Last week, it was the strangest thing. I have been slowly getting better, but was still very tired, very brain fuzzy, (which I hate)lots of headaches, and in general just feeling not great. I was taken off my daytime O2 on the 18th. I am guessing a lot of the yuckiness was coming from trying to adjust to being on blood thinners since other folks complain about the same things. But on Sat the 20th, I woke up and felt good! Brain fuzz gone, energy up, I felt so good it was weird! Every day since then has been pretty darn wonderful. I just feel better. I guess my body adjusted. Whatever, it is great to feel better.
Being sick takes a lot of energy. I had no energy to blog, (in case you hadn't noticed) not enough energy to have my grandbabies by myself, I wasn't even reading much. I didn't even THINK about my camera, much less pick it up. It has been months since I touched it. I knew I was starting to recover when I began to think about my camera again. Now, I have enough energy to be with the grandbabies AND take pictures. It is wonderful.

Do not watch the video without a generous slathering of Cute screen on, because the cuteness is at lethal levels!

I have been hitting the gym in our apartments. Now don't get too excited, I am using the gym because I can keep an eye on my heartrate there, whereas, if I am out walking, I can't. I don't dare stress my heart. I picked up some of my records from the hospital and I was horrified at some of labs and tests. Besides being horribly anemic, I found out I was in moderate heart failure the day I went to the ER. My BNP was 621! I am actually glad we didn't know then, being told I might die was plenty to handle at the time.
I am up to 30 minutes on the treadmill and as long as I keep my heart rate in the mid 130's, I get a workout, but I don't overdo it. The first day I did it, I pushed myself too far and almost passed out. But I can be taught, I won't do that again!

I am praying the good days continue, I love feeling better, and it makes Spring that much more precious to me this year. As if the whole world is coming alive, just for me. Thank you for all your kindness, your emails,visits, phone calls, prayers, meals, flowers, cards, good thoughts and love. If you meant to make me feel loved and cherished, you did a good job!

6 Kids Who Want To Play:

Lee said...

So very glad to hear of your improvements and my day is brighter for your beautiful pictures. Keep being good to yourself.

K J and the kids said...

I may just start calling you Ms.Tenacious.
I LOVE it that she's still hanging around. YAY !
Maybe those clots finally absorbed or the blood thinners finally helped dissolve them a little bit.
Either way, I'm so glad you are feeling better.
Just in time for Spring.

Margot said...

so happy that you're back....missed you, missed you, missed you.
you were right about the cuteness on the video, nothing like a baby's laugh.
keep on improving!
long time lurker

M-Cat said...

So glad to hear you are getting better. It's a slow process, but you'll get there! Hitting the treadmill is a HUGE accomplishment - great job!

Me (aka Danielle) said...

YAY! Mountain Monday! Oh how I have missed thee!

First...I'm grateful to hear you are feeling better!

Second-Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures with us. And that video..I'm pretty sure I didn't get enough cutescreen on..I giggled..and giggled..and watched it again.. THANK YOU! I needed that!

elizasmom said...

SO: Ms tenacious: I think she might be your personal totem or something like that, no?

So glad that Mountain Monday has returned; love the pictures.