Friday, January 11, 2013

Pulmonary Hypertension

At the cardiologist's office today, I learned that I have mild pulmonary hypertension and right sided heart enlargement. The most common cause is sleep apnea. I was tested for it 2 years ago and the test was negative.

I am scheduled with a pulmonologist very soon. Hopefully my sleep study was wrong.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

52 Books in 52 Weeks

Casey and I are doing the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge. We are to read 52 books this year. I imagine we will surpass this goal.

I read Josiah for President as my first book of the year. I found it very entertaining and had some very valid political points. The Amish do not hold public office, but I do agree if we could go back to simpler times we would all benefit from it.
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My second book was a piece of filth called Big Girls Do It Better. I'm not sure what I thought this book would be about, but I got quite the surprise.

I have been watching Upstairs, Downstairs from BBC filmed in the early 1970s. I am enjoying this series and it has aroused my interest in World War I.

Scott and I have been watching Deadly Women in the evenings. It is hard to believe such evil can exist in our world. This is not a series for those who cannot stand to think about the wrongful deaths of innocent children.

I am knitting a sweater from some alpaca fiber that took me over a year to spin. I used my electric spinner for it since even treadling my wheel can cause my heart to race. I am spinning a bit of Blue Face Leicester that my friend Louann dyed and gave to me. It is beautiful pinks and purples. I have been spinning it for several months, just a few minutes here and there.

Nothing changes much with my illness other than I get sick from viruses much easier than I ever did before. A trip out leaves me with symptoms for several days. I still go into anaphylaxis quite frequently.

The hardest thing for me continues to be accepting that I can no longer go to work. I miss it very much. I also miss driving, and being able to go where ever I want, when ever I want, and being able to do anything I want. Sick days leave me physically and emotionally drained. On days that I feel a bit better I tend to overdo, which leads to my being down for several days. I am so much better than a year ago, but still so very sick.