The Top10 Things You Should Do If You Test Positive For Alpha1

  • Have A List Of Questions When You See a Doctor About Your Alpha1(If you try to remember the questions you want to ask you may forget half of them)
  • Learn To Breathe Effectively
  • Limit Or Eliminate Your Alcohol Consumption
  • Don't Be Afraid To Be Proactive About Your Alpha1
  • Get Plenty Of Rest(You will likely have a higher oxygenation level)
  • Avoid Sick People(You have a lower immune system than most people)
  • Drink Plenty Of Water
  • Eat Healthy/Avoid Processed Food(Carbonated beverages)
  • Start A Careful Exercise Program/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program(Your muscles will become more efficient so they won't use as much oxygen and if you have surgery you will likely recover quicker as well)
  • Stop Smoking

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spring Has Sprung!

I have been on v. layoff this week. I found a hauler for my Allis-Chalmers C in southern WI. I sent a text msg to Mr. Morgan. He is thrilled Aunt Kate has progressed to the current century! I always used to say that phones were for talking on and computers were for texting on. I meet w/ a lawyer on Friday to determine if a irrevocable trust is the way for me to go. I spoke briefly to Bill today and he dispelled the myth that it was so exorbinant it was beyond my reach. It turnsout it isn't really anymore expensive than to maintain said assets outside a trust.

I'm going to try my best to get into an evening course at UW-EC called Fundamentals of Speech but, have been warned it is hard to do as a special student. Thursday I will participate in a congressional Disaster Response training course in Eau Claire that FEMA and Homeland Security may require in 2010. I also found out my alpha friend Cindy Wilson from Chicago got a single lung tx last fall. She sounds like she is doing GREAT! She also happens to be the alpha support group leader in greater Chicago. A contrator still hasn't been by to fix my stairway because all of them are so busy!

I did find one who will examine my barn to determine whether it can be saved. I've been in several barn lofts and was so taken by the unique rafters in the loft. They appear to be oak to me. I have wanted to save it from the get go but, I'm not convinced it can be salvaged. It's outward appearance has changed quite a bit since last fall. If I am able to restore it I'm not reusing it as a livestock barn but, as a retail facility. I live in what I consider to be a retirement/vacation destination and believe that would be the best reuse for it.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Inspiration Comes In Unexpected Form

I started going to different churches to get a feel for the spirit of the church to help me in my quest to enable Americas Grow A Row program to flourish here in Rusk county. However, without Colleen Duerr and Rev. Donn Schroeder's wisdom & prayer I don't think it could have gotten to the point it has! I'm discovering it's actually started to motivate me to find a home church.

I rented two movies tonight "The Express" & "Fireproof". I liked the movies and thought about my college days. I remembered how many times people told me something couldn't be done and how I believe they could & did them. It's amazing what one can accomplish when one chooses to believe. I suspect the same holds true not only for me but, for many of you who read my blog. If we will simply give ourselves permission to believe we can it's amazing what we can accomplish. I found the interviews featured on the DVD's most inspiring and reminded how much faith plays a part in every aspect of our life.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

What Do You Got Going On...

I decided to checkout the LBYM board at today. That was the title of the last post I read....and I thought it was going to be dreary. It turned out she did what my Mother used to tell me..."Count your blessings!".

So what good happened to me today.

-I discovered my new alphanet coordinator is a christian.
-I discovered Joann's friend who died of cancer was her best friend(who was only a few yrs older than her...just like my friend Karen)
-That sometimes we don't realize how much some people value us as a person.
-Although I was swore off participating in any cancer fund raisers...I am indeed not(I was soo
moved by Joann's story of her friend Reggie who lost her battle to cancer)
-I discovered I was going to have at least a 36hr work week because orders are up!
-I may just succomb to text messaging(ROFLOL)
-I enjoyed coming home to another beautiful spring like day

*I didn't experience this today but, Sunday reaffirmed that I moved to a GREAT
NEIGHBORHOOD when I visited w/ Rich & Vi next door*

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Just To Let You Know

I got all setup for an infusion last night and looked at the pocket watch (w/ a minute hand) I use and discovered the battery had died. By the time I got back from Wal-Mart my veins had become weiry. I came straight home tonight and got it started on the first stick! To say the least I was elated !!! I am nearing the end of "Failing Forward" by John Maxwell. I am so glad I bought and continued to read that book. I also skim read the book by Ruth Graham "In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart". I also have John Maxwell's books "Today Matters" & "The Difference Maker" Don't know when I'll get to them. I expect next trip to J-ville I'll stop at my friend Denny W's(he has an organic farm) to pick up all my market farming books I lent him.

I may be posting infrequently for a while. As soon as I get the minor remodeling work done in the stairway and the house refinanced I will likely get too busy to post frequently. When I bought this farmhouse I questioned the drywall finish job and a couple other things. I kept telling myself "Oh, it's not that big a deal." Well, six months has gone by and as soon as refinanced my poor house is going to get redone a room at a time. Plus, the stairway to the upstairs. It has vertical boxcar siding and half the sinkers aren't counter sunk. The same in the mudroom! I visited with the neighbors Sunday and Rich admitted the previous owner did all the remodeling. I have begun telling people "He should have left it to the professionals & the semi-professionals!"

I also have to begin training for the 2009 DD. I may do the Milwaukee liver walk w/ the Frietag family(They have children w/ alpha1). I also have seeds coming that need to be started. I have grow-a-row, angelflight & next week I am intending to attend disaster response training. I have too much to do but, everybody knows I'm happier that way than too much time on my hands!!

Friday, March 13, 2009

OMG...I've Done It Again!!

I signed up for the metric century Dairyland Dare 2009! I swear this is the last year!!

I am nervous, scared & excited! I hope I can finsih it this year. What an accomplishment that would be! I'm excited to learn that Len Geiger has several vids on youtube as well(as the result of a link in an alpha-pack newsletter I received). That is so awesome!

Now for that grow-a-row business. Pray for us! It is such a great program especially for those to contribute to that don't have a lot to spare....they can make such a big difference without parting with much cash!! There is an Episcapalian church in our county who sooo needs the assitance. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could ease some of their burden???

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

It's Official....I have a cold!

However, I went 8 months without an upper respiratory infection!! WooHoo!!! Now if only I can stay away from urgent care for 1yr. That was my original goal.

I am almost to chapter 10 in "Failing Forward" By John Maxwell! I almost chose to not finish reading it. I am in the process of helping coordinate a grow-a-row program in my county. There is much excitement over the program. It has been quite educational as well. In addition to that Karen my primary health POA(Power Of Attorney) wants me to go on a Guatemalan mission trip and I guess I'm actually interested. I wasn't at first but, after I read a little bit about it I got more intrigued...who'd a thought. She said I needed to travel and no matter what country I did a mission trip in would be a life changing experience. So, now I begin to save for it.