Saturday, December 31, 2011

The year that was 2011...

My 2011 Wishlist & resolutions were:


Be fitter than I was in the previous 3 years post transplant. Not that I was unfit, but I feel I have more in me. Obviously the fact that I work rather long hours suck, but that's where the self-discipline comes in. I want to swim more at the gym, and also do something I've always be too scared to do... attend a class at gym. Whether it's spinning or aerobics... try something in group format, because my lungs ARE AS GOOD AS EVERYONE ELSE'S, so I need to get out of the pre transplant mentality in that sense. I still think I won't keep up, although I just might.

I did 1 gym-class! Zumba... was easy to keep up with the rest of the class... should really go again!!! In general I might be a little bit fitter, started running a bit as opposed to just walking on the treadmill.

Go to the World Transplant Games in Sweden and bring back a medal again, it doesn't even have to be a gold one.

That I did, it wasn't a gold but a silver and bronze :-)

Continue to be vigilant about my health.


Make a change regarding work. Whether it's my job spec or my attitude/outlook, I want some sort of change.

Started a new job in June!!

Be a good wife to Chris! This is going to be the first year of living together, which is REALLY AWESOME! Definitely as great as I thought it was going to be.

You'll have to ask Chris, but I think so! Was good for me!


That this is a more successful year for lung transplant in SA than 2010 was in terms of numbers. I think they only did 4 lung transplants the entire year. I want Helen, Lucille, Salome, Gloria, Dominique and a few others to get lungs and have the same experience I've had.

They only did 4 again as far as I know, but 3 of those were my CF friends, Shaun, Ninette and Helen. Shaun is doing great, Ninette finally came out of ICU this week and is doing well! Helen is still holding on and fighting hard, please send prayers her way! Things seem to be improving though (she had a lot of trouble with bleeding and kidneys).

For my own health to stay as great as it's been thus far and even better in terms of my diabetes and gynae problems from previously. Or just not worse, LOL!

Check! Diabetic and gynae problems were a lot better!

For lots of fun and traveling!

Check! Apart from the overseas trip, we went to Klipplaatz, Drakensberg, PE, Cape Town and Clarens for short weekend trips.

Get a pet or 2 (at the moment thinking 2 kittens in the second half of the year).

Haha, we got the 2 kittens about 2 weeks after I posted this wishlist!!

That Chris and I can go to Sweden together and also visit Annelie in England afterwards.



This was probably the saddest part of the year for me... Bree passed away from some mysterious brain virus thing... trust her not to die of anything "normal". The transplant games weren't the same knowing her and Eve were supposed to be there. Evlyn couldn't come as she's got chronic rejection and on the waiting list for a new set of lungs :-( Really hope she gets them in 2012, them maybe I'll see her in 2013 in Durban... she'll definitely be there if she's got new lungs again!

So all in all 2011 was a fantastic year, we were extremely blessed. May 2012 prove to hold it's own against 2011!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Clarens, Eastern Free State

So our weekend away was great! Good weather, good company, good shopping :-) Had a bit of an accommodation issue, but they sorted it out and we ended up with extra credit AND a nicer room :-) See some pics below...

So glad Christmas weekend is finally here... been working crazy hard, so 4 days off is more than welcome!! My grandparents and sister arrived on Tuesday vening, so at least I've been spending time with them in the evenings.

Helen's still holding on, still on ECMO... PLEASE PLEASE pray that she pulls through and makes a full recovery. Ninette is getting there nicely, doing well!

Monday, December 12, 2011


Mid December ALREADY?? What the flip, can't believe it!!!! My Cape Town friend Helen got lungs on Friday night!!!!!!!!!! She had a rough start, lots of bleeding, also on ECMO, but seems like she's doing a bit better now. Please pray for a full recovery for her, and also Ninette, who is still on a ventilator and had some isuues the last week or so. I so badly want those 2 girls to be WELL and able to breathe and have a life! Their poor families are just waiting, not certain what the outcome will be :-(

Thank goodness this week is only 4 days (Friday is day of reconcilliation). Work been SOOOO cray these last 2 weeks. Last week I was working 12 hours a da without taking lunch for 4 out of 5 days basically! Didn't work quite as late today, managed to go to gym again after work which was nice. This weekend we're going away to a town about 3/4 hours away called Clarence in the Eastern Freestate. Very excited!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Please watch!!!!!!!!!!

New fantastic TV advertisement. Hopefully it screens quite a lot during 2012!!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Finally December :-)

My favourite month has arrived :-) Although the first day wasn't very successfull! Work was BUSY, got there just before 6h30 am and left at 17h15 without a lunchbreak. And traffic was horrible because it's raining a bit. Tired now and ready to do as little as possible for the rest of the evening.

Yesterday's check up went very well, lung function (fev1%) was 99%/100%. (first and second blows respectively). Very relieved, had a horrible nightmare on Monday night about have bronchitis and not being able to breathe :-( Stupid brain can really mess things up! That's why I really NEED to go for a check-up every 3 months!

The CF walk on Sunday was great, had a really good time walking it with Shaun and Alet (Shaun had his transplant earlier this year), and had brunch afterwards. Pic below is of me and Shaun... (I'm wearing my "recycle" lung shirt that I bought in Sweden!)