Monday, April 24, 2017

How Things Are

This past week has been tough lung-wise. I've been more short of breath than usual, and don't know why. I missed both sessions of bio last week. I have sent in a sputum sample, that came back clean (even though it was gross and green and tasted like shit). I had a blood test done to check for infection... there is nothing. I was mentally preparing for a two week hospital stay but there is no reason to admit me as I don't have anything wrong that can be treated. So what it boils down to, is a case of "It is what it is". I have turned my oxygen up and am doing less. Going to give bio a try again tomorrow morning because SOME movement is better than none. Saturday marked another lungaversary, yay!

On to some more positive stuff... Adriaan is amazing, soooo cute. Definitely the best baby EVER, And definitely motivation for my lungs to keep going! Helped my mom to babysit him on Sat evening, we had so much fun. Three weeks of him being in the world today! Sorry for all the baby pics but too good not to share!

Not much else happening... Peppy, our black kitty is going for a dental procedure tomorrow :-( Poor kitty... he is the sensitive one and my heart breaks thinking of him all alone at the vet. He has never been alone before, the other cats are always with him! Oohhhh and my aunt from England, Annelie, and my gran are arriving in Joburg next week Tuesday to meet Adriaan! Can't WAIT to see them again. It's been about a year since I've seen Annelie and probably more than 2 years since I've seen my gran??? She lives so far away and is not a fan of flying... so with all the stuff happening in the last few years with my health we just haven't been to that side of the world and definitely cannot travel there now. So there is that to look forward to. Have a great week!

Monday, April 17, 2017


Ditha and Riaan were here for the Easter long-weekend from Cape Town. They stayed with Brendan but we saw quite a lot of them. Haven't seen them since their wedding in May last year so it was quite an overdue catch-up. We had a braai on Friday, watched the movie Lion on Sat at Brendan's house and afterwards celebrated Riaan's 30th birthday at Andrew's house. Yesterday we had brunch at Vovo Telo and supper at Brendan's house again. Today has been spent on the couch and tomorrow will be the same. Really really tired, but it was good for the soul.

Don't have much else going on. Lungs are not great, not much to be done about it :-( Saw the below quote in the week and it was more fitting 10 years ago, but still true to an extent. Getting quite tired of this phase. There is so much I wish I could do right now. Looking forward to seeing my little angel of a nephew this week. Can't wait to hold that precious little body.

Have a great week... below some pics of this weekend.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Welcome to the world Adriaan Eugene Pretorius!

On Monday the 3rd of April the most beautiful little boy came into the world on his grandfather's birthday (Pierre's dad...Eugene). We all fell in love with this little guy instantly. He has the most angelic little face. His hands are sooooo animated and always moving, He has the fullest little lips, and the cutest cheeks. And sometimes he gets this little frown on his face. He HATES changing clothes or nappies. He loves sleeping on your chest or in your arms. He also loves the sound of my portable oxygen machine! He has a very very healthy appetite. And he is loved SOOOO MUCH by many people! He is perfect.

Experiencing this addition to the family has to be one of the most amazing things I've been able to see with these lungs, all thanks to my donor. I would have missed out on this by almost a decade. Soooooo grateful xxxxxx