Monday, July 19, 2010


Wow, it has been a long time since I updated this blog. So here goes...

I ordered an Express Pass from UDOT this evening (Utah Dept of Transportation.) I was number 1629, so received the transponder for FREE! (Thus saving $8.25.) In my account, I put $25.00. The express pass will enable me to drive in the HOV lane as a single driver. I commute daily from Provo to Murray and I think this will cut down on my commute time, especially in the morning.

I'm still on oxygen. Woo hoo. I have an appointment the first part of August with Dr Campbell, my pulmonologist. We will discuss the weaning off the oxygen issue. He wanted me to lose 20 pounds (April to August), one more pound to go.

I'm also on warfarin (rat poison.) Apparently I had a blood clot in my left lung while I was in the hospital with pneumonia. So for the next 3-6 months I will be taking it daily. Once a week I get to have my blood checked (called an INR). The results should be between 2 and 3, last Wednesday it was 2.8. I have to be careful of greens, liver, cranberries, etc. My doctor told me not to become a rabbit. I still have a salad daily, but no dark leafy green veggies (brussel sprouts, broccoli, etc.) It has put a cramp in my lifestyle change.

I also am experiencing joint pain. I will talk that over when I have my next blood test. I can't take any NSAIDs (ibuprofen, naprosyn, etc.) Tylenol is as needed because it affects the liver, which affects the clotting time. Sigh.

I am stitching on the Halloween sampler slowly. I am on the second page of eight pages. I will post an updated picture when I figure out how to make it bigger.

I bought a new laptop (Dell) with Windows 7 on it. Still trying to learn Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 7 (uck.) I also bought a new Ipad, which I love, love, love. I highly recommend an Ipad. It is portable, you can read, watch movies, take notes, have Internet connection, etc. It goes everywhere with me.

I have also become a great-aunt again. Welcome Caleb James!!! He was born on July 3, 2010 at home, weighing in at 8 pounds 8 ounces. He was 10 days early. He is very mellow. His older brother Scott just adores him.

I had better go to bed. I get to work tomorrow. This is a short work week since I take every other Friday off now.

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