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I Love the Smell of Oxygen

Oxygen doesn’t smell? Of course it does, and it’s incredibly sweet! On Monday, 10/8/12, I went in for my 4th dilation and I’m hoping my last one (as I hope every time). Battling with tracheal stenosis is becoming incredibly tiring and I just want it to go away!

The morning started at 4:00 since we had to leave at 4:30. Traffic was a bit busier than I thought but we got to the hospital with about 20 minutes spare. Unfortunately, I was in such a state that I couldn’t find the right place to go to. I knew it was floor 7, but apparently I was using the wrong elevator. Thankfully, a nice nurse at the information center pushed us in the right direction. As soon as I got to the check in they whisked me back to the room.

I got all stripped down and dolled up in my hospital attire. I had a new nurse this time, Carol, but she was very sweet and efficient. The worst part about the beginning is putting the IV in. Why do those have to hurt so much? Once all the fuss and bother was done, it was just a matter of waiting for the doctors to come by, then wait again to be wheeled back.

Mike always stays with me until we hit the mistletoe! They have a spot where the mistletoe hangs so your sweetie can give you a kiss before they go to the waiting room. They pushed me into the operating room, which I swear was a freezer! I helped them move me on to the operating table and looked around at everything. Talk about an increase in your blood pressure! They don’t take long putting you out however once you’re in there.

After what felt like a minute asleep I heard my nurse talking to me. I don’t recall what she said exactly, just that she was going to take the tube out since I was breathing. Then, as they were wheeling me to the recovery room I heard her talking to the other nurse (another new one) saying “Oh, no, she’s a good patient. She always is. She’s training for a marathon!” Of course, I was so groggy I couldn’t really respond but in my mind I clearly said “How did you know that?” I’m pretty sure I didn’t tell her, unless she was questioning me after I was under! Plus, I’m training for a 1/2 not a full! Pfftt…not important. Ok, back to the story.

In recovery there was a guy, another patient, who would NOT shut up. His nurse kept telling him that he needed to be on voice rest. Voice rest = SHUT UP. He was driving me bonkers! Once I was pretty much awake and could take that first deep breath, I was ecstatic! My throat was raw, like I had been yelling and breathing in sandpaper all night. After a few minutes of making sure I could keep a normal conversation (didn’t go all loopy!) they took me back to my room and got Mike.

The doctors don’t ever come back to talk to the patient after surgery since most of the time the patient is still a bit out of it won’t remember the conversation, but he did talk to Mike. They didn’t need to use the laser, yay!! That’s progress, I think. Mike said Dr. D was able to open my throat up a lot bigger than it was before the surgery. I could definitely feel a difference in my breathing. Night and day!

We stopped at Cracker Barrel on our way home and I ate the blackberry pancakes. Eating was a little difficult and has been for the past couple of days, but I think it’ll get better. Once I got home, I slept and slept and slept! My sweet Ellie girl kept me company! I love my fur babies!

Today is three days out from surgery and I’m still a little groggy but I feel like I could run a 9 minute mile! Of course, I’m restricted from exercise and lifting until the Doc releases me. That’s driving me a little nuts since I feel like I should be doing some form of exercise. However, a week’s rest will do my body good.

I had to give away my spot in the 10 for Texas race on Saturday, which I’m a bit bummed about. Mike is still running it though, so I’ll be there to support my Love and my running group! Plus, next Saturday I have the 5K Foam Fest¬†with Amy! I’m really stoked about that one…and a little scared, truth be told!

I hope you’re all enjoying your Fall (even though it’s not really all that much cooler!) and living up every day to it’s fullest potential!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas snuck up on me quicker this year than it ever has in the past. In fact, on Thursday I was talking with a friend about how it did NOT feel like Christmas was that Sunday. It wasn’t all that cold outside and I didn’t have to go through the hassle of shopping at crowded malls for gifts since I bought most of them online. However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy my time off!


On Friday, Mike and I took the Girls out running at Tamarac Park. This was the first time Ellie has been running with a harness but she did pretty good. She kept getting in front of me and stopping, or running in to my legs any time someone went by. So, we didn’t get too much running in, but that’s ok.



Mike was running with Ruby, since she does much better at running next to you. He met up with Ellie and I about a mile from the park and we swapped dogs. So, I went from a dog that didn’t run well to one who didn’t want to run any more! She was tuckered out!



I wanted to go 5 miles but Ruby barely made it back to the park so we stopped at 3.5 miles and let the dogs cool down at the dog park.



On Saturday, Christmas Eve, we did some cooking. The girls were willing to take on kitchen duty and clean up any morsels I may have dropped. Unfortunately for them, I didn’t drop any!



We had our first Christmas party at my cousin’s house. I love visiting with my family during the holidays…especially when it’s accompanied with desserts!




Christmas morning was a bit lazy for all of us. The skies were dark gray and threatening to rain, even though it didn’t do much of anything but drizzle all day.



We had two parties this day. The first was with my Dad’s side of the family. Plenty of food and yummy iced tea, but we didn’t get a chance to eat much since we had to get home to pick up the food for Mike’s family party.



We cooked up some spiral ham, green beans, mashed potatoes, and dinner rolls. All of the food was eaten up, except for the ham. I think we left enough ham at the in-laws to last until next Christmas! Mike got a book clock from his parents, which I found ironic since he’s not a reader! Alas, we added it to my library anyway!



I hope you all had a marvelous Christmas as well! New Year’s Day I’ll be running my second 1/2 marathon. I’m looking forward to it! What are you doing for the new year?