Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Meg Learned To Ride Her BIKE!!!! YAY!!!!!

Last week, I took Kelsey into town and she bought her first outfit of clothes with her pocket money and chose all by herself. (a sign of growing up) and when we came outside the shop, these bad guys were waiting for us!!! So I nabbed a pic with Kelsey and them!

My Nephew Leon, is now back in AFGAN: Missing him loads and only got to see him once. I cannot wait for him to come home later on this year and get to spend some proper quality time with him. Leon, You are Our Hero and We Miss You Loads!!! Take Care, Lot's Of Love Your Lil
x Aunt Sally x

Our War Hero

Okay another long week before I update my blog. Again, appologies, think I will have appologies as my signiture and have it at the begining of each post!!
Anyway, lots have happened the last week, and tiny bit....
Meg took her Ballet and Modern Dance Exams and passed. Here are the pictures:

Meg having her hair neatly done!

Meg In Her Modern Dance Costume

Megan's Neatly Beautiful Hair

Proud Meg with her Medals and Proud MUM Below with Meg's Medal.

Remember without this gift I recieved (double lung transplant)
These Photo's and Experiences would NOT be possible, and I never forget that espically when these magical moments happen!!!!!

Meg and I went to town and had some fun and saw a pony!

We All Went Bowling: Maddison, Megan, Cathy, Nick Mac & Moi

Last time I went bowling I found it really difficult and couldn't breathe and was forced not to be bothered and had a rubbish time. This time was just fantastic!!!

div align="center">My girls had their sports day which was fab!! Here are some pics of my girls and a comparrison of me from last year to this year. Last year on sports day I was on 4 litres of O2 sat down resting, and 6 litres when walking, and I walked to the toilet and started coughing up blood, GREAT HUH! BUt this year, I even particitpated in the mums race, which to my friends horror!! I asked the head if they are going to have parents race this year and then my friend Trish butted in and said oh common, she got new lungs this year, so little did she realise that she would too be taking part. It was well funny,as I fell right arse over tit. ( I don't know what happened, one of two things, my legs just decided to be like jelly and give way, or I was running that fast (i wish) couldnt stop and my brain was way ahead of me,and I just fell, cos my legs wouldn't go fast enough, but then when I was looking up at the sky, after i'd fallen, I realised that another mum fell too, I up I got and onward trotted and came last! But hey is was brilliant, just getting to the end - what an archievment for me I can tell you, but the best thing, wasnt being knackered at the end, or even to COUGH! So to me I was a winner there!!! :-)
That was Tuesday.
(will post comparrisons next week)

Meg and I after a lovely weekend on our own, as Kelsey had gone on BROWNIE CAMP. I found it really quiet and odd without having Kelsey around, however it was nice to just spend some quality time alone with Megan & It was just Great. Fetching Kelsey from Camp was the best. She had grown up somewhat over the weeked, and this made me realise more, that I am so SO SO SO looking forward to the summer holiday's this year!!!!!

Megan graduated from Reception which was abit emotional for me. For one, I had to bed the doctors to let me go home just so I could take Meg on her first day which was so hard, and then skipping pretty much out the play ground taking Meg and Kelsey home from their last day of term, fully healthy and breathing with no oxygen, was really quite hard to deal with and I cried alittle bit of happiness and just amazement with how far I have come, again thanks to a kind stranger I can do this, and becoming a Donor is so easy and to beable to give someone the chances I have been given is just amazing. too,

Megan at her final praise assembly with 2 certificates!!


My Girls at their end of term concerts. Megan playing the African Drums and Kelsey playing the flute . . . . .

Here are the mum's and I, wanting To WIN the MOTHERS RACE!!
Noone's In It To Win It. . . . - Honest!

NOt sure what happened rest of the week, oh yes, Wednesday I had my first lay in, and then Thursday a trip to harefied to check on the new lungs, and even though I felt rubbish and thought id need to stay in, my lung function had improved to 1.84fev1 over 2.45fvc . . . . So I came home, still none the wiser to why I have been experiencing lower back pain(kidney area) and lower left lung pain, so taking co-drydamol but wasnt working so starting takng oxinorm I think, but just one tablet. I only decided to take this after 2 nights of no sleep, (where I was getting so grumpy and taking it out on the girls, so now I have been better after taking one at night.

Friday, had a day of complete rest. After London on Thurs I was shattered, and then Saturday, Kels had her theatre and I went home to clean and Iron (i think) and then when I picked Kels up we went to nanny paulines where they would see their dad and had a lovely lunch with them at the pub. Then my friend texted to ask if I was still going to house warming and engagement - Oooops, I forgot, though I knew there was a reason to my girls staying with their nan and dad. So I quickly went home and to the local to by a bottle of wine and I get asked for ID. I didnt have any, so I wouldnt get served. I was complimented by looking young, but unhappy cos I couldnt buy a bottle of wine for my friends. So I just went witha card and a bought pint of milk (for my tea) joke, I needed some for home before I went.
Sunday I stayed in my PJ's ALL DAY!!!!!!!! As lately I have been v tired, and not 100%, but after the rest, I have started to feel much better, but still have lots of things to do. I have been thinking lots about the trip i'd like to go on next year. Have decided on destinations, and they are -
From London to:
1) India
2) Japan
3) Thailand
4) Australia
5) New Zeland
6) Fiji
7) USA (LA)
8) Back To London
Just me and the girls are going to go, my mum is thinking about it, but if im honest I think i'd rather just do it on my own with my girls - some bonding that hasn't happened for a very long time. So Christmas is going to be rather sparse and birthdays too. Though I have to make up Kelsey and Megan's room, as now my mum has gone, I promised Kelsey that she can have her own room, so I need to find bits and peices for their rooms, I am going to do during the school holidays whilst they are at their dads, and my good friend Cathy said that she would help and also offered her bf to help too!! :-) So great. Have been to homebase (hardware store) to choose some paints. We have about 5 different swatches of paint on the wall, and none are the colours Kelsey likes. Meg however will be happy with what ever :-)

Meg Is Still doing her Piano and is doing really well & Can now play YankeeDoodle all the way through :-)
Tuesday was Ethan's 9h Birthday. Kelsey went to his party last tuesday at the bowling alley. Was a good party. Thank you Ethan, And

H.A.P.P.Y - B.I.R.T.H.D.A.Y

Here are the Guy's On Eth's Birthday Having a Giggle

Ethan's 9th Birthday Playing bowling and coming 3rd!! (Here Come The Girls - Thinking they RULE! (of course) :-)

Kelsey Wii'ing It!

Here is Meg as Optimus Prime
(I can see you!!!)
I have started buying school uniform and waiting on a delivery from the internet with the rest of their clothes then all I need to buy are shoes and trainers. Feel so up on it all at the moment.

Friday last week, I finally had my long over dued Guitar Lesson!! YAY . . . . Thanks Brian.
Kelsey I have since found is way more into it than I am. She really want's to learn it so she can sing with it, wheras I cannot sing for the life of me and I like strumming it for a bit of fun and to chill. I think Kelsey will take it up as an instrument and Megan will do the Piano. So that will be something to look forward to - Lots of NOISE in our household!!! :-) I enjoy it actually, makes me feel alive!!!!!


Kelsey, Nell (Kelsey's bestfriend) and I taught Meg how to ride her bike with NO stabilizers!!!! I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Happy!!!!!!!!!!!! It was one of my aims to do when I got better, and I (we) did it...... Megan only needed to be pushed fast twice and she got the hang of it straight away and didnt fall off, just kept putting her feet down to stop her falling, and towards the end of the bike ride, she was pushing herself off and riding by herself with absolutely NO help!!!!!! It was sooo cool.... I did however say to the girls, "Right then, if we get Megan to ride her bike all by herself today, i'll buy you ALL an ice cream!!!" (I thought; id better have some money in my purse, cos now I have said this, Meg will be able to ride her bike) and true enough, she did and I had to pay out with IcE CrEaMs - but hey, it was SoOoOo Worth it!!!!! I am the proudest Mum in the World Right Now!!!!! Here are some pics of Meg riding; and our day at the counrty side centre!

A Little Video Taken By Me -

Still heavy breathing with exitemeny by the sound of it!!!


The Proud Mum & Meg

(taken by Kelsey-Louise)
Thurday I am going back to Bimingham heartlands hospital (where I used to go for my CF care) to take back the ventilator that I no longer use and the nebulizers that I started making a collection of and sharp bins and lots of other medical things that I no longer use!!! I'll have more free space in my wardrobe then.

Right I have to go now, as I need to take my 10om tac.

NIght NIght
x x

Friday, 17 July 2009

My News Piece

Here is what my friend Paddy did for us on the news. However it doesnt go into much detail about transplants. :-(

Cannot update for a while as my laptop in for repair. Will be back as soon as I can... x x

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Another Great Week

The weekend was brilliant; I got to see my nephew which was brilliant. But firstly, today was a very sad day. It was my friend nic's funeral. We all had to wear a pink top, and I would say there were more than 200 peeple there easily. I was good to say goodbye, as I never got round to seeing her after my transplant.
I made it back intime to take my girls to their music lesson, however Kelsey is still recovering from a sore throat and Megan, now has a sore throat, high temp, achy legs and all over and was in bed by 5pm. If she is still not better tomorrow I will take her to the doctors, as this viral she has, is all I need. Touchwood, my immune system has been quite good. And Here I am touching my wooden table as hard as I can.
Kelsey is sat on her laptop, well her nanny's making her daddy a birthday card. He is 32 tomorrow the old mare!!!!!
And I am sat down waiting for the news to come on as I will be on it with my girls. On BBC1, Midlands Today. I will paste a link later on for this.
Last week, I had my friend Vicky come down and see me with her sister Gemma and Nephew Charlie. Vicky had a transplant 2 half years ago and is doing well. We went to the pub and had a lovely time catching up -


Monday Kelsey and Megan had their Brownie and Rainbow funday


Now . . . . On Saturday I was getting ready for a inaugral banquet; which was held at the guildhall. I was invited to go by the Mayor Of Worcester. Here is a link to the news paper artical

I was presented with a bouquet of flowers too. It was so nice. I shared a table with the deputy mayor and his wife, and it seems my mum went to school with his son, and my nan went to school with him. What a small world! For the staters we had prawn salad - however I wasn't brave enough as yet to try it incase of food poisioning, so I asked if I could have the melon instead which wasn't a problem. For main, we had Roast beef yorkshire pudding, with a lovely rich red sauce. and for pudding we had appletart with cinnamon and cream, cream!

The wine was delicious too, cabernet sauvignon, my favourite, but my alltime is shiraz added on to those two :-) Not that im an alcoholic or even know anything about wine apat from that trio together tastes the best!!!! :-)

After the meal I went into town to celebrate my friends 40th. I felt too dressy with my friends who were already drunk and I just couldn't get into it. So ended up going home early'ish...



Michele Paduano came again, this time not to film me in hospital and out for my daughters birthday, but to film me healthy and running around. the amount of takes it took - me running up the hill, that was my weekly exercise!!! hehe,

But it was good to see Paddy again.

It went on air Tuesday, will post a link next time I post - tomorrow or lateron this eve. Thanks again for reading. Sally xx

p.s. I appologise for not replying to you who have left me email addresses, will do my upmost to answer your questions this weekend and again, sorry xx

Friday, 10 July 2009

Hospital Visit

Hi There

Here are pictures from Our Day at Malvern on the Sunday:

AM REALLY VERY SORRY For Delay in writing this weeks blog entry... Been so busy... Okay okay, everyone has been going on about Micheal Jackson. I was absolutely gutted when I found out. It bought back all memories of Dan, Khalid and all my other lost friends. And Last week, I found out that a friend of mine Nikki passed away. She'd only sent me a message after id been out on the town asking me what was it like and congratulations. I replied, but sadley I never heard from her again.

Rest Easy Now Nikki and hope wherever you are now, you are at peace and not in anymore pain.
Megan didn't have piano this week as the teacher was off, so instead I took the lesson and now is reading CDE and B music notes and can play the first part YANKEEDOODLE!!!!
Ou Megan took her Rainbow promise which was lovely, and I had to fill out forms for Kelsey to go On Brownie Camp which is the weekend of the 18th July!!!

x x My Proud Little Girl x x

Megan has her ballet and dance exams that weekend too! :-D

I went for lunch at WagaMama's in Birmingham with an old friend and was really nice to catch up and see her as havnt seen her since my transplant, and now am looking forward to going out for an evening drink and frolics at a later date. Had to also go looking for shoes as on Saturday I have a very important function to go to and will explain more after the weekend.

Also On Saturday is a very good friend of mines Birthday, so I am going to be overly dressed to go for a drink in the town after, so may end up going home to change first....

ONE OF THE BEST HIGHLIGHTS of This WEEKEND TO BE IS!!!!! - My wonderful nephew Leon comes home for short leave from Afgan.... Have missed him so much and still havn't seen him since I had my transplant, and I am so so so so so so excited to see him.........

Well for Saturday I have my dress, shoes, fake tan, ouh I must find some earrings!!!! Just remembered!!! And a handbag I have too, Ready for my insulin and tablets and CAMERA!

Okay, My headline of this post is Hospital - I went to the hospital and got yet another photo of Kim and I, but this time not under the transplant sign but on a bridge of a nice pub where we went to for lunch. The lady doctor who I saw, who I had never met before, she said I was fine, and to come back in 4 weeks, but to my amazment. As I been feeling tired, but this could be due to the weather and by blows are slightly low, this could be due to me doing my tummy abs as when my tummy hurts my blows are slightly worse off. But I still dont feel happy about it. This was Thursday last week, and I drove there myself and drove back. The roof was down and I was getting the sun. IT was lovely dont get me wrong, but I was so so tired on my way back. And I slept pretty much all of next day and my girls for a long atime to what it seems had a dvd on so I could get rest, and I didnt like that feeling of how I used to feel before transplant. Since then I have got more rest and I feel slightly better, though this week my blows have adverages at 1.5 over 1.8... not quite the best I have had at 1.8 over 2.15.... So must do more exercise and get them back up.

Saturday Kelsey had her Theatre in the morning and I went to see my best mate Jo whilst she was there and then in the afternoon I forgot what I did, how bad is that, nope I remember now, we went to a fun day at a farm with the church which was lovely and me and my good friend Claire face painted and leg and arm painted the children and parents too, with the letters M.U.M / D.A.D on their knuckles!! rebble wana be's I say!!!!! Then in the evening I went to my friends sisters house, and oh my gosh, her garden consists of about 4 fields, the girls had a wonderful time running about with the dogs. They slept really well that night...

Sunday I went SWIMMING! TOok them to waterworld in stoke.. They had an amazing time. My friend dorve us there and the girls were so happy. Last time i went there I only did the one slide 3 times, and that was the whole time I was there. (last year) and this time, I did it 3 times straight away and other slides too and swam under the water, and we all just had a wonderful time. My friend didnt want to get in to I stayed with the girls and it was just amazing. the food we ate after, wasn't so nice though, but the day was great... We did want to go to the beach that day, but the weather wasn't good enough much to all of our disappointment.

Monday; back to schoool and again the following night the girls slept really well and so did I. Its just brilliant having a hectic social life and not stopping, but knowing my limits too.....

All I say, is I cannot wait till next weekend, a suprise instore to those who don't know whats happening on Sat, and next week also, I may be on the telly again. But will let you know as and when and if.

(Me Loving The Rain & Life!!!!!)
Bye For Now, Sally