Catch Ups and Hot Chocolate – May 2017

Posted May 7th, 2017 by in catch ups, getting to know you / 0 comments


Okay. So I’ve been away from here for 6 months. Sorry for the radio silence but I really did have a good reason. Promise. I’ll explain a bit further down. This post is inspired by the ‘If We Were Having Coffee’ posts Jamie @ The Pertpetual Page Turner does –  I think they’re lovely and a great way to get to know the reader behind the reviews, the blogger behind the blog, etc and so forth. So grab a beverage of your choice and a snack, pull up a chair and let’s have a catch up!

I haven’t been around for six months because of my health. If you’ve ever read my about page you’ll know I have Cystic Fibrosis. Which is more or less not fun. However October last year I went to my 10 year high school reunion and had a great time, although I was wrecked for about a week afterwards. Then by the end of the month – literally the day before Halloween, I would up in hospital again, sicker than I’d ever been, and considering I hadn’t been all that well for the almost two years previous, that was definitely saying something.

In any case, I had to go from my local hospital to the big hospital in Melbourne which is about 4 hours away and the decision that I needed to go on the lung transplant list was made and finalised. After all the tests and things they ran (I think I had just about every part of me scanned, x-rayed or otherwise investigated) they decided I would be a great case for transplant and I went on the list. Cue about 1 1/2 weeks later and still in hospital I got notified that there was a compatible pair of lungs waiting for me. So yeah, that happened.

I had my transplant on November 30, 2016 and went into theatre at about 2:30-3:00pm and was in ICU just after midnight much to my mum’s relief. After a couple of foggy days due to anaesthetic and heavy-duty pain killers, I was finally transferred back to the respiratory ward. I was discharged from hospital, but not to home, the day before Christmas Eve. Then I spent 14 weeks in a hotel suite because I had to do 12 weeks of rehab (and they were closed for a week over the Christmas/New Years period and I had to miss a week because I got some sort of stomach bug and couldn’t go to rehab with everyone being immune-suppressed.) I finally got back home on March 24th this year.

So what does this mean for my future? Well, I feel heaps better I can actually breathe. Now when I am tired it’s just because I’ve had a productive day and it’s just tiredness. Not exhaustion from trying to breathe with crappy lungs and stand up/sit up and just perform basic tasks. I have to try to do 30 mins of exercise every day and I now actually can without feeling like I’ve just done one of those army obstacle courses.  (As a sidenote: I got to go to the lab where they dissect organs and things taken out during surgery for research and study purposes and got to see my actual original lungs in all their rather ugly glory. And I took a photo of a section of my right lung. Looking at them it’s pretty obvious why I wasn’t breathing very well before the transplant and why I just kept getting sick and not staying well.)

As for the blog – it’s here to stay and I’m hoping to be more active now that I am actually feeling up to it. I want to make a few small changes, just some additions on occasions, such as sharing a recipe I really liked or a movie and I think I might add in some audiobook reviews as they were my saviours during rehab (I hate gym/exercise). I also hope to start doing some book-related graphics – I intended on doing so but just wound up too tired to bother pre-transplant. So still a book-review blog but with the occasional sprinkle of something else.


May Favourites, Recommendations and Wishes:

Domino’s Pizza – Particularly their BBQ Chicken & Bacon Pizza. So Yummy!
Homemade Corn Fritters – I load mine with corn, bacon, tasty cheese, feta (if we have it), spinach (if we have it), garlic, chives, and whatever else takes my fancy.
Low FODMAP Cheeseburgers – My little sister is having some ‘intestinal issues’ shall we say and the doctor has asked her to go on a FODMAP diet to see if that helps to calm things down. These burgers are soooo yummy – even our dad liked them and he’s fussy about that sort of thing. We didn’t add the Asafoetida Powder because I don’t even think you can get it here, we just added a tiny sprinkle of garlic powder in my sister’s burger and a big sprinkle in the others (Garlic is bad for the FODMAP diet).

Listening To:
÷ (Deluxe) – Ed Sheeran
The Heroes of Olympus audiobooks – written by Rick Riordan, narrated by Joshua Swanson (Books 1-3) and Nick Chaiman (Books 4 & 5)

Want To Reads:
A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas.  Loved the Crown of Midnight series, and I’ve heard these are just as good. The first two are on my reservations list at the library.
Talon Saga by Julie Kagawa. I loved her Iron Fey books so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy these. Plus dragons! I have the first 3 on my library reservations list.
Daughter of a Pirate King by  Trish Levenseller
The Dark Oracle (Trials of Apollo #2) – Rick Riordan. Love Rick Riordan’s books, and thoroughly enjoyed the first of Apollo’s adventures, so am looking forward to the second.

So what do you want to read this month? Have a yummy recipe to share or just need to get something off your chest. I’m here so let’s catch up.

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