Friday, February 29, 2008

Rainy Friday afternoon

I'm sitting in a quiet coffee shop with my mask on getting a few stares as I'm typing this for Anto to post...
My parents have to do some shopping but the mall is too busy for me to join them! Doctor's visit went great today. No problems, weight's picking up, and fev1%/lungfunction is 90%! That's AMAZING! I didn't think it would increase from last week's 88%! Not holding my breath for next week though, no pun intended!

Looking forward to the weekend, going to visit my grandfather on Sunday! Haven't seen him since being in hospital, but he phones every day. He stays in Pretoria, which is a city next to Joburg. So it'l be my fist big outing! Haven't been able to breathe there (and in Joburg obviously) for years!

Now.. Some people asked why my mom and I are scared to go into the nature reserve alone.. Well, Joburg is one of the most dangerous cities in the world. People get killed, shot, raped, mugged etc ALL THE TIME. For 2 woman to be walking alone 'out of the public eye' would be looking for trouble. Crime is HORRIBLE here, which is the reason so many people leave the country. EVERYONE I meet here have had an encounter with crime. I'll probably never drive around alone at night. Port Elizabeth was better, and part of the problem is that Joburg is relatively close to neighboring countries like Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and lots of illegal immigrants come here, also lots of Nigerians. So it's really sad, because it's such a beatiful and diverse country. I guess you just learn to adapt! Hope that answers the question!

Hope you have a great weekend!

5 comments:

MilePost13 said...

I remember people telling us to be careful in JoBurg...we never had any trouble, but that's probably because we were a bunch of young male athletes...

So, glad you're able to spend more time out in public, and I just find it amazing with you about your lung function being so high! That's awesome!

kidsworld said...

Wonderful news! Glad to hear you're getting out and about more and more - must be quite liberating! How long before you can lose the mask?

Thank you for answering my question - it's all very interesting and disheartening at the same time for me to read of such crimes. Enjoy the freedoms that you have and stay safe otherwise!

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Anonymous said...

Lung function 90%-yipeee, I am so happy for you-I thank the Lord for this amazing blessing.

Christy said...

Great news about your doctor's appointment! Praises be to God.

The pictures, from your last post, were beautiful. The scenery around you was stunning. Praying for you and your family's safety while in JoBurg. Praying for JoBurg period.

Continued blessings. >:0)

Anonymous said...

Hi Alice...my name is Yolandi. My mom phoned me this morning and gave me your blog address. I am just amazed at your storie and your journey to a healthy life.

My Dad had a very rare lung desease called "Alfa 1 anti tripsine Deficiency" and he has less than 20% lung funtion. He was on the waiting list for a double lung transplant for over 2 years, and he couldn't deal with the stress of waiting for "the call" so he went of. But his health had deteriorated so much since then, that he is thinking of going back on the list.

I think your amazing success storie has changed his mind, even though you had youth on your side, my dad is a fighter, and i think that his life that he is living now, is not a life at all. And it is worth taking that chance. He is not back on the list yet, but we are all encouraging him to do it.

I just wanted to tell you, that you inspired our whole family and i'm sure, you inspire so many people to go trough with this life changing operation.

All the best of luck! and i know your new lungs are going to open loads of new doors in your life.

God Bless
Yolandi :-)