Here's a list of things that I want to do in the future, followed by the last time I've done it:
- sleep over at someone's house... the last time I did that was middle 2006 somewhere. I slept over at a friend's place without my O2 and didn't sleep much. And I felt horrible the next day.
- sleep over at someone's house without worrying about coughing them awake at night or being self-concious about my 'heavy breathing'... never
- swim in the sea... the last time I went into the ocean was Jan 2007. I walked in and the waves hit me so hard I couldn't stand still to catch my breath and my boyfriend at the time had to hold onto me to keep me from freaking out/passing out/drowning! Would've been very romantic if not for the fact that I was BLUE and exhausted!
- visit my grandparents in the Karoo and go to their farm... the last time I was there was in Nov 2006. What would've been a nice break after being on IV's for 3 weeks ended abruptly when we had to come home after one day because I couldn't breathe there.
- go on a real holiday... I never left PE last year, waiting for THE CALL. My last holiday away from home was in Jan 2006 when I went to Cape Town with friends. It was after that trip that my health started deteriorating fast.
- RUN... this is one of the biggest ones. I haven't been able to run for about 5 years, and even before that it was only short distances. I actually used to be in my school's athletic team when I was 9/10 years old! I might have forgotten how to do it :-)
- go for a early morning walk on the beach... my mom and sister always jog along the beachfront early in the morning, but I've never been able to even walk then, as early in the morning was my COUGHING TIME!!! That's when 8/9 hours' worth of packed up mucus had to come out!
- getting a job with my degree... never
- survive without electricity... never. I always needed electricity for nebs or O2. Now I don't. My transplant's timing was excellent in light of (no pun intended) Eskom's power cuts!
- Not having people ask me about my cough and seeming 'normal'... almost never.
That's about it for now, will let you know what the coming nights produce! And will give a Doctor's update on Friday!