Friday, May 04, 2007

Oops, not quite the promised next day update then!

Harefield went fine. I was dropped there early in the morning and went and performed the obligatory tests. As soon as I saw the lung function numbers (which were considerably higher than my readings at home) I knew I would be ok to go home that day. Which I duly was, sent away with the warning that if the wheeze doesn’t disappear and the lung function continues to be silly then I will need a bronchoscopy for further investigation. If my memory serves me correctly I spent the whole of the last one I remember begging them to take the camera out, so good luck whoever has to perform that.

This morning was great fun, with Watchdog coming to film a very short “what’s happening now” clip for Wednesday’s programme (there no one can say I don’t tell them now). I will probably appear for all of 30 seconds so really not worth setting your video for. The crew took me to my local park – the last time I went there I was sitting in Denzel, with a cylinder of oxygen by my feet, wrapped in layers and glowering as I was cold and did not wish to be outside (charming patient I know). Today I walked into that park, across the grass (Denzel was never a fan of grass so it’s quite a novelty) and we filmed me sitting on the swings; something I haven’t done for a long time as I suspect a Clairette (oxygen cylinder) flying at a child’s head would count as a slight health and safety liability. There is something about sitting on a swing, I think it takes you back to a happy carefree time in your life and just makes the world seem bright, safe and accessible. I may or may not have swung back and forth like a child until I was asked to remain stationary for filming purposes.

So the filming was fantastic fun, and I got a little outing whilst doing it. And as always when I do these media things I got to meet a group of new people; I love meeting new people, although I now tend to talk so much not one of them can get a word in edgeways.

My main task next week is to join the gym. I now have clearance from Harefield to do so (they mentioned something about taking it slowly but I don’t really remember what they were saying) and I just have to pluck up the courage to go and join. It’s a fairly daunting prospect as I have never been sporty (it was a lung transplant, not a personality transplant) but I am excited at the idea of training properly for the Hydro active (for which we now have a team of over 40 Angels – places are filling up fast so hurry and get in touch if you want to join us!) As much as I try and convince myself, I am not sure that shoe shopping really counts as hard-graft…

Incidentally, I have discovered the perfect excuse for purchasing yet more new shoes. Wear completely impractical ones that hurt your feet within 10 minutes of entering the shopping centre, complain loudly, and your other half instead of berating you for filling the only shoe cupboard in the house to the brim, will be only too pleased to accompany you into a shop to purchase yet another pair…

13 comments:

Clodagh said...

I always love new shoe excuses, thanks for the tip! I cant wait to hear all about yours and Emmies day out, yay!!!! Love Me, x

Emmie said...

YAYAYAYAYAY I'm going to see you at last!!!!! :o) *parties* Of course if you join the gym, then you will OBVIOUSLY need to buy a new gym outfit, trainers, matching water bottle, notebook for charting progress, etc. Sounds like a good excuse to go shopping if ever I heard one. I suddenly have this bizzare image of you on a running machine with a pink sweatband and those white socks with pink pompoms on that we used to wear for tennis at school. Is that the "Fame" theme tune in the background? ;o) xxxx

sue g said...

Not sure if Julia has told you and I don't know your e-mail address, but I've signed up for the Hydro-thing. Just wanted to let you know.
See you there (I'll be the one puffing behind you by the sounds of things!) Love Sue G

Tinypoppet said...

hi Sue, YAY great to hear you have signed up! can you leave me a private comment on my guestbook please with your email address on it and I will get back to you asap :) xx

Kat said...

Yey for Lisa making good progress and yey for you and Emmie finally getting to see each other again! :D

And Emmie's right, joining the gym will of course require a new gym outfit...or two, as one may be in the wash when you need it?! ;)

Love always xxx

Flipper said...

Hey, going to the gym means not just new shoes (trainers, shower filp-flops, something casual to slip on afterwards), but a whole new set of technical fabric underwear, more pairs of pink socks, a whole set of leisurewear for later....

Rusty aka Emma said...

what a brill idea for getting new shoes!!!
Wish I could do the hydro run but as walking up a flight of stairs leaves me gasping at the moment I don't think i would make it very far at all.
Have a fab bank holiday weekend, looking forward to hearing about what you have been up to.
huggles
emma

Nicola said...

YAY YAY YAY new shoes!!!

I am hoping I get some money for my birthday to get another pair as I am suffering withdrawal symptoms.Glad you are doing well and can meet up with Emmie.woohoo.


xxx

Jac said...

Just loving the idea of you being told to sit still on the swing, lol :-)

The gym? I am trying to stifle a wee laugh now. Seriously though, good for you!!

Love Jac xx

Anonymous said...

Big hoorays!

I would love to be an Angel again this year, i will sign myself asap!

Hope to see you soon
Freya xxx

Anonymous said...

Yeyyy sounds like u keeping busy as ever! Bet was soo good to see Lisa etc and still in our thoughts etc mustve felt 'strange' for you im sure go back-revisiting etc ICU etc...

Bet you and Emma soooo excited to see one another :D
Anyhow take care and enjoy being spoilt rotten new shoes -AGAIN!!! ;)'go girl'!!!!! xx

Elaine & Rach xx

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear everything went well at the hospital.... and theres nothing to worry about!! Bet you cant wait to meet up with Emmie and I bet its gonna be mad for her to see you minus the tubing!! Hope you have a fun day!!!
As for sitting on the swing, when I take my niece to the park I cant help but sit and have a go on the swing myself....

XX Sandy XX

Fi said...

Gym?! Good for you! I've never been a fan, but well done on taking an important step, excuse the pun. Love the photos of you on the playground :)
Fi
xxx