Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I'm Baackk!!!

We just returned from a long and greatly needed vacation. We spent 2 weeks in Santa Fe, NM and if you've ever been there you'll know why it's so wonderful. New Mexico is called the "Land of Enchantment" and it is a very appropriate slogan. It is a spectacular state.

But...this is an end of an era for me. The trip was difficult and I am getting too ill to travel. We were there 14 days and I spent a total of 3 in bed. It was still completely worth it and I am glad I went. While I was staying in bed, my spouse (an engineer) happily went off in search of mechanical marvels and doing things I am physically incapable of doing. The altitude also played a role (it's 7000 ft. in Santa Fe) and it took a few days to adjust. Knowing my days of travel are over is hard. I have gypsy blood running through my veins and have always loved to travel. It's very difficult seeing pieces of your life shedding away bit by bit by bit.

I have the paperwork in motion to see the Hepatologist/Transplant specialist and I hope to get a call from her office soon to schedule the appointment. I do not wish to make any decisions - I want statistics, outcomes, pros and cons, etc. I want to make the decision that's right for me.
When I think back to 1 year ago, I can see quite plainly that I am much more ill. And, I am 60 lbs. lighter just from being ill. I can't imagine what another year will bring (another 60 lbs and I will be skeletal). I hope to get a better idea of my prognosis and quality of life from the doctor in Detroit. I've did a lot of checking and it seems she's the best around.

In the meantime, it's great to be back! My best to all........Sue