Hello from the wonderfully vibrant city of Chicago - nicknamed the Windy City (named after boasting politicians not the windy weather) and the Second City (now #3 most populated, after NYC and LA). Chicago: kind, playful vibe with loads to do, twinkling city lights, mesmerizing color-changing lake (world’s 6th largest fresh water lake), music, art, and culture galore...oh yeah.
Why Move? We were living in Vail Colorado at an elevation of 8000 feet (note the past tense verb). My heart-lung condition was progressing rapidly and I was on supplemental oxygen a good portion of my day. Although breathing concentrated O2 does not fix my heart or lungs, the oxygen was surely helping me feel better and enabling me to get enough energy to move about the house. The oxygen benefits were short-lived, hence I was on it most hours of the day.
Why Chicago? We had planned a month-long Spring get-away from Vail to Chicago to provide my heart & lungs some needed rest. As my medical condition was physically deteriorating in Vail more rapidly than expected, our short-term Chicago trip has morphed into a longer-term move. How long? Time will tell. Alex still travels most weeks for work and O’Hare Airport is a convenient departure location for his domestic and international trips. I am thrilled to report that, for now, the heart & lungs are happier in Chicago and I am greatly enjoying city amenities, such as the museums, theater, healthy grocery store options, etc.
Medical Team: My main cardiologist is in Cleveland Clinic (much closer to Chicago than Vail), my Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease (TBD) physician (LLMD - Lyme-Literate Medical Doctor) is in New York City, and the rest of my allopathic team is at Northwestern Medical Center in Chicago. I am also supplementing that western approach with complementary medicine modalities, to gain benefits on all fronts possible. I am determined to give my best efforts.
Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease (TBD): Some of my TBD symptoms are still stubbornly prevalent. After a long treatment hiatus (to give the body a chance to rally its own response) I will begin a new protocol in approximately two weeks time. The central IV line was removed in late August, so treatments will now be oral and possibly injections. As is typical, herx-ing (symptom magnification as a reaction to the die-off of microbes named after Jarisch-Herzheimer) is a possibility and we will take it day-by-day handling what-ever comes along, moving ahead. These tenacious bugs are in for a surprise!
Moving On: The theme of life for me this month, it seems to be, is Moving on. Moving on with a plan, without attachment to the outcome. In life, it is so very easy to have an end-goal be so “sticky” that we fixate. Hence, I am actively working on staying flexible, un-yoking goal attainment... Practice, patience, and more practice ;-) Embarking in a new city, of course, comes with some issues, but it is thrilling to have a new chapter unfold. As I look about, I have so very much for which to offer my deep gratitude. I am blessed and my heart sings with glee. I Choose to Transcend.
“It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.” -- quote by J Rohn
With you in wellness and light,
Like the 133+ million Americans facing medical adversity today, I too, am on a seemingly insurmountable journey. In the midst of overwhelming calamity, what tools can empower us to get on with the business of living and thriving?
TEDx Talk "Why I Smile"
Ready for my TEDx Talk
Pulmonary Hypertension 101
Look Who Woke Up
Heart & Lungs are Fried
Scottsdale Lyme Treatment
Relapse & Snafu
IV Line Infection
I am Walking Now
Will You Remember?
Blocked IV Line - Pass the Drano
Treatments are Working
Lyme Roller Coaster
Going to the Mattresses
Lyme Bulldozer Treatment
One Step at a Time
Focus on Living
IV Pump Demo
Traveling with IV Supplies
Tackling Lyme with IV
Reducing Hidden Inflammation
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