Monday, January 25, 2010


We are getting cows! Oh my goodness. I am freaking out. One, because I am so excited. Two, because Jacob is so excited. Three, because I am a city-kid transplant who VOWED she would NEVER have FARM animals. Four, because they will be for meat, and I have NO IDEA how to not get attached. (See number 3; animals you own are pets, not food).

Very dear friends of ours have a son and daughter-in-law who are moving to Montana. They have to sell their animals because of the difference in elevation. They are giving us a great deal, and hopefully we will be able to help out some other family and friends with this blessing that is coming to us! Since Doug can butcher anything, he will do the butchering, which will result in more meat, probably better meat, and best of all, FREE. I guess butchering is really expensive, like a fee, PLUS $1.00 per pound for any meat. So MINUS the fee, if you get 400 pounds of meat, you shell out $400.00! Now granted, beef costs way more than $1.00 per pound, but when you can do it free....WHY NOT?

Also, a little good news on the lung front for me...I did the spirometry tests again last night, and my "breathing in" number (why, yes, that IS the technical term!) went from between 15 and 20 up to 40. GREAT news. The number for "normal" people is around 60, I believe. The "breathing out" number is up to 1.7 from 1.5; still low, but at least it's improving. The inhale is effected by the MG, and the exhale is effected by the asthma, so I'm not as weak as I was, but my lungs haven't completely recovered yet. "Normal" for the exhale is like 3.0-3.5. For someone with MG it should be between 2.3 and 2.5. So I'm getting there.

Oh, the joys of chronic illness. Florida is getting closer, and my neuro. said the change of environment could help my lungs. I was like, I'm SO with you!! Oh, a little more good news...He also thinks that I can go right from the high doses of prednisone right back to where I was because it's only 6 days of the higher dose. THANK YOU GOD!!! If I had to wean back down, while on vacation...That would NOT make me happy. The doc DID say to watch my MG symptoms very carefully, and if the MG starts to exacerbate, then I need to go back up to like 30.

SO....if you are a praying person, PLEASE pray that I can go right back to the lower dose with NO problems!!

Thank you so much for your support and encouragement. I am so grateful that God has seen fit to bless me with so many caring people in my life...some I've known for forever, and some I've never "met" other than in cyberspace. But you are all important, and I am so appreciative of the relationships I have forged on this computer. Have a wonderful week!!


♥ Katinka said...

Stopping by from SITS and wishing you a Happy Monday! :)

Young Wife said...

So glad your numbers are looking better! I just said a prayer for you and the prednisone.

Corrie Howe said...

Cows. Wow. I don't know that I could get attached to a cow, but I don't know if I could eat something that I "know."

How fortunately Doug knows how to butcher!

Jenxr77 said...

Kerri -
I would be freaking out about cows too! But you are right it is a blessing, it will feed your family and many more.

I am so happy to hear about your lungs. I think this winter has been especially harsh on the germ front. My NIF was 25 upon discharge in early December and up to 40 on discharge in early January. Upon admission for both I was under 20...not fun as you know too well. You are correct about "normal" people as well, they are over 60 on the score.

God Bless you and I will keep you in my prayers for a safe and happy vacation. The Vitamin D from the sun will definitely boost your immune system, not to mention the mega benefits of stress relief. I am praying for a Blessed 2010.


Sarah Beth said...

I like cows - from a distance. I hope you don't actually have to milk them! (I'm finally catching up - I've been so busy!)