Tuesday, 27 November 2012

A bike Carman can't tamper with!

Last night was like a perfect hospital night. I had great visitors (which actually started earlier that day with Craig and coffee) - Kristy and her parents and then Pamela. Kristy's mom, Sue, painted my nails (who doesn't want to look hawt while laying in a hospital bed?) and Pamela stayed late as we were yammering away like we always do.

I blogged after my company was gone, but it was only after I posted that I realized it was past midnight. I don't think I actually passed out until around 1AM. I was up lots throughout the night and then was woken at 7AM, wishing there was a sledgehammer handy to knock myself back out with.

I keep both windows cranked and a fan on high, yet this room turns into a kiln at night. 

I managed to drift in and out of sleep. Every time I tried to get "up and at 'em", I would be hit with a feeling of being hungover (wait...who's sneaking something into my IV??) and would have to sink back into the bed that is certainly not made of pillows, but has that cool inclining ability, which my lungs really dig.

I was so out of it that I couldn't do the stationary bike, which was the plan for my morning physio. The physiotherapist took one look at me and my half shut eyeballs, and nixed that idea, instead saving it for the afternoon.

This afternoon, Mom and I went for a walk. I didn't get very far before I had to rest. I actually asked her, "Don't you have to rest?", forgetting that healthy people can walk for more than 30 feet without having their energy zapped right out of them. After resting, I announced it was time to turn around.

The fantastical news is that not only did I do the bike at our afternoon physio session, but I did the entire 20 minutes! Fatigue? Please! You are no match for moi!

I'm like a crazy superstar now. Magazines such as Women's Fitness, Shape, and Women's Health have all called trying to get me on the cover.

It's like this: If I'm put to the challenge, I'm going to give it all I've got. Simple. No way was I hopping off that damn bike before she asked me to. Plus I got the massage physio session afterward, so it was totally worth it.

You didn't hear this from me, but I made friends with the fatigue again after she left.

Tonight, while going through my messages, I came across one that I had to jump on. I received an email from a daily reader, Aviva, who is incredibly supportive of me, this blog, and all that I try to accomplish with it.

Aviva is part of a nationwide fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis, called Shinerama. Shinerama started 47 years ago and is now Canada’s largest post-secondary school fundraiser; more than $21.5 million has been raised for cystic fibrosis research.

Nuance Leadership is donating $1000 to the Shinerama campaign that creates the video that “best captures the Shinerama experience”.

Aviva goes to the University of British Columbia (UBC) and has asked me to reach out to all of you to check out their video and vote for them. They are obviously very dedicated to Shinerama and are working hard to earn that moulah. So, please, take a look.

You can check it out and vote for the video here.

She included the following voting instructions:

"Click on the link, then click the Facebook "like" button on the lower left.
Thank you so much for your help and support, voting goes until Friday
November 30th 11:59pm!"


  1. Thank you so much Jess! And thank you to everyone who "likes" the video!! :)

  2. Done and done! I wish there was a 'like' button that could get you your lungs now Jess! I am so proud of you, you're a fighter and we all love you very much
    xoxo Laurie Fisher

    1. Thanks Laurie. Your support means a lot!