|One of the many roads I traveled in 2018; This was at Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky in July.|
Today I'll share more of our 2018 adventures despite my health problems. In Part I--I featured January-June, so today I'll share a bit from July -December...
|The family of Ken Adams at his funeral, July 16, 2018.|
Another highlight for me was seeing the Grand Teton National Park. This picture was taken at the Schwabacher Landing ---as we looked at the mighty TETONS... I always tell George that THIS is my favorite place in the world (after our Great Smoky Mountains here in Tennessee)... ha
The only long hike we took on our West Trip was our hike around String Lake in the Grand Tetons. What started out to be a 'short' hike (so our hiking book said) turned out to be a LONG hike ---since when we thought we were lost, we back-tracked a couple of times... My A Fib really caused me to struggle on that hike --but with George's wonderful help, I/we made it back to the car!!!!! We can laugh about it NOW --but at the time, I was SCARED that I couldn't make it out of that area! But ---isn't it gorgeous (when looking at the picture)?????
Although I did many short hikes and walks this past year (and did fine), this one and the long hike in the Tetons were the only two that I would even consider hikes more than 2-3 miles... Since I did TWO of these hikes in 2018 ---my goal is to do at least FOUR in 2019.... Can I do it???? I hope so.
But---December wasn't over!!!! On Christmas Day, we drove to Georgia and had a fantastic dinner with son Jeff and daughter-in-law Dawn, along with Dawn's parents. Thanks be to God also for all of our family which we saw off and on ALL year, not just during the Holidays.
WELL ---that's my/our year in a nutshell... As I look back on everything we did ---I am amazed at how little the A Fib affected me most of the time. BUT---I also know that I still do NOT have the energy or stamina that I used to have. I have really slowed down --and it has been frustrating not being able to do what I want to do. As I have mentioned before, my medications keep me alive but they all do have side effects...
Knowing that I cannot walk these big hills in our area anymore, we knew that we still needed to find ways of getting 'real' exercise while here at home. SO ----we bought a fantastic STATIONARY BICYCLE in December. We both use the bike ---and most days we both do 2 --30 minute rides per day... This new purchase is sitting right in our Living Room ---and is very convenient (especially after/during all of the RAIN we have had this winter--which keeps us inside)...
Working on our health is the most important goal for 2019 for both George and me. Right now, besides putting a priority on our Biking, we have changed our eating habits so that hopefully, we both can lose some of this weight we have gained this past year. As I talk to others with A Fib, I know that one of my medications (a Beta Blocker) does cause weight gain in many... Getting the 15 pounds off that I've gained since getting A Fib in Feb., 2018 would surely make me feel better. I'm TRYING!!!! At least, I do NOT want to continue gaining!!!! Grrrrrr.....
WELL my Friends, as I write this, things may change quickly this week. I have an appointment with my Cardiologist on Thursday, and both of us see our regular family doctor on Friday!!!!! These are our 6-month check-ups. We'll go to the Lab tomorrow morning for our fasting blood work. I would appreciate prayers as we go through this week.
I don't know if any of you have A Fib --or know someone who has it, but just remember that A Fib is DIFFERENT in each of us. My A Fib is called Persistent A Fib ---and I am 'in' A Fib constantly (rather than others who may have occasional episodes)... Each type is treated differently. So far, mine is being treated by 4 different medications... Be patient with us ---since even though we all may look the same as we did, most of us have had a HUGE lifestyle change.