Will I Ever Breathe Again?

*A quick run down of my past couple of weeks: Moved over 1000 in a Tahoe with 4 dogs, 2 cats and P. Wound up in the ER with a bad UTI. FIL came for a 7 day visit less than a week after we moved. Got so sick, thought that I had H1N1. Called in sick to my job on my first day. Bought a 42″ LCD TV. Bought a (used) Chevy Silverado for P. Ate at BWW way too many times. Went to Whole Foods way too many times and loved it.

My allergies are in high gear right now. I am sneezing, coughing and my sinuses are constantly clogged. Every time I blow my nose there is blood 😦 I am doing a saline sinus rinse daily but I am seriously ready for my body to adjust to my new environment. I was so sick last weekend that I spent all day Friday in bed with a fever. Saturday I medicated myself and stupidly went with P and FIL to Pike’s Peak. We drove up to mile 15 (it’s 19 miles but the last 4 were closed due to snow or something) and I thought I was gonna die. My chest hurt and I couldn’t breathe well in that altitude. Taking a deep breath hurt. When we got home I crashed. Woke up Sunday morning with a fever of 101 and was convinced that I had H1N1. I was supposed to start work on Monday but instead spent time at the doctor’s office. Diagnosis, respiratory infection brought on by altitude sickness. Tweeters, remember that nausea I had during the 2ww? Yeah, it was altitude sickness. Apparently it’s quite common here when people move from a different climate. The doctor gave me some meds and I am thankfully doing much better now.

Us at mile 15 at Pike's Peak

On the way down

I want to say a special thanks for all of the kind comments after my BFN. This one was the hardest in a long time. I am doing better and am back on the TTC rollercoaster. This month we will be trying on our own but we have both started taking FertilAid. I was charting my BBT but my dogs chewed up my thermometer and I’ve had trouble finding another one. Hopefully I’ll be able to find one today so that I can start temping again tomorrow.

There is a huge positive that happened to me this week. I learned that my job has 3 insurance plans that cover infertility treatment, including IVF! I emailed the HR benefits person and should be hearing back from her tomorrow regarding cost, how to sign up and if there is a pre-existing condition clause. If we can get this, it would cover $15,000 in infertility testing and treatment. I don’t need any major testing done (it’s all been done) so we’re looking at being able to use all of it for IVF. I am being cautiously happy about this. I just feel like it’s a dream and I’m gonna wake up to find out it’s not true. This would be an answer to our prayers. I realize that if we do this, there’s no guarantee that IVF would work the first time but at least we would (hopefully) have snowbabies to use for an FET cycle.

Tomorrow I will be starting the Couch to 5k program. I will probably add on to the workout with daily yoga and ab work every other day. I have 15 lbs that need to go. I am sick of looking in the mirror and not liking what I see. I used to run regularly and I loved it! I am currently doing some research, trying to find races in the area so that I have a firm goal to reach. I would eventually like to do a half marathon and a sprint triathlon 🙂 I know that I have it in me, I just have to start training again like I used to when I lived in AL.

I am in love with Whole Foods. Seriously, in love. I love everything about that store and plan to buy produce, seafood and meat only at Whole Foods. I cannot explain how wonderful it is to finally have healthy, organic choices after living in Louisiana for 2 years. It’s amazing. We’ve gone there 3 times already and will be making another trip there today 🙂

I love Colorado, in spite of the allergies and altitude sickness. I feel at home here. I never felt that way in Louisiana but I felt that way in Savannah. It’s great to feel that way again. Once my allergies are under control I promise to go out and take wonderful pictures to share with y’all 🙂



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11 responses to “Will I Ever Breathe Again?

  1. You poor thing. I’ve been having a hard time with my allergies too. Stupid pollen is off the charts here in Michigan.

    That would be so incredibly amazing about the insurance. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and looking forward to an update about it.


  2. Nice pictures. The one looking down made my stomach do a little flip flop. That is high up!!

    Hooray for Whole Foods. I actually considered writing a whole post about my Whole Foods experience, haha.

    That is great news about the insurance. I hope it is as good as it seems and works out for you.


  3. So glad your feeling better. Wow on the money covered for if stuff! I hope you can use all that for ivf, how awesome! I wish we had a whole foods near us. A wegmans would be nice too.

  4. brittanyib

    I’m sorry you’re feeling bad hun, the blood when you blow your nose is due to the altitude. It stills happens to us sometimes, but should get a better in the next few months. If you want to start running you should check out the trails at Garden of the Gods, they have tons 🙂

  5. NaVe

    I’m so so happy to read that you are feeling at home in CO and that life is going (mostly, other than altitude sickness!) well! ❤

  6. You will get used to the altitude in no time. At first it can be pretty horrible though!

    As for allergies, I swear by my neti pot. It works wonders to clear things out so you can breathe again. If your weather is anything like ours you can take solace knowing that you’ll get a bit of a break when it snows again (usually before the end of May). Ah mountain life!

  7. SO GLAD YOU’RE BACK! My God, you’ve been BUSY! Sorry you’re so sick and have such health probs. I’m really excited about your insurance possibilites, fingers crossed. I’m so happy you reminded me about the couch to 5k plan. May need to start that myself 🙂

  8. http://www.triforthecure-denver.com/

    You might want to check out the race above – it’s near you!

    That would be SO awesome about the insurance – I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!!

  9. I’m glad that you love it there! So sorry that you got sick though! I hope you start feeling better soon!

    I can’t wait to see pictures that you start talking!

    Crossing my fingers for good news on the insurance!

  10. I’m so jealous that you are in Colorado. That is my home. I have been in Texarkana for 3 years now. I go to LA all the time. Mostly to shop in Shreveport. Where in LA were you. Where in CO are you at now?

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