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Sokcap48
Senior Member

USA
903 Posts

Posted - Jul 16 2018 :  08:43:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Penny—MMMMMM! I don’t recall you passing me on any of those trails down there, “ Miss Fitness “. :) :) And at 70 I deserved an extra rest!
Yes thanks ! I am proud. It did take a lot of extra work and old bodies take a while to recuperate but so worth every sore muscle. With out my transplant it would have been impossible and you are correct, I never margined I would be hiking like that let alone the Grand Canyon. I hope people see what is possible and look into a Transplant or like you an LVRS. I my opinion it is worth the battle. I am so blessed.

Paul-Ut
The Journey Continues.
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PennyPA
Contributing Member

USA
5899 Posts

Posted - Jul 16 2018 :  09:12:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Paul, after your "completion" post, I went back and read all the postings in this thread. You've come a long way, Paul, since you first started out on this journey. And you're right that you didn't see me pass you. There's no way I would have passed you or kept up with you...or even BEEN on those trails. That one trail looked awfully narrow and very scary. So what your next objective...The Iron Man competition in Hawaii?

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You can’t change the past but you can ruin the present worrying about the future.

The Bad News: Time flies as you get older.
The Good News: You’re still the pilot.

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PennyPA
Contributing Member

USA
5899 Posts

Posted - Jul 16 2018 :  10:11:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Paul, how much of a load were you guys carrying? And how'd you learn to pack it so it would be balanced? The scenery must have been outstanding! Some of the videos didn't come through (we have "iffy" internet here) but what we saw was just fantastic!

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Do Not Regret Growing Older. It is a Privilege Denied to Many

You can’t change the past but you can ruin the present worrying about the future.

The Bad News: Time flies as you get older.
The Good News: You’re still the pilot.

Penny's Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

And Our Travel Blog After LVRS




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Sokcap48
Senior Member

USA
903 Posts

Posted - Jul 17 2018 :  2:55:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Penny the packing is kind of trial and error till you get your pack to feel centered. I bought “OP”bags heavy duty odor proof ( for some more adventures ) filled these and put down the middle of each pack. Then stuffed the sides with odds and ends like camp sandals etc. I carried right at 30 lbs my max weight would be about 38. The 30 is WAY to much if I ever do that many miles again I will become a minimalist and carry between 15-20 max. We had way to much “stuff” it is kind of a shot in the dark because you only have to go by what other people write about. Even had to much food. They say you eat a ton but we didn’t eat much more than normal except for inbetween meal snacks and candy bars. No not Hawaii. Maybe the Tetons—but in a lounge chair starring at the lake :-).

Paul-Ut
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Lora-WV
Member

USA
63 Posts

Posted - Aug 15 2018 :  9:01:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Placed on transplant list July 26, transplanted July 31 and discharged today. Harder than I ever imagined .....weepy, sore, overwhelmed,
humbled and feeling so blest.
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PennyPA
Contributing Member

USA
5899 Posts

Posted - Aug 15 2018 :  9:24:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Congratulations, Lora!! Stay strong; it will get better!

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You can’t change the past but you can ruin the present worrying about the future.

The Bad News: Time flies as you get older.
The Good News: You’re still the pilot.

Penny's Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

And Our Travel Blog After LVRS




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micah35
Member

58 Posts

Posted - Aug 15 2018 :  11:56:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, that was fast. Wishing you a quick recovery, Lora, and I can't wait to hear about your new lease on life.
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Sokcap48
Senior Member

USA
903 Posts

Posted - Aug 23 2018 :  8:41:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yea!!! Hard at first but oh so worth every struggle! Write me if I can help! Rehab! Rehab!! Rehab!! Oh so important. You are correct Oh so Blessd!

You go girl !

It gets better day by day !

Paul-Ut
The Journey Continues.

Edited by - Sokcap48 on Aug 23 2018 8:42:02 PM
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Sokcap48
Senior Member

USA
903 Posts

Posted - Oct 20 2018 :  7:43:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone just back from a 6 week road trip. Thought I would let everyone know I celebrated my 2 year Lungiversary hiking and camping in the Bitteroot Mountains in Idaho. If I may help anyone with questions or mentor you thru evaluation and lung Transplnt please reach out. Yes it is a real option for a lot of people. Think about it.
TX’d 9-30-16

Paul-Ut
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Lora-WV
Member

USA
63 Posts

Posted - Oct 22 2018 :  6:39:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Congrats Paul! I will soon be having my 3 month. I M doing rehab no though it is exhausting I can tell a difference. Everytime I
walk, even just a short distance I am still amazed that I'm not short of breath. Great feeling. I agree with Paul, if you
are thinking of a transplant, it's not a rosy path but it's sure worth it!
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Sokcap48
Senior Member

USA
903 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2018 :  2:43:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lora-congrats back to you! Hey if I can help, answer questions or give you a pat on the back just reach out. I think you have my email? You are right, hey I wanted to die for the first 3 months-no appitite,weak,tired,grumpy you name it, I had it. But slowly month 4 it turned around and I haven’t looked back. Keep doing your rehab and do it at home on your own everyday!!!!!! It will pay off. Let me know the details. I am here for you anytime you want. I have mentored a lady for about a year + now and we have become good friends, my wife Patty and I went up to Oregon and met her this past month on one of our road trips. It is fun to compare notes. Take care and keep up the good work. I am so happy for you!!!! Brings a tear to my eye when I think about how blessed we both are.
Regards
Paul

Paul-Ut
The Journey Continues.

Edited by - Sokcap48 on Oct 25 2018 3:04:13 PM
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