I know February is a short month, but really, where has it gone?!!
|My pretty flowers|
|On a plane at last!|
February is a big month for us now, as it marks the anniversary of getting my new shineys! From around Christmas I had decided that I wanted to have a party to celebrate my lungiversary. Date and time were sorted, cake ordered from the lovely lady that made our wedding cake and guests invited. Although not everyone invited were able to make it, I had such a nice afternoon/evening with those that could make it. The morning of the party Glen was a busy little bee doing housework, I went to get the cake (nearly running out of petrol on route!) then I came home to get on with the rest of the food prep. In a few short hours the house had got a blooming good clean, cake had arrived, Glen had got balloons and made sandwiches and we were both ready to greet guests. Despite telling people that I wasn't expecting gifts, I just wanted to celebrate, I still got some choccies, some flowers, some awesome mickey mouse brownie cupcakes and a few pretty bits for the garden. My best friend even brought along a home-made Victoria sponge which was rather yum! It was so nice to be able to do all the prep and still have energy to actually participate in the party. I felt that I needed to say a few words but in my (very sudden) nervousness I forgot the main reason was to raise a glass to my donor!! Since then, I've started thinking about writing a letter to her family, but I just don't know how to start it off. I'm hoping that one day it will just pop into my brain and then the rest will flow!
After my party, I had the actual lungiversary day- where Glen and I went to the zoo. The initial plan was to go there to visit the new butterfly glade (butterflies are my representative symbol of the transplant thanks to a lovely pillow case that was made for me) however, it doesn't actually open until Easter! So we just went and enjoyed the day out. While out and about, I was releasing ducks for The Little Yellow Duck Project. I had 10 in total to release throughout the day- 2 proper ducks, 7 finger puppet ducks and 1 very special 'angel' duck. I'd sent a quick email to the local paper about my plan to release the ducks on my special day to commemorate and spread the importance of organ donation etc, and I ended up in the paper again! (3rd time since October!) As the photographer needed some ducks for the picture, I had held back my angel duck and 2 finger puppets. The puppets I then released outside 2 local schools in the hope that it might encourage some information sharing within the schools. My special angel duck I was carrying around for a few days as I wanted it to go to someone, and not just left on the off chance of someone finding it. I had him with me for an additional week, but at the start of this week I was back at Papworth for some tests and I decided to hand my angel duck over to my favourite res-phys, Rosie. Not only has she known me from when I first started to going to Papworth CF Unit, but we also share a birthday (which happened to be this week too!) For the first time, I was actually able to witness the happiness of someone receiving one of my ducks, she was very watery eyed and chuffed that I had given it to her. When I saw her the following day she proudly told me that he had pride of place on her mantelpiece!