From Patient to Caretaker: A little over a year ago I was wearing the gait belt while my physical therapist and my lover taught me how to stand and walk again. Today I held it. Today was my first day officially working as a caretaker. Granted, it was only for one hour of my morning, […]
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72 Hours Season 1 Episode 7 Review -”Fijian Jungle” – Friday, July 19, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) ...
WATCH THE VIDEO! TRUST ME!!!! FUNDRAISER FOR RAT LUNGWORM SURVIVOR, GRAHAM MCCUMBER! LET’S GET THIS MAN A SERVICE DOG!!!!!! OBVIOUSLY, this story resonates with me on levels that are EXTREMELY personal. This is a VERY worthy fundraiser for an especially spectacular young rat lungworm survivor. Take the 5 minutes or so it takes to be […]
A short story on how Outdoor Zumba in Moab Came to be. The mantra I’ve found myself repeating as I’ve downsized and downsized and downsized is this: Let it go. It will come back. So I let go, most times for ridiculously low prices, sometimes for free. We gave away or sold everything John and I decided wasn’t practical to […]
Laughing Through Recovery is Necessary. Without Humor, there’s no hope. Tuesday night I got a text from John. It was a photo. There was blood. He’d gotten in a fight… With a tree branch. It split his cheek open, but other than some glue, a headache, and some swelling, he came out fine. Having a […]
Salsa Dancing in Moab, UT Just Got HOT! I’m excited in this moment. So much so that I’m positive I’m glowing. I wrote about how 2014 has been named “ The Year of Dance,” just a few days ago, and already my dreams are being realized! Two nights ago I sat with a group of incredibly talented musicians as a […]
Where am I in my rat lungworm recovery? A year ago, they thought I wouldn’t walk again. They didn’t account for my determination. This day last year I slept about 20 hours of the 24. I was wearing a diaper because I could no longer control my bowels, weighed about 99 lbs, and could not […]
Yep, you read the title correctly, EATING SLUGS PROMOTED. John and I watched my episode of 72 Hours again last night after our hot tub session. We snuggled up on the couch and acted like it was the first time seeing it while my legs twitched this way and that. Gotta love spasms. That is […]
I’m weaning from Gabapentin. I called my neurologist two weeks ago and got the low down on a “safe” weaning process from the dreaded drug. I’m going to share it with you. I didn’t have a huge problem dropping Oxycodone from my life after 6 months, but I’ve been told weaning from Gabapentin can be much […]
Monday night’s storms made for some higher waters on the Swatara (Swattie) and Quitapahilla (Quittie) Creeks this past week. Logically, we wanted to paddle. The owners of Cocoa Kayak, Deb and Ben Miller were planning to go play, and since water has been such an integral part of my recovery from rat lungworm, John and I happily tagged […]
Here’s my review for 72 Hours Season 1 Episode 8. “The Rockies” – Friday, July 26, at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Dropped into the southern Rocky Mountains, three teams composed of three strangers must navigate their way through towering peaks and dense forests while enduring unpredictable weather in order to locate a briefcase full of cash in just 72 hours. […]
My brother, Chip Keller, was a handsome, athletic kid with seeking blue eyes and a friendly smile. He loved to be outdoors, and was an avid hunter, fisherman, and crab trapper. He worked a physically challenging job on a chicken farm, and loved to swim in the Swatara Creek,”The Swatty,” with friends. He was a wrestler […]