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My recovery from a severe case of rat lungworm disease

Positivity is a Choice

Wherever You Go, There You Are : Positivity is a Choice

I’ve heard this saying for many, many years, from several sources. (If you’re interested in a slightly entertaining list of “I first heard it HERE” check this out). I’ve tried travel on for size, experiencing 49 states and 14 countries. I went places. I was places. I felt present in those places. It was a fantastic […]

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Monsters Inside Me Season 5 Premiere…Save the date

Ours is a true reflection of love and dedication. Monsters Inside Me season 5 premiere episode OCTOBER 9th 10 PM E/P. That episode features our story. Why should you watch it? I was chosen for a reality adventure race: 72 Hours: Fijian Jungle as a result of the video submission below. Watch it and get to know Hurricane Rita. I had […]

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A Trip to the VA: Rat lungworm Urological Symptoms

A Story of a Girl and her Bladder after Surviving Rat Lungworm. A Trilogy My first appointment with the Urology clinic once I was on my own was January 20th, 2014. That’s 13 months and a day after I was released from the Community Living Center in the Phoenix VA Health Care System following my […]

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From Patient to Caretaker – From Wearing the Gait Belt to Holding it

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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Gabapentin Moment – Laughing Through Recovery

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 […]

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The Meaning of this Birthday

This birthday means something a bit different from those of the past. When I was a child, my birthdays meant success. They meant I was a WHOLE YEAR older and I could puff out my chest when I claimed proudly, “I’m now EIGHT, and yes, I feel older!!!” to the age old question.  I’d look […]

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Rita’s Rat Lungworm Recovery Update – Prognosis

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 […]

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Weaning From Gabapentin

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 […]

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Paddling the Swattie – A Cocoa Kayak Adventure

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 […]

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Canoeing Nantahala Lake – After Rat Lungworm

As if with the tranquility of canoeing Nantahala Lake in mind, the sun did not shine directly through the window. Instead it in slipped in silently and tempted our senses peripherally while caressing the trees along the creek’s bank with a soft golden warmth. We woke up in each other’s arms to the sweet music […]

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Healing Water – My Kind of Hydrotherapy

There’s something about healing water that puts everything into perspective. Our drive to Franklin, NC was beautiful. We slept in the back of the Rav4 at a rest stop in Virginia, and arrived at Sue and Bud’s house in the early afternoon. On Bud’s suggestion, we left the dogs at their house and went to […]

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