Saturday, September 18, 2010

What would you do....

for a Klondike

No, that's not really where I was going with that but it popped in my head when I wrote it so I had to go there.

What I was really going for was,what would you do with new lungs?  What prompted this was a post by fellow blogging Cyster Piper.  It got my wheels a turning and I just had to go with it.  She talks about her amazing life with new lungs.  I will quote one piece of it since it sounded like me in a few years when I am transplanted and breathing again like I should be.  "My friends are sick of me already because I guess they didn't realize that new lungs mean bigger lung capacity (i.e., the ability to talk for hours) and more energy to run around like a madwoman. My dog pretty much refuses to walk with me anymore since I rarely have the patience to stop as often as he would like. Everyone complains that I'm too fast for them to keep up with on the street -- and I revel in every second of it."

Me...I don't even know where to start.

I know I would go dancing.  I would ride a horse.  I would spend a day at the park running around.  I would chase after puppies.  I would laugh until I was blue in the face...and not from lack of O2 like now.  I would climb to the top of Bunker Hill.  I would do a walking tour of all my favorite cities.  I would play volleyball.  I would laugh all day long.  I would sing, even though it would be out of key.  I would go camping in the woods with NO electricity.  I would laugh for hours.  I would run.  I would travel.  I would laugh.

Notice a theme?  Laughing!  Yes that's right.  I can't wait to laugh and laugh and laugh and not turn blue and red from coughing afterwards.

What would YOU do with new lungs?


  1. Hi Amy - I'm not quite there yet (needing new lungs) but I'm totally with you about the laughing... without the inevitable coughing fit afterwards! LOL baby! :) ~Juliet

  2. I think laughing is the thing most people take for granted (ok ok besides breathing!!!)

  3. "little" things i enjoy doing the most with my new lungs:

    1) walking and talking at the same time (!!)
    2) being able to cross large streets with a median in the center (e.g. park ave, west side hwy) without having to stop in the middle and wait for the light to change again
    3) being able to run to catch a train, or get out of the rain, or hurry if i'm late
    4)dancing around in my room while getting dressed ;)
    5) not having to pay $5 for a cab to take me a few blocks b/c i can't walk, and not having to worry about how i'm going to do things like get around the hospital when i have 18,000 appointments and they're all on different floors/buildings/etc.

    i really enjoy laughing too but it's not on my list b/c it's actually kind of weird after transplant. i used to have this funny giggle. now i have a somewhat odd, gaspy, deep-sounding "haha" laugh. i think it has something to do with the nerves being severed? anyway, it might go back to "normal" sometime in the future but if not it's a small price to pay, i guess.

  4. Hi Amy,
    Thanks for a great thought-provoking post! I have made my list and posted it on my blog!
    I look forward to reading your list as you check off each item!

  5. hi amy -- great post! in fact, your blog entry, as well as piper's, got me thinking. it inspired me to take this on as a "blogger challenge" and craft my own wish list for new lungs on my blog. thanks so much for getting my wheels turning and i hope one day all those amazingly wonderful wishes come true for you!

  6. I know exactly what you mean about the whole laughing thing. I will laugh as much as I possibly can but I do stop myself from laughing too hard because often times I laugh too hard that I end up throwing up. Don't you just hate that??? But laughter is the best medicine, so nothing stops me from laughing.

  7. Great topic! I would say i'd laugh w/o coughing fit, participate in a triathalon, sing, dance...i'm sure there is more!!