Saturday, October 31, 2009


In honor of Halloween 2009, I thought I would post my list for top 10 scariest movies!

10. Wizard of Oz- you know that witch is scary!
9. The Birds-Being chased by birds is terrifying!
8. Friday the 13th- I have seen this movie a lot, the boat scene scares me every time!
7. Silence of the Lambs- a man that eats people and another one making a human skin costume....nuff said.
6. Jaws- Makes you think twice about swimming in the open water.
5. Halloween (Original) So scary when Michael Meyer's face slowly appears in the dark background.
4. Saw- a scary psychological thriller, I spend most of this movie with my eyes covered.
3. The Decent- A movie about being trapped in a cave is scary enough...creatures trying to kill you while trapped puts this movie over the top for suspense.
2. Sorry, Wrong Number- an older flick, a woman terminally ill is home alone, unable to get out of bed. She realizes someone may be trying to kill her. Home alone and helpless, the movie builds on each scene, make each scene more and more suspenseful.
1. Psycho- the original scary movie, I don't know if its the music, the shower scene, or a cross-dressing weirdo that makes this such a powerful and timeless scary movie classic!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Fill In

1. It was a dark and stormy night, I WAS UNDER A BLANKET AND WATCHING A SCARY MOVIE.

2. IT WAS TOO COLD OUTSIDE, so I offered to take the books myself.


4. AS I WAS GETTING SOAKED...I think I heard a howl!


6. SMELL MY FEET-give me something good to eat!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to A RETIREMENT PARTY, tomorrow my plans include HALLOWEEN FUN and Sunday, I want to CLEAN UP FROM HALLOWEEN AND DECORATE FOR THANKSGIVING!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


I started volunteering at the Sonoma County Humane Society a few weeks ago. I love it. This shelter is state of the art. The animals are kept in "habitats" a nice indoor room about 6x6. Each room has a window so people can see in and animals can see out. Most dogs have there own room, a few share rooms. Everyone has a bed, blanket, and toys. There are 6 or so cats to a room. The rooms play quite music. The dogs really can't see each other so the shelter is quite. Not a lot of barking. The shelter is completely funded through donations and revenue from the facility. They receive no government funding and it is completely non-profit.

At first I thought it would be hard to be around all the animals with no home. But the facility is so nice, some of these dogs probably have a better life than some dogs with homes. I am volunteering to interact with the dogs, of course. I get to play with the dogs, take them for walks, and play in the yard. Some dogs are so excited to be outdoors, others just want to be petted. No matter what, it is a great feeling to help these little animals. Plus I feel like I make instant friends. Usually as I am driving to the shelter, I think about which dogs are my favorite and who I want to play with first. Then when I get there, I find my favorite was adopted. Which, of course, is the best news, but it is hard not to feel a little sad that I won't get to see that friend again. But it feels even better to know that dog has found a new home.

In the picture is Niko. He is a very scared little guy. Right now, he does not get to go for walks. So we just play in his habitat. At first he is scared, but after a few minutes he just walks up and sits in my lap. He loves treats, so we play treat games. His tail is usually between his legs, but the other day when I gave him a treat, the tail came out of a quick second and he was even wagging it! Its the best to know that I am helping this dog not be so scared. I'd bring him home, but he really needs to be the sole dog in the home. Any takers?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

CF Clinic Visit

I had my quarterly CF Clinic visit on Friday. This marked my last visit at this clinic due to changing insurance. The next visit I have will be in January with a whole new CF team. My visit went good. I saw a new doctor on the team Dr. Hayes. Which was a little strange because I had to go over my whole history knowing I would not be seeing this doctor again. Anyway, we went over my PFTs, which he said looked great. I have to get all my annual blood work done and I will be going back on Flonase. My oxygen saturation was 98%. After the visit I made my usual happy hour stop at Gold Dust, followed by a little dinner at an Italian cafe, and then shopping at Macys. I'm going to miss these trips into San Francisco.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Discovering Apps

Slowly I am discovering some of the many apps out there. This morning I came across an app called "Face in a Hole." Complete time waster, as I managed to spend about an hour on it this morning. The results are just complete silliness and immaturity.

Friday Fill Ins

1. So are we going TO GET PUMPKINS?

2. HALLOWEEN FUN is what's up ahead.


4. PLAY GAMES of some sort.


6. FAMILY is the true elixir of life!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to SEWING, tomorrow my plans include HALLOWEEN BLOG PARTY and Sunday, I want to FINISH HALLOWEEN COSTUMES!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

PFTs and Other Doctor Stuff

Had my yearly PFTs done about a week ago. Yes, my insurance only lets me do PFTs once a year instead of every CF clinic visit. That is part of the reason I am switching insurance. Anyway here are the results.

FVC 102.4
FEV1 93.5
FEV1/F 90.9
25-75 72.7
PEF 96.9
FEF 50 83.3
FEF 75 48.7

I am really pleased with these results, considering I had a bad cough for the weeks leading up to this test. Although I could not dig up my 2008 results, here are my 2007 results for comparison.

FVC 96.1
FEV1 85.6
FEV1/F 88.4
25-75 61.4
PEF 85.1
FEF 50 72.2
FEF 75 36.4

In other doctor news, I had to temporarily change PCP. My previous doc stopped taking my insurance. So, I met my new PCP. (PCP will be changing again with new insurance in January). Changing PCP was not a heartbreaking moment for me. I never cared for my previous PCP. I think she was in denial about having a patient with CF. Anytime I came in with a CF related problem, she would always say "Yeah, that's normal for you, you have CF." Ok, but that doesn't mean the problem doesn't need to be addressed. Other times she would try and treat me like I didn't have CF. If the CF doc thought I needed a special test, she would usually respond by saying "People in their 20's don't need that test." Generally, I just felt like she never listened and never really cared. The worst was when I needed to go on TOBI, but I needed her to order me a nebulizer. Her response was "that seems like over kill. Can't you just take regular antibiotics as a pill?" Oh, then there was the time I asked for a referral to a orthopedic surgeon for by back and she said "No you don't need back surgery." Five months later, I had back surgery. Yeah, that should of been enough for me. But it just seemed easier to stay. There just never seemed to be a good time to switch dotors. I regret not doing it sooner.

This new doctor seems really responsive. I went over all of my current health care needs. I would like to see all my specialist one last time before switching insurance. He gave me a referral to every single one (there are four). No questions, no making me feel guilty, no asking me to justify why. Hmmm, that is what I needed in a doctor all along. He also got me set up with a flu shot. While I am a little disappointed he will only be a temporary doctor, he gave me the names of a few doctors to check out under my new health plan. Hopefully, the transition will be smooth and I will find nothing but great doctors in my new adventure.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Friday Fill Ins


2. GETTING SICK IS HARD ON THE BODY, especially for me.



5. Outstanding or not I WILL STAY LOYAL TO MY OAKLAND A'S.

6. TO GO BACK TO BED is what I want right now!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to HAPPY HOUR WITH THE GIRLS FROM WORK, tomorrow my plans include TBD and Sunday, I want to TAKE ETHAN OUT FOR HIS BIRTHDAY.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

New Health Insurance

I signed the papers today to change my health insurance. There are not a lot of providers accepting my current plan, at least not in the immediate area. I am tired of being frustrated with administrative complications with my current insurance company. Its is so complicated, I don't even feel like taking the time to blog about each issue. Let's just say, I am in need of a change.

Every year I think about changing health plans, but it never seems like a good time. I am always in the middle of a treatment and it's not a good time to make the transition. Last year it was sinus surgery; the year before was my back. By changing plans, I will have to get all new doctors. Even my CF doc. That is probably the hardest transition to make. I have been with this doc for almost 10 years. He knows me and my case; its hard to start that relationship all over. But my insurance has become so complicated that I cannot do any PFTs at his office. He is in San Francisco, about 60 miles from my home. The insurance company will pay for the visit with him, but no tests. They will only pay for test that are done closer to my home. So, I can only do PFTs once a year at the local hospital. I feel like I am being deprived of some basic CF stuff that should be part of every visit. Same with any labs the CF doc orders. I have to go back home, have the PCP order, arrange for testing. The results never make it to the right office. We spend more time at CF clinic tracking down test results, when we really should be focused on what the results reported.

With the new insurance, this will all be eliminated. I am switching to Kaiser, which is like the "all inclusive" health care provider. Its is still an HMO and I am sure it still won't be perfect. But all the services are provided within the system. My CF doc can order tests, I can have them done in his office, and all of my doctors will have access to the results. I guess I really don't know how to explain how Kaiser works, it is just a simplified HMO. Hopefully. If I don't like it, I can always switch back. But honestly, I don't think it can be any worse than what I have experienced with my current plan.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

I've Got My Bracket Ready!

Today is the first day of Major League Baseball playoffs! I started a bracket challenge in the office. I put the Angels to win, although I am cheering for the Dogers all the way! The Dodgers didn't look so good going into the post season so I'm not sure what they can pull off.

Watching Yankees/Twins right now. How cute is Derek Jeter? I didn't name my dog after him for nothing!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009

Friday Fill Ins

1. I have a history of BAD LUCK.

2. HOW TO CURE CANCER is something I wish I knew.

3. I'm eating (or recently ate) A VERY YUMMY SUGAR COOKIE COVERED IN ICING.

4. I'M GLAD I'M NOT on the road.

5. So that's it, that's MY LIFE.

6. A LITTLE IS better than nothing!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to HAPPY HOUR, tomorrow my plans include WIZARD OF OZ and Sunday, I want to SEW, SEW, SEW!