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    • #23538
      Jen Cueva
      Moderator

      Hey, y’all,
      I just wanted to let everyone know that our Brittany is in the hospital. She had “bronchitis” that continued to get worse. I spoke with her briefly, but the poor girl needs our encouragement. Her voice was so pitiful; it pained me to hear her weak voice. She has been through so much, she is such a brave warrior and a huge inspiration, but this is not what she needed.

      I know that she is an essential part of our forums. With this in mind, keep her in your thoughts and prayers. I am sure that when she is up to it, she will be on to update us all. So, let’s lift her with love, support, and positive vibes.

      Thanks, and please take care of yourselves and your families.

    • #23540
      Vanessa Vaile
      Participant

      @jenc, thank you for the update. I’ve been following off-site by email notice but thinking/worrying about @brittany-foster nudged into checking in.

      Just posted a longer reply that is waiting for moderation. Just mentioning it because waiting for moderation can be like Waiting for Godot (e.g. indefinite)/

    • #23539
      Vanessa Vaile
      Participant

      Been following off-site via email notices, distracted (as we all are) by COVID-19 (local, national, global) and other news. The 900 lb gorilla on the sofa of our imaginations. Worrying about everyone here too, especially Colleen and her son at what pundits call the epicenter ~ life in the eye of a metaphorical hurricane, and — it goes without saying, Brittany because she’s such a determined fighter and standard bearer.

      When I finally get around to logging in, nudged as by omens, this is the announcement at the top of the list. Even when I am not logged in, Brittany is in my thoughts. Thank you @jenc for keeping us posted…

      PS Just saw this picker-upper, “Italians Find ‘a Moment of Joy in This Moment of Anxiety’.”

      “Under lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, song breaks out from rooftops, balconies and windows.”

    • #23549
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      @jenc and @vanessavaile Thank you both so much for thinking of me and sending so much love and support my way. I really needed that. It was really hard for me to be in the hospital especially with everything that has been going on with COVID19. To say I was scared when I was in the ER is an understatement. I was filled with questions of whether or not I should even be there, even though I definitely needed the care because my oxygen levels were 77 upon arriving. I have to say that I don’t even remember talking to Jen too much because that is how out of it I really was. My mind was definitely taking a hit and so was my body. I am glad to say that I tested negative for COVID19 but I did test positive for the “normal coronavirus” which is different than this new strain that is out there. But it has symptoms very similar to COVID19 and can easily turn into bronchitis and pneumoia for those with lung and heart conditions.

    • #23557
      Jen Cueva
      Moderator

      Thanks for the update, @brittany-foster. I am grateful that you tested negative. Please take care of yourself. I know that you will keep busy as usual.


      @vanessavaile
      , great to see your post. You are so kind and thoughtful. I am sure that you are taking all of the much-needed precautions for yourself, too. I did see that video of the Italians, that was so heartwarming to see amongst the news lately. Thanks for sharing.

    • #23561
      Colleen Steele
      Keymaster

      @brittany-foster I can just imagine how scared you were being at the ER and not knowing what you were being exposed to. It sounds like you really did the right thing in going though. You needed proper care and to address what exactly it is that you are dealing with. Glad to hear that it’s not COVID-19 but all of us here are aware of just how concerning the “normal coronavirus” is for people such as yourself. Take care of you!


      @vanessavaile
      I really appreciate your concern! Honestly, it is getting very worrisome here in WA state. We are staying in-doors as much as possible and taking all the important precautions, much of which we were doing already. Loved the video of the Italians. There are some similar ones being shared from Ireland as they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. How are you managing @vanessavaile? Are you doing ok?

    • #23572
      Margaret
      Participant

      Petawawa Ontario sending “air hugs” They may be contagious but not “medically” so

    • #23573
      Mae
      Participant

      @brittany-foster

      I hate to hear you went through all that. I couldn’t imagine being placed in hospital right now with everything going on in the world. I hope you continue to get the care you need and stay strong. You are a very important part of this community and as you can tell we all care and keep us updated once get a chance.

    • #23579
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      @vanessavaile and @jenc something else that was really nice and encouraging to see on the news and shared on social media was the video of (I believe it was Spain) all clapping for and erupting in loud applause all at one scheduled time for hospital staff that are working so hard on this outbreak. It really gave me the chills to see so many people do that and you must have been able to feel the noise from everyone if you were there witnessing that!

    • #23583
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      @colleensteele Thank you so so much. I really appreciate all of the support. I am glad to hear that all of you are staying inside and trying to keep yourself as busy and entertained as possible. I know this time is very scary for all but it also can be used as a time to come together and communicate openly and honestly with the ones in your house. I know that from this experience I really see just how much my fiance cares for me and my health. He has been so nervous and has worked with the public every day but won’t even get close to me when he comes home from work. He knows how fragile my health is and he said he would never be able to deal with it if something were to happen. It breaks my heart that he has to worry about that, but at the same time I really see the power of the people that love and care about me too.

    • #23584
      V.R. Peterson
      Participant

      Thank you for letting us know @jenc. @brittany-foster, you’re in my thoughts and prayers.

    • #23585
      Margie Novak
      Participant

      Brittany so sorry to hear that you are in the hospital. My thoughts are with you. You are one of the strongest person I know who is fighting this illness so you can get through this hurdle! Please keep fighting. We love your posts and hearing from you. I hope you are not in the hospital too long. Take care and sending so many prayers!!! margie

    • #23586
      Carol Volckmann
      Participant

      Hey Brittney, I am so sorry to hear you are back in hispital with bronchitis! Not fair, not fair at all! Are they still going to go ahead with the new port? You have been through so much. You are in my thoughts every day!

      I was just admitted from the emergency room to isolation I guess I have phenomena and have been tested but no word yet. We are now in Cottonwood AZ. I have talked with my regular team and for right now I guess I am in a good place even though they do not know much about PAH and the meds that I am on. But, they are listening to me and what I need.

      The worst is not being able to have Dick with me as Iam in total isolation.

      Praying for you, please get better soon and so will I.

      Warmest wishes with a hug!

    • #23591
      Gayle Ward
      Participant

      Sorry to hear you are back in the hospital. I am hoping you are back home soon. You are in my thoughts, gayle

    • #23597
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      @normarg Thank you so much for air hugs !! That means a lot ! LOL I like your sense of humor too 🙂 I am doing a little better today but have been struggling with my allergies off and on too with the start of Spring getting closer and the weather changing so abruptly from too cold during the morning to a little more tolerable during the afternoon. That shift really bothers me!

    • #23598
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      @cdvol3gmail-com I know how bad that feeling is of being in isolation and not having those around you that are usually there and helping you with medical talk or just helping to keep you company. It was one of the loneliest times that I ever spent in the hospital. It was very lonely and caused me to do a lot of thinking and sometimes my thoughts got the best of me. Do you find yourself more anxious when you are alone without many people to help distract you? Some people find the silence okay but I am usually not okay with it, especially in a situation where I rely a lot on distractions for my mind!

    • #23599
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      @gward Thank you for the good thoughts ! Luckily I got home the other day on Sunday. They really have been trying to keep people out of the hospital unless there is reason to admit because of a lot of co-existing conditions or if they find it clinically necessary. It is a hard call though because they also don’t want us getting any worse. I was glad to be rushed out of there though.

    • #23600
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      @owensgirl1 that means a lot for me to hear how appreciated in this community I am. It was a really hard couple of days being in isolation and being fearful of what was going on and fearing that it was COVID19. I was glad that it turned out not to be that though. It was just the normal human coronavirus which mimics symptoms of the novel COVID19 but not as severe of a disease thankfully. I am in isolation now at home but generally spend a lot of time anyways so it’s not too different from my usual. Still on medication to help with the symptoms but I feel like I am doing my best to keep managing things at home.

    • #23603
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      @margie-novak thank you so much for all the love being sent my way! I am thankfully recovering at home right now even though I am in isolation along with so many others. it is just my boyfriend and I and my dog right now though, can’t even have visitors come in per doctor’s orders ! It might be a long month, but we can do this together and with the support that we have in this community.

    • #23607
      Carol Volckmann
      Participant

      I don’t mind the silence so much as having my husband helping me being more comfortable, fixing things like the bed,fixing the hospital gown, helping me in the bathroom, asking more questions than I can think of – that’s what we do for each other and it is so much more difficult not having that support.

      I hope you are feeling better Brittney – please take care of yourself

    • #23611
      Colleen Steele
      Keymaster

      Oh no @cdvol3gmail-com I am so sorry to hear that you are in the hospital! I’m glad to hear the staff is listening to you and hopefully that have been in contact with your home doctors as well. I will be thinking of you. Keep us updated on how you are doing.

    • #23612
      Jimi Mcintosh
      Participant

      Brittany, praying for your healing little sister. How you are keeping the gloves on and still swinging. I too had to visit the ER this weekend, not trying to get in the White House, just trying to see a doctor.

      These times are trying and everything is suspect. Hopefully after an IV with a broad spectrum antibiotic and some more pills you will be your usual “perky” self. Our lives are hectic enough, I got your back, remember God is in the pilot seat. Protect Britianny, surround Her her with your blessings.

    • #23615
      Carol Volckmann
      Participant

      Thank you Colleen. I have been thinking about you and your family and reading all your updates. It has to be so difficult for you in Belleview. It panic everywhere and my heart goes out to you and all on the Forum whoes lives are so impacted by this virus.

      I will keep you updated I do feel a bit better than I did on Monday. Please take care of youself.

    • #23619
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      @cdvol3gmail-com it certainly really makes me appreciate the comfort that I feel just from my mom’s presence alone. Honestly, I always give my mom so much credit for all she has helped me with and all she has done when I am sick and the sacrifices she makes while I’m in the hospital. I never take that for granted or fail to show my appreciation for her. But when you can’t have something it really makes you want that person there even more. Like you said, even if it’s just that extra person in the room to make you feel more comfortable or ask you “how can I help you” or “what do you need me to do”. I felt so distant from everyone even though realistically the hospital is 5 minutes from my house.

    • #23624
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      @jimi thank you so much for your kindness and your prayer and blessing. That means so much to me, especially when things seem so out of our control right now. I think it is good to try to stay as positive as we can in the face of so much unknown. I have been trying to keep busy through the day as I usually do. I work from home but occasionally will take my work to a coffee shop or something during the week for a change of scenery. I am not able to do that now but I do like to get outdoors as long as there aren’t too many people around outside. Today is about 55 here so it feels nice just to be able to move with a little more comfort. Hope you are doing okay and that your trip to the hospital wasn’t a long one!

    • #23627
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      @cdvol3gmail-com I am glad that you are doing a little better than you were on Monday. Some progress is still progress. It is easy to get more frustrated with your body when you are in the hospital, so reminding yourself of small improvements will certainly help your mental health! Stay as well as you can please. We are all thinking of you too!

    • #23628
      Jimi Mcintosh
      Participant

      Today is a great day , we are all still here. The aches, the pains the medical challenges, the successes, the failures are all things we have dealt with before and will do it again. I am down today, but,I continue to fight. Above all else it is a pleasure to have met all of you.
      Great people do great things. This journey has been long, full of challenges, this cov-19, will really test our resolve. I am confident that we will make it to a more normal time

    • #23629
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      @jimi I am so glad to hear your positive thinking ! Keep up that attitude and fighting spirit and you will be able to get through this and so will all of us. I know that it feels like a giant mountain to get over right now, but with help, we will be able to have that better view once it is all over.

    • #23631
      Carol Volckmann
      Participant

      Thank you Brittney. Your words of encouragement mean a great deal and you are right any progress in the right direction is GOOD! How much our loved ones do and are there for us can never be taken granted and sharing our appreciation is so important – they are our life lines as I know your mom, boyfriend and puppy are for you and all those in the Forum – care so much!

    • #23633
      Colleen Steele
      Keymaster

      @jimi it has been a pleasure getting to know you as well. I always enjoy your cup is half full outlook on things.

    • #23634
      Colleen Steele
      Keymaster

      Thank you @cdvol3gmail-com . Cullen’s brother has a cough and isn’t feeling very well. No fever so far. He’s staying in his room and I keep sanitizing everything. I’m so worried.

    • #23637
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      Oh NO Colleen! I hope that your son is okay and that you can do what you can to protect against the spread of germs. Definitely have Cullen look out for himself at this time too. I know that I am more aware of my surrounding than usual too. Especially after being in the hospital this weekend. That really shook things up. Something that normally I wouldn’t have hesitated to get medical attention for, I now am questioning and even with being told I should probably go get checked, I’m just going to have to wait it out at this point. It’s not only the virus itself that is impacting us, it’s the obstacles to medical care too.

    • #23639
      Carol Volckmann
      Participant

      I am so sorry to hear – it is good that he does not have a fever. You are in my thoughts every day and send lots of positive energy and love! Hold on!

    • #23644
      Jen Cueva
      Moderator

      Hi Carol, are you still in the hospital? I am sorry to hear that. Did I see that you have pneumonia? I hope that you are feeling better. Take care of yourself. Air hugs from Texas.

    • #23646
      Jen Cueva
      Moderator

      @colleensteele, I am sorry to hear about your son and this cough. I can only imagine your concern and anxiety. I am glad that y’all are staying in away from others. Your state certainly has been hit bad. I know that you are doing all that you can and then some to protect yourself and your family. Hugs and love from Texas.

    • #23661
      Carol Volckmann
      Participant

      Thank you Jen. Yes I am still in the hospital, but getting better. You are always right there with your earm and happy “air hugs” love them and sending some back to you in Texas!

    • #23663
      Carol alexander
      Participant

      Hi Brittany
      Thinking of you wishing you a speedy recovery stay strong I know you will
      My prays are with you

      You are the best
      carol a

    • #23671
      Sarah Kuykendall
      Participant

      My prayers are with you. You are such an inspiration to us all. We love you!

      Sarah K

    • #23676
      Randolph Reynolds
      Participant

      Brittany,
      Your courage and faith remind me that we all need what you have. God bless and keep you and bring you back to health.

      Randy

    • #23682
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      @carol-alexander thank you so much for thinking of me! my prayers and well wishes are with you too. How are you feeling? Do you have any updates?

    • #23688
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      @sarahk thank YOU!! That support means the world to me and has helped me through so much difficulty. It is so great to be reminded of how loved and cared for I am in these moments of weakness.

    • #23689
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      @ripple76 your encouragement and love doesn’t go unnoticed ! Thank you for helping me push forward. I am actually starting to feel better today. Yesterday was a hard day with showering and trying to do more activity and my oxygen really started dropping a lot. It makes me nervous when I feel worse than my usual. But, I am trying to get some rest while also trying to keep my mind busy during this time too. How have you been doing?

    • #23693
      Jen Cueva
      Moderator

      You’re so sweet, @cdvol3gmail-com. I am happy to hear that you are starting to feel better. I hate that you need to be at the hospital right now. I am thankful for your air hugs, too.

    • #23695
      Jen Cueva
      Moderator

      Hi Randy, you are such a boost of positivity always! You are always lifting Brittany and others. I hope that you are feeling well. So true, we all need to learn from Brittany. But, we can also learn compassion from you.

      Take care.

    • #23735
      ronald cole
      Participant

      Dear Brittany, Here I am writing another letter to you. With all that’s going on here in Dallas, I can’t forget you and what your facing. In a way, I am pleased you’re being Monitored 24/7 but it does not ease the emotional pain of all you have been through. I know you have hundreds of friends and family all praying for you, just know that you have one true friend in Dallas, Texas that has you in my mind and my prayers daily. I wish you physical and emotional comfort and my prayers go out to you for your swift recovery so you can get back home to your Dog and friends.
      Ron Cole.

    • #23760
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      @texas2018 thank you so much ! You are such a great friend and are always there at the right time with your words of encouragement and support. We definitely have to stand together during this time, especially with so much unknown and worry surrounding what is happening. Hope you are able to stay as strong as possible. As always, feel free to reach out to all of us any time on the forums. I always love hearing from you and reading your uplifting messages!

    • #23788
      Colleen Steele
      Keymaster

      @cdvol3gmail-com I just wanted to check-in and see how you are doing? Are you still in the hospital? How are you feeling?

    • #23789
      Carol Volckmann
      Participant

      Hi Colleen, thank you so much for your concern. I tested negative for the corvid-19 and was discharged from the hospital with oral antibiotics and oxygen- we have an oxygen generator in the motorhome along with 12 canisters. The pneumonia is much better and I am hopeful that in another week I will be back to my activities!

      Our hope is to travel back north to WA to the peninsular and find a home to rent as our base. I don’t know, maybe going back to Washington isn’t so smart. So we are just not sure.

      Thank you again for checking in on me, it means so much!

      I think about you and your family every day. I hope you are all okay and coping through such difficult and frightening times. Please stay safe and well.

      Big hugs of thanks, Carol

      • #23824
        Colleen Steele
        Keymaster

        @cdvol3gmail-com it’s good to hear the you are improving and that you tested negative for Corvid-19. My healthy son had to be tested and his came out negative as well so I get how relieved you must be feeling. You might have heard that as of last night Governor Inslee announced that effective immediately, all Washingtonians must stay home unless they are pursuing an essential activity. So if you do return to WA, that’s the conditions for at least the next few weeks. I wish you well and stay safe wherever you make your home.

    • #23804
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      @cdvol3gmail-com I am glad to hear that you are able to get out of the hospital and recover at home. At least they were able to find out what was going on and the reason for your symptoms. Same with me, when I left the hospital I was relieved that they were able to pinpoint why I felt as bad as I did and also relieved that it wasn’t covid19 because I am honestly fearful for that for myself and others in the community. I hope that you can stay away from as many people as possible and that you are confident knowing that those around you are taking precautions to keep you safe !

    • #23858
      Jen Cueva
      Moderator

      Hey @cdvol3gmail-com, so happy to hear that you tested negative for COVID-19. I am also grateful to read the update that you were discharged and improving. I am hoping that each day will offer you more relief so that You can start feeling back to your “normal.”

      It sounds like you have what you need in the motorhome. I am a tad concerned as I read that you are headed to Washington state. My apologies as I forgot where you are currently. I am guessing in the majority areas that you will travel, and most are on some type of lockdown. Today here in the Houston area, the ” stay at home order ” is effective. Will this affect your plans in some ways?

      I am sending you lots of air hugs from Texas.

    • #23863
      Carol Volckmann
      Participant

      Thank you Jen for all your encouragement. Yes, we have everything wr need in the coach. The special pharamacy ups to wherever we are and we are able to do all our remodulin mixing 7 at a time so that takes the pressure off. I do hope I will be able to go off the oxygen in another week.

      Currently we are in Cottonwood AZ and plan to stay here near the hospital. They don’t know much about PAH or the meds I am on but they know about pneumonia and they have listened to me about what I need.

      AZ so far is a good place to be – we are far from anyone and the State campgrounds have not closed. WA certainly is not the ideal place, but we need to get back to find something to rent west of Seattle out on the peninsular of the San Juan islands and shelter down for awhile. Our secondary insurance is WA and it has been to good to try somewhere else. It is tough to know what to do.

      Thsnk you again and please stay healthy and safe yourself! Big hug – air one!!

    • #23879
      Randolph Reynolds
      Participant

      Carol
      When I saw that you were in Cottonwood it sparked my interest because I live in Prescott. My PAH doctor is in Phoenix, a Doctor Ahearn, it sounds like you have things in hand but if you have a need I can send you his phone number. I assume you have an injection port for you Remodulin whereas I use a pump. You have to mix the Remodulin and that seems to me to add a burden to the process. The fact that you might be able to get of the oxygen is a something that would cheer me up but I’m stuck with as a part of my treatment. Without it my oxygen level drops into the mid 80s. Due to this virus my oxygen supplier shut down their office in Prescott. I may be forced to change to some other supplier. That is another headache. I really wish you the best on your endeavors. Our prayers go out to all of us who have PAH in this horrendous change in life style.

      Randy

    • #23880
      Carol Volckmann
      Participant

      Hi Randy, thank you your doctor’s name,I wrote his name down. The folks here in Cottonwood really did not know very much about PAH and nothing about remodulin, but they were on top of pneumonia!

      I was on subQ for 8 years until it got so painful pain meds did not help so now I am on the Hickman line. The mixing and all the supplies at first was overwhelming and scary. After a couple of months we have been doing our own mixing – mixing 7 cassettes every 2 weeks. The best part NO PAIN! My husband put a hook on the outside of the shower so I can hang the pump there. I also cover the site with an Aqua Cel Foam – completely water proof and I can keep one on for about 4 days so it keeps the site sterile.

      Thank you Randy for reaching out. I read your thoughtful, caring and encouraging postings and really appreciate you.

      Take very good care and stay safe!
      Carol

    • #23885
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      @cdvol3gmail-com I am thinking of you and hoping for the best wherever you end up ! I know that right now it is so scary because there is so much unknown and so much just up in the air as far as what is the best decision to make. I feel like AZ seems like a good place for you right now and I am glad that they are listening to your concerns and what you have to say. That’s important when they listen and take you seriously and actually BELIEVE that you know what you are talking about. It’s hard to find a doctor like this sometimes but it seems like it is working out okay right now ! Thinking of you and wishing you well and healing vibes sent to you.

    • #23897
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      @ripple76 great to see you on the forums ! I am sorry to hear about your oxygen company shutting down. Did they transition the patients that use their supplies to another company? I feel like with everything going on, these supply companies really need to have open communication with patients and make sure they are well taken care of. I hope that some type of transition happened for you. I know how stressful it is to feel like you have to manage your own healthcare needs during this time.

    • #23907
      Jen Cueva
      Moderator

      @cdvol3gmail-com, I am so glad to hear that y’all have everything and are staying near the hospital for now. WA is undoubtedly not an idea at the moment. It sounds like you are feeling better. I hope, too, that you will get to come off of the oxygen soon. I hope that you can continue to advocate and educate your doctors as needed.

      Thanks for your kindness. Thinking of you and sending you positive healing vibes.

    • #23908
      Jen Cueva
      Moderator

      Hey @ripple76, that was so thoughtful of you to share your doctor’s information with Carol. That is what this forum is all about. I love the kindness and support shown.

      I am sorry to hear about your oxygen company closing. I would think that it is an essential service. Hello, breathing is vital to life. I would hope that one must be open in your area. On their end, they should have transferred all of their patients before closing. I hope that you will get some results. Too often, we learn that we have to do the work for our care. This should not be your job, but now it sounds as if it is. Can your PH center help in this transition? Or maybe your insurance company?

      Besides this, I hope that you are hanging in and have everything that you need.

    • #23914
      Carol Volckmann
      Participant

      This is for ripple76. I saw that your supplier for oxygen is no longer supplying it for you. I just got out of the hospital and had to be on oxygen. A national supplier I received oxygen is called Lincare 800-346-6719. They came out to our motorhome where we live and delivered an oxygen generator and canisters that I can use going outside. They told us no matter where we are in the country, we can get more canisters or if I no longer need it, we can drop it off.

      I hope this helps you. Sending best wishes, Carol

    • #23915
      Randolph Reynolds
      Participant

      Brittany, Gen, and Carol
      Thank you for your comments on my oxygen supplier. Today their home office in Phoenix called and are going to drop off replacements for my empties. That still doesn’t clear up support for my other equipment. The local office will remain closed. There was one person running it instead of three. I am looking into transitioning to a another local company that has stores nationally. Carol, the Pulmonologist that specializes in PAH is Dr. Gregory Ahearn (602) 443-0184) but I suppose you would need a referral. The medical profession is really hard hit. My wife has a heart condition that requires more tests and it is complicated just to get into the hospital. May everyone’s path through these times be safe, secure, and full of compassion.

      Randy

    • #23916

      Brittany, Were missing you here!!! Sorry to hear your being hospitalized. Hope you are feeling some what better. Just know you are in my and many others thoughts and prayers. You are such an inspiration to many of us. We will keep praying for a full recovery for you and also for strength and faith at this most trying time.I enjoy reading your posts as you are knowledgeable and uplifting too.

    • #23938
      Jen Cueva
      Moderator

      Hey @cdvol3gmail-com, thanks for sharing that information on Lincare. They are well-known. I use Apria, and they are also throughout the US. When I moved from California to Texas, they were great at transferring me and getting me what I needed as far as supplies.

      How are you feeling today? I am hoping that you are continuing to recover. Hugs from Texas…

    • #23940
      Jen Cueva
      Moderator

      @ripple76, I am glad to hear that they will at least refill your empty tanks. I hope that someone can help you with a new company. Please keep us posted on that. I did not realize that your wife has complicated heart conditions, too. It is certainly a difficult time for patients and medical staff, also.

      Take care of yourself and know that we are here for support. Hugs from Texas-

    • #23941
      Jen Cueva
      Moderator

      Hi @susan-wheeler-johnson, your words are so thoughtful. Thankfully, Brittany is not currently in the hospital. I know that she will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

      How are you doing? We are here to support you.

    • #23952
      Carol Volckmann
      Participant

      Randy, thank you for name and number for your doc in Phoenix! You are terrific!

      JEN, thank you, i am feeling so much better. Just finished cleaning the coach of Golden Retriever hair. Hopefully I will be ready to turn in my oxygen this coming week!!!

      What a wonderful support team! Hugs all around!

    • #23959
      Jen Cueva
      Moderator

      Wow, @cdvol3gmail-com, what a workout that must have been! I’m sending you positive vibes that you can turn in that oxygen. I am sure that it will be exciting! That may deserve a party, Hehe.

      I agree, what a supportive team we have here.

    • #23973
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      @cdvol3gmail-com this certainly is amazing support. The best of the best! I am glad that you are hopefully turning in the oxygen real soon. What an amazing feeling that will be for you! Such a victory. I am sure, like Jen C said, that your dog hair removal gave you a workout! My dog doesn’t shed too much thankfully. We usually get him groomed about every 2 months so that he doesn’t have a ton of hair like the usual King Charles do. We like to keep it shorter, although the shaggy ones are super cute too! How old is your dog?

    • #23976
      Carol Volckmann
      Participant

      Hi Brittney, I am so happy you have your King Charles, I forgot his name but I know he brings you so much fun, comfort and LOVE! Our Spirit is 9 – his name pretty much describes who he is. Our last Golden was 10 when we lost him to cancer – River was full of love and fun. We think River must have picked out Spirit (okay folks you’re older now and you need someone a bit more mellow). Cleaning up his hair and brushing him is just what I need to do – he loves the brushing part! Our dogs bring all of us truly unconditional love and so much joy. Paw hugs!

    • #23982
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      Carol,

      My dogs name is Bernie! He is a great boy and I can’t picture my life before we had him. It’s like that feeling people talk about when they have a child that they can’t imagine what it was like before the child. My fiance and I took about this all the time in relation to our dog. We are so glad that he is a part of our family . He gives me more exercise and energy than I ever could give myself and more love and support too.

    • #24000
      Jen Cueva
      Moderator

      @brittany-foster and @cdvol3gmail-com, so true. We have a mini schnauzer, and she is almost 7. She is our baby since our Daughter is grown. She is on the couch growling currently as she hears the garbage truck out front. She does not shed hair, thankfully. She does like to get on my yoga mat and stretch when I roll it out. Hehe

      I also find that taking her out back is good for me as we can both enjoy the nice weather. She gets hot fast since she is black. But she does give me more exercise. Her name is Sasha, and she can be a Drama Queen, Hehe.

    • #24011
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      @jenc I could totally have a separate chat just about our pets ! I love my little Bernie as you can tell from all the pictures and videos I take with him. He really keeps me busy through the day. I can see why more people are adopting pets and wanting that companionship especially with more down time. I know of a lot of people who are fostering animals too and I think that’s an awesome idea that will hopefully lead to a lot of adoptions .

    • #24040
      Jen Cueva
      Moderator

      Excellent point, @brittany-foster. Pets could be an entire topic. I am sure that others who have not shared yet, will share about their pets. That would be awesome if more pets were taken in for adoptions. So many go without homes, it is sad.

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