Saturday, November 8, 2008

PH Symptoms?

Heyz to everyone out there in blogger land. Not much going on here on Poverty Hill. As most of you know and to those of you who don't know, November is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness month. I've been reading other blogs that Ph'ers have written and they're just chock full of information for everyone that wants to know about the disease, so I thought I'd write something too, so I'll try the signs and symtoms thingy, so here goes:

Signs and Symptoms of PH:

1. If you look like you've dipped your ears and lips in grape Kool Aide, then you might have PH. This is due to low oxygen levels in your body.

2. If you feel light headed or dizzy to the point of passing out, and you haven't drank any Jack Daniels, then you might have PH. Another sign of low oxygen or restricted blood flow.

3. If you aren't scared of heights, but a little set of stairs sends you looking for another way up, then you may have PH.

4. If you can't walk twenty feet without huffin and puffing and looking for a place to sit down and catch your breath, then you may have PH.

5. If your idea of getting out for a while is going to the doctors office, then you may have PH.

6. If your legs have no ankles and you can mash em with ya finger and an indention stays there, then you may have PH. Of course at this time both legs wiegh about 200 pounds each.

7. If you can't do minor daily things at minimum exertion and you have to huff and puff to catch that next breath, then you may have PH.

8. If all your so called friends disappear after finding out that you have PH, never to be seen again, then you may have PH.

9. If you have to get on your knees and you're not praying, then you're out of breath and may have PH.

10. If your conversations are about things that you used to be able to do, then you might have PH.

11. If you go on a trip and after loading all your medical equipment there is no room for luggage, then you may have PH.

12. And last, if you hope everyday for a cure for PH and the education of others about the disease and want to do all you can to help bring about awareness, then you have PH.

I hope these symptoms can help you decide if you have PH, if you don't thats wonderful; if you do please see a PH Specialist as soon as you can.
I guess I've rambled on enuff for today. Miss Judi and I hope yall have a great day, come by if ya get a chance, the door is always open to our friends.

Hugz N Handshakes


Friday, November 7, 2008

It's already November!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Heyz to everyone!!! Well its 7 days into Novemeber, Lordy hasn't this year flown by. It'll soon be Turkey day, whewwwwwww I can't hardly wait to eat all those goodies I'm not supposed to eat.....(hey its just one day out of the year...sheesh, give me a lil break here. I know traditionally we're supposed to eat turkey and Thanksgiving, but an event from the past has left me with a taste for ham instead. Back when I was just a lil tadpole, about 6 years old, I found out about that poor ole turkey that looked so fine on the table, all juicy and lookin so fine. I was at my Grandpa's for the holiday as we always spent our time there on his farm for Thanksgiving Now that was heaven, cakes, pies, homemade candy, homemade ice cream, shoot my mouth is waterin just thinkin about it.
Well anyway it was the day before "The Big Eatin" and I was up early to help Grandpa with his chores feeding the animals and the like. That afternoon he told me that we had to get a turkey for dinner the next day, of course I thought turkeys came from the grocery store and we would go to the store and pick out a good un. Not!!!!!!!!!!!!! He laughed and told me that we were going to kill one of his that he had been fattening up for Thanksgiving. Well that didn't go off too well with me because those turkeys weren't bothering anyone just walking around in the pen. Well I didn't stay around for the murderin or pickin but I went back later and saw that one was missing. Yep, thats right, I ain't eat turkey since and every Thanksgiving at my house we have ham and turkey, but to this day, I don't participate in the eating of the turkey bird. But I feel quiet sure I'll make a glutton of myself with all the other goodies we'll be having.
By the way don't forget that November is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness month and we need to do all we can to educate others about this disease. I'm proud to see the things that people are doing to bring about awareness of this disease. I have included a link to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association on the left side of my blog for people that want to know more about PH. If you are a reader that has no idea of this disease, please take time to visit the site, it has lots of valuable information, you never know when yourself or someone else in your family could get this life threatening disease.
I guess I've rambled about enuff, I need ta get to doin my chores before Miss Judi starts poppin that whip. Yall come if ya can, my door is always open to my friends.

Hugz N Handshakes


Thursday, November 6, 2008

PHA Chat and Bulletin Board

Heyz to everyone, hope yall all doing good today. Thangs here are Poverty Hill are just clickin right along. I went to the PHA chat last night for a while, its the first time I've been in quite a while. It was great to chat with all my friends, we've all become a close family who understands the others problems on a day by day basis. There is no age or class barriers, we're all just people who care about each other no matter what. The chat room is more personable than the PHA boards where people can actually interact with others, ask questions, discuss problems, you know things that you would really rather hear on a one on one basis. Don't get me wrong the PHA boards are great and you can get a lot of information and feedback there, its just that sometimes you want to talk (chat) about something with someone that will answer back in plain terms. At times we all need someone to talk to that understands what we are going through besides our families at home. We all get depressed, we all hurt, we all get scared at times, these are the times when we need someone to talk to if for nothing else, to get support and understanding. The Pulmonary Hypertension Association has done a wonderful job providing us with a place just for these times when we need to talk, to vent or just to be with others that have this disease. I will forever be grateful to the PHA for the hard work and dedication they put forward for us that have this dreaded disease.
If you don't take advantage of these boards and chats, you definitely don't know what you're missing. Chat times are posted on the PHA website and if you need to talk to someone before then there is a 24-7 hotline that someone is there to help you at any time day or night. I have posted the website link on the left side of my blog for people that have never been there, or are just interested in reading about Pulmonary Hypertension.
Well I guess I've said all I wanted to say for now, its too early in the morning for me to think too much, my brain isn't working too good. Anyway I just thought I'd put a few words of country wisdom out there. I guess I need to get my butt in gear, Miss Judi will be up in a few and I'm sure I'll get my honey-do's(honey do this and honey do that) for the the day. If yall in this neck of the woods, do stop by and visit, the door is always open to my friends.

Hugs n Handshakes


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

November is National Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month

Hey everyone, glad you could stop by for a while. I've been enjoying this cooler weather, sure makes it a lot easier to breathe...Ahhhhhhhhhh. Well November is National Pulmonary Hypertension month, that is officially. Every day of every month is PH month or day here on Poverty Hill, but I guess it is nice to have an Official month that we can claim. The best thing I can say about Pulmonary Hypertension is that it sux, big time. Pulmonary Hypertension is high pressure in your heart and lungs that causes your heart to enlarge, ain't no use in getting technical with it. It is a life threatening disease that changes your whole life. There is no known cure at this time, but through the hard work and dedication of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association and members and patients, there have been many treatments developed to help control the symptoms and slow the progression of this disease. Hopefully one day there will be a cure but all of us must continue to do our part in letting people out there know about this dreadful disease and continuing to support the individuals that have been affected by it. Give this link to people you know, let them read and find out about Pulmonary Hypertension: This place is packed full of information for people who want to know more about the disease, and for individuals who need support.
If you think that you might have pulmonary hypertension or know someone who may have it be sure to see a "PH Specialist", PH is often misdiagnosed even for years, don't wait until the symptoms are so bad that it threatens your life. I repeat, a "PH Specialist."
I'm sorry if I've came on a lil bold, but this is something that I feel strongly about and hope that others can become educated about this disease. Every day we fight the fight and continue to hope for a cure, if not for us, for the people that will contract the disease in the future.