A Chance to Breathe Again

A month from today, something magical is going to happen–I will be able to breathe freely again! I wrote a few weeks back about the providentially improbable way I found out why I’d been wheezing and breathless for several years. Idiopathic subglottic stenosis is a narrowing of the trachea just below the vocal cords. So …

A Most Unlikely Diagnosis

If you’ve been around me in the past few years, you’ve probably noticed me wheezing. If you’re really close to me, you’ve surely noticed that I’m not as active as I used to be. I don’t go for walks anymore. I’m now one of those annoying people who will drive around five minutes just to …

Smells Like Lysol

Weeks that contain lots of vomit aren’t my favorite. I can’t imagine that they’re anyone’s favorite! But as a borderline emetophobe, it’s really hard for me to stay┬ápeaceful when there’s icky stuff spewing about the house. (Yes, I now call my fear “borderline” because 16+ years of parenting has worn the roughest edges off what …

ONLY Jojo

If you’re my friend on Facebook, you saw yesterday this conversation I posted between me and my┬ábrilliant little guy, Jonah: Jonah: “Did you put on lipstick?” Me: “Yeah…” Jonah: “Is it strawberry flavor?” Me (still applying my makeup): “Nope.” Jonah: “Is it raspberry flavor?” Me: “No, it’s just plain.” Jonah: “Oh.” (He looks at me …