coughing 1Can I tell you how much I get annoyed with MYSELF and my throat clearing? I wake up EVERY morning and cough and clear my throat for at least 45 minutes. It makes me crazy! This is my life!

So when you have systemic scleroderma and ILD (Interstitial Lung Disease) things (mucous-gross…sorry!) sit in your lungs and are hard to get out. Mornings are a real treat for me and everyone around me. It happens at other times of the day too, but morning are the worse. And, to go along with it…there is a scleroderma cough too. You can imagine, I am a blast to sit and watch TV or a movie with.

Imagine, the room is quiet, TV is one and the throat clearing starts. Honestly, I can feel the annoyance in the room. I hate it. I know that my family hates it! I can feel the tension build. I can see out of the corner of my eyes…the fingers tapping, the single foot shaking…all in an attempt to not say anything. After all, everyone knows I can’t control it. Or do they think I can? I am offered a glass of water. And then hot tea. That’s nice and all…but won’t help my clear my lungs. I try to hold it in. And then I burst out in a coughing fit. I can’t hold it back. Do I say something to them? No, I try to play it off. It’s like trying to cover up vomiting mid conversation with a smile. Doesn’t work. THIS IS MY LIFE.

In other departments of my life, Tyler & Kelsey’s graduation party was yesterday and it was perfect. It was so nice to see all of my effort come together in a beautiful day filled with family and friends to celebrate our graduates! And…we got some great photos. Miracle of miracles…my boys even let the photographer take photos of us together. Like I said, perfect day.

In other exciting news… I had a blog published by The Mighty! I am both honored and ecstatic! I will be smiling from ear to ear for quite a while! Thank you to the folks at The Mighty!

Lastly, today is Father’s Day. So, Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads out there and to all of you moms that are both moms and dads! I salute you! Enjoy your day! I am off to Longwood Gardens for a stroll around the beautiful gardens with my hubby!

Woohoo! My life is a blog! Love and hugs to you all!