A sheclimbs potluck

Hey Mary,

Thanks for your note and coming to the Winter sheclimbs video potluck on Friday!

Ten sheclimbers gathered at Martha’s apartment and we had a great time watching Lisa Rands, one of the world’s top boulderers, in her video, “Hit List.” Then we dove into the home-cooked food: two chicken pastas, salad, spicy chicken wings, chinese food, blondies, stuffed mushrooms, green beans, chocolate chip cookies…While we munched out, we also saw the Lynn Hill’s video, “Freeing the Nose in a Day,” about her historic ascent of the Nose Route in 1994.

Happy January

Hey Stacey
Congrats on your new job. I am sure you will do a great job with the kids, and you will just view all the running as good conditioning for climbing. I am so glad i was able to climb for you in the climb a thon. I had a great time climbing with Rob as well, even if he did climb too fast and make me blister from belaying so much!! I look forward to seeing you start on your 5’12s when i get over this stupid cold.
Perhaps you can give me a lead climbing refresher as well!
Have a great week
mary

Acute Rejection

A lot has happened over the winter vacation,  including receiving the 2nd year annual check-up results.

The good news is that I had a wonderful, relaxing vacation with my mother for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. She came to visit me from Florida, and we had a delicious meal of stuffed chicken, green beans, potatoes and carrots. We also had a sweet New Year’s Eve get-together with Mark and Dave. We ate homemade sushi, stayed up until midnight, and watched fireworks from the balcony!

The bad news is that I am putting all the fund-raising money to good use already in 2007. The bronchoscopy results showed evidence of A2 (acute rejection) and I have been to the hospital for three days of IV treatments of high-dose predisone. I will have another bronchoscopy on Feb. 2 to test the results of the treatment. It is somewhat mild rejection so hopefully the medication stopped the downward progress in its tracks.

The only symptom was that last month I was having trouble climbing 5.11’s at the gym. (This symptom has varying degrees of validity with the different doctors.) The great news is that on Wednesday I completed two 5.11a’s and a 5.11c (with several falls.) I felt stronger and did not have coughing fits after the climbs, so I think the treatments have worked, and I will get better.

I have also started a new full-time job as a program coordinator at the Little Gym, a motor-skills/gymnastics school for children. I am working 42 hours per week, running around with the kids and it is going to be a big challenge for me. So far the training is going pretty well and I am looking forward to working with the little children.

Thank you so much to all the contributors to the 4th annual Mt. Everest climb-a-thon, including Mary Zasio and Rob Trelford, who did a very successful make-up climb-a-thon in January! Mary climbed with an injured ankle and raised over $1000 herself!

My friend Ana Stenzel is in the hospital this week, fighting rejection as well. She had a double-lung transplant 6 1/2 years ago and is losing lung function quickly. Luckily,she was in great shape to start with. If you know Ana and would like to send your best wishes, please e-mail me at stacey_collver@hotmail.com and I will pass your message on. She remains one of my best friends and a great inspiration.

¡Feliz año nuevo!

¡Hola, Stacey! Quisiera practicar español más y eres uno del numero pequeño de personas quien actualmente me escribirá en esa lingua. De todos modos, me encanto que tuvo divertido en Seattle. Aquí en Colorado, no recibimos lluvia pero tenemos un poco nieve. Pienso que no voy a escalar afuera del gimnasio para un poco tiempo. 🙂 Pero, bueno trabajo con tus 5,11’s! ¡Es impresivo! Pues, que tengas divertido en California, -feliz felix