Spinach Explosion

Hola, Tori! Thanks for the note from Panama. We continue to appreciate this website.

As I write, I am covered with spinach from head to toe. I’m not dressing up in costume for some nutrition educational event… no, it was a case of being quite unfamiliar with the vita-max food processor in the new kitchen! Little did I know, it was on “High” and that means HIGH. The top flew off, the machine made a loud buzzing noise, and all the soup sprayed onto everything in sight, including me.

Time for a shower!


I’m now finally done with cleaning spinach off myself, the windows, stove, can opener, cupboards, toaster, coffeemaker, etc. It took about two hours, and the soup didn’t even turn out. I guess I win some, and lose some…back to stir-frys and more familiar recipes.

The new house is very impressive. I have two friendly roommates, Tyndall and Roy. They both keep everything really clean, and Tyndall is always working on projects around the house. Today, he built a step for the garden. He is also a climber, so sometimes we go to the gym. The most beautiful thing about the house is the mahagony wooden floor downstairs. It is so nice, I feel like using the “Swiffer” vacuum on it constantly. (Tomorrow I’ll mop, due to the spinach problem today.)

Greetings from Panama!

Hi Stacey! It’s great to read an update from you! I’m glad you recovered from the rejection and that your recent cough is nothing too serious.

Keep up the journaling 🙂
I may be a bad emailer, keeper-in-touch person, but I do reguarly check in and love to read your updates.


Health update

Greetings to my long-lost readers! I am sorry for not posting in a while. I thought I’d better get on the ball when my mother said, “Now I only check your website every two weeks, and I’m your mother!”

In December and January, I was diagnosed and treated for acute rejection. By mid-February, it was determined that the IV treatments and new medicine had worked and I was cleared of any rejection!

In late February, I had a dermatology appointment to check on skin cancer. I am happy to report there is no evidence of any skin cancer, despite the extreme high risk of skin cancer in transplant patients, and coaching soccer outdoors last fall!

So, things were going quite well, but last Saturday I came down with a nasty cough and phoned the doctor on call to ask what to do. He said to come into the emergency room immediately to get it checked out. So faithful friend and caregiver Dave Allen came and picked me up, and we spent six hours in the emergency room. They did all sorts of tests, including blood tests and nose swabs and determined that I didn’t have influenza, strep throat, pneumonia, or anything terrible like that. In my follow-up visit on Monday, they concluded I had a case of acid reflux, which isn’t so serious. I have since just been sleeping a lot and using over-the-counter medication, but the cough still persists, though not so awful as to keep me up all night like at the beginning.

Despite the cold, I am very pleased to be climbing at?my highest level since the transplant. I’ve started a new goal chart I wrote for myself. It is comprised of 100 climbs rated 5.10a-5.11b that I’m going to climb without falling (on top-rope.) The hardest part will be completing the 20 climbs rated 5.11a or 5.11b. The Friday before I went into the emergency room, I surprised myself and some friends by climbing a 5.11c without falling on only the second try! I am now almost half-way done with the goal chart; I have done 45 of the 100 climbs.

Hi Stacey!

Hi Stacey! Great meeting you at the gym, and thanks for the “She-Climbs” website! You’re truly an inspiration! I’ll be climbing tonight – hope to see you there. Climb on!!

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

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 [email protected] 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

December Update

Tori, thanks for posting the pictures and keeping the website going. Felix, I hope you are surviving the snow in Colorado!

Thanksgiving in Seattle was fun and interesting. I saw Angie, and we spent the first day browsing Pike’s Peak Market. There were a lot of tourists, different types of food, bright flowers, and fish being thrown around the display cases. The next day we went over to her cousin’s house and had a huge turkey dinner. I also met the newest addition to the family, baby Dalin. On Friday, we went to the huge Seattle REI and I saw my friend Stephanie Rowe, who moved to the Seattle area from the Bay Area a couple years ago.?During the?whole trip, it was very cold and rainy. I don’t know how the Seattle people deal with the weather so well.

The big news in December was the 4th Annual Mt. Everest Climb-a-thon. 27 climbers got sponsors and gathered at Planet Granite Gym on Dec. 3rd. Joshua Levin, 12, was the guest of honor. (Joshua was on my climbing team and took private lessons from me for five years.) Josh did a speed climbing demo and climbed a 50′ 5.7+ route in 11.72 seconds. Everyone else climbed their hearts out, too, and collectively climbed well over the height of Mt. Everest. In fact, they almost climbed it twice, achieving a collective total of 52,741 feet. Lei-Lei Shi was the top fund-raiser, and also climbed over a vertical mile in three hours! I am so grateful to the many friends who volunteered, climbed, and sponsored the project this year!

This week I had my annual check-up for my transplant. I am finished with all the tests now. On Monday, I had a physical and a bone density scan. Tuesday, I had a bronchoscopy. Today, Friday, I did an x-ray, a draw, a Pulmonary Function Test and a six-minute walk. I did a little better (than last year) on the six-minute walk–1950 feet. It was a brisk pace, but my oxygen saturation level did not go down below 97%.?The PFT was about the same. I haven’t gotten the results back from the rest of the tests yet.

It has been a good building year. I am happy that I had a chance to compete and earn the badminton gold in the 2006 Transplant Games,?as well as?spend time with the family there. Climbing has been going well; I took a few?small, local road trips this year and have been top-roping some 5.11’s lately in the gym, something I didn’t know if I would ever do after the transplant. I am also glad I have been healthy enough to coach soccer this fall, and I am looking forward to the holidays. I have kept old friends and made many new ones this year, and my family is closer than ever.

Many warm holiday wishes to all of you who have supported me throughout the year and shared the joys of my new life!