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Prior to having a double lung transplant (the biggest surgery any person can have) my wife and I used to eat organic here and there. You know just to say we ate organic and try to trick our brains to think we did something healthy…not that we ate unhealthy a lot. However, after surgery we were told by the doctors and nutritionist to eat as much organic as possible.
Bottom line is they were trying to keep out any pesticides or foreign chemicals that would hinder the healing process or mess with all my medicine . We took heed to that suggestion, because the last thing you want is to find out something you ate made your body sick after having a $3M surgery!
We all know that eating healthy costs more. Organic foods are almost double what the non-organic food costs. Like bananas, organic from our store goes for $.99 lbs, non-organic is $.59 lbs. Being that potassium was and is needed for me, we buy a lot of bananas. We also know that organic foods don’t last as long, the bananas I get can go bad after about 4 days, non-organic about week. So we buy only 4 or 5 bananas at a time. I bet by now you’re tired of me saying bananas! OK moving on.
The cost of organic is higher simply because the crops don’t yield as much and the farmers tend to have a lot smaller crops over all. Have you ever seen a fruit or vegetable grove that goes for miles? Those aren’t organic and they have to use a plane in some areas to cover the crops in chemicals to keep the bugs away. Certified Organic farmers don’t use those harsh chemicals. The bugs that attack the organic farms are smarter, since they don’t eat chemicals, where is the other bugs that eat the chemical sprayed foods are more like the hippies from the 60’s. Lol just kidding
The same goes for eggs, milk, meats and packed foods. The choice to stay with this diet is flippen expensive, but the trade off is, knowing you’re eating better. For me, my body has been healing up well now. Not to say organic was the main factor, but I can say it certainly helps. By the way, organic milk tastes like it did when I was a kid.

Why am I posting this; it is because of the scare of listeria on the apples. Apples people! “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Hmm, not if it has a deadly bacteria. I don’t think I’ve heard of anyone getting sick from organic foods. But, it could happen. We wash all our fruits and vegetables prior to eating them, and so should you, regardless of where it comes from.

The best (in our opinion) fruits and vegetables come from a locally owned, organic farm. Because they know if they don’t produce good produce (did you see what I did there) they might find some of their cows tipped. Just kidding again. That actually hurts the cows, so don’t do it.

In closing, we all have choices to make when shoveling food in our pie holes, so do what you feel is right for you and enjoy!

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This is a feature length script I wrote in Nov. 2014. It’s a ghost story, written for low budget, but of course could go big budget.

Property Manager Logline:

Fed up apartments Property Managers, this married couple chooses to manage a self-storage building of historical value instead, but, the ghost of Greta will haunts the couple until they give up or fight back.

Synopsis:
Married couple Steve and Erin have been property managers of apartment buildings long enough to know they are tired of dealing whining, complaining residents. They chose to switch positions and look into managing self-storage complex instead, thinking it will be quieter and easier than the headaches they have now. After several interviews, some rejections and a couple offers, the married couple choses to manager the historical building downtown, mostly because of its charm and nicer living space.
The old building has quiet the history, as it was once a thriving business in its day. But the business took a nasty turn when an older lady, Greta, dies during an argument with her boss. Soon after Greta’s death the company lost its good reputation and the business finally closed its doors and remained empty, until the storage company purchased it at an auction and renovated it to become a self-storage complex.
Now, after losing several on-site managers and struggling to keep the storage complex going the regional manager, Manny has hired Steve and Erin to run the place. Confident they have what it takes to keep the business afloat, Manny leaves on a well-deserved vacation. What he doesn’t know, is he’s leaving Steve and Erin with the ghost of Greta, who has chased out all the other managers. But with no money and nowhere to go, Steve and Erin must stay and find a way to fight back against Greta’s attacks. After all the physical abuse from Greta, this determined team finds a way to capture and release Greta with the help of her grandson Sven and get her out of the building and prove Manny was right in choosing them.

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This is a hilarious feature length screenplay that is sure to become a classic.

 

TITLE: Early Retirement

Genre: Comedy

Written By: Philip Webb, Tinamarie Forbes and Cathi Iafrate

Log line: Plagued by medical issues, a young couple revitalizes a ritzy retirement home after conning their way past the suspicious and vindictive manager.

 

Some Analysis Feedback from BlueCat Contest:

Reader #8099 says; The characters and plot of this slapstick comedy are reminiscent of the characters and unlikely scenarios in the television series “I Love Lucy”!

Reader #8094 says; The screenplay is very fun, whimsical, and full of lighthearted humor which is very entertaining to read.

  

Synopsis: Based on some true events. Tinamarie and Phoenix Wives, are in their mid 30’s and have been living in cramped apartments in the surrounding towns of historical Charleston, South Carolina.

Phoenix a somewhat nervous, stay at home husband that was born with a lung disease and on disability, which doesn’t pay much.

Tinamarie is quick witted, blunt, former model that smokes and works at her best friend’s boutique store downtown Charleston.

The Wives dream about living downtown in the fashion and art district, however it is just too expensive. That’s where they get the idea to try and move into the luxury Washington Retirement Center right smack in the middle of downtown.

Antony is sneaky, whiny, by the book and is the latest family member to manager the retirement center. He’s loathed by the residents and will soon go through physical and mental abuse to prove the Wives are lying about their age and send them to jail.

After months of investigating the Wives, Ant has all the evidence he needs. However, at his climax of busting the Wives, he blurts out about breaking the Law. He suddenly finds himself scooping poop as the Wives take over as the newest managers. 

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Dear Family, Friends, Colleagues, Colleagues of Colleagues, Friends of Colleagues and Misfits,

 

            That should cover everyone and if not, feel free to add your name above! First of all, thank you for reading this long, but valuable letter. I’ve never had to write such a letter and I Pray I will never have to in the future, so bear with me as I try my best to put this together.

            For those of you that don’t know me, I am Philip Webb, I have Cystic Fibrosis (CF. For more information on CF you can check out www.cff.org) and I am now 44 ½ years old, married to Tinamarie and have 3 adopted children. I’ve been pretty healthy most of my life, however with time and progression of this nasty disease my lungs have gotten together and decided (I wasn’t notified of the meeting) to give in their resignation. The past four years I’ve seen great loss in my lung capacity, from 60% to now only about 30%, for all those who failed math, that’s about a 50% loss and I’m on oxygen at night and with exercise. What does 30%  mean, well here’s what it’s like; try closing your mouth, plugging one nostril all the way and the other nostril half the way…ha, you tried it didn’t you? Seriously, I’m guessing that’s what it’s like to a “normal” person. As my health has declined over the past four years I’ve seen more doctors and been in more hospitals then I even dare to count, but one thing was the same with each doctor, they all said, Transplant is in the future.

A little over a year ago, Tinamarie and I started talking about Transplant. Up to this point I have not considered transplant. However, my heart and my lungs have changed my mind. Therefore, Tinamarie and I have tried three different hospitals and doctors trying to find the right fit for my health. Finally, as of March 2013, we found Keck Medical Hospital at USC here in Los Angeles. They have a very special CF Team along with a unique hospital and they do lung transplants here at the hospital. Matter of fact Dr. McFadden, one of the transplant surgeons was name Surgeon of the year 2011. Those are the kind of things that made us feel comfortable. Plus, the warm, coastal weather here is Great for me.

In October 2013, as I was admitted for yet another virus acting up in my lungs, my CF doctor asked is now the time I would like to start the process of being listed for a double lung transplant. I thought, “Duh, I can’t breathe”, but I really said was, Yes. With that, the evaluation started. They took roughly 30 tubes of blood, apparently they have a vampire on staff, because OMG was that a lot of blood. They tested my heart’s strength and made me walk for 6 minutes while being monitored. The toughest part of all this, yes the needles hurt, but the 6 minute walk, for someone having trouble breathing, geesh that sucked! After the evaluation was completed, the 25 person transplant team met and discussed my case. There was some concern about me complying with the treatments after transplant, because they didn’t know me. So, I had to prove to them I was worthy, got that Done. The team met again and as of Jan 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm, I was officially list for a double lung transplant.

I’ve been asked; why both lungs, why not just one? Because both lungs are infected with CF and they both have to go. I also get asked; will I still have CF after transplant. Yes, CF is a defect in a gene that does not produce the correct proteins for the body, but my lungs are the worst things about me, well my insides anyway.

Now on to the hard part. As most of you know the cost for any hospital stay is large, my average stay in the hospital in the past year has been 2 weeks, with a cost of about $155,000.00 and roughly $1,200.00 of that is my cost after insurance. I have been in the hospital roughly five times in the past year. You can do the math! Needless to say we don’t have that kind of money at this time to cover all of that. Dr. MacFadden told me that a double lung transplant is the most severe surgery anyone can have. They have to put you on all kinds of ventilators and machines to keep you a live while they transplant one lung at a time, the body can’t survive if they removed both lungs at the same time. Unlike a liver or kidney transplant, which can have a living donor ( for more info on living donors as seen on CNN and several other networks, check out www.matchingdonors.com) So, I took to heart, that this is not just a simple nose job, but it’s also one of the most expensive surgery’s.  If you know me, I go all the way, I don’t do things half-assed. Ha. Like the time I finished an 18 month college course in 12 months or the time I was listed for Social Security Disability in less than 3 months (fastest ever) or the time my friends and I stole $486 worth of food from a store for a bbq…ok T.M.I. getting off track here.

Anyway, Tinamarie and I haven’t hit the lottery yet, so we are reaching out to our loving, caring and generous family and friends to help with the cost of medical as well as living expenses. Currently, we are apartment managers and get paid only with rent reduction. To be honest, I haven’t been able to hold up my part of the bargain, Tinamarie runs this place, as well as does all the physical cleaning and renting of the units. She also has been my in-home nurse, my mental supporter (that’s a job in itself) and has maintained our jobs here. However, we will not be able to keep this job once I have my transplant, so we are currently looking to move into a better, more suitable place to live.  As you can see there is a lot that has to be considered with a transplant and we are determined to make them all happen, so I can live a much longer, happier and healthier life for my awesome wife, my three beautiful kids, family members and mostly for myself (is that selfish?).

Any amount of donation is always welcomed and most appreciated. We know it’s not a great economy and things are tough for a lot of us, including us, so we thank you deeply for any help.

My brother Kevin Webb has set up a special account for this sole purpose and will manage that account, because that’s what he does for a living. You can contact him for additional instructions.

 

 – Subject Line: Transplant

webb88@verizon.net

 

I hope you’re able celebrate with me in my pursuit of new lungs. As always I welcome Prayers for new lung, a long, happy life and may you all be Blessed in return.

 

Thank you again from the bottom of my ‘lungs’.

 Sincerely,

Philip & Tinamarie

Image Myself & my wife Tinamarie 2012

Image My three kids last fall.

 

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