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Reflections 10.4.10

Monday, October 04, 2010

It happened again. I spoke with a friend yesterday who developed an issue while running. Earlier this year - someone else had a running injury which actually required surgery. Unfortunately my friend yesterday has an upcoming event.

It is difficult situation to be in. What do you do as a friend? First, you want to be supportive. Second, you take this very serious - no matter what event is ahead of you, and get it looked at by a professional so it can be addressed appropriately.

A couple of years ago I sprained my ankle running - a week before a 100 mile bike ride. I was in the ER, and I talked with an orthopedic surgeon. (This orthopedic (foot) surgeon is also part of an NFL team). I was told I could do it by the surgeon I would be OK, and what should trigger me to stop. (I did the ride).

The advise was appropriate because it was a professional with experience in the type of injury I sustained.

Now, way too often I see people on this site say 'you can do it'. That MAY be OK in many cases, but we don't know. Please use caution when you tell a person they can do it if there is an underlying medical issue, because you may not be doing your sparkfriend a favor - encourage them to get a professional to look at it. Your friend may not like it - but in order to win on Wall street - you have to invest, or - doing the right thing from the beginning - is the right investment.

Happy sparking

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DEBBIEDAY 10/5/2010 8:18AM

    As always, Great advise Jan!
Thanks for sharing!!!

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B-N-ME 10/4/2010 8:42PM

    Great advice again, keep it going Jan!

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ANGIEBILL 10/4/2010 7:52PM

    Jan, once again great advice. No one should risk injurying themselves further without consulting a qualified physician. I hope that everyone remembers this if something should ever happen to them.

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LAURIE5658 10/4/2010 6:20PM

    As time goes on I am becoming an ultra conservative runner because I know just how fragile our body CAN be if we overtrain OR run through pain. Its just not worth it folks!! Don't do it! Thank you, Jan!

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LILPAT3 10/4/2010 10:17AM

    I wish I would have had coaches in high school that followed the principle that it is NOT okay to play when you have pain unless the doctor tells you it is. I might still be running if that were the case.

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ETTEZEUS 10/4/2010 10:05AM

    Now that is a good piece of advice!
Thank you!

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    You are so right Jan - I have found myself more often now - telling people to rest and ice and see how it feels in a couple of day - if the pain is still there - go see a doctor, because reality - the cost may be expensive, but peace of mind is priceless and if there is real issues - you are better off know it.

I will always thank you for your insistence that I go see a doctor in December of last year. You definitely saved my running life.

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FUNFROG79 10/4/2010 9:57AM

    I hear ya~ emoticon

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DDOORN 10/4/2010 7:43AM

    NO injury is worth the risk of added insult!

I support my buddies by encouraging them to follow drs. orders because I KNOW they would have a much more difficult time being sidelined long-term than to miss a single event or two.


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GROEDER 10/4/2010 6:36AM

    I know from experience that your advice is right on the money!!! Qualified professionals are far more objective and not governed by emotion.
I hope everyone reads your blog and follows your suggestions.
Thanks for writing it.

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PVG 10.2.10

Sunday, October 03, 2010

PVG (Ponte-vino-giro) or tour of the wine country and covered bridges is an annual event in NE Ohio. It is put on by a local bike store and is a two day event.

Arrival straight from work on Friday got my package and met my colleague and her husband for dinner. It was a great time with them. Early to bed. The weather forecast was a bit iffy - however, we started out with an absolutely glorious sunrise which included a rainbow over lake Erie.

Got underway and it started to drizzle... then rain. Well made it to the first rest stop. A mile down the road it was time to decide 34 or 67 miles. I decided on the 67 :-) and down the road I went.

About 5 miles after the split I met a guy I had rode with before, so we essentially rode the rest of the ride together. Weather rain off and on, and we were soaked when we got home. Pasta party last night ... yes. Will prefer not to make any additional comments.

Spent some time with a couple from Cinci and had great - early to bed - decided not to ride today (ran 7 miles instead)....

Just a quick race report ..

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DEBBIEDAY 10/5/2010 8:21AM

    I bet that was a beautiful ride this time of year! Have Fall colors arrived? Here in Georgia Fall 'sneaks in' and only some color in the north Georgia mountain areas.....this transplanted yankee missed New England in the Fall and yes-even winter!

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AMCG2002 10/4/2010 4:07PM

    That sounds like so much fun! That would be the riding, not the rain (boo hiss!). Some year I would love to do that ride and make it a getaway weekend for Dennis and me. I'm guessing it's always going to be 2 weeks before the Columbus Marathon, though, huh?

Only 7 miles... LOL ;)

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BILLALEX70 10/4/2010 11:31AM

    The ever amazing Jan!

2 weeks out from a marathon and the guy is riding 67 miles. WooHoo!

See you in two weeks.

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BOBBYD31 10/3/2010 11:31PM

    sorry the rain spoiled things but great job on the 67

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GRACE612 10/3/2010 9:29PM

    Pasta is a staple in our house!!! lol!!! Sounds like a fabulous weekend!

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DDOORN 10/3/2010 9:17PM

    Sorry to hear about the rain...! But awesome distance! I've slogged out soaker rides and if it's just a drizzle I can manage but flatout downpours? Just did one of those and wouldn't want to repeat it if I can help!


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L3DESIGNS 10/3/2010 7:05PM

    Sounds like a great long ride! Great job...

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DJS-DEBBIE 10/3/2010 5:35PM

    I cannot imagine 67 miles - you are absolutely amazing!

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TTLEELEE 10/3/2010 4:05PM

    Just reading about your runs and rides makes my muscles ache a bit Jan. The stuff you do is GREAT. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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ANGIEBILL 10/3/2010 4:01PM

    Sounds like a fun weekend!

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LAURIE5658 10/3/2010 3:50PM

    After suffering through a very hot summer, this coller weather raocks! It sounds like you had a great time! Here's to more to come!

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IRISHLASS117 10/3/2010 3:25PM

    You rock Warrior!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/3/2010 3:08PM

    Brrrr! But sounds like a great race. My husband likes long bike rides on the road. I suspect they are probably in my future down the road, but I have resisted so far. Partly because I have a mountain bike and find the idea of trail riding much more appealing. And running even more appealing.

Have a good week. Is this a taper?

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Reflections 10.1.10

Friday, October 01, 2010

Tomorrow is October 2nd. It is Livestrong day. LIVE STRONG Day marks the day of cancer survivor celebration ... I encourage you to celebrate cancer survivorship by wearing yellow tomorrow 10/2.

Currently there are 28 million cancer survivors, but the stats are scary - the prediction is one out of two men and one out of three women will be diagnosed with cancer. It is scary.

What can we do to avoid being a statistic - we can make efforts to prevent it from happening. One of them you have already done - you are here and making strides to eat and live healthier. If you smoke - stop - and stop all tobacco products - wear sunscreen when you are out (even on days where it is cloudy), breast exams, mammograms, colonoscopy, testicular exams etc - make sure you have an annual physical ... yes, I know it was in a reflections just a few days ago.

and tomorrow - wear yellow to celebrate survivorship

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B-N-ME 10/2/2010 8:51PM

    Everybody knows somebody....and that is TOO many people!

Thank you Jan for all you do, in the fight to stop it!

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ANGIEBILL 10/1/2010 8:54PM

    I will be wearing my yello tomorrow! Thanks for the reminder!

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TRACKMOM64 10/1/2010 6:40AM

    Congratulations to all survivors.

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Reflections 9.28.10

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

First of all - thank you for reading my blogs. Second, thank you so very much for all the compliments. I have to be honest and say I am pretty overwhelmed by the outpour of support.

This past weekend I got an email from a friend. His wife had a mammogram on Friday, and you know what may be up with her. Depending on the result - she may have a stereotactic biopsy.

When I browse spark website and all the postings about what people are doing to maintain their health - there is something I am really missing. So I will come with a gentle reminder by listing a few things. Monthly breast exam (men as well), PAP smear and the male equivalent - exam of the prostate (don't forget to teach the younger boys to examine the testicles ... remember the Lance Armstrong story and the Scott Hamilton story?), colonoscopy, and physical. I am sure you are getting the point. And yes, I had my colonoscopy when I was 50, and I am having an annual physical (next one is next month and I got my flushot this week), got my teeth cleaned last week.

In addition to the prevention/early detection of disease - having an annual physical will also help you harvest the fruit of your labor - as in share your success with your health care provider (MD, DO, NP) ... lower weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol etc

The other thing you may want to consider to measure wellness - make a list with two columns - one being then (when you embarked on your spark journey) and now (today). Here is couple of things you may want to compare. ... add what ever you feel - this is your list
- quality of life
- quality of sleep
- mood
- anxiety
- self confidence
- level of energy
- relationship with your family

Keep the list and do it every 4 - 6 months - look at the progress or use it to help you set goals. Goals may not always be measured in lbs (kg), inches, or miles run or walked.

Now make it a healthier day!

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DREMARGRL 9/29/2010 7:02AM

    This is such a fine blog to remind people to take good care of themselves....and their all around mental health as well. Mind and body definitely intermingle.....and I want to be in harmony. Thanks for the reminder, Jan. You're the emoticon!!!
emoticonMuaaah! Have a glorious day and a fine time on Saturday. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CALIDREAMER76 9/28/2010 10:35PM

    Thanks - for the wellness check reminder - I'm good about getting checked what needs to be checked - but not so good at looking at the other measures!

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IRISHLASS117 9/28/2010 1:39PM

    I suck at this! I'm great at taking care of everyone else though!

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LAURIE5658 9/28/2010 12:15PM

    It is my strong determination to be proactive with my health given that Mom had breast cancer and ultimately passed. I just finished my yearly rounds of all testing including bloodwork, colonoscopy, mammogram and pap. It feels awesome to have everything checked off for another year!

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LILPAT3 9/28/2010 11:38AM

    Great reminders. Stereotactic biopsies are not the worst types of biopsies...sore for about a week, but they definitely help doctors pinpoint, plan, etc.

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CHANGE_4_LIFE 9/28/2010 9:26AM

    Excellent blog Jan -- you just reminded me of a couple of things that I've been putting off. Thanks for the reminder!! :-)

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    Thanks Jan for the reminder

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GROEDER 9/28/2010 6:42AM

    Those are great reminders for all of us. Thanks for keeping them fresh in my mind.

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Reflections 9.27.10

Monday, September 27, 2010

This is a difficult blog to write, but I am writing it to honor the patient and his family.

Last week, I supported a young woman and her teenage daughter during a very difficult time - a couple of days before and the day of removing life support from the husband/dad. The patient had sustained a closed head injury with a large bleeding in his brain after a motorcycle accident.

When I spoke with the wife for the first time, she shared a couple of significant pieces of information with me. One of which is the reason for this blog. Advanced directives and power of attorney.

If you fall and hit your head on the ice and cannot speak for yourself - or something else happens where you are in a terminal condition - do you have someone who can make the decisions you would make (Power of attorney for health care decisions) and does he/she know what you want? (Living will)?

When we realized the severity of this patients illness we had a conversation with the spouse, she know exactly what he wanted or not wanted (if you will), and his position on donating organ and tissue.

I will tell you, this family taught all of the nurses, physicians, social workers so much and how to prepare for this unthinkable situation. The wife and daughter were incredible, and I think I know them well enough that they would want me to share this blog with all of you, so if something happens to someone in your family - you are as prepared as they were 'when disaster struck'.

I had the privilege of spending several hours with the wife and the daughter. I will spare you for the details, but these two people taught me so much, and their love for each other as a family, their courage in this situation will not soon be forgotten.

If they were standing in front of you - they would tell you - take the elephant out of the room, get the forms, and discuss what needed to be discussed when it comes to living will and decisions towards the end of live. Completing these documents represents love ...

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HARMONYBLUE 9/28/2010 9:50AM

    Good idea. The hubby and I have discussed six ways from Sunday after my stepbrother died but have nothing in writing.

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    Once again Jan you bring to light truly important things for all of us to deal with.

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ANGIEBILL 9/27/2010 11:02PM

    Sounds like a terrific family. Thank you for sharing a very important piece of information.

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IRISHLASS117 9/27/2010 10:04PM

    Tough conversation to have but the most important one you don't want to skip. This takes the pressure off those left that have to make your choices known and gives them the peace of mind knowing they followed your wishes. This is an act of love and a gift to family and friends.

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RENA1965 9/27/2010 9:56PM

    Great blog- I asked my own husband how he wanted things.. I however couldn't let him die from gangrene, so I told the doctor to take his leg. Thats a big decision, but I can live with myself if we see each other again. My kids needed a dad a few years more- they were only 8 and 10 years old -he died anyway.. We had a chance- it didn't work out anyway.. I have no regrets... My kids miss him- I want them to know I did every humanly possible... When he passed away I asked them not revive him... He had to have the will to survive himself..
He got the send off he wanted- the people he asked to read at his funeral, his best friend singing in the church and right down to the stone and whom carried the coffin..
He didn't have anything easy in life- so passing away I get him his last rights to decide... He loved his kids and wasn't happy about dying- so let the doctor avoid keeping him on life support.. He did get better lossing his leg- but blood clots and heart disease with diabetics go hand in hand... I still have I miss you days, but no guilt about how I acted..

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BRADIA 9/27/2010 9:39PM

    It is difficult for many to talk about the unexpected, but how right you are!
It takes a smart person to plan ahead and make the family know that wishes they need to be followed at ocassions like the one you are talking to us about.
Thanks for sharing your experience.

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DJS-DEBBIE 9/27/2010 9:18PM

    You are so right...we should all do this. Thanks for the reminder.

My prayers for the wife and daughter.

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B-N-ME 9/27/2010 9:02PM

    I totally agree with this. I have done my part, my wishes are known. Why leave it for the griefing family to feel guilt over not knowing if they have done the right thing...the thing you would want.
Thank you Jan, for pointing out the elephant in the room.

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