Saturday, February 12, 2011
So I'm still recovering from surgery, but I've found a stairstepper routine that (1) doesn't bounce me up and down too much and (2) doesn't send me staggering to the restroom to throw up. I think I've found a point that's easy enough to not hurt, but challenging enough to let me start gaining back some cardio endurance.
For the first time today, I added in an upper-body weight routine. (I think I'll hold off the lower body until that suture line across my abdomen looks more healed up - don't worry, I'm not posting pics or graphic descriptions.)
I'm hoping this will give me more energy, too. I'm sure that right now part of the problem is that I'm healing up, and part of the problem is the medication - but exercise will let me sleep better, and, if past experience is any indication, be perkier during the day.
Hopefully I'll be biking - and running 5Ks again - when the snow melts.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I'm up and around after my surgery, and the doctor has cleared me to be more active as long as I "don't overdo it". Whatever that means. (Her clarification was "be reasonable", which is not really my strong suit.)
I've been walking 5K under her old limitations, so yesterday I thought I'd try running part of it. Like, half a kilometer (though I was bored with walking, and ended up running a whole kilometer.) It felt great at the time ...
But today I'm having more pain than I've had for days. (This is not, I should emphasize, agony; more like sharp jabs even with the level of painkillers I've been taking for a bit.) Google suggests that most people wait 6-8 weeks to start jogging after this surgery, instead of, uh, four and a half.
So my husband has wagged his finger at me, and today I tried a shorter stint on the stairstepper. I'm wondering if all the bouncing around is what's getting to me, rather than the higher heart rate.
Sadly, the stairstepper doesn't add up to much in the way of Rivendell miles. Ah well.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
After two and a half days in the hospital, they let me go home. The doctor and nurses were happy that I'd been up wandering the halls so much. Before anyone thinks this is inspirational, let me make it clear that I wouldn't have done it if it hurt, and I was working up bit by bit so I wouldn't overdo it.
I'm done with my PhD coursework, so I can stay at home (which is all I feel like at the moment anyway). I'll be back in DC from time to time during the spring to meet with my advisor.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
So a while back I developed iron-deficiency anemia, which has pretty much kept me from exercising to any significant degree. Why did I have anemia? Turns out I was losing too much blood. And why was I losing so much blood? Turns out I had these tumors ...
So now I'm in the hospital following surgery. (Tumors of this kind are almost always non-cancerous, though, as you can see, they cause other problems.) This morning I was able to walk up and down the hall, and I have decided to use this to re-start the Rivendell challenge! They're still filming The Hobbit, so surely Darwinista and I can reach Rivendell by then.
Friday, July 09, 2010
I'm about to head to Australia for an SF-related job (yes, really). If you send me SparkMail with your address, I'll send you a postcard (and an explanation). Back in a week!
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