Monday, May 10, 2010
Well, I should have come back a little sooner, but it has been a busy several days. My last blog was about asking for meds to overcome a "cold" or just suffer through. I got lots of great feedback on that problem and read a couple of the comments before going to sleep that night. My dream that night was a message from my body begging for help-LOL!! My dream was that I was at the park with my kids, hacking and coughing up a lung, when my doctor comes over and gives me a script and tells me to go fill it!! I woke up and went and read the rest of the comments, the thing that pushed me over the edge was that my chest was starting to hurt from all the coughing-not a positive sign that recovery is around the corner... I made the call. Gave my doc's assistant my symptoms and she called back later for clarification and then faxed to my pharmacy a list of several things I needed to take-Antibiotic, cough syrup, otc cold medicine and otc inhaler for the nasal congestion. I don't get a diagnosis when I just call in, but it is being treated like bronchitis and a severe sinus infection. Which, just as I was "getting over" that last cold I kept having sinus congestion (I thought because of the allergens in the air) and even said to myself at one point, "great, now I'm going to get a sinus infection".
I am feeling some improvement after taking everything for 4 days now. The cough syrup is just for at night, which is good, because this stuff totally knocks me out. The first night I took it I was passes out within an hour and didn't wake up until much later when another severe coughing fit finally woke me up. Last night was the first night I've gone to sleep and stayed that way until the alarm went off, and actually I totally missed the first alarm and only woke up when the second one went off an hour later. I only set the second one as a back-up so I wouldn't over sleep and make my kids late for school-glad it worked!! This stupid cough is very reluctant to let go, but slowly we are making progress.
I might even be ready for a short run one of these days soon. Which is good because I have GOT to get back on track for my 10K, it is only a month away. EEK!! I really would like to run more of it than I walk-; p!
So the next trick is trying to get back into the swing of exercising with out over doing it and causing trouble for myself-I've had enough trouble lately. I just have to keep reminding myself slow and steady, gradually build back up. I have a tendancy to jump in a little too quickly sometimes!! Today I am focusing on repairing my house!! Laundry is piled to the rafters, poor kids at the end of last week they were having trouble finding clothes to wear. Over the weekend I made a good dent on washing things now to get them put away. Sink is full of dishes and the kitchen floor is in need of some help. Made a good dent on the girls' room over the weekend (the floor is once again visable). Now son's room and my own need a little TLC and then at least I will feel better about how my house is doing. I figure that is enough exercise for today and housework will actually give me a good reading on how much I can do before exhausting myself so I can start planning exercise into the mix too. I thought I would go for a run tomorrow, but I think I will do a video instead, then if I reach my limit I can turn it off and be done instead of having to get myself home again-LOL!!
Hope everyone else is having a great day and stying healthy!!
Thursday, May 06, 2010
So, I am sick AGAIN and even worse than the last time. Have I mentioned, I HATE going to the doctor. First, of all I can't see sitting in an office for an hour waiting to get in. Second, I can tell that while I feel aweful and like death warmed over it is not something that is not going to go away eventually (at leaast at this point). Stupid cold from a couple weeks ago never went completely away (even though I thought it did) andcame back and maybe morphed into bronchitis. Nifty neat-o. The good part of this is that I have a great M.D. contact, if I need antibiotics I can call. He knows me well enough to know that I don't call unless I REALLY need it and generally he doesn't even expect to see me in office. So, the great question is antibiotics or not??
So, here is my point of view. I used to work in a hospital, started in housekeeping, shifted to the linen room-which was really nice because all our linens were cleaned off site and basically we were in charge of keeping the floors stocked with their linens, then went to records clerk and then unit secretary, I quit working in order to stay home with my kids just shy of my 15th employment anniversay.. I have spent A LOT of time around sick people. I have also had pounded into my brain the dangers of drug resistance. Every time I have to take an antibiotic I start worrying about MRSA, staph, etc. All these buggies out there that are getting used to our drugs so that they no longer work effectively. It would be so easy to call my M.D. friend and say "hey, I'm sick, here are my symptoms, can I please have something." On the other hand, WebMD assures me that in most people severe cold and bronchitis symptoms will go away on their own in a week or two and that even with taking the antibiotics I will probably only decrease my sick time by one to two days. Hmmm.
The Tylenol Severe cold I've been taking is starting to make a little bit of a difference in how I feel. My chest is finally feeling a little looser, I am not coughing as severely as before and I actually got a little sleep last night and some of that was obtained while actually lying down-LOL!! Sunday and Monday most of my sleeping was done sitting up since lying down caused severe coughing fits. So, I have 4 days left on the 7 days that the Tylenol Severe Cold says " do not take if symptoms last longer than...", I am thinking I will stick with that for now, be miserable and drink more herbal tea. I'll keep an eye on my symptoms and if they suddenly stop getting better and start getting worse again I'll call the doctor. Fo now I get to be miserable. There were several points today when I thought, "just call him already, he'll give you something no problem." But no, it really is better for my immune system if it gets a chance to try and fight this off first.
My son and my 3 y.o. both made me get well soon cards. Wel,l time to go fill up the humidifier and get it going, it seemed to help some last night. In the mean time, I am going to keep hoping this goes away quickly since I have done nothing resembling exercise since Saturday's run. Missing a run in the morning and might have to miss my second 5 mile run on Saturday. This does not bode well for my 10K training plan. We'll have to just wait and see.
Saturday, May 01, 2010
Today was my first ever 5 mile run!! I started off at a disadvantage. I hadn't done any running since last week's 5K. Some congestion settled in my chest and it has been a busy week. Excuses, I know, but it is what it is. Then, yesterday we went to California Adventure (Disneyland's sister park). We have annual passes and have been to Disneyland several times but haven't spent as much time in Cal. Adventure so decided to stay in that park this time. We had a blast, did lots of things we hadn't done before and got back home at 11:00 p.m. Oh, have to tell you about the roller coaster. Cal. Adventure has this one roller coaster-California Screamin'-very classic rollercoaster, blending the old style wooden coaster with new technology. We haven't ever been on it because usually there is nobody to watch the little girls while us big kids go on the coaster, but last night my mom was along and watched the girls while hubby, son and myself went on the coaster. I sat with son. He was literally BOUNCING with excitement before we got on and was still very excited as the ride started. I was a little nervous because this coaster has a loop and I wasn't sure how he would do with the loop. Anyways, ride starts and we are literaly launched into the ride from a dead stop. The ride went really fast and when we were coming around the last turn my son is next to me yelling, "Go again", "That was so much fun", etc. He was still bouncing with excitement as we got off the ride. He had a TOTAL blast and especially enjoyed the loop. He says we have to do it everytime we go! He is only 7, but tall so he was the right size for the ride. I couldn't believe my little daredevil!! It was a REALLY fun coaster!! So, back on topic...Got home really late last nigh, then the stupid dog kept barking, two kids ended up in my bed and I just generally didn't sleep well. Woke up tired but went for my run anyways.
My sister had a route all planned and showed me. I did my best to memorize it and off we went. The first 3 miles were no problem. Just another normal run. The fourth mile got a little harder. Oh, forgot to mention that due to the congestion, distance and lack of preparation for this week, I did Jeff Galloway, only since I didn't take my stopwatch I used songs...two songs running and 1 walking. Mile 4 and I am on the return trip. I forgot to take water-thought I would have learned after last week. On the to do list this week is find an appropriate water bottle for running. Also, ended up taking me an hour and twenty minutes to get done so I probably should have some energy source with me. What I did do was grab two of the salt water taffy the kids had snacked on on the way to Disneyland. Bad idea. Too big, too sticky and the flavor was wrong and I was stuck with this yucky flavor (peach) for most of the rest of the run. I think the sugar did the job it was supposed to though because I did get home!! The peach taffy was so the wrong thing to do that I left the cinnamon one in my pocket..
I think I found out what it means to hit a wall less than a quarter mile from the end of the run. I was taking more walking breaks (coughing alot at this point too) and all of a sudden I just felt like lying down in the street and going to sleep!! I didn't care if someone ran me over or anything. I just wanted to stop. I was DONE!! But I still had a ways to go and I had totally forgotten how the end of the run was supposed to go. I started another running interval and luckily ran into my sis right at the corner and she pointed me in the right direction. I walked the last 50 feet and then had my cool down walk, stretched, and started to go home. Decided to stop at Wal-Mart and grab a Vitamin Water Zero for a treat to celebrate my 5 mile run.
A word of advice-never guzzle a drink at the end of a 5 mile run-man my tummy tied itself in knots for a few moments. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Sip slowly and take your time-LOL!! It passed quickly and I was fine. I spent a little time walking around doing a little browsing, picked up a new pair of workout pants and an addtional pair of bike shorts for under the pants to hold everything in place-:) and came home. Now I am bushed, time to go to son's baseball game though. And then the kids' rooms need lots of help this afternoon. No rest for the weary. Oh well. Off we go to baseball!!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
It has been a busy kind of week. Not anything specific just lots of running around and stuff. Ordered a new oven, it came and got installed yesterday. Woo Hoo!! I am so happy!! That old oven was horrible. It never lit unless I banged on it. I almost broke my toes several times kicking the darn thing (a lazy way of banging-not out of violence though it certainly deserved it). We call the new one the Zebra. When I was looking for a new oven I was looking at black ones to match the rest of the appliances. Then I saw this oven with a white top and a black front and fell in love. It fits into our kitchen perfectly, it sits next to our black dishwasher, and the top matches up with the white counters in our kitchen. It is perfect and it lights the second you turn the knob and is dead on accurate for tempurature.
Had better internet service installed. A kindly neighbor was letting us piggy back, but it was tiring, slow when both houses were on the net and weather affected the quality of the connection. So much nicer now. Connection is pretty fast and the kids are getting a blast out of the Netflix streaming that we can get through the Wii. Closest thing to "real" t.v. we've had in over a year. (Cut the power to broadcast t.v. over a year ago-too expensive and decided we wanted more control over what the kids are able to watch and in some cases the adults too). Girls needed new shoes. Actually only one girl needed new shoes, but Payless has a BOGO going so the other one got new shoes half price.
Then today, I got the letter saying I'd been accepted to the Bachelor's program I'd applied to. There is more to do than I thought and this is going to take some time and money but I'm in....Whew, now what? I've been wanting to finish this degree and now that I am that one great big step closer to finishing it the anxiety is setting in. Am I still smart enough to get the grades? Will I have the time while raising 3 kids? Will my husband support me during the long haul and not get tired of the deadlines and less money because of the cost of classes? Do I have the abiltiy to set aside the things I want to do for the things I have to do? Will my household suffer due to the added work load? And I am sure there will be some that pop up when I lay my head down tonight and for the rest of the week. I have all the answers to those question-the trick is believing the answers. I feel like a Kindergartener on the first day of school and I haven't even started the first class yet.
In addition I haven't done much exercise this week so far. Too busy and now feeling badly again. This time it is 100% allergies. There are these trees here. My hubby says it is the cottonwoods. All I know is when these little white fluffies that look kind of like air borne dandilions appear my allergies will cause me problems. My nose is alternately runny and stuffy, my eyes are watery and my throat is sore. UGGH!! Can't wait for spring to end. It gets so hot here that the heat kills everything with pollen, that part of summer I like the heat part I can do without-LOL!!
Well gotta go do some dishes. The remainders of dinner are still waiting for me to deal with them. The Zebra is nice and clean though-wiped it down as soon as dinner was ready!! Maybe I'll do some lunges while I do dishes to get in something resembling exercise.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
So my motivation went AWOL this week. Some of it was due to weather. I turn into a sloth when it rains, I just want to curl up on the sofa with a hot cup of herbal tea (or hot cocoa), a warm blanket, and a good book or an old movie-sometimes all of the above!! Some of it was still getting over that stupid cold I caught, and I think some of it was plain old tiredness. Thanks to all the sparkers who sent me a kick in the pants to get me going again.
Today was my third official 5K. The Race for Humanity in nearby Menifee. My sister and I ran it together (well at the same time-she was out of site most of the race-lol). It was a very nice race. Lots of booths at the expo. Most of them representing the charities who benefited from the race. It was a cool concept for a race. About 10 or so local charities were represented and each runner could pick his/her charity to run for. There were lots of happy people milling about and taking pictures, checking out the booths, etc. There was a 10K race first and we went to watch the runners come in. Two young men, who had to be brothers came in first and second at right around 30 min. My mind boggled at the idea of running more than 6 miles in half an hour. I can't run a 5K in half an hour!! Time for our race. We were treated to a very energetic warm-up, the National Anthem and the promise of lots of water stops along the route.
The race took place almost entirely on city streets and while fun, I got the feeling we were ticking of lots of drivers!! Traffic around the race route was not a very happy thing for those who were not running the race. We did have lots of police support and they did a great job! Somehow the race was plotted along a gradual, very gental uphill slope-the entire race except for one short downhill. The physics of this stymied me, but I swear the entire course was uphill!!
I was running along and ready for one of those frequent, promised, water stops. It was quite a warm morning and some water sounded wonderful. Shame on me, rookie running mistake, I should have toted my own. I really need to buy a hydration belt...Anyways, first table comes into sight and suspiciously few people are milling around. They were OUT OF WATER!! Uggh!! "Okay, there will be another one." So I run along some more, quite enjoying myself and start thinking that another water stop could be coming up soon. Yep, there ahead was another table and again, suspiciously few people were near the table. You got it...OUT OF WATER!! UGGGH! "It is hot, I'm really thirsty, I wish I had some water." A little bit later a Dad and Daughter run past and Dad is holding out a bottle of water to Daughter. I nearly tackled that approximately 10 year old cutie to steal her water. Dehydration crazies!! I figure, most 5Ks have only two water stops (that is judging by the previous two 5Ks I ran anyways) and that is it until we get back. But suddenly, up ahead there is another table!! Could it be possible, do they have water? YES!! Noooooooooo, they are out of cups!! Anyone willing to stop will get water poured from the container straight into their mouth. I pass. Darn.
Into the third mile now and upping my pace just a little. See there is this woman ahead of me. She' s been ahead of me the entire race and earlier on she was further ahead. She is a little younger than me, I guess, but about the same fitness level. I could tell, that like me, she'd been working on this running thing. I kept thinking that her behind must be what mine would look like if not restrained by the bike shorts I was wearing under my running pants (thanks for the tip Karvy!), sorry I am not always charitable, its something I'm working on. Anyways, I digress, as the race went on I closed the gap until she was well within my sights at mile 3. I just knew that if I upped my pace a bit I could beat her. I am a little too competitive sometimes...I gain and gain and gain until less than 1/2 mile from the finish I pass her. Woo Hoo. Knew I could do it!! Around a curve and up ahead is the finish line. Wait what's that? She passed ME!! She poured on some steam of her own and passed me. Dang, that just will not do. Her steam was just enough to get her a few strides ahead of me. We are a hundred yards from the finish line now so I pour on some steam of my own, that's right missy I was holding back too!!! Whaaahahaha (evil laugh). I lengthen out my stride and rush forward and handily beat her to the finish line!! So, maybe the other girl was racing me there at the end, maybe she wasn't, but my competitive spirit took over and I HAD to beat somebody!! Oh, hey motivation, there you are, stuck to the back of that other girl's shoe. Chased you down and caught you, you little bugger!! Whaaaahahaha!! So there. Now I just need Wendy to come over and sew it back on to my foot like Peter Pan's shadow!! :)
I decided what MoJo wants is more races. My motivation feeds off the competitive spirit!! I wasn't feeding it enough to keep it here!!
It was a great race, my final time was right around 48 minutes which matches my Turkey Trot time, which was the last OFFICIAL race before the great shin splint battle. Not bad, not bad...
Had a fun time, came home and "planted" the garden. My garden is in containers and two raised beds. I'm not sure you can call shoving some onion bulbs in the dirt (really I just threw them around and shoved them into the dirt) and scattering some seeds and covering them with dirt counts as gardening, but it is what it is and hopefully something grows. I'm not very good at this gardening thing-LOL!! I bought a few started plants and did treat them right, which is why the seeds got so little individual attention-I was out of patience by the time I got to them. I looks good out there though. If things start to grow I'll take a picture.
Son had a baseball game, did quite well. Then it was a rush to drop him off at a birthday party. Now husband finished assembling one of the beds and filling it with soil so time to plant some beans/peas before dinner. I get the feeling I won't have any trouble sleeping tonight!! :)
Hope everyone has a great weekend!! Tomorrow I get to rest, right after church, and before starting dinner. LOL!! The life of a busy mom!!
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