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The continuing saga

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Doctor appointment today. He wants another CT scan tomorrow morning, and if things aren't improved from the previous scan, we might be looking at surgery in the afternoon.

At least we have the power back on.

  
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KNYAGENYA 7/12/2013 11:16AM

    I hope you are feeling better soon.

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MSANITAL 7/12/2013 9:46AM

    Sending prayers what will be operating on ?? hope all goes well

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TATTER3 7/11/2013 11:16PM

    Prayers

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/11/2013 9:17PM

    I hope things go well....

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DOGLADY13 7/11/2013 7:07PM

    Hang in there, friend.

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NATPLUMMER 7/11/2013 4:52PM

    Power is good.

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Who wished me to live in interesting times?!!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Erin woke up with a tonsil about the size of a golf ball, protruding into her throat enough to make it hard to breathe or swallow. So off we went to the ER. IV antibiotics and pain meds, a CT scan to determine whether it was abscessed (it was not), then more IV fluids and we finally left around 3:30 pm, 7 hours later--she has to go to her doc tomorrow, but insurance protocol dictates that this is an outpatient issue.

While we were trapped in the brightly lit, windowless, sterile ER environs, a stormaggedon had stricken Cleveland. We walked out of the cool, dry air conditioned air into what felt and looked like a tropical zombie apocalypse. There were tornado and flood watches, and lightning flashing in the sky.

We stopped to fill a prescription at CVS, where we were apparently a thought experiment in how long it took a person to lose the will to live. FINALLY the scrip was filled and we staggered on home.

Where, 15 minutes later, the power went out. And is still out. Lightning hit a tree directly in front of the fire station, and the tree ripped down a huge swathe of power lines.

So now I'm sitting here, typing on my iPhone by candlelight. The power isn't expected to be back on until sometime tomorrow. I have a huge work assignment that requires Internet, so I will probably spend tomorrow in a Panera.

Life, you can stop making anecdotes for me for a while. Really, I won't mind!

  
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JANETRIS 7/11/2013 9:52PM

    What a day....Hope it all worked out for you!! emoticon

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CHEFSOPHIE 7/11/2013 3:11PM

    Hope tomorrow is a better day.

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HILLSLUG98239 7/11/2013 11:41AM

    Ugh.

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NATPLUMMER 7/11/2013 10:38AM

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NANHBH 7/11/2013 8:58AM

    WOW, what a day! I'll bet you were glad to see that day end. Hope your power is back up and running soon. And I hope that your daughter seriously considers getting rid of those tonsils. She'll be glad that she did.
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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/11/2013 1:13AM

    You do have an interesting life, that is for sure! You must write for a living because you make the most simple boring things (like rx fillings!) into a great read! Keep it up, I need the laughs.

I'll be praying for some healing miracles for your daughters tonsils!


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DOGLADY13 7/10/2013 10:06PM

    If this were a movie, the audience would be laughing by now. You can't make up the kind of craziness you are living.

My beloved mother in law cursed me with "may you live in interesting times." Clearly you have gotten the same curse. I've been waiting for a boring day for years and years. Hasn't happened yet.

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It's okay; they're *medicinal* potato chips

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I was having a tough time pulling back out of the body crisis of Saturday's ride, and then a friend with LOTS of riding experience insisted that I eat potato chips: lots of salt and potassium.

And by gum if it didn't help LOADS. Potato chips. Who knew they could be health food?!

I will be reserving this little health tip only for specific times, like right before Pedal to the Point and right after. But it's nice to have one more item in the old arsenal.

In the meantime, my daughter is now flattened with an abscessed tonsil. We had to take her to Urgent Care this afternoon, and they want her to go and get it lanced and then see about having her tonsils out. She wants NOTHING to do with this plan.

When they're in their late 20s, you can't just bundle them into the car and carry them into the hospital anymore.

They gave her antibiotics, and I hope that does the job. She has a wedding to go to in Florida in two weeks, so tonsils out right now are a no--she is maid of honor, after all!

So, way too much health stuff going on here. Hoping for a boring rest of July, healthwise!

  
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OPTIMIST1948 7/11/2013 8:18PM

    Your title made me laugh. alot. Thank you!

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NANHBH 7/11/2013 8:51AM

    MissG,

Thanks for the medicinal potato chip tip! I think I could have used that knowledge after my first triathlon this year. I got the shakes so bad, I just didn't feel well that whole day. Like Sheila, I think I'll have to add that to my first aid kit!
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I hope your daughter does consider having her tonsils out. I had mine out when I was 21 -- and it improved my health tremendously.
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DOGLADY13 7/10/2013 6:54PM

    I'm going to pretend I never saw that potato chip remedy. I don't need any more rationalizations to help convince me to eat chips.

Honestly, you family has had enough illness and medical problems for the year. This is crazy. Here's hoping the antibiotics work.

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JANETRIS 7/10/2013 6:34PM

    Hope your daughter feels better quickly to enjoy the wedding! I may have to fill my medicine cabinet and stock up if you know what I mean!?!? emoticon

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UKMOM638 7/10/2013 5:42PM

    Wishing everyone a speedy recovery! emoticon emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 7/10/2013 3:29PM

    I hope things get better.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/10/2013 2:37PM

    I'm one of those wierd people that is actually supposed to be on a high salt diet to help prevent dehydration and low blood pressure. My doctor told me to eat Pringles! Got to love it!

It is a good tip to replenish sodium and potassium when feeling low on a bike ride. I always carry an "emergency" supply of foods when my husband and I got out on the tandem. My husband has a tendency to not drink or eat enough when riding, so I've learned my lesson with him.

I'm glad you found something that helped you out.

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DAWNSJOURNEY 7/10/2013 9:34AM

    Hope your daughter gets better by the wedding .. Medicinal chips.. :) girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.. I do know salt is important after a long ride on a hot day thoe.. be careful and ride on !!

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FLYER99 7/10/2013 9:20AM

    Wishing all the best for your daughter. Have a wonderful day!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/10/2013 9:08AM

    That's a tip I'm going to use!

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NATPLUMMER 7/10/2013 9:02AM

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JLITT62 7/10/2013 9:00AM

    Dark chocolate pretzels are one of my fav recovery foods after a hard run!

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LKWQUILTER 7/10/2013 7:00AM

    Praying for your daughter and that she gets better soon. I sure like the info about potato chips. I will have to tell my dh.

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TATTER3 7/10/2013 6:23AM

    Had my tonsils out in my 20's. It's an overnighter and the recovery is quick. Giterdone!!!

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NANA2PRINCESSES 7/10/2013 5:53AM

    Medicinal chips, who would have thought it? Good luck with the health issues.

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RASPBERRY56 7/10/2013 4:49AM

    May have to use that tactic to explain *chocolate*!

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Hope all your family health issues clear up ASAP!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/10/2013 1:37AM

   
Medicinal tater chips! Gotta love it! I better go stock up my first aid kit!
I hope your daughter heals up quickly!

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VIPERSWEB 7/10/2013 12:28AM

    Hope you and your daughter (and rest of the family) remain healthy!

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KESTRYLL 7/10/2013 12:21AM

    Good luck!

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LATTELEE 7/10/2013 12:19AM

  Good luck

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Not my best riding day

Sunday, July 07, 2013

I biked 35 miles yesterday, but they were not good miles. I had intended to make a 55-mile loop, but just 5 miles in (while watching the traffic light and the traffic instead of looking at the road) I hit a piece of rebar that caused my front tire to scoot out from under me, throwing me toward traffic that was starting to move. I stopped myself from falling into the street by *putting my hand on a moving car.*

Needless to say, I was sort of jangled with adrenaline by all that.

I biked 5 more miles, trying to get myself calmed down, but I was struggling. So when I got to a charming little village I pulled over, sat down on a bench, ate a banana, drank some water, and got myself calmer. I went on from there, headed south and slightly upstream into a mild headwind. I wasn't expecting to be fast, but I was surprised at how bad I felt. I had to stop and rest again after another 5 miles, and then at 18 miles, when I reached the top of a hill I simply had to throw myself down on the grass, gasping for air.

That's when I cut the ride short. I started back, and it was definitely easier, but every climb was doing me in WAY more than it should have. Stopped after 5 miles to buy a coke, and then after another 3 to buy some Gatorade. I texted hubby to let him know I might need a rescue, but decided to keep going. Stopped one last time about 4 miles from home to take shelter under a gas station for 10 minutes of absolute deluge, then made the final press for home.

About two blocks from home, I started wondering if I was having a heart attack. The road was flat, but I still felt terrible. I felt like I couldn't catch my breath at all. I briefly considered calling for a rescue but realized I could be home before he could get in the car and come get me.

Got home, told hubby my concerns, decided to take a shower to get the sweat off, and then noticed that I was fighting cramps in my thighs, feet, and calves. Sure sign of potassium deficiency. Decided that an immediate trip to ER was not necessary.

I'm still going to call my doctor on Monday and go in to get checked out. I don't feel 100% back to normal yet, but no real chest or back pain,

  
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HILLSLUG98239 7/11/2013 11:44AM

    On the plus side, you have another story to tell when you're hanging out with other riders.

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NANHBH 7/11/2013 8:54AM

    WOW, I'm reading your blogs backward, so I know that the medicinal potato chips helped you. But that must have been really scary - especially the part about putting your hand on a moving car to get your balance! That could have been disastrous. Glad that you are OK.
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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/10/2013 1:43AM

    Very scary! What did the doc say? Hope you are feeling better today!

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RUNASHLEYRUN 7/8/2013 3:57PM

  Oh wow! Very scary! Glad you are recovering!!

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MSANITAL 7/8/2013 8:39AM

    OMG I would be so scared.. and I am glad you turned around are you riding when it is wicked hot? because heat has a huge factor with riding I mean we do not feel the heat when riding because we are moving fast but really it does effect us.. and hydration should be double then what you normally take in..

Also there are this potassium and magnesium pills I get at the bike shop called hot legs they work great.. ...

Hope everything checks out with you, be safe and easy dose it



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TATTER3 7/8/2013 6:37AM

    Bless your heart. Be careful!!!

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OPTIMIST1948 7/8/2013 5:45AM

    I am glad you had the intelligence to STOP and GO HOME when you did. Maybe it was the near miss, maybe it was the potassium. But in anycase it was the right decision.

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MOTLEM 7/7/2013 10:02PM

    I hope you are feeling much better now after that terrible bike ride. I commented on the forum and then found you had a blog...

Stay safe and be careful on your bike.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/7/2013 8:39PM

    I hope you are feeling better by the time you read this. That sounds like one tough ride.

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SHAMILTON311 7/7/2013 6:24PM

    I ended up in the ER (sent by a doctor). It turned out to be Pulmonary Emboli. They are blood clots, which originate in the legs and go to the lungs. I had symptoms of struggling to breathe on my walk on the road. I felt exhausted, could hardly finish my walk. If blood clots go to the lungs, they cause pulmonary emboli, to the heart a heart attack, to the brain a stroke. thirty percent of people who get blood clots die if they don't get medical attention in the first hour. I think most doctors would tell you to get to the Er immediately. I will be thinking of you.

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CHEFSOPHIE 7/7/2013 4:59PM

    You did have a challenging afternoon. emoticon

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JANETRIS 7/7/2013 3:55PM

    emoticon very scary indeed....hope you figure out the cause of all the distress. Could have just been the "car Incident"....So glad you are OK now...take it easy!! emoticon

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DOGLADY13 7/7/2013 12:59PM

    Yikes! Scary. I'm glad it wasn't a heart attack and you are recovering.

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Taking my own medicine

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I am recovering from a stress fracture in my left foot. I am allowed to bike and swim, but not run for 6 weeks. Because of the change in my gait, I have to be careful not to walk too much because my knee starts hurting.

But I am barely able to keep myself off my feet today. I swam this morning, but because of timing I only got in 20 minutes. 20 minutes is not a tragic workout, but it's not as much as I would like. I biked an hour yesterday and almost 2 the day before, so a short workout today is in no way tragic. And yet I still am feeling nervous about the short workout.

On a regular basis, I am on here encouraging people with injuries to be patient with themselves and allow time for healing. But I'm very bad and taking my own advice.

Time to listen to my own good words. A little down time is a good idea when recovering from injuries. I will be fine. I will be fine. I will be fine.

  
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NANHBH 7/11/2013 9:00AM

    Dang, Girl, if it weren't for bad luck, you wouldn't have any luck! Take it easy. Listen to your own good advice.
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OPTIMIST1948 6/30/2013 3:34PM

    Stress fracture. Dont those come from OVERUSE? Consider this a signal from your body to slow the heck down. If you still want to run, you can do water-running.

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JUST2OFUS 6/28/2013 8:06AM

    I have Post Polio Syndrome, had Polio as a child and I want to say.....You need to take care of your body. Please don't take the ability to walk, run and exercise for granted. I am unable to walk far, and can only stand for about 15 mins with out severe pain. Please take the time to heal, or you might join me in my chair someday.

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APPLESBANANAS 6/27/2013 8:53PM

    Is there a new activity that you are allowed to try that isn't weight-bearing? Maybe try some of the workout videos for abs or arms that you haven't done before. I know it's not nearly as intense as the cardio workout you've been getting, but it would spice things up while you're staying off the foot. I hope you heal quickly and get back soon.

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DAWNSJOURNEY 6/27/2013 2:39PM

    You will be fine and you do need to give it the time to heal right so you don't injure it again when it is healed.

IT is so easy to give advice and hard to take our own...

I see you doing the best you can with your situation and know this isn't a race and you're still winning ...

hugs and healing,
Dawn

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SUMTHINGSPECIAL 6/27/2013 11:58AM

    I know what you mean - being put out of commission is a hard thing to handle. Even when we know we need to take it easy - it isn't easy. Yesterday I was wearing my FitBit and having problems with asthma. At night I almost had 5,000 steps and wanted to get them. Then I was thinking, "what, am I crazy? I'm sick!" It is hard because we really want to succeed - but those who succeed are also smart enough to take it easy when they need to. Take it one step at a time - and hopefully you will heal quickly.

Sumay

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DOGLADY13 6/27/2013 11:51AM

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You will make it through quickly, especially if you can still bike and swim.

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HILLSLUG98239 6/26/2013 6:23PM

    Grouse to me all you want - I know exactly how you feel! From my reclining perch on the futon, I see neighborhood kids on their bikes. I envy them so!

Soon, though, we will both be back in the game, all healed up, and loaded for bear. Look out, world!

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WILSHAR7 6/26/2013 3:52PM

    It's easy to give other people advice, but it's hard for us to take our own advice. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. I give out the same kind of advice, but am reluctant to use it myself.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 6/26/2013 3:51PM

    Let yourself heal so you can go out full force when your foot is back to normal! You don't want to make it worse. emoticon

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