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I'm running out of time!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Pedal to the Point ought to be *hilarious* this year. After breaking my foot and having a disastrous ride, I got sick. And Friday I leave for 10 days of vacation. Which means that I will not be around to make appeals for donations and, more importantly, won't be able to do any training.

We get back on the Wednesday before the ride.

Also, Erin has decided that she simply can't do it this year, so I will be riding with my team but without a buddy.

Nevertheless, I am determined to do it. I am determined to finish the whole thing. Oh, I will tell myself that I only need to ride to lunch, then only need to finish the first day, then only need to ride to lunch on the second. But in my heart of hearts, I will be trying to make the whole ride.

So I'm asking, please PLEASE donate to this cause. I'm way behind on where I need to be, donations-wise, and I will not have many opportunities to ask. So even if it's only $5, please give. Help me feel like I'm doing this as a real accomplishment.




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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DOGLADY13 7/20/2013 9:40AM

    I play those tricks too. I tell myself that once I get to point A I can decide if I want to continue. Once I get to Point A, I manage to talk myself into getting to point B. And so it goes.



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TRACYZABELLE 7/17/2013 12:20AM

    boooo... between injuries and illnesses it really messes us up! Good luck!!


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TATTER3 7/16/2013 9:47PM

    Keep Sparkin'!!! You make a difference!

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OPTIMIST1948 7/16/2013 8:10PM

    hilarious clearly has different values in your house. But the point is to get out there and DO SOMETHING yes?

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HILLSLUG98239 7/16/2013 11:48AM

    I feel ya - the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Cycle for Life is August 24th. Today's my 4-week check-up, and I'm hopeful I get cleared to return cycling. But I haven't been on a bike in 4 weeks. Even if my legs are up for a ride, my contact patch is going to need to ease back in.

I clearly won't be able to ride the 65-mile route this year. I do a lot of my fundraising through work, and I haven't been there for four weeks. I have no idea if the people who were on my team last year signed up for this year's ride.

But it's only one year. Next year will be better!

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NATPLUMMER 7/16/2013 11:27AM

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Turning a corner!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Erin's throat is finally getting better. It looks like she will avoid surgery for now. Which is good, since she is getting on a plane on Thursday.

Her dad had serious problems with strep and tonsils, but finally got over it without surgery. It's going to make it tough to talk her into getting surgery.

  
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HOPERISING 7/17/2013 8:38AM

    I had chronic strep as a child, teenager and young adult. I finally had my tonsils removed in my 20's. It was the WORST surgery ever, but I can say I rarely have any throat problems these days. Its great if she's able to avoid the surgery though, because it is NASTY.

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DOGLADY13 7/13/2013 5:48PM

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/12/2013 12:27PM

    Gas she is improving. I have heard that adults getting their tonsils removed is pretty challenging. Glad she is able to avoid it for now at least!

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MANDYLOVE_76 7/12/2013 11:41AM

    Glad shes better.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/12/2013 11:23AM

    Good to hear!

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CHEFSOPHIE 7/12/2013 10:55AM

    Well it is good news for the time being

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NATPLUMMER 7/12/2013 10:51AM

    Yay!

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HILLSLUG98239 7/12/2013 10:35AM

    When I was in my late teens, I got tonsillitis every six months. Fortunately, I never got strep. I've had tonsillitis a few times as an adult, but still only had strep once.

I used to gargle with whiskey to reduce the pain and help bring down the swelling. I don't know how effective it was. Perhaps more research is required.

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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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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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VLINDER2014 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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