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How Cycling Could Have Killed Me...aka the Most Bizarre Case of Acute Pancreatitis Ever

Wednesday, July 03, 2013



Although I still owe a story of Ghana, I am going to quickly catch you all up on what has happened in the past 2 weeks as it has been quite a difficult journey to where I am now, and will likely change my journey ahead.

In short, I have been very ill. I am finally home today, but still have a long way to go until I feel healthy again I suspect. I have severe acute pancreatitis and have recovered from shocked liver. Pancreatitis is usually caused by alcohol (I rarely drink) or gallstones (I had my gallbladder out in 2010, interesting blog about it back then if you are bored and looking for an interesting read about unexpected complications of gallbladder surgery...) Although they spent a week doing tests with 5 consulting teams (GI, Plastic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Infectious Disease and Trauma Surgery) it is still not entirely clear what happened. Here is a brief version of my best guess:

I like to cycle - anyone who follows my page knows this. Hell, I *love* to cycle. I also like to take pictures of myself cycling.

This picture in particular was taken on one of my favorite country roads. Like an idiot I was cycling relatively fast (20-25 mph) while taking this picture and didn't realize how close to the road edge I had gotten. As the cycle wheel slipped over the edge, I corrected left, but too late. I tried to get out of my clipless pedals, but no luck - I was wearing brand new shoes with brand new (tight) cleats. Yup, because I have become complacent about safety, I rode my left knee into the ground, still clipped into my cycle (weak of stomach should skim over the next few photos):




I got unclipped once the bike stopped sliding and called for a ride. I grit my teeth and sprayed the wound on my knee with the two bottles of water to get some of the initial dirt, rocks, pebbles and grass out.



As an emergency physician I knew this laceration was deep enough to potentially go into the knee joint (an emergency that requires surgical washout) so I went to the Emergency Department to get a methylene blue injection (injected straight into the knee joint, you see if blue fluid comes out the laceration)



Yeah, that is just as fun as it looks - I cried during the injection - it was one of the most painful things I had experienced to that point...although compared to the rest of the week to come...it was a walk in the park

Got sutured and went home on antibiotics and some mild pain medications


The next day, I actually added a few sutures to an area that had opened a little deeper. I did this with no lidocaine or analgesic, so I know my pain tolerance is pretty good :-)


All day I had been feeling nauseated and having sharp stomach pains - I attributed it to the antibiotics and pain medications, but didn't make much of it.

The following day was when I became very ill. I was at the medical school lecturing when the pain became so intense it took my breath away. Like a sword going through my stomach and into my back. I started to black out, heart rate and blood pressure low. That's when I knew there was something really wrong.

The rest happened quickly. The Emergency Department is directly downstairs from where I was teaching. It did not take long to confirm my suspicion that I had acute pancreatitis and I was admitted to the hospital for classic treatment: IV morphine and zofran for pain and nausea, IVFs and nothing to eat for several days so that the pancreas can rest. The first day was a haze. Given the pain I remember that is probably a good thing.

The second day in the hospital I learned that I had a "shocked liver." This is one of the complications of severe pancreatitis and blood pressure being low. It may also have been from the trauma or from liver toxicity from various medications including the antibiotics I got. My hematocrit dropped 6 grams, my albumin and total protein bottomed out and my calcium dropped. Those of you who are medical know what that means. I was really ill. Multiple Cat/CT scans were done to find out if there was anything else like internal trauma causing these symptoms. Late that night I was in the MRI machine for more testing including an MRCP to look for an obstructing stone since my labs were so worrisome.



What they found was not a stone, but a "pancreatic divisum" - I know, silly big medical words. What it means is that when I was a fetus, my pancreas didn't fuse correctly leaving me with two ducts instead of one, which is a rare, but major risk factor for acute (and unfortunately recurrent) pancreatitis. So why now, at age 42? The GI and trauma specialists think that the trauma of the accident combined with high dose antibiotics shocked my system enough to create an inflammatory cascade causing my pancreas to start misbehaving. So there is the best guess - does it explain everything? - not perfectly, but I can live with that.

Luckily, my shocked liver healed (the liver is resilient and I am healthy). It is usually an all or nothing phenomena with acute hepatitis - it heals or it fails. Mine healed. After 4 days in the hospital with nothing to eat, frequent vomiting and excruciating pain I was allowed to try some fluids. Not very successful the first day (popsicles and jello luckily taste good going down or coming up) but after two days I was able to keep some fluids down. By the time I left the hospital I graduated to bland solids - crackers, toast with jam and soup.

So here I am at home. Still having pain but lucky to be doing so well and a little better every day. No exercise for awhile unfortunately. Pancreatitis is a catabolic state (body breaks down) and I am exhausted and amazingly deconditioned for only 9 days. Plus, there is my knee. Debrided by plastic surgery, with possible patella (knee cap) fracture followed by orthopedic surgery, I can limp but cycling, elliptical etc (even the pool) is out of the question until this heals, and that may be awhile.

So patience...
Patience will be key this month, and logging and being accountable for every calorie.
I will try to balance being a bit more active every day with putting my health first and not overdoing it.
No alcohol. None - it's not worth risking a recurrence and a 100% low fat diet (not just most of the time, like what I usually do).

I am grateful for my health, and that I am healing quickly - likely because I was so fit and in shape
I am grateful that pain is all that I have now - I can deal with pain
I am grateful for my friends and family who sat with me while I writhed in pain and vomited more times than I can count. I think it was harder for them than for me some days.

(Pain controlled for a moment by lots of morphine - happy for the flowers, balloons and love of good friends)

Finally, I am grateful that somehow I managed to be cheerful through most of it - one of my friends said severe pain brings out our true character- I hope that is true.



If you have made it this far, thank you for listening. It was a long, painful and at times scary week.
I am happy to be home and yes, I will be back on my cycle in no time -stronger mentally while I become stronger physically.


Leaving the hospital...


Thank you to everyone who has or will support me - love you all!

  
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KG4PVOWIFE 7/22/2013 3:00PM

    So scary! I am just getting caught up and this made me cringe. So glad you are on the mend.

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HIPPICHICK1 7/9/2013 4:07PM

    I haven't had a chance to read your blogs lately, but am glad I came around today to catch up with you. So sorry to hear that you went through so much pain, but life is like that and we go on. Get well soon!

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SBHPATRICK 7/7/2013 5:13PM

    SO happy you are doing well now and are on the mend. Thank you for sharing your story with us - thinking healthy thoughts for you!

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SMOKINGUN 7/5/2013 8:33AM

    You are now and have always been an inspiration to me. To say you went through a lot is saying the least. I saw you when you could tolerate company for a short time and was grateful to be with you just wishing to be able to take your pain away. It was obvious, you were in great pain, yet worried about the effects it had on me, your dad. You showed tremendous strength and stamina to maintain the "look" of recuperation while in the throngs of some extremely intense pain. So glad you are on the road to recovery albeit slower then I would pray for. Continue to educate all of us as you progress on your path to being a healthy you. Love you Dad
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KONRAD695 7/5/2013 2:11AM

    It's funny the weird stuff you find out when you're sick/injured. You have a double ducted pancreas and I have three mini spleens. It's quite a few days later now. I'm glad you're out of harms way. I will be thinking of you daily. Keep well my friend.

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JUST_BRENDA 7/4/2013 7:15AM

    What a nasty fall. Get well soon.

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/3/2013 4:33PM

    So glad you're home and healing--that could have gone so much worse! Take good care of yourself and be wise about what you do to be active during this recovery time.

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JSTCHLIN 7/3/2013 12:59PM

    So happy you are home and starting to feel better. I'm glad to hear throwing up Jello tastes decent. LOL. Great pics, for those who can stomach it. Safety first is your motto and you're taking pics at 20-25mph.... Way to go! But seriously, my thoughts and prayers are with you and a speedy recovery.

Take care and stay healthy

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MANLEYSANDY 7/3/2013 12:36PM

    Holy Moly! You are one tough cookie! I am glad you are on the mend. You look great...

Keep us updated on your progress!

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JAMIELOGICAL 7/3/2013 12:09PM

    Between your husband's accident and yours, followed by this stint in the hospital, it must be very rough on you right now. But it sounds like you are fairing remarkably well and staying fairly positive, while remaining realistic. I know how tough it can be facing a long recovery and the trick will definitely be to keep your spirits and motivation up. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you feel better soon!

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MEEBELO 7/3/2013 11:11AM

    I'm so glad you are on the mend. I don't know that I would be as positive as you are about what you're dealing with. Take care of yourself.

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RENZRYD 7/3/2013 10:51AM

    I am so glad to hear you are ok...I was almost thinking your got ran over by a car or something. Wow your story is amazing and I am glad you are getting better. BTW, you are looking really good in the bed photo, so you are still on track to get to your goal emoticon , sorry that may have been out of line but you are being so successful right now I am happy for you even with your trials. HUGS!
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ROCKMAN6797 7/3/2013 9:01AM

    Holy Moley! That injury looked absolutely gnarly! So glad that too all the action you did and here to you recovering quickly and completely Hollynn. Take it slow and easy and soon you will be back doing what you love to do...cycling like a mad woman!

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KATRINAKAT23 7/3/2013 8:49AM

  Wow, you are brave. I have very low tolerance for pain. I hate when Drs. won't give strong meds for pain, I will deal with the after affects later, just take my pain away NOW, I say. lol

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FITMARY 7/3/2013 8:42AM

    I'm so sorry you've been ill, but it's GREAT to see you getting healthy!!! Beautiful flowers too! You must have LOTS of people who love you. Take it easy and get well!!!
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FABAT402009 7/3/2013 8:40AM

    Wow!! So happy you are on the mend and talk about scary times. I can only imagine how worried your hubb, family and friends were. Please keep us updated on your progress.

Guess this will be a great time to start working on a TBR list of books or catch up on some movies you've missed.

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OPTIMIST1948 7/3/2013 6:13AM

    Ummm....Girl, you crazy. You funny crazy takin' pictures of yo self all banged up and doin minor surgery on yo self. I've heard of people taking their own stitches OUT but seriously. (reverting to normal voice) Seriously tho, I'm glad everything came out ok.

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RASPBERRY56 7/3/2013 5:15AM

    Yikes! Incredible what you've gone through!

I know of a social acquaintance who was almost lost to pancreatitis - and was NOT a drinker to any significant extent.......I've also heard of other cases involving *non-drinkers* so I don't quite buy into alcohol being an *absolute* contributing factor.......

Biking - yeah, that can be quite dangerous, especially in highly populated areas such as mine........I've seen WAY too many close calls between car and bike that I've TOTALLY stopped biking (and I have a nice, clean, rarely used bike).........at least I can work out by other methods!

The most important thing is that you survived and are thriving! You have *truly* earned the "spunky" part of your name!

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AROCHFORD 7/3/2013 4:33AM

    Healing vibes sent to you! Glad to hear you are improving!

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NUOVAELLE 7/3/2013 4:15AM

    I have to admit, the title of your blog really scared me - and the pictures even more! I am a beginner cyclist - at the age of 37 - and I think I'll love it, so I was kind of worried.
I'm sorry you had to go through all this pain and all these scary things but I'm glad you're back home and healing.
You have my prayers for a speedy full recovery.
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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 7/3/2013 3:43AM

    You are an incredible woman! Those pics were well ummm - OUCH!

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FENWAYGIRL18 7/3/2013 1:38AM

    I hope you'll soon be feeling better it sounds scary what you went through and I hope when you are able to go back on that bike you don't use the phone while driving, just like a car we need our attention focused on the road.
I live with chronic pain on a daily basis, so my heart goes out to you for having to endure that much pain, god bless!

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MATER88 7/3/2013 1:07AM

    WOW! That was quite a time for you there. I'm so glad that everything seems to be heading the the right way.

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    Oh my goodness!!
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    Scary stuff! I'm so glad to have you home!
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TADTURC 7/3/2013 12:44AM

    Wow, best of health sent to you!

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Did You Ever Wonder What You Are Capable Of? Maybe it's Time to Find Out

Saturday, June 15, 2013



What would you do if...
everyone knows the end of that sentence...if you knew you could not fail.
What if the reason we fail sometimes is because we expect to?

Let me tell you a little story of a conversation I had with a friend a few days ago:

Me: "I need to get started running again or I am not going to be able to race this summer."

Him: "What are you training for, 10K or a half?"

Me: "No just a 5K, then a sprint tri."

Him: "Why are you training for a 5k?"

Me: "I haven't run in over a year, since I had PF- I couldn't run a mile right now."

Him: "What is PF? Wait a minute...you actually believe that don't you?"

Me: "I know it. I can run for about 5 minutes before I feel like my lungs are on fire and I have to walk."

Him: "That's bull_____(insert spark unfriendly term here) Hollynn. You don't really believe that do you?"

Me: "Um, yeah...I think so"

Him: "So you cycled 60 miles yesterday and you think you can't run 3 miles. You're kidding right? You are in shape. Put on your shoes and just keep going. "

Me: "Really, you think I could run 3 miles? Without training? I am not a naturally athletic person like you are."

Yeah, that's where the conversation became silence. Followed by more conversation of "you don't really believe that do you." But I do, or....I did.

I went home and for two days I couldn't get that conversation out of my head. I have never liked running. My lungs burn, things jiggle and in general I hate every second because I feel clumsy and slow. It NEVER would have occurred to me that I could run that far without training. Now fellow sparks I am not advocating for advancing your running too fast or in general avoiding training, but you have to understand - I just wanted to know if he was right. I wanted to know if I was an "athletic person" who could just put on tennis shoes and run a 5K because I felt like it.

So tonight, I got on the treadmill.
I know you know where this is going...
But it is still amazing me...

I turned up the music on the ipod and tried to ignore the numbers. The first two minutes were hard, but I just focused on keeping my feet moving. After about 15 minutes I was amazed and actually started to settle down into a pattern. About 30 minutes in 1 felt a little tired but not so bad I had to stop, especially given I felt like I was doing so well. And the next thing I know - my 5K run is done. It wasn't my best 5K time ever, but it wasn't bad either.



So my brain is still reeling from the implications of this:
How long have I been able to do this?
Am I an athlete?
How much further could I have gone
Interesting questions
More importantly : I wonder what else I am capable of. Yeah, I totally want to find out.


ADDENDUM 6/16/13
Apparently this blog has created some negative feelings about me for a few people who commented on my now deleted status posts, posted here (some deleted) or sent emails.
To clarify:
I have run MANY 5K and 10K races as well as triathlon. That doesn't make me a confident runner necessarily. I do consider myself athletic in skiing and cycling, I just think that I still feel limited by my weight somewhat (I am still 30-40lbs overweight, even with my muscle mass and yes, I know what my fat percentage is and it isn't low - so things jiggle and shake). I am also asthmatic and quite honestly, running just makes me anxious. One of my long term goals is overcoming my aversion to running and I thought this was a positive step in the right direction - and I thought it was something others might identify with. It does NOT mean I have a huge self identity or self esteem problem. I try to keep my posts positive and was surprised by the backlash on this one. If you feel the need to write something negative please send to my email and don't post publicly.

  
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CAROBEAR1 7/27/2013 8:32AM

    Getting back on SP and reading this blog was perfect timing......I just did 2 5Ks in a weeknd late June...one running and one walking....working my way up to it with a C25K program...
Now one month later I talk myself out of being able to do 8 minutes of running....and while on the treadmill seem to negotiate myself down to only doing 6....
Going to have to think like this as well.....and should just do it!!

Hope you're feeling better....

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FABAT402009 7/2/2013 11:28PM

    Great job! :)

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SIMONEKP 7/2/2013 1:18PM

    Nicely done! I have PF and it makes me scared of running.

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BARBARAROCKSIT 6/29/2013 12:34AM

    Isn't this the most amazing journey of self discovery and self challenges?

Keep rockin' the journey Hollynn!

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CHANDTE 6/23/2013 7:55PM

    That's seriously awesome!! Very inspirational and I can TOTALLY relate!! :) Great job!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 6/18/2013 6:13PM

    Love, love, love! Way to go, you MUST feel fantastic.

Your question, "What if the reason we fail sometimes is because we expect to?" speaks loudly to me for multiple reasons. Now that someone has actually asked the question I must look deep within.

Ya You! Ya me for self reflection.

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FITFOODIE806 6/18/2013 7:42AM

    What an awesome blog! I love finding such inspiring new sparkfriends. And I love when we surprise ourselves. High five!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 6/17/2013 10:10PM

    Your ROCK and inspire so many, myself included! Some people are just miserable in life and project it on to others! YOU GO GIRL!

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MYWALK2FITNESS 6/17/2013 10:23AM

    Good for you for trying to see and explore that side....you are so brave!!!! Can't wait to hear more about your runs because I think you will now add this to your best friends list! :) I'm too an asthmatic and I fear to explore in certain activities....how do you deal with your asthma?

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/16/2013 7:29PM

    I SWEAR to you, I've been having the same conversation with people, and I love that you wrote this blog! You are so right, we can do so much more than we think we're capable of. WHY does it take someone else to point it out?!? You riding 60 miles, you can totally do a 5k... if your mind will let you do it. That's always been my biggest issue. Physically, like you, I know we can probably do anything really, but it's my head that takes over and says, "yeah, no you can't." Hollynn, I'm SOOO happy you did that 5k to prove to YOURSELF that you can do it. And PS, you ARE an athlete!
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CAMAEL100 6/16/2013 3:41PM

    I think the frightening thing would be to find out what we are really capable of but are not trying for fear of failure! Or being convinced we can't. I too am amazed that you can cycle 60 miles and yet didn't think you could run 3.1 miles. It just goes to show how much we miss out on because our heads tell us we couldn't!!



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MUMMY22BOYS 6/16/2013 12:18PM

    My mother has PF so I totally get that!! Way to go on conquering if!!

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GIANTOCR1 6/16/2013 8:18AM

    I hear things like this all the time from friends. I pride myself at being a strong rider but running to me is tough. I did the same thing you did a few years ago. Put on my shoes and went running. I could do it kept popping into my thoughts. I too wonder just how far one can push themselves. I will find that out this fall since I signed up for an ironman.
I will train with you all summer and we will push each other. I know that is what I need. You want to train with me?
Great job on the 5K....
Keep pushing yourself.
Marty

PS: seeing your smile and all that sweat. Now that is a good look...

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KATYDID412 6/16/2013 12:04AM

    Good for you! I think sometimes it takes true action for us to overcome our insecurities, and that's what you accomplished today. Great revelation about yourself!

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JAMIELOGICAL 6/15/2013 10:43PM

    Frankly I'm a little shocked that you thought you couldn't run 3 miles when you can bike 60 miles. It seems ridiculously obvious to me.

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MOBYCARP 6/15/2013 3:29PM

    I could believe that PF would keep you from running; but not your cardiovascular conditioning, if you can bike 60 miles! Foot hurts after 5 minutes, believable. Lungs on fire after 5 minutes, you're running too hard. Just slow down to something sustainable.

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RENZRYD 6/15/2013 1:55PM

    Yay Sweetie!!! You are doing better than me, I haven't been able to run non-stop for a while you crush my time! WAY TO GO! On that note I have not done any training after my last HM last month and tomorrow I am just going to put one foot in front of the other for my last HM of the season! We CAN do it!

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ROCKMAN6797 6/15/2013 1:18PM

    Your only limitations Hollynn is you. I love this blog! I agree with your friend, you bike for long distances, a 3+ mile run (at ANY pace!) was and is within the realm of doable! Way to go!
BTW, congrats on continuing to lose pounds you are deep into onederland!!

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FITMARY 6/15/2013 10:10AM

    You are DEFINITELY an athlete! And great picture by the way!
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JEREMY723 6/15/2013 8:53AM

    Great job:)

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 6/15/2013 7:27AM

    AWESOME!!

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ISLAMOM 6/15/2013 6:57AM

    Wonderful!! And very inspiring!!

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KONRAD695 6/15/2013 4:16AM

    Congrats on another victory!!

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    Well done!

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Rabies, Pierces and a Ride

Friday, April 26, 2013



Yes, I promise Ghana blog is still coming...I always have a little reverse culture shock when I return to the states and it takes me a week or two to process the disparities in the world. I have great pics and stories and look forward to sharing them.

In the meantime - my most eventful things this week include
1. The joy of getting rabies shots (yeah, I know I am a doctor but I am still afraid of needles)
2. Two new pierces - love 'em (ironic, I am afraid of needles, but have many pierces)
3. Finally got back on my cycle today after a month away - 35 miles in!

Rabies:

There were about 50 of these bats in the tree outside our house in Ghana - that didn't bother me too much - it was the one living in our house - swooping around that made me nervous. That and the fact that I have had several patients there die of rabies. Rabies take 60 days to develop and is 100% lethal. So...the first thing I did on arrival from the airport was go to the ED and get rabies shots...
Yeah, that was super fun

And that was just the shots on day 1! Additional shots days 3, 7 and 14

Pierces:
Yep, I am a typical Gen- Xer in that I enjoy body modification as a way of expression. No tattoos, but plenty of pierces. After seeing very beautiful body modifications in Ghana (scarification, tattoos, waist beads, etc) I decided that it was time for some new jewelry myself. I replaced a vertical tragus pierce that rejected several years ago (picture one - purple bar in front of my ear canal) and I got a pierce I have wanted for years - nape of the neck. Say what you want but I *love* it - pics below

In answer to the obvious question...Yes, it hurt

Ride Today:
Took a virtual ride with Marty (GIANTOCR1) today. This was my first time on the cycle in the past month - so it felt a lot like a first ride of spring - need to get back on the bike more this week! Despite this, still managed to get in 35 miles of beautiful WV country roads. The air was crisp (mid 50s) but it was sunny and beautiful. Hope you enjoy the photos from my ride.



Hope you enjoyed my adventures this week
Lots of love
Hollynn aka SpunkyDucky


  
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FABAT402009 6/2/2013 7:53AM

    Not sure how I missed this blog update but as usual looks like you had an awesome ride.


Piercings are cute!!

I'm a big baby when it comes to pain but I used to want a ring in my eyebrow... Now figure I'm too old for it.

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KIKKI-G 5/26/2013 11:26PM

    Love the piercings! I always wanted to get my collar bones done (similar to your nape) and cant even tell you why i never did...I have the same piercings in my ear as you, I LOVE THE WAY THEY LOOK! fabulous!

as for the bats...super cute but I could see why that'd be scary, i'd rush to get shots too.


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FEB_SHOWERS16 5/26/2013 7:26PM

    You look so beautiful! I'm so happy for you!! Thank you for being such a wonderful, genuine person! emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 5/8/2013 9:00AM

    Nice blog and great pictures.
You continue to be AWESOME Hollynn!

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JAHINTZY 5/1/2013 2:12PM

    I'm a needle phobe and I have two tattoos with plans for more... its just different, I hear ya :)

congrats on the piercings and not having rabies!

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SADWHITEWOLF 5/1/2013 1:07PM

    I am also needle phobic and yet I have 11 holes in my ears!

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BARBARAROCKSIT 4/30/2013 1:39AM

    Awesome pics of your ride!

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SWIMLOVER 4/28/2013 8:33AM

  Love the pictures of the country side! I am glad that you wanted to be safe from rabies but sorry about the shots. However, it is better safe than sorry!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/27/2013 8:04PM

    I can't wait to see pics of your trip! Kudos to you on the piercings, they're really cool. I have 7 tattoos, but only one unconventional piercing, my nose! And by today's standards, that''s not even that unconventional anymore, lol! Sorry to hear about the rabies shots, YIKES!

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GIANTOCR1 4/27/2013 3:27AM

    Great blight. Most of all I love the ride pictures. Beautiful country. We have areas like that around here but I have to ride 40 miles north before I hit it. Very flat around me. Perfect for my time trial training.
Piercings are something I don't have but I really like yours. I really like the one on your neck. And I was going to ask if it hurt. Lol

I will try and get some ride pics this weekend.

So sorry I missed our ride. Maybe some day we can really ride the rodes.

Take care.
Marty

PS: great smile and always looking good. Just something about a pretty woman on a bike.

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JSTCHLIN 4/26/2013 11:51AM

    Looks like a snake bite on your neck, nice! I remember hearing about rabies shots when I was a kid and never looked forward to it... hopefully I will never have to. Sorry you had but better safe then sorry. I think you should be a travel agent for bicyclists. All I want to do is move and ride my bike there. As I was hit by a car years ago while riding my bike (which started my weight gain) I'm just reluctant to go out anymore here on Long Island. And the drivers are getting worse by the day.

Take care and stay healthy

Mike
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RENZRYD 4/26/2013 11:26AM

    Well I was picturing something TOTALLY different for your nape of the neck, I like the actually much better than what I was thinking. Glad you won't die from rabies :) I'll be doing my 2nd Half tomorrow, I will be thinking of you around hour 3 to keep me going to the finish line!

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MANLEYSANDY 4/26/2013 11:20AM

    I love the piercing! Can't wait to hear more about the trip!

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LILPAT3 4/26/2013 10:46AM

    You go girl on that piercing stuff! I'll stick to tattoos. Stay away from rabies and enjoy the bike riding. emoticon

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VICKYMARIEC 4/26/2013 8:28AM

    I bet that piercing did hurt! Great for you that you got back on your bike so quickly. How's your overall fitness going?

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 4/26/2013 6:47AM

    You are looking amazing and the piercings are nice (not for me) but nice... I'm too much of a whimp and when I tried the belly button piercing - my body rejected it twice. What is the waist beads you speak of?

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JANTWO 4/26/2013 12:53AM

    Ouch!!!! The piercings look like they hurt!!!!

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PENGUITO 4/26/2013 12:29AM

    Awesome ride today! Looking good! Love the new pierces.
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DALID414 4/26/2013 12:25AM

    Ouch, ouch, and wow, your pix look like post cards!

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PRETTYPITHY 4/26/2013 12:17AM

    Congrats on your new piercings! Glad to hear you will not be succumbing to rabies any time soon!

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Back from Ghana!

Friday, April 19, 2013



Greetings Sparkies!
This is just a quick note to let you all know that I am back from Ghana. I missed all of you and being able to catch up with things on Spark. Got home yesterday and promptly went to the ER for rabies shots since I had a bat living in the house with me in Ghana and think I got bit. 7 huge shots - ouchie! Today I am a bit jet lagged and trying to get unpacked and organized -back to work tomorrow!

I promise to put some pics up from my time in Ghana, but I need a little time to process things.
Right now - just happy to be back
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BOPPY_ 6/8/2013 10:13PM

    It is an honor to know you!

signed,

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FEELINGFITERIN 5/18/2013 9:02AM

    I'm interested to hear about your trip! Are you a nurse or a dr? I would love to go on a medical missions trip someday... Our church supports an orphanage in the Phillipines, so I always though that I would like to go there. I just finished reading the book "Kisses From Katie" about the missionary in Uganda, very inspiring! Sorry you had to get all those shots! Sounds painful!

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JENNIFERKCM 4/23/2013 11:04PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Hope you don't have any side effects and your shots do the trick! Can't wait to check back and read about your trip!

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PRETTYPITHY 4/22/2013 1:09PM

    Bitten by a bat?! Not exactly bucket list material but you can at least consider yourself in rare company stateside! How many of us can say we've been bitten by a bat?! emoticon

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SADWHITEWOLF 4/22/2013 8:22AM

    Welcome back!

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BIGMAMAT 4/22/2013 6:59AM

    Can't wait to hear about your trip! Welcome back.

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ROCKMAN6797 4/21/2013 6:13PM

    Welcome home Hollynn!

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FITMARY 4/20/2013 10:27AM

    We missed you! Great picture!

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BARBARAROCKSIT 4/20/2013 9:34AM

    Welcome home!

Looking forward to reading about your adventures.



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MYWALK2FITNESS 4/20/2013 8:10AM

    Welcome back! Glad to know you made it back in one piece minus the bat bites lol...recover soon from your trip! Can't wait to see all the nice pictures and share your experience with us!

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I_WILL_ROCK_125 4/20/2013 7:05AM

    Glad you are back.

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NGCHILD 4/19/2013 7:17PM

    Yikes!! Get your rest. Can't wait to hear about your trip!!

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DALID414 4/19/2013 6:17PM

    emoticon bite, huh? That makes you a emoticon now. You're not jet lagged, you're supposed to sleep during the day emoticon I kid, I kid. Shots are no fun.

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KITHKINCAID 4/19/2013 4:23PM

    Welcome home. Bat bites? Oh dear. Glad you had a great time though!

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JSTCHLIN 4/19/2013 4:22PM

    Welcome Home. Can't wait to hear about your travels. Great pics so far.

Take care and stay healthy

Mike

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RENZRYD 4/19/2013 4:07PM

    Sounds like a blast! More later,

-Renee

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 4/19/2013 3:48PM

    emoticon Back!

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ISLAMOM 4/19/2013 3:45PM

    Glad to have you back!!

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Sneaking in a quick ride

Friday, March 29, 2013



I really didn't have time to ride today. The last 24 hours have been spent rushing around trying to make sure that all of my last minute things are in line for my trip to Ghana.
Antimalaria pills, antibiotics - check
Sunscreen - check
Medical supplies - check
etc, etc, etc
Flight leaves tomorrow at 4pm and I won't be back until April 18th!

However, peaking outside I noticed a few rays of sunshine trying to break through the clouds and decided that a quick ride was exactly what I needed. Geared up and headed out. I only managed to sneak in a 20 mile quick ride, but already my stress feels better.

I am willing to bet I am MORE productive tonight because of that ride!
Hopefully by the time I return from Ghana I won't have to wear my winter cycling gear anymore!

Happy weekend & Happy Easter everyone!
Hollynn aka SpunkyDucky

  
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SIMONEKP 4/19/2013 2:24PM

    welcome back, hope you had a great trip

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35ANGELS 4/2/2013 2:44PM

    Have an awesome trip, and take lots of pics.

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SADWHITEWOLF 4/1/2013 9:17AM

    Safe Travels!

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SBHPATRICK 3/31/2013 8:00PM

    Have a wonderful trip!

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ROCKMAN6797 3/30/2013 3:26PM

    Have a safe trip and be safe there!


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JSTCHLIN 3/30/2013 7:26AM

    Great Job! Enjoy your trip, be safe and Happy Easter!

Take care and stay healthy

Mike
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RENZRYD 3/30/2013 1:14AM

    WOW! That will sure be an adventure...have safe travels. Happy Sparking!
-Renee

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/29/2013 8:54PM

    Smart move! Enjoy your travels!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/29/2013 7:48PM

    emoticon Have a fun and safe trip!

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BARBARAROCKSIT 3/29/2013 7:28PM

    Wow! You can "see" the healthy you (plus the beautiful you) in that photo!

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Safe and fun journey!

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DALID414 3/29/2013 6:42PM

    You may not need that winter gear, despite the weather. I think Ghana will be hot enough to where you'll crave cooler weather. Safe travels!

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JEREMY723 3/29/2013 6:20PM

    ONLY 20 miles? ha ha

Have a great and safe trip. Please take lots of photos!

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KITHKINCAID 3/29/2013 6:20PM

    You are awesome. Have an amazing trip. Can't wait to hear about your time away!

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