Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I'm going through a minor nuisance lately in that I've been diagnosed with MONO of all things! At the ripe age of 51, no less! The bloodwork I completed for my doc last week initially came back perfectly normal, everything within normal limits. However the test for mono takes a little longer and the results didn't come in until late yesterday.
While it is frustrating and disappointing news, at least it explains my recent trough and flagging of energy! My treadmill routine just hasn't picked me up at ALL over the past few weeks! I've had to really work at it, just maintaining the same pace and time that I have had in the past and even cutting back on my weekend times.
Another down side: this means I'll have to give up most strength training for the next several weeks as mono enlarges the liver and spleen and I have to avoid placing any undue stress on them or risk blowing out my spleen. I'm thinking, however that perhaps there are some strength-training exercises with dumb bells, resistance bands or exercises which wouldn't place a strain on the abs...? But you know, I can't think of any right off...open to suggestions if anyone has them!
Not a pleasant thought...!
Frustrating but manageable...it will pass, and then back to having more energy to move forward! I certainly don't plan to give up my treadmill routine, as difficult as it has been for me, I couldn't live with myself if I didn't at LEAST do that!
Another thought I had: considering I'm working 60+ hours a week and doing all that I do around the house...it's really been amazing that mono hasn't clipped my wings more than it has! I chalk this up to the benefits of being in such good shape from having lost weight and worked out as well as I have over the past year and a half!
I know this means I'll have to get more sleep than usual...which will be the biggest challenge of all! Especially as we will be setting sail for a 12+ hour road trip to Grand Rapids next week for my son's residency completion ceremony!
I'll be hanging in there...