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Sparking FINE Before the Crash...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Just a quick one tonight as I'm heading for bed *on time* tonight...scary! :-)

Had a GLORIOUS walk in yesterday's January thaw day...around 40 degrees, sunny blue skies...had *intended* to walk one of our local parks (the Rail-to-Trail) with my Nordic Walking Poles for the first time. No go...just could NOT figure how to adjust the poles in such a way that they would "hold" and not slide in / out. Ah well, a regular walk it'll be then!

Only it wasn't a regular walk! Through the winter I had been upping my baseline speed from 4 to 5 mph pretty steadily. As fast as I could walk I still felt something was "wrong" an itch I just couldn't reach!

So I started to jog...ah, yes...THIS is what I've become accustomed to! More SPEED! Bring it ON! :-) Short sleeves and jeans...sweating away and loving it! A passer-by asked if I thought it was summer and I said: "Close enough for ME!" I really got into my music and at times was clapping along to the beat while jogging...must've been a!

I didn't jog the ENTIRE length (@ 5 miles), but a good share. When I was done, however, I had FAR more fatigue than I should have and it wasn't long before I could feel my right ear come back with it's aching once again...even though I'd been taking antibiotics & eardrops since Monday!

I slept 12 hours straight and woke up feeling all grogged out with sounds muffled again, ear aching. So here's another antibiotic to which I've become immune...great! This has become VERY OLD! I've never been an earache kinda kid, let alone ADULT! My energy level has been very much half-mast today, the infection seems to have so swiftly pulled the plug from that awesome high of yesterday. No cardio, no nothing...heading to bed and hoping to feel better to another doc tomorrow possibly.

I SO admire those of you struggling with any chronic illnesses...this recurring ear thing has me very much appreciating how TOUGH it is to keep SPARKING when it feels like your body keeps snuffing it out!

Don (who makes a VERY IMPATIENT patient!)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ZELLAZM 1/19/2010 4:03PM

    UGH---I know how you cold/sinus thing is back again. I am SOOOO ready for three weeks in Florida about now!

Feel better!

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SHUCG1004 1/19/2010 8:58AM

    I admire your courage to exercise despite chronic pain! emoticon

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USAKIBAT 1/19/2010 3:52AM

    So sorry about your ear problems. Earache is right up there with toothache! Sounds like you are doing better and enjoyed your "warm" weather walk/jog. I hate the cold weather, but when we lived in Michigan whenever the temperature would get back up in the thirties, I would think it was a heat wave, too! We're having cold weather here in the south too, but nothing like what you get. Some people were born to be wild; I was born to be warm! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 1/18/2010 11:23PM

    am a little late reading this.........hope you are feeling better now................blessings and hugs................lita

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PUDDLE_JUMPER 1/18/2010 5:39PM

    I really hope that your ear improves soon. Gee, That's been going on way too long. I'm wiped out today. The creeping crud is nipping at my nose. And I think I've tired myself out with persistent exercise everyday. I'm one of those with the physical health conditions and I guess I just get worn out from time to time. But, I'm wishing you all the best for your recovery. I am sure glad you made hay while the sun was still shining though. Good for you!!! Saturday was glorious in the Southern Tier. We sure were blessed! Take care of yourself!!!

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ZIRCADIA 1/18/2010 2:13PM

    BUMMER... sounds like you had such a good time on your run, though! I hope you are back to feeling better ASAP!

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DAYHIKER 1/18/2010 11:12AM

    Bummer about the ear, Don! Glad you could get in such a lovely day before it hit! I went through this a couple months ago and it too two rounds of antibiotics then probiotics to get me back up to speed!! Take care!!

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FERRETLOVER1 1/18/2010 7:35AM

    Don, you have to give yourself a break. You need to rest and recuperate - I don't think you're supposed to exercise when you have an infection of any sort. Just take it easy for a couple of days.

I was wondering about those Nordic walking sticks - interesting that you couldn't really figure them out.

Great to hear that you were clapping along with your music and walking so fast - that's wonderful...but get well first, okay?

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MARJIJANE 1/17/2010 10:55PM

    Big Bummer for my not-so-big-buddy! Ear aches affect everything! You're lucky your doctor will prescribe antibiotics! My Dr usually says use drops to alleviate the discomfort ...but the balance issues are far greater a problem! Warm moist wraps are a Godsend, to say the least, just be careful not to burn yourself!

Feel better, my friend...good thoughts and prayers sent your way!



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KENSINGTONC 1/17/2010 10:43PM

    Feel better Don! Great workout yesterday, though, and very inspiring to read! I wish you did have a picture of that!

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FRECKS96 1/17/2010 10:16PM

    Ugh, so sorry you're not feeling well. It can really take the wind out of anyone's sails. But...woo hoo for a great walk/jog yesterday!! I was actually a little bummed I didn't get to enjoy it more and it really has me wishing for spring. Hope you get your walking poles figured out before the next warm-up. Feel Better Soon!

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/17/2010 10:13PM

    So sorry about year ear Don. Yuck. I sure hope you start to feeling better. I think it is great that you were out there and running, I am just sorry it ended with you feeling not so hot. I will pray for you.

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