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Doing much better, thanks


Tuesday, March 04, 2014

I went to work yesterday. I went home within an hour. I was just weary and head-achy. There was nothing that required immediate attention, so I saw no reason to "tough it out." I ended up sleeping through most of the day, much to the delight of the Empress Dowager (Spike, our 10-year old cat).

I'm still keeping my diet simple, and I have to eat very slowly. I'm still on my first (and probably only) cup of coffee. I had a cup of coffee Sunday morning, and it was too much for my still-tender belly. The headache may be related to caffeine withdrawal.

I'm thirsty, but I can't guzzle. I have to sip slowly. I'll never catch up. To make it worse, my blood pressure is high enough that I should take a diuretic to bring it down; that may make me thirstier. (On the plus side, my body fat percentage went down overnight, so I'm at least a little better hydrated than I was yesterday.)

I made two pancakes, but I don't think I can the second one. Sunday, I ingested about 500 calories. Yesterday I made it to 1400. I can't keep this up, but at least I'm not doing anything to tax my body. I'd intended to ride my bike home today, but even I'm not so stubborn as to risk that.

I figure I'll start with something simple, like a walk at lunch. It's already warmer outside than it was all day yesterday (it's a little after 7 a.m. as I write this). The forecast for later in the week includes a high temp of 60F. Maybe that will be a good time to start riding again.
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LYNSEY723 3/5/2014 2:56PM

    I'm just catching up on blogs - I'm sorry to hear you were doing so bad, but happy to hear it is getting better! Keep listening to your body and get some more rest!

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HILLSLUG98239 3/4/2014 6:58PM

    Miss G - EXHALE WHEN YOU FEEL WATER COMING IN YOUR NOSE. Trust me, I'm going to be very diligent about that! emoticon

I think the problem was made far worse by the fact we were in the warmer, more utilized pool. Swim Coach Kathy pointed out it's human nature to sniff in when you you feel fluid in your nose (kinda like snot) when you need to blow it out. My next session in the pool may be entirely devoted to blowing air out of my nose.

Geez, with all this cold-weather bike riding and snot-rocket-launching I do, you'd think I'd be an expert at that!

And as far as the nose plugs go, here's why Swim Coach Kathy axed them: It's hard to get sufficient air transfer if you can't exhale through your nose. It really was easier to get the breathing down without them. And for us triathletes, it's best to practice as you're going to perform. Will your swim fall apart if your nose plugs get knocked off?

If you can swim with them and not panic if they're gone, go ahead and use them. The swim is such a challenge for me, and I'm only three months from my first triathlon. I fear that losing my nose plugs midway through the swim would doom me. But if you're comfortable either way, then do what works best for you.

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MISSG180 3/4/2014 6:44PM

    I'm sorry you were so sick, but glad to hear you are beginning to recover. You've made me very nervous about going back to the pool tomorrow, though!

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JEANINNEWCASTLE 3/4/2014 1:58PM

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CAJUNGANNY 3/4/2014 10:44AM

    sounds like you need to continue to listen to your body. you know to keep up the pace, you have to take care of you, the rest will come. Hope you continue to feel better and keep the faith

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