Thursday, April 8, 2010
Sometimes life seems like a constant uphill battle, eh? A struggle to reach that metaphorical top - whatever and wherever that may be. Regardless: you take the time, energy, and effort - placing one foot in-front of the other..and just go with the flow, knowing that you'll get there. Eventually.
Would you believe it if I said I had another sinus infection?
Because x-rays confirmed it.
I seriously contemplated drinking after getting home from the doctor's office, but I'm a wimp when it comes to alcohol-induced headaches, so I'll leave it at that. Plus, the antibiotics that I'm taking don't mix well with red wine, blah blah blah.
On the flip side - today I learned lots of really interesting things about myself. First the GREAT news: I'm pneumonia free! Yea! The congestion is OUT of my lungs. Hallelujah! Score ONE BIG ONE for me! Yea!
(Did you get enough explanation points there?)
Now the 'other' stuff: my blood test revealed lots and lots of interesting things about me that I didn't realize. Some of it explains why I'm feeling the way I am, and other bits are - well - a little weird.
Like...did you know I'm (slightly) allergic to beef? Neither did I. Thankfully we don't eat a lot of, um, beef in our house and my favorite burger is usually a Turkey Bleu with extra BBQ sauce. So there you have it.
I'm supposed to stay away from beef. Great.
And while I'm at it, add chicken or bison to tofu stir fry. Because the tofu just isn't cutting it. See below.
On the flip side - I'm anemic. So...I'll need to take steps to get that taken care of. Thrown in for good measure (just because its my body and it just has to be complicated in this way), there are a few deficiencies and weird numbers that appeared. We don't know if its because of the Pneumonia and rash of sinus infections, OR if its the culprit. So I'm going in for another round of blood tests in three weeks after I finish this latest course of antibiotics.
Speaking of sinuses - they are still there. Clearly.
And the theory behind the sinusitis is that I've had the same infection since last September/October with major flare ups...and the courses of antibiotics that my old doctor prescribed were NOT in any way the proper dosage OR for the proper amount of time given the reoccurring frequency of the infections. They took care of the flare ups, but didn't kill the infection. (Did you get that?) Basically all the previous medications did were get the infection under control - but it never really got rid of it.
So I've basically had the same sinus infection for the past six months. Lovely.
Let's not even get started with the sinus surgery. At least the nasal passages are widened - but still.
So where does this leave me?
Well, first of all - GRATEFUL that my new doctor cares about me and getting me healthy. Three weeks of antibiotics are WELCOME if it means I can breath clearly. And its a new antibiotic - even better.
Training-wise, its a different story. I can continue to walk and hike...nothing super long or stupidly intense. And...I can do very very very very very light training - ie NO INTENSITY WHATSOEVER. And even though my doctor wants me to wait a little longer until I swim/bike/run - and warned me that it was IMPORTANT to let the medication kick in and not prolong the recovery process by doing serious training - I think she could sense my desperation.
So in that sense - I may wait another week or so to being the swim-bike-run regiment. And in the meantime, I'll continue to walk and hike and hike and walk... one foot in-front of the other.
And if that's what I learn this season - that sometimes you just have to hold yourself back to make extra progress - well so be it. Because in the end, the views from the top and achieving your goals (whatever they may be - health, training, racing, happiness) are well worth the effort.