Sunday, October 31, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
A week ago I was in Wisconsin for a family reunion. I was able to hold the bronze medal one of my relatives won in Beijing. That was inspiring, and it helped me through my 2 1/2 hour workout (mostly walking) there. The cooler weather didn't hurt either.
The Celiac Awareness Run/Walk is coming up soon, soon, soon. I'm looking forward to spreading the word.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Here's a story of an athlete from the UFC. (There are some inaccuracies about Celiac in the article). I wish Dennis Hallman the best of luck. (And get your kids tested, Dennis!)
Saturday, July 3, 2010
I honestly didn't know how it was going to go. I "ran" one mile in 19:10. I thought my knee was pretty tired at that point, so I stopped. Long way to go.
Then I realized I could make it a three sport day, so I went upstairs and rode a bit.
It feels so good to be back in the swing of things. It's been so long.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Finally, the answer was that the doctor was going on vacation, until the 29th. Three hours of "Oh no..." and then - "If you can come in tommorrow, he'll see you." Sweet - please pray I get cleared for at least jogging.
In other big developments - The rumor is that Jason's Deli will roll out gluten free bread system wide! This weekend! I'm so excited - the only thing is that you have to ask for the special prep area. Happy July 4th.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Maybe the race won't close (ha ha).
Thursday, May 27, 2010
If you have knee issues, there's probably an exercise in here for you.
All of these exercises should be done fluidly and reasonably slowly, in control.
- Prone TKE
- T-Band Stand TKE
- Standing Hamstring Curl
- Leg Press
- Heel-Toe walk
- Single leg balance
- Ball bridge
- Ball hamstring curl
- NMES SAQ (isometrically sqeeze quad)
- NMES SLR (isometrically squeeze quad while raising leg straight)
- NMES Quad Set (put something under knee and isometrically squeeze quad while raising leg straight)
- Stool scoots
- Sideways-hip abduct
- Mini Squats
- Step up – forward and lateral
- Standing calf – raise single leg
- Elliptical machine forward and back
- Bike machine
…and don’t hold your breath while you do them…
Other things I have found helpful:
- Epsom salt bath at night
- Ice, ice and more ice
- Carbonated apple juice to combat nausea
- Early bedtime and lots of sleep
I found a lot of these exercises (but not all) explained at
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
It is a very humbling experience.
I think I'm wired to always be looking at the area that needs improvement. Friends who see me occasionally say that I'm doing much better, that I'm moving around better and that I look "normal." Those are nice comments to have, because they remind me of the progress I am making.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
The trend is generally very good. Tiredness is no longer a general concept. There's upper body (rare), lower body (more frequent), hurt leg (pretty frequent) and supporting muscles (very frequent). Bicycling seems to help a lot
The surgeon cleared me Friday to be in the pool (yay) and do aquajogging (yay, but he did give me a funny look on that question). I have just six little cuts/holes around my knee, and all the steri-strips are off now. The worst thing on Friday was that he reiterated the four months to jogging on the street/trails. That would have me waiting to be on the road until July 25.
I've really eased off the Tylenol - none so far today in fact.
My body has put on a few pounds, which I anticipated because of my solution to the nausea, but now would like to see melt away. Of course, nothing "melts away" - so it's diet and exercise for me. I really miss exercising outdoors. I was built to move, and this approach lacks camaraderie and actual moving through space. Maybe that yearning will ease up when I start swimming again.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
It can turn revolutions on the bicycle stand now, but the right toe needs to be pointed down for it to work.
I have ups and downs. Usually lying down for a half hour will revive me. I'm sleeping about an hour past the tail end of my meds. When I'm awake, I started "feeling it" about two hours before the end, but now it's closer to an hour/forty-five minutes.
Still having issues with nausea. Coke and peanut M&Ms help, but those are not long-term solutions.
I have a business trip and have ordered a wheelchair. I just can't see myself walking through an airport yet.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Probably all well and good as things went fine, but what if they had to transfer me to a hospital?
Anyway, at least my anesthesiologist had a sense of humor and said, "I promise I won't feed you bread while you're asleep."
I wanted to publicly thank all those who prayed for me and had me in your thoughts. Given the amount of damage my surgeon saw in my MRIs that first week, I am doing much better than average. Please keep it up, maybe these nerve blockers will wear off and I will be able to feel my leg again soon!
Friday, March 5, 2010
I did leave the surgeon with the first few pages of the Celiac medical package from our local support group, which he scanned with some interest.
He did authorize me to again try to gently cycle on my computrainer, so I may try some of that again this weekend to see how it goes. He suggested mucking with the seat height to give some gentle encouragement to the knee flexibility. At first I thought it would mess up my setup, but upon reflection I think the move would be for the greater good.
Thanks to everyone for your kind comments as I work through this.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
I was out playing "driveway tennis" with my son when my foot caught up in the tree roots at the back of the driveway. Man, did that hurt. I have never wanted to get away from a body part so badly. Thing is, the part (and the pain) comes with you.
Well, an xray and MRI told me what I already knew from the popping noise. I've spent the last two weeks trying to keep up at work (not so successful), and manage the swelling (not so successful).
When you lose a functional knee and are in constant pain, it is amazing how your focus changes to getting out of pain and figuring out how to do really basic things like putting on a sock and personal hygiene. It's really nice to have two young, homeschooled kids to run around and carry things for me.
Never mind that moving around on crutches is a workout all by itself. I haven't done a proper "workout" since the fateful day. Saturday I said to myself, "It's been two weeks, get on that bicycle and stop feeling sorry for yourself." So I pumped up the tires, laboriously pulled on my cycling shoes, clipped in left foot, gingerly swung my right leg over and clipped in. Success!
Then I tried pedaling. Of course my left foot worked just fine, but my right knee didn't want to bend. So I tried backwards, then forwards. Each time my knee bent a hair more and with heavy exhalations I managed a full rotation. After about 20 I was done. Or so I thought. I couldn't clip out! Laughing at myself, I had to call one of my kids up to loosen my foot strap so I could slide my foot out and escape. Maybe next time I'll bring a crowbar...
Anway, I have some truly spectacular pictures of the swelling and bruising, which I may post at some point. I'll keep intermittent posts on how the rehab progresses.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Let's say you make cereal or flour. You test it, and it comes back at 20 ppm or 200 ppm. Then you slap a "gluten free" label on it in, because that is a definition somewhere. So far so good, right?
But then you have some Celiacs get sick from eating the product. Which law would "win"-- the law that defines what you can call gluten free or the law that says you can't sell products that make people ill? Could someone follow the definition and still end up arrested?
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The facts are unclear. The company says the bread was gluten free when they sold it. The consumers say it was contaminated when they bought it. The state AG has asked a judge to shut the business down.
The message is clear to manufacturers, however. Label something gluten-free when it is not, and you put your entire business at risk.
UPDATE: The gluten-free statement was allegedly fraudulent and the business owner was arrested.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I'd been having trouble staying hydrated all week. Felt great at the start (maybe a bit warm?). I started feeling "weird" at mile 9. I stopped to put some more vaseline on my feet at mile 10 (I had some hotspots, but I was still bang on pace after accounting for stops and visits), and then absolutely spectacularly exploded at mile 11, with nausea, lightheadedness (which just got worse and worse until mile 19) and minor stiffness. I attribute the mess to a combination of electrolyte imbalance and lack of water/something I ate the night before (not gluten)/or a bug I picked up. It was absolutely the fastest "collapse" I had ever experienced in any long race. (Usually, I just see the misery coming for about a 10K or so...) I had medical cut off my pace band as irrelevant just past the half marathon. I ran/walked until mile 17 and then walked until mile 22, when everything suddenly lifted. I ran in the rest of the way, just walking up the hills on Allen Parkway. I probably passed 100 people in the last mile alone. I file this one in the "just not my day" category. (I was already planning my next marathon at mile 16 of this one...) and I may have to do another marathon somewhere else this year just for time and just because.
Couldn't get to sleep the night after... Sore but fine this morning. Handling stairs with relative ease compared to other years. At the end of the day, I'm glad I traded time for a sure finish, and I'm definitely wearing my 20 year veteran shirt every day ;-). Is three days in a row too much?
Monday, January 4, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
A front came through right before 2010 and made its appearance by slightly chilling temps to 52 degrees and then boosting a 25 mph wind out of the North. It was a dark and stormy night... Seriously.
The run was brisk and cold, and I pushed very hard at the end. (Ask me about a funny story there sometime...)
Anyway, the result was 24:23 - not my best time, but there was some speculation that the course was measured to the curb and not to the middle of the road -- some GPS watches had us running 5.5k - a full 10% farther.
Weirdly, there were some really fast runners in the crowd. I eventually figured out they were running to set a time. So I guess that for a few hours at least, I had one of the top ten fastest times in my age group for the state of Texas in 2010. Well - it was good Christmas present while it lasted.