Thursday, December 06, 2012

Thankful Again

Today, I am once again thankful: For doctors, health care and the flexibility of my job so I can go see my doctor. I can have my fears assuaged and my ability to run restored, well, almost. My doctor said there weren't symptoms of a fracture, and after several questions and tests, he determined that I have a muscle issue with the muscle that wraps around the back of my hip/pelvis. He said it was likely irritated and swollen, pinching my sciatic nerve. He said continue to rest, 10-14 more days of NO running, but I am allowed to cross train ("anything that doesn't hurt"). Then after that time, start again, but start slowly. Stretching twice a day, to relieve that tightness and tension, were also prescribed. So, yes, some time off will do me good-although, the eating needs to reflect time off not continued snacking. ;) Thank you, Readers, for your advice and your concern and encouragement. You are truly appreciated! :)

Wednesday, December 05, 2012


It's funny the things we take for granted. The things we appreciate, and when. When my husband and I were first married, he didn't travel much for work. We had our first daughter when we were very young, and our second 3 1/2 years later. When our youngest was just a few months old, my husband went out of town on business. We weren't in a great part of town, so we didn't talk to neighbors much. They were much older than us, too. While he was away, in Boston for a week, both of our children-under 4 yrs old-got the flu. And we got a blizzard. As in snow shoveled from the driveway was car height. My husband would call to check in here and there, telling me how much fun he was having. I was so resentful. I didn't sleep-partly due to the girls' bouts with flu, partly because I wasn't sure how to sleep alone and I was on alert for the girls who needed me. We didn't have email, texting, cell phones with unlimited long distance. My in-laws came and sent me out to the store, to get fresh air and a few minute break, which was so nice. Over the last 18 years my husband hasn't gone on many business trips. Recently, however, he's gone on 5 or so. It's funny the differences. I have two daughters who are old enough to carry on real conversations, help with dinner, etc. I have friends and neighbors who are here in time of need, if any arise. I am a stronger person and am ok tackling everything on the list, and I am ok being alone. Maturity? Less sleep deprivation? We also have the ability to communicate in so many ways. But, it's funny, I don't need them now, like I used to. But, boy, am I happy when he arrives home! :) Interesting those changing seasons in life. I hope the season you are in is happy, Reader.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012


Blogging everyday in November? Ha! I'm never close. I need a "blog every day" in June or July, as if summer is any less busy. I'm kind of in a slump right now. Running, as regular readers know, is an outlet for me. It relieves my stress, helps me to think more clearly... it is my only form of exercise. It helps me to burn the calories I eat. And I can eat a lot. I should clarify, I can eat a lot of things that are bad for me. ;) Since my half marathon I have only gone out for a run a handful of times. I have a nagging injury. I have taken time off and tried again. Only to see it return after the first mile. I notice this pain quite often throughout the day. It has limited my running (and my sanity ;)) so much that I am seeing my sports med doctor tomorrow. It has bothered me at such odd times that I am seeing him during my teaching hours and getting a substitute. It's frustrating. I have worked very hard to build up to where I am now. However, in the scheme of things, it isn't a life threatening illness, a debilitating disease (I don't think...) So, I continue to be thankful for what I do have. My girls are doing great and, as envious as I am, my husband continues to progress with his weight loss goal and his running goals. Things are good, here. Fingers crossed that I receive good news at my appointment. I hope you are well, amidst this holiday season, Reader.