Monday, July 21, 2014
They tell folks when they go to meet with medical people to take someone along. This is so wise and important, and SOME of us are so stubborn as to think we can go it alone (cough... me... cough).
Watching my sister's teacher friend and how organized she is in being those "extra ears" has taught me much. I serve this way as a back-up, but gee, some people just have a knack, you know what I mean?
Every doctor seen, name written down. Every drug dose, time administered, recorded. Every bathroom visit, walk down the hall, meal or even drink of water, etc. Why? Because in a medical setting, any/all of these could be important. Yes, the hospital records most of this, but they might not be in the room for some things.
For example: questions the patient has mentioned wanting to ask can be written down and gone over with the staff later. Why? Because of drugs and distractions that might cause the questions to be missing from the mind when the medical folks show up in the room.
Later, at home, when the questions arise, there is a record. In case you need to follow up with a phone call, you have the names as recorded by yourself. Many people easily accept this need when it comes to medical matters.
Many of us here on Spark also accept our own need to track nutrition and exercise carefully to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight range. Good record keeping, and touching base with others who have been listening can truly help us stay on track in self-care, whether it is healthy lifestyle of "normal" or in the more challenging setting of dealing with illness/injury.
To those who model good habits, THANK YOU ALL!
LIFE is good! It's better when I'm fit. It is at its best when kindred spirits who have paths with touching points encourage one another along the way. Creatively, consistently, and consciously making choices that support ongoing health, I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day!
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Sophia took me on a lovely long ride this morning. We took to the biking trails in town, out to the cemetary where mom & dad are buried, then up the hill to the school, back down through the parks to the trail home.
I had on the clip shoes but mostly was clipped on one side, only clipped the left side toward the end of the ride, as that's the side that cramped yesterday and I was being cautious.
Got home just fine, but almost as soon as I did, my cell phone rang. I fumbled a bit because I still had the headset active after the ride, but when I got there it was my non-sparking sister's friend. They were at the hospital, same trouble sis has had a couple times before in the past year; a gift from a surgery 30 odd years back. The friend has done yeoman's work in helping my sis... through two such hospital trips before. But this time she had a commitment to go to an event with her daughter. Could I come "spell" her and sit with sis and be the extra set of ears?
You bet I could. Showered, threw a few things (including the tablet) in a bag and got myself into the parking garage at the Hospital just as ALICIA363 pulled into the spot right next to me. We walked up to the room together.
Sis has not had a lot of sleep, and they did a bunch of tests overnight. This "watch" is waiting for the doctor to come around and all that. Everything is being well managed, and while we've been here, they got her up and walking for about 15 minutes in the halls near her room. But still no doctor. Might be she doesn't get seen until evening rounds. Just now she is resting, maybe not fully asleep, but resting as well as one can expect in a hospital setting. Ace has gone home to check on her daughter, now back from her Summer camp.
Everybody has full lives. This is our family challenge of the moment. What did I forget to pack in that bag? The phone's recharger. A few moments ago I dashed home to get it, while Ace could still be here. The phone is now cozy and plugged in, as it is my phone folks have been texting and calling for updates... it had dropped down to 13% power! How dependent we have become on our technology!
LIFE is still good. And always will be. It is better when one is fit. This non-sparking sister has always been good about doing what she can for her health, so she's in pretty good shape to weather this, too. Life is at its best when love surrounds us, and kindred spirits have journeys that touch in spots.
Hug your own loved ones, dear Spark friends! And take care of yourselves, as YOU are worth it. Namaste.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
First off, it was a beautiful morning, albeit a bit chilly for the swimmers (59 F in the air, water was GREAT, though).
You can see how pretty it was in this shot, too, don't know if you can spot the actually swimmers, but the 1500 Meter race was in progress.
ALICIA363 showed up while the 1500 was finishing up, and the next two photos are courtesy of her phone camera, as I tucked mine away while I prepared to swim the 750 Meter race.
It did not go as I hoped. Some things went well: I was sighting well, and keeping a good line. Some things were more challenging than in Wisconsin... more current, wind, wave push in this morning's swim than in Wisconsin... and you can see how smooth it LOOKs, just goes to show. Then again, it may just be my memory.
As I rounded the final buoy, I felt things were going well... the race was feeling shorter (it's only half the distance of what I did last month as part of the Oly tri). But very soon after that thought, in the final leg of the race, my left calf cramped up... rather badly. I found myself 1) slowing, almost to a stop, 2) changing strokes to change the kick to try to work it out... was asked by the kayaker if I needed to take a rest with a hand on the watercraft. I declined, choosing to work it out. It passed enough to continue, and I did, only to have it flare up again a little farther along. Flipped over on my back for a bit, almost immediately deciding to breast stroke instead, again for a while. Finished under my own steam, but with a time even slower than last year.
Here's me being shadowed by that kayak:
Limped out of the water at the finish, wrapped up immediately as it was cold once I was back in the air again! And once again, competition being what it is in the "over 60 female" crowd... despite the cramp and the slow time, I walked off with the little trinket for first place. Medals are prettier this year... 30th anniversary games!
Now I'm home, showered, the algae covered suit is in the washing machine, and I'm still treating that calf with care. We shall see how it feels after lunch and decide: yard work (which really needs doing)... or a bit of a ride on Sophia? To gently use that calf and see if a slightly different motion might help it?
LIFE is good. It's better when I'm fit. It's at its best when kindred spirits touch along their independent journeys to healthier lifestyles. Creatively, consciously, and consistently making choices that support those lifestyles... I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Reading from the Triathlete's Training Bible, when Joe Friel discusses designing your ANNUAL training plan, he talks about the target "A" races, the "B" and the "C" category of events one puts in. The A races, the important ones, the ones you have targeted to go after your personal best... you taper for. The B and C events, not so much... you "train through" them, i.e. no taper.
But you also don't have as high expectations for those races. They are actually part of your training plan, to get you ready for your next A event.
I'm sort of applying the C to tomorrow's open water swim, and the B to next weekend's CSG triathlon, a shorter race than the Olympic distance I did in June and will be doing in September. However, I'm finding myself still taking an extra rest day... just because. The body feels ready for that open water... coiled spring, but also knowing it's not the full event.
LIFE is good. It's better when I'm fit. It's at its best when there are connections with kindred spirits, encouraging one another on our individual paths! Creatively, consciously, and consistently making choices to support progress, I am GRATEFUL, for each and every day!
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