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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Okay, okay, okay … yeah, it has been almost two months since I last wrote a blog post. I will not bother to explain why; there are a lot of reasons.
I wanted the next post to be a follow-up to the beginning years of my running by pulling out examples from my old training logs. Instead, I want to catch everyone up on where the hell I’ve been for two months. Then, I’ll get back to the other stuff!
My auto-immune disease problems continue. The Stiff Person Syndrome has been giving me quite a bit of muscle contractions, spasms, etc and it gets pretty painful at times. I finally had to break down and do a big prednisone pulse to try to get things quieted down. It started to help pretty quickly, so we started to taper it back down … things began to flare back up. We went back up on the prednisone. Things got better. Blah, blah, blah, you get the picture. Well, I ended up having a really, really, really bad spasm in the leg muscles inside my shin (tibialis, peroneus, I’m not sure, something between the tib/fib). The long story short is that I am 99% certain that it caused an avulsion fracture in there; it is sort of like a stress fracture, but what happens is the muscle and tendon attachments pull the top layer of bone loose. It feels like a stress fracture and it acts a lot like a stress fracture, but it heals a little faster (I hope it will at least). Anyway, it hurts a lot. And, the muscles are STILL in spasm … since Monday. Damn. Okay, so I’ve been whiny and just a little difficult to get along with for the past few days.
Bob has been doing well since his surgery for prostate cancer and I am so very, very thankful for that! Things have gone well enough that I was reminded the other day that I need to remember that he actually had a very stressful event and that I need to think about whether I’ve been so focused on my own problems that I haven’t given him enough support in dealing with the trauma of having all that happen. I thought about all of that and, well, it’s true. It’s not that I didn’t care as soon as I knew he was okay, but I just got my head right back into the hole in the sand that I’ve been stuck in for a while now. As I’m writing this, he is “watching” the NFL draft … he is actually snoring, so, um, yeah. It’s a guy thing, right?
On another note, we have been learning more and more about gardening. Last year, I was so sick that my veggie garden was pretty sad, but my little cottage garden and my azalea gardens were okay. This year, we are trying to expand a Crape Myrtle and Crab Apple section we had started a couple years ago. The original idea was to make a path through an area on the edge of our yard that was pretty much unusable because it sort of looked like it was the next door neighbor’s yard because of where the original owners of our home had placed a wood fence for roses on one side and muscadine vines on the other. We actually didn’t even find out how much of the land was actually our land until we had a survey done and found out that even the end of their driveway was on the tip of our yard (not that it bothered us). Anyway, I really want to make my path around the two acres we have for walking, jogging, and riding my mountain bike, so I need to use every part of the yard I can to make the path cover as much as I can. So, we’ve been transplanting Crape Mrytles, Crab Apples, Redbuds, etc. to outline a path that will give shade eventually. I think I’ll put some dogwoods there, too. One huge problem we’ve run into, though, is the geese! OMG, those are the dirtiest, loudest, nastiest animals ever. And they seem to love that area. We’ve been trying everything and I think we’re going to have to put up some chicken wire eventually. Oh, and the beavers! They took down several unimportant trees, but they also took down one of Bob’s Weeping Willows. Now, everything has fencing around the trunks. Good grief! Who would have thought that it would be so hard to plant trees.
At least the veggie garden is way better this year since I’m doing better than last year at this time thanks to the IVIG infusions. We almost have lettuce ready and my tomatoes already have flowers. I have red potatoes, carrots, radishes, cucumbers, etc. It’s really coming along.
Well, there is more. There is always more. But, I need to get to bed and my medication regimen at night and in the morning is complex, so I need to give myself time to do all that before getting tucked in. I hope that everyone is doing well!