Wednesday, June 20, 2007
So, I was able to get back on the bike for the first time in a while last night. Pookie, Ron and I rolled around slowly through some trails at Patrick Henry High School and through some alleys. It felt good to be back in the saddle. I felt slow and my fitness isn't there, but good. I'm not going to push it. Slow and steady will be the order of business for a few weeks. I think the singlespeed is at least 3 weeks from seeing any action.
Here are some interesting pictures from our ride.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
One week until the appointment with the endocrinologist.
Friday, June 08, 2007
Because of this whole ordeal, I am thinking of simplifying my life by going back to just two bikes - my Rig and one of these:
This is the Poprad. I can use it for long winter miles, commuting and in place of a road bike in the summer (since I never go on group road rides anymore). My Rig would become my only mountain bike.
Simple. I like that.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Three steps in the right direction today;
1. The MRI results came back looking OK. I don't have any giant lumps or unusual formations in my abdomen. I still have a pain in my side, but the MRI looks clean.
2. Saw a heart specialist that said (for the second time in six months) my problems are not being caused by my heart. I visited Dr. Procopchek at Lewis Gail clinic who was by far the most helpful of any physician I have seen since this frustrating ordeal started years ago. This visit was the third time I have been referred to him. I think that when most doctors who work in general practice or emergency hear the word dizziness they immediately think "heart" without listening to the other symptoms the patient has. I told the Dr who sent me that I know it's not my heart and that I've been down this path two times before, yet she sent me anyway. Regardless, it's reassuring when the heart doc says "there's nothing wrong with your heart". I thought since "Dr. Pro" was a specialist that he wouldn't want to hear about the troubles I was having since it's nothing to do with my cardiac health. I was wrong. He spent about 30 minutes asking me questions about my symptoms and was very, very helpful. He suggested that I see an endocrinologist and was pleased to hear that I already have an appointment with one.
3. I was able to secure an appointmentwith Dr. Priddy at Salem PCA. Dr. Procopchek was the fourth person who has said that Dr. Priddy is the most thorough and top-notch doctor in the valley - good to know. He said that he will get to the bottom of my problems. I only wish I could see him before my June 20th appointment date!
The shower did not go any better. I was able to stand for about three minutes, but I really thought I was going to go down in a heap. I was able to get dried off and back into the bedroom before collapsing onto the bed.
I also noticed the last few days that the annoying, gnawing pain in my left side (just below my rib cage) has continued to worsen. The pain has been there on-and-off as long as I can remember. It's usually been nothing more than a "stitch".
After a half hour or so I felt well enough to go to work, but by late morning was back in the Urgent Care Center at PCA in Salem. I wasn't very nice. When you feel as bad as I do and your told that it will be several weeks (at the earliest) that a Dr can see you, you become a bit cranky. It's not my fault that my regular Dr moved out of state!
So, some more blood was drawn, a pee sample taken and an MRI ordered.
At 3:45pm I was inside the open MRI machine at Advanced Imaging on Franklin Road here in Roanoke. These folks were awesome. They made me feel comfortable the entire visit. I don't have any results yet and I'm starting to get a little upset with PCA in Salem. The MRI tech said that they would have the results back in PCA's hands in 30 minutes.
I still have not received the call from PCA with the results. Pathetic.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
At 6am I popped a pill and went back to bed for an hour (you have to take these on an empty stomach, so I couldn't have breakfast or anything). The alarm summoned me again at 7am and I started my day feeling much better than I have in weeks. Today is Sunday and only the second day of taking the little magic pills, but I am noticing a difference and I like what's happening.
So, after some grub I packed a few tools and headed to Carvins Cove to install some trail signs we've been working on for a while. Brain and I stopped by the Roanoke County Parks & Rec building to pick up the Ditch Witch SK500 trail machine and the fancy auger attachment.
We met up with Paul, Adam and his wife Kim and the Grandfather, who's truck was full of trail signs and posts and all ready for installation!
We drove the caravan of vehicles as far as we could into the Cove before unloading the DW and augering out the first of many holes. After some experimenting with different augering methods, and a quick 45 degree chainsaw cut to the top of the post (so water runs off) we placed the first sign of the day in the ground at the intersection of Happy Valley, Schoolhouse and Little Bell. Looks good, doesn't it?
As the day progressed, my little magic pill I had taken continued to work just fine. I felt great all day and more "normal" than in a long, long time. I pray it continues. We worked until about 4:30pm and knocked out most of the signs on the "lower" trails. We hope to head back out there to complete the job next Saturday.