Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Passing Grade?

I went for some follow up blood work for my liver problems on Wednesday. I haven't even received the results, but I can tell you for sure that I am not 100%.

To prepare for the blood test, I had to fast for 12 hours. I did it overnight and that part was not much of a struggle. Following the blood draw, I grabbed some breakfast from Hardee's, because I was in a rush to get to work and I felt like a little splurge. Big mistake. Before I had even finished the meal, I started to feel some minor pain and discomfort from my liver area. I was not the kind of attack that used to send me to the ER; the pain intensity and duration were nowhere near as bad as I used to be. But it was noticeable and had me concerned/uncomfortable for a couple of hours. In fact, the lingering effects lasted through the entire day. No real pain to speak of, but a consistent "funny" feeling for the rest of the day.

I am very curious what the blood tests will say about my progress, and I had been feeling really good about the progress I had made. I am exercising more and eating better than I have in my entire life. I have lost 20 pounds since this whole thing started, and I really getting into good shape. But it seems as though my body was providing me with a reality check. Though I may be doing better, I am far from fully recovered. I guess I hope I am at least getting a passing grade!?

Speaking of grades, the weather gets an F! I ran outside this morning in 2 inches of snow because I could not fathom the idea of running on the treadmill again. It was not a lot of fun, and things are only supposed to get worse. The weatheman is calling for 2-3 more inches of snow followed by temps below zero and wind chills in the negative teens. At least it's not my turn to run tomorrow (I love you, honey!). I do have to consider how I will do my lunchtime walking, and more than likely I will walk indoors through the halls. I am not excited about the idea of speed walking through the halls around co-workers, but what the hell. It's better than losing a toe to frostbite.


  1. I'm already thinking about my run as I too do NOT want to run on the treadmill...maybe I could do a two mile speed run ( that will take about the same as my 3miles in this weather) and pretend that I'm getting a better workout because it was physically harder?

    What about stair walking at work? I know you don't want to sweat but who cares? Tell your staff what you are doing, as they all know your situation, and bring an extra dress shirt to change into after lunch-DONE!!!

  2. Treadmill workouts are good with a laptop in front of you and a show on that you are interested in. I loved this when I was working out at my sister's. She has a nice shelf in front of her mill and she netflix's movies and shows or watches the shows available online at the network websites. It passes the workout time well!