January 30, 2020

Surviving the ICU

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I shared a post about how I almost died and I was very touched about the positive and supportive comments from everyone. Maybe I’m being reflective because it’s been almost a year since then, but it seems to help me to review what happened to me. The “code blue” was only the start of a very harrowing journey. That journey isn’t even over yet, but I’m glad I survived several Intensive Care Units (ICU) and can share my experience. I’ll warn readers again that this could be a disturbing and frightening entry. I had genuine nightmares, anxiety, and panic attacks re-living[…continue reading]

January 27, 2020

Shoe Unboxing Ritual

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It’s been a long time since I performed this “shoe un-boxing ritual”. As mentioned in a recent post, I’m doing a “couch to 5k” program, trying to get ready for the Frost 5k in Burlington on March 1. Two weeks in and many small muscles are hurting, especially on the inside of my quads and calves. I should have expected this. I have even lectured on the fact that many muscles are only activated during running. I guess these muscles atrophied with everything else during my illness, and the physio, walking, and other exercises have not changed them in over[…continue reading]

January 24, 2020

Like Someone Else’s Car…

I registered to run the Frosty 5k in Burlington March 1. This is a pretty steep goal, but I have set the target. I don’t expect any particularly impressive speed. Just finishing will be really nice. I had an impressive streak going for Chilly Half-Marathons: I ran this half marathon 8 years in a row from 2011 to 2018. In fact, I ran the half-marathon AND the 5k in 2015, consecutively! I missed last year due to my illness and broke the streak. It has been a long road to get here since my illness. I tried running in August last[…continue reading]