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SNOW DAY! SNOW DAY! SNOW DAY! SNOW DAY! SNOW DAY!
It's crazy out there, people! When I shoveled last night I removed 12 inches, and let's just say it hasn't stopped snowing since then.
So.... No swimming today. Cross training activity of the day....
Well, that's probably for the best, since I've hit yet another training setback. My shoe was, for some reason, tight on the top of my foot during my 2 hour run on Sunday, and now I have a nasty case of inflammation in the tendon. Can't run until that stops. Ice, Ice, Ice! Hopefully I'll be back by Sunday. Looks like I need new shoes.
Bike update: I haven't really gone into detail on this. Well I originally ordered a replacement Dual. Cervelo was having SERIOUS supply issues... got the runaround for a month, then I found out that I could go with a P2Sl for nearly the same price and they had a couple 48cm framesets available. Yay! So one was sent last week. I waited with bated breath. It was supposed to be in on Saturday. No luck. Not Sunday. On Monday I got an email from the bike store.
UPS DESTROYED it. I believe the exact words were "it looked like they drove a forklift through it"
Welcome to my life, people.
To anonymous who left a comment on my blog yesterday: I commend your bravery for leaving a snotty anonymous comment on my blog:
"That's a great gift but may I ask a question? Does a guy have to buy something in order to show a girl that he likes her? I mean seriously, would you still think he likes you even if he just got you a card with some kind words written in it for Valentine's Day."
First of all... this gave me a laugh because it reminded me of my very favorite movie growing up. Have you guys seen "Better off Dead"? It was one of the classic early John Cusack films. It's hilarious! Cusack's character is competing with this snooty rich guy for a girl's attention. For Valentine's Day he buys her a little teddy bear. He calls her in the morning to hear her describe her gift from the other guy. The camera is on him as he repeats her thoughts... "A Teddy Bear... bigger than you..."
well, if you've never seen it, go get it. It's great!
Ok back to my point. No, it's not the size of the gift that matters, it's the thought. Really. The gift was something that was very well thought of and sweet. My 128 MB Mp3 player was on its last legs, didn't hold enough music to get through my workouts, and I lost the transfer cable. And yes, I would have been equally impressed with a nice card with words on it, thank you very much. I am the LAST person you would call materialistic. Plus... I didn't say who it was from. For all you know, it was from my Dad.
And I DID get a Valentine yesterday from my Mom
The mom saga
She had warned me that she sent a package. When I got home yesterday I was really frustrated because I had to cut my run really short because of my foot issue. The 2 packages on my porch really lifted my spirits. The first was the iPod (yay!). In the second (from Mom): M&Ms, Gummi Bears, Cliff Bars, Dark Chocolate Kisses, lolipops, a very cute shirt, and a card with a $25 iTunes gift card. I immediately ripped open the M&Ms (Those that know me, should be aware that peanut M&Ms are my one true food vice. If I don't want to eat the entire package, I have to give roommmie Matt my candy to take to his room). Then with the gift certificate I bought the most Amazing CD: Norah Jones- Not Too Late. It's wonderful. I HIGHLY recommend it. So I gave my Mom a call...
My mom is not feeling well.
What's wrong Mom?
I have the worst fever and shaking chills
So after 10 minutes of history taking, I find out that my Mom, WHO WORKS IN THE HEALTH FIELD, started having urinary symptoms 5 DAYS AGO. And yesterday she spikes a fever of 102.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE! Don't mess with bacterial infections.
Very few things in this world can kill you faster than bacteria in your blood. Urinary tract infections are easy to treat. Kidney infections are harder to treat. Blood stream infections are deadly. One can lead to the other, can lead to the other.
So after 2 hours, I finally convinced her to drive herself to the ER. I told her she needed antibiotics anyway, so rather than having a doctor that hasn't seen her call in a script, she might as well just go in. I knew that she needed IV antibiotics and fluid anyway, and in the off chance that she is septic (bloodstream infection) she will need to be admitted. So thankfully she went in, was diagnosed with, I think, Pyelonephritis, given IV antibiotics and fluid, and I think allowed to go home last night. I'll let ya know how she is today.
But I thought I'd add this little PSA for the women out there (and cycling can increase the prevalence of UTIs). If you get frequency or burning with urination- Do NOT take the "wait and see" approach. Go to the doctor as soon as you have symptoms. UTIs can get bad fast. If not developing into full blown pyelonephritis, they can develop into very painful and debilitating infections in a matter of hours. So don't wait. Please!
Have a great day out there. If you're in the midwest, I hope that you didn't have to go to work today. Enjoy the snow!
A Few Good Swims
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