The 10 day forecast shows 7 days below zero so we should then move into a tie for fourth place all time.
The silence you here is all of us Minnesotans praying for Spring…
I have been trying to write this post since last Friday and it has just been kicking my ass left and right. I am normally not at a loss for words and this hasn’t been so much as a loss for them, just scrambled and not sure how I wanted to get them out. But I am pushing through and giving it my best shot anyways.
This past Saturday, was the one year anniversary of my appendix rupturing and my close call with the Grim Reaper. I guess what really brought everything into full focus was the car accident I came upon the week before last from which the woman died. She was my age and had a much different outcome then mine and it really had me thinking about things and thinking about the past year.
Before I go on, let me fill in the back story for my followers that are not aware of what happened…
[Monday, February 18th, 2013]
~ The day started off as normal but I had been dealing with a bit of pain on my right side. I had figured it was from running and blew it off.
[Tuesday, February 19th, 2013]
~ Side still was bothering me even after my run and I still believed it was from running and let it go. Painful, but tolerable.
[Wednesday, February 20th, 2013]
~ Side was killing me at this point so I took the evening and did some stretching to loosen everything up. Afterwards it felt a little better and I figured I was good to go.
[Thursday, February 21th, 2013]
~ Felt great all day as the side wasn’t bothering me at all. I believed I had it beat and that I fixed the issue with the side. I took a nice warm shower and headed to bed after packing my bag for Soccer on Friday.
[Friday, February 22nd, 2013]
~ About 3:00am: I wake up outta a dead sleep with excruciating pain in my side. I stumble to the shower and hit the hot water to ease the pain, it helps a little but the pain is crazy. I tried laying back down but cannot get back to sleep. I grab a heating pad but with every breath it hurts…
~ About 5:00am: Have not been back to sleep and am fighting the pain and throw in the towel and take some ibuprofen, and take another hot shower.
~ About 7:00am: I call work and take a sick day as I have not slept since about 3am. I also shoot an email to my team that I will not make the game that night because I was ill. About this time I take my temperature and am running a temperature of about 102. Time to hit WebMD.
~ About 8:00am: I hate WebMD, everything is pointing to my appendix and I still think they are wrong. I call my sister and parents and ask their opinion and both say get to the ER ASAP. I say I will wait it out a bit and see how it goes.
~ About 10:00am: My parents call to check in and I am still in crazy pain. I agree to go if it isn’t gone by 1:00pm. They are not happy but were heading out to pick-up my nephew for the weekend.
~ About 11:00am: I hear a knock at the door and slowly make my way to open it. It’s my parents. I tell them over and over I am fine and will be okay. My mom disagrees and heads to the bathroom as I talk to my dad in the living room. I go to get a glass of water in the kitchen and I collapse to my knees on the floor. I am short of breath and I tell my dad I give, and that I will go with. He mentions going to my sisters and my mom pops around the corner and says, “No, we need to get him to the ER right now.” Thank God the ER was only about a half mile from my house. I got there and was rushed right in, where the nurse took my vitals and the doctor was in the room within minutes. She put two fingers on me and knew in an instant what the issue was. To be sure, they ran some quick blood work and then sent me downstairs for a quick CAT scan - the results were confirmed. She was concerned and called a hospital about 15 miles away and had them prep the OR for me.
~ From here on the times get a bit blurry for me. I was rushed by my Mom to the other hospital. We got there and as I was checking in they told me I would be waiting with the other folks to my right and would be called within and hour. She then was explaining how it would go, I would be called up, and after about 45min of Pre-OP, my Mom could pop up and say hello before they wheeled me into the OR. Well, once they got my name, she directed me right to the OR elevator and said to go right away as they were waiting for me. I got up there and they threw me a paper gown and said change right away. I asked if I could keep my underwear on and was told no. I changed and was on the cart and in a flash there were 4-5 doctors and such whizzing by me and letting me know all that was going to happen. They told me the procedure would take no more than 45 minutes and should go without a hitch. My mom popped up about 10mins later and then I was off to surgery. The last thing I remember was them popping me on the table and saying, “Is he allergic to anything?…” and I was out…
~ I woke up in recovery and the first think I did was look at the clock. It was after 7pm… I looked to the nurse next to me and asked if I lived. She said I did, but that it wasn’t pretty and I was lucky. I asked if my family knew I was okay and she said they did and I relaxed until I was wheeled into my room. After they got me to my room, the nurse asked if there was anything she could get me. I asked, simply, “Can I please have my underwear?” and she let me have them. My family popped in and said hello and gave me the gist of what happened. The next couple hours where basic hospital room stuff until I got to talk to my doctor and he gave me the full scoop.
~ My appendix had rupture and the infection had spread quite a bit. I lucked out because my stomach encapsulated around it and prevented it from leaking much worse. The 45min surgery took over 3hrs and he basically told me another hour of two and things would have been much different. I took that to heart and had a lot of time to think about that, for the rest of the evening.
The biggest thing as I have reflected for the past year is that I wanted to take charge of my life and no longer be a spectator. I wanted to take some chances and start living. I was given a 2nd chance and wanted to take full advantage of it. So that is where I am left right now. I question if over the past year if I have truly made the best of the last year.
Have I become a better father, a better son, a better uncle, and a better brother?
Have I finally made myself happy in life?
I have only to look at what has transpired over the past 12 months to find my answers and I am quite happy with the results. I have become a home brewer, a triathlete, and a lover. I believe I am someone that people look up to and have made a difference over the past 12 months. I am more outgoing than before, I am trying new things, and I have met many wonderful new people that I would call friends along the way. I feel I finally took a step forward in life and took a hold of it by the horns and no longer watched it pass me by.
But most importantly, when love knocked on my door, I was ready and took a chance and was rewarded beyond belief. The most amazing thing that has ever happened to me in my life, happened in the past year. Sarah sarahspeaksnow came into my life and showed me how wonderful life can truly be, and we have only begun our long journey together so the sky is the limit. She is beyond amazing and to be 100%, she is the person I want to not only have children with, but the person I want to grow old with as well. She is the reason I pulled through… she was meant for me…
~ Had my Biometric Screening this morning and it went quite well.
~ My HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein) Cholesterol is a bit low so I was recommended to eat more chicken and nuts, but the irony is that I eat almost solely chicken as I eat very little red meat anymore, so go figure.
~ Had a slight disagreement with the nice woman who was going over my Screening Results with me on the whole BMI scale. She mentioned that if I drop 5 more points I will be in the “normal” range and no longer “overweight”. I said that I felt normal because I have a different build then the perfect model used for the basis for the BMI charts and I am always a bit high on the chart so I wasn’t too worried. She then motioned to herself and said her build makes her BMI invalid as well and giggled at which I felt like she was mocking me a bit. I then explained that without using calipers and doing a full body fat analysis, that it skewed true BMI results typically just makes people feel worse about their weight. She then agreed with me and we chatted a bit more and when we finished she actually thanked me for my time as I did her.
~ I enjoy places offering services like this but I think pushing BMI discourages folks as when you label them as “overweight”, “obese”, and “extremely obese” can have the opposite effect as you want. The majority of the people I saw in the screening, were to the naked eye, overweight. It was a great thing that they were in there in the first place to find out their current health status, even on a quick snapshot, as it’s a great step to starting the journey to bettering their health. Just my 3 cents on the topic.
~ 90 Crunches and a 2 1/2 minutes plank last night and I was crying for my mommy. I hate crunches and read off to Sarah the license plate number of the truck that ran me over when I woke up this morning. Sore all over, but a good sore.
~ Push-Ups (Sets 20-25-15-15-23+) and 95 Crunches on docket for tonight.
~ Lastly, my Triglyceride we actually very low and thus Sarah has been right all along with me weight loss slowdown. I am not eating enough. Go Figure!
~ Have a great rest of the day everyone…
Yes Virginia, there is an awesome Fiancée, and she is mine. Check out the awesome engagement gift I get from @sarahspeaksnow. She was the best beforehand, now she’s like the best ever with Rainbow Sprinkles on top…
Have I mentioned how awesome our new bed is? OMG, this thing is a freaking dream. Cool and firm as you lay down, and as your body warms it, you sink in and it molds around you. Soooooo awesome, and such a great night’s sleep…
Plus, each night I sleep on my side it gets more and more comfortable. Poor Sarah’s side will be still be stiff until she gets back here and can start loosening her side up…
~ I gave the Dreadmill a chance today and well, it failed me, but not for the reasons I thought it would be of utter boredom. The issue I have is that because of my long stride when I run, the treadmill forces me to shorten it, thus trashing my form and slowing me down and tiring me out quicker. I tried this out with my 3.5 miles run today. The first mile was on the track at 7:45m, the second mile on the treadmill was at about 9:25m, and the last 1.5 miles back on the track we at about 11:15m. That being said, bye-bye to the treadmill unless it is my only option.
~ Looking forward to the 40+ temps the next couple days in Minnesota, but not looking forward to the 6-10 inches of snow due Thursday night into Friday morning.
~ I would like to be able to run outside at some point before my first race of the season, but Jack Frost needs to get the hell outta town first.
~ Monday’s Workout @ 30 Day ~ Plank Challenge (120s Plank)
~ Monday’s Workout @ 30 Day ~ Crunch Challenge (85 Crunches)
~ Monday’s Workout @ 100 Push-Up Challenge (14-18-14-14-20+ Push-Ups)
~ That’s all I got for now… Have a great day everyone…
~ Another 6+ inches of snow this morning and still going, but, it will warm up to 34 this afternoon so maybe some of it will melt.
~ Man’o’man do I love our new bed. Slept like a baby for the second night in a row.
~ Spent the weekend resting the knee and flipping beds into different rooms along with other house prep work.
~ Bahamas in a little over 5 weeks…
~ Sarah to Minnesota in a little over 8 weeks…
~ I cannot believe how fast these weeks are rolling by and couldn’t be happier.
~ Looking forward to rocking out Ab Ripper X and some 30-Day Challenges tonight when I get home.
Yep, awesome Valentines gift… Noting says I love you like bean sweat. DD is so yummy….
2014 Run to New Jersey Goal (Update)
~ Today’s Run @ 3.10 Miles
~ Run Total to Date @ 44.09 Miles
~ Current City: River Falls, WI
~ 1,191.91 Miles to Go
~ Ran my fastest 4.00 miles ever on Saturday
~ Ran my 3rd sub 25 min 5k last week as well
~ Started adding in cross-training this past week with 60mins on the Stationary Bike on Sunday
~ I find it amazing how well the knee feels when I wear my brace and also slowly build up miles according to my training plan. Even though I want to run further, I am sticking to plan 100% this time.
~ I have a Biometric Screening at work next week so that should be entertaining…
~ 6 weeks and counting til I am NJ bound for a pit stop and then off to Nassau
~ Have I mentioned how ready I am for Spring to get here?
~ With last week’s runs under my belt, I have crossed the St. Croix River, left Minnesota and am now into Wisconsin on my Road to NJ
~ The above picture is from my sister, how can you not love to motivation to run?
2014 Run to New Jersey Goal (Update)
~ Saturday’s Run @ 4.00 Miles
~ Run Total to Date @ 37.89 Miles
~ Current City: Hudson, WI
~ 1,198.11 Miles to Go
So some of you may have noticed a drop in posting the past week or so. I have actually been quite active and will post about that a little later today in a past week recap, but I’ve had something on my mind for that week or so and feel I need to get it out to finally be free about it.
First off, I want to express how amazing First Responders are to accidents. I am referring to the Firemen, State & Local Police Officers, Paramedics, and EMTs. How you folks can do what you do simply blows my minds. As I said, you folks are AMAZING…
A week ago last Friday while heading home after picking up my son we came across an accident on our way home. A woman driving a Chevrolet Impala, spun out on the ice on the highway and into oncoming traffic, where she was hit on the passenger side by a SUV, sending her vehicle spinning into a ditch.
I got on scene just after the crash and an off-duty fireman was at her car yelling to see if she would respond and was okay. There was no response and then someone brought him a hammer so he shattered the front driver’s windshield to open the door. The impact was so great that the driver, who WAS wearing her seatbelt, was thrown into the back seat of the car. When the EMT was able to get to her, she had no pulse and was not breathing. Another person helped get her out of the car while I ran to my jeep to get a sleeping bag. When I got back the EMT was able to get a slight pulse but could not restore her breathing. Paramedic soon arrived and took over and did all they could for her. I was actually just feet away when they used the machine to shock her. I remember only because the sound of the machine talk was quite an odd experience. I walked back up by a couple officers and was soon told thanks for stopping and assisting and that I could leave as I didn’t see the accident happen.
I spent the weekend wondering what happened to the woman and couldn’t find any news. I had hoped that no news was good news and felt a little better until I got to work on Tuesday and found out the woman was removed from life support on Monday night and passed away shortly after.
If not for that EMT, the woman wouldn’t even have had a chance. Two other vehicles actually drove though the scene and debris just as I was pulling up and didn’t stop, he did along with quite a few other. This tore me up quite a bit as the woman was my age, but I have an even more amount of respect for those who deal with things like this on regular basis. You folks are amazing and I am forever grateful for all you do.
Minnesota might just return to seasonable temps this winter yet… We get a little melt off the sidewalks and I can run some outside again, woohoo…
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