Friday, March 8, 2013

Blogging, Or There A Lack Of

I haven’t been blogging in the longest time. Several events transpired that left me physically or mentally unable to really blog nor open up about.

Last year, one of my resolutions was to not break any bones. Goal accomplished. I didn’t suffer a single broken bone in 2012, but I did however suffer a bad injury. I was doing a local 100 mile bike club ride in which the route nor the queue sheet wasn’t marked particularly well regarding turns at the end of long down hills. I hit pretty hard on a 3 wheel recumbent. Thankfully I broke the fall for the bike, so it got away unharmed. I had a really bad case of road rash. Fast forward a week and a half, and I suffered a blot clot in my lower right leg. Excruciating pain. Several weeks of down time.

I got my beak, aka nose, fixed over the summer after Rando season slowed down. Can’t say I enjoyed the recovery much, but at least I can breathe better through the nasal passages. Doc. repaired the grossly deviated septum and hacked down the turbinates.

Shortly after this, my mom was in and out of hospitals for roughly four months with multiple compression fractures, had contracted a fairly lethal form of pneumonia typically only found in hospital settings and other health issues. After dealing with these ailments for several months with no improvement, she called in quits with continuing medical treatments and let nature take its course. It’s very hard to lose a parent regardless of circumstance, it sucks more when they are still fairly young and simply lose the desire to live. Naturally my dad has and continues to have a hard time adjusting. It’s hard to deal with the loss of a loved one after 30+ years of marriage.

I continued to have more than normal sinus drainage. The sinus drainage has been something I seem to have acquired in my middle aged years. A local Ear, Nose and Throat specialist recommend that I get endoscopic sinus surgery. The surgery basically involves the doctor going in with a roto-rootor tool and hogging out the sinus nasal passages so that the sinuses basically become very dry. I got the surgery on New Year’s Eve, had a miserable recovery and have had to get my sinuses sucked out a couple times. Knock on wood, the one good thing is that I have not had a single sinus infection since the operation. Previously, I would have had one or two by March. I’m still hoping that the current drainage slows more or stops completely.

So the 2nd half of 2012 was less than desirable and I’ve been dealing with a variety of personal issues. My only resolution this year is to blog at least once a week. I have a decent schedule of rides planned this year, so there should be ample to write about. I picked up a new bike, so expect more on that soon.

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