Well, yesterday I spent eight hours at my local hospital. Never have I been so happy to spend eight hours in the emergency room….
At the end of a long day I got to talk to another gastro doctor. During a very eye-opening discussion about my ulcerative colitis treatment so far, he pointed out that I’m lacking a long-term medical plan. But beyond this he said “what you have right now is not quality of life. There is no reason why you shouldn’t expect to return to racing your bike and doing the things you enjoy”.
Wow – this was more powerful than any medicine I’ve had so far. I finally felt like I wasn’t a crazy person for wanting to believe that I could get back to doing the things I enjoy. This doctor also said that even though my current gastro doctor says my disease is “not that serious” this really isn’t the case – that it is serious… Phew, more medicine for my brain.
Fingers crossed that the light that I believe is at the end of this tunnel does come to fruition.
I appreciate your still reading and commenting, even though has become less and less about cyclo-cross, bike riding, trail running and the fun stuff in life. I plan to return to regularly scheduled activities as soon as I can.
Right now, I’ve got my sights set on getting out for the first dryland cross-country ski training session of the season with the Natural Fitness Lab crew. This is new to me – normally I’m off racing my bike at this time of the year. But this year I decided to embrace change and get myself super ready for a fun season on the skate skis.
(If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll remember that I posted about some new goals/targets… Well, so far, I’ve got the Gatineau Loppet in February 2014, the UltimateXC (distance undecided) in July 2014, and the BC Bike Race in 2015. In between all this, there will be nice long rides, mountain biking, trail runs, snowshoe runs, a few lattes and lots of smiles.)
Happy birthday Dad – hope you had a great day!!!!