I was never good at test anyways….

On Friday I got the results of my test from earlier in the week.  I was happy that they came back so quickly and I may have been a bit anxious because I called my doctor’s office literally 5 minutes after I saw the email that the tests were back.

Am i dying?

So, the results of my tests are…..

I need more tests!  Oh Joy!

My blood work was all perfect except for the C-Reactive Protein which was high.  The sed rate was at the high end but still within the normal range.  According to the doctor’s office, the CRP is a much more sensitive test and is indicative of inflammation in the body.  I didn’t need a CRP test to tell me that!

The MRI was another story.

my brain

This is a picture of my naked brain.

I think my MRI has confused doctors for years and since they can’t figure out what the problem is, they give up.  Basically my MRI shows the same thing it has showed for the past 6 or 7 years, just slightly worse each time.

The gist of the finding is something like this:

Several tiny foci of T2 signal predominantly within the subcortical white matter of both cerebral hemispheres with a single lesion adjacent to the anterior horn of the left lateral ventricle.  The differential diagnosis would include nonspecific changes of migraine headaches or vasculitis.  Small vessel ischemic disease and a demyelinating process cannot be ruled out.

and yada, yada, yada.

And then they go on to list out each of the sinuses and mention that there is chronic sinusitis, another thing I’ve had for over 20 years.  If anyone has any idea what MRI’s mean, by all means, I’d love to hear what you think.  I’m doing my best to stay positive but it would really help to know what the problem is so that I can plan my battle and develop an attack.

In the meantime, running is still going just slow.  I ran 6 miles on Saturday but that was all I managed.  I ended up with another migraine that afternoon and so Sunday, I decided not to push it.

A couple of things from this weekend that were pretty cool.  Because we live near the ball field we can see the fireworks during the home games and they put on a hell of a show.  This weekend they had a game on Friday and Saturday night so we had two nights of fireworks.  I took a short video because I’m a nerd.

I also realized that April showers bring May flowers, except we didn’t have a lot of showers in April so I wasn’t really expecting any flowers. Well there’s that and the fact that I didn’t plant any. Anyway, I went outside yesterday to get something from the garage and noticed that my gladiolus have bloomed!

gladiolus

And they’re pink!

And last night MacGyver and I watched Fear the Walking Dead and then Naked and Afraid. Did you catch the episode of Naked and Afraid?  Jesus Christ, the dude from last night was talking about how the whole experience was making him go to a dark place and making him want to hurt people, after like FIVE FREAKIN DAYS!  It was one of the weirdest episodes I’ve ever seen.  And, I can’t seem to get it out of my head.  Who thinks like that?

What’s on your agenda for today, got a run planned?

Have you ever had an MRI?

How to get tons of readers for your running blog…

We’re back in Clearwater.  Before we left yesterday I took one last run on the legacy trail.  During the last mile another runner came out of a park and ran past me, and later I was so glad that she did.

Because about a quarter mile later I saw the runner in front of me dart to the left, very quickly.  I didn’t realize why she did it until I got to the same space and then I saw the coral snake she was avoiding!

snake

YIKES!

Thank you random runner for giving me the heads up!

Only a few seconds later I saw a small gator crawling out of the drainage ditch on the side of the trail.  He was only around 3 feet long but long enough to put the fear of Jesus in me.  I sidestepped and avoided him.

Within a few more seconds I was running over the bridge and I knew I’d be arriving at the house soon and MacGyver and I would have to head home.  I looked out over the water and saw a manatee.  Running in Florida cannot be beat especially if you love nature and all creatures.  I highly recommend it.

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Nick SymmondsThat’s Nick Symmonds shoulder, in case you’re wondering.  He’s auctioning off about 9 inches of ad space right there on that shoulder.  If you win, anyone watching Nick from the time you win until the Summer Olympics (and even during), will see your ad!

Here’s the link and surprisingly it’s ridiculously affordable. I mean, if you actually make money off your blog.

Now before I head off to work and then ultimately to start my weekend, I wanted to tell you about an article I read last night.  It caught my interest because I’m sort of childish and I love poop stories but mostly because I often have issues ‘going’.

Being able to poop is a huge source of stress for me before long runs or races so naturally, I had to read the article.

poop articleFrom the article:

No one likes getting backed up, especially right before a run. You’re distracted, you feel heavier, and everything from mood to energy levels can suffer. Molly Morgan, RD, CDN, CSSD, and author of Drink Your Way to Gut Health recommends holding off on that “quick fix” fiber supplement, and focusing on food first. Here are our top food picks to help you poop. 

Click here to read the entire article.

And now, tell me about one of your favorite things from the week.

Also will you be bidding on NIck Symmonds Ad Space? 

FREE donuts, yes please.

Yesterday I got up really early and ran 5 miles on the Legacy Trail.  The sunrise that morning was beautiful.

sunrise

Afterwards, I had to rush back to the house, shower and get ready to go because my doctor’s office is on top of their shit.  If you remember I had an appointment with my doctor on Monday.  On Tuesday they had me in the lab getting blood work done and yesterday I had my MRI, boom, all done.

Obviously I won’t have the results for a little while but I am so thankful that everything happened so fast.  Next, I have to see a couple of specialists and then we go from there.  I’m pleased that my doctor is on top of it and pleasantly surprised at the quick response times.  I couldn’t ask for better medical care and I just hope all my test turn out as good as the care I’m getting.

Lord help me

When I got back from my MRI, I realized that I had left my laptop on the table, opened.  I also had a word document open although I hadn’t started editing yet.  Obviously Hank decided to fill in for me this week and pick up my slack at work.  He went ahead and edited the document for me.

Hanks work

I’m not sure which client it was for but we’ll figure it out.

Since we’ve been in Nokomis we’ve been spending a lot of time relaxing on the water at night.  It’s been therapeutic and I’m really going to miss it.  Last night MacGyver and I paddled out in the canoe and fished for one last time.  As we were leaving I snapped this picture of the bridge I run over every day when we’re down here.

Legacy Trail Bridge

I’ve got to hit the road and head back to Clearwater this morning but before I go I wanted to tell you about a deal Krispy Kreme has today.  They are celebrating ‘Super Hero Day’ which isn’t really a real thing.  It’s just a celebration of all the hero’s in your life and to honor them if you buy a dozen donuts today, Krispy Kreme will give you a dozen FREE.  Sounds like a pretty super deal to me!

When is the last time you had a donut?