WTF Wednesday, it caught me

Anytime someone tells me they have the flu or they’ve been feeling sick or anything close to that, this is me:

Don't want what you gotNo thank you, I don’t want what you’ve got.  I’ll stay over here in the germ free zone thank you very much.

MacGyver is the very same way.  And this past weekend he and I were somewhere and someone blew their nose and immediately MacGyver and I had the same reaction.

run gurl

Gurl, run!

We were talking about it on Saturday because I had taken Hank to the vet for a bandage change and MacGyver had been watching the news and he told me that he heard them say that the flu cases are starting to decline and that the end could be near.  I told him how happy I was to hear that and then told him how one of the vet techs was sneezing and coughing the entire time we were holding Hank down to change his bandage.

And I’m pretty sure she thought I was hella rude because this was me,

you just sneezedI didn’t actually spray disinfectant but I did pull out my hand sanitizer and slather it all over me and pull my shirt up over my face.  I told MacGyver the entire story and then he got out the lysol and sprayed my car and everywhere I had been and I sprayed the entire house down.

no fluWe can be a little over dramatic.

But on Sunday morning my throat felt a little scratchy.  And it didn’t get any better and then Monday after running my allergies went haywirej so I took allergy medication but when that didn’t help I got concerned.

OH NOOn Tuesday I didn’t run or walk and by 11AM I was exhausted and needed a three hour nap.  When I was ready for bed again at 9PM, I knew something was wrong.  That’s why I got up this morning first thing and went to the doctor.

Despite all the hand sanitizer, the copious amounts of lysol, and all the precautions we took this year I somehow ended up with the flu!

screamingIf you need me I’ll be on the couch watching netflix for the next few days silently cursing the demon who gave me this virus!

WTF it’s Wednesday and I cannot believe I have the flu!

Puzzle piece number two, a mineral, no really.

Late last year I went to a new doctor and had my thyroid medicine switched from synthetic to natural.  It has helped me immensely but not as much as adding one little mineral to my daily routine has.

The doctor and I talked about my daily routine, how much I work, how much I exercise, how much stress is in my life and then she did some blood work.  She noticed, as I always have, that my calcium tends to run on the higher side.  It’s not too high but it’s in the upper limit and it always is.

She then explained to me that having a higher calcium level means that your magnesium is probably low.

yeah obviouslyExcept it wasn’t obvious to me because no one ever mentioned it to me before.  She suggested that I take a magnesium supplement daily and then she explained why.

Most of us do not get enough magnesium from our foods but we get too much calcium because it is added to our dairy products, dairy alternatives, processed foods, and sometimes orange juice!  When your calcium levels become high, magnesium levels can fall. And you can have a whole host of issues if you are deficient in magnesium, such as anxiety and depression, muscle spasms and cramps, high blood pressure, calcification of the arteries, low energy, problems sleeping and it even affects your bone health.

give me the magnesiumSo, I was like, give me all the magnesium!

For my age my body needs 320MG of Magnesium daily so the doctor suggested I take a supplement which provides 250MG daily via two pills because magnesium is found in some foods and you don’t want to take too much.  Then you could have issues related to too much magnesium, (like diarrhea).  The key is balance.

She did however suggest that if I had a day when I binge on sweets or on days when I do a long run I should take one additional pill which would mean taking 375MG for that day.  The reason is because sugar depletes magnesium and also there have been some studies that show that magnesium supplementation has helped patients who suffer from migraine headaches.  I was skeptical but I started taking the magnesium as she instructed.

skeptical

OMG, it worked!

Guess what?  Yep, I was able to run long without migraines.  And if I was unsure whether or not the magnesium had anything to do with it, I got my answer a few weeks ago.

When the kid was in town we were really busy going to the cabin and to the other house and I was trying to stay on top of work so that I could spend all my time with him and I got lax with my medications and especially my magnesium.  I didn’t take it for almost a week.

That Saturday when I ran 12 miles, I got a hellacious migraine and the only thing I could attribute it to was magnesium. I started taking it again and the next few weeks I ran 13.1 and 15.25 miles with no migraines.

If you are curious about how much magnesium you need or the symptoms caused by the lack of it, the NIH has a great article here.

That was the second piece of the puzzle in helping me run headache free and so far it’s been working.

Do you take any supplements?

What and why?

My longest run yet with no migraine and a Hank update

Happy Monday to you.  I’m a little behind with work and my blog and life in general due to all the trips to the vet and such so this post might be all over the place and full of typos and grammatical errors so, bear with me.

Hank is doing really well after his last surgery.  The wound is open so we have to use a special type of bandage which unfortunately tends to shift.  To help it stay in place the vet suggested doggie pajamas.  When she started to tell me where  I could find them I had to stop her.  Hank already has many pairs but now I have a legit excuse to put them on him.

Hank in PajamasIt’s been a little on the hot side here lately so I haven’t been able to put him in my favorite ones yet, however, it’s supposed to cool down later in the week and once it does, he will get to wear these:

AdidogRight?  I mean, those pajamas are everything.

On Saturday morning I had to take Hank in for a bandage change and I asked them to give him a shot to help with the itching and 60 bucks and an hour later the bandage was on the living room floor so the pajamas are on until this thing is completely healed.

For those of you who are following along, here is what the wound looks like currently.  Click on it to enlarge it but be warned, it’s really gruesome.

Hanks spider biteThere is one little area that looks a little dark to us but I don’t want to have any more skin removed.  Instead I ordered this kit and I’ve read really good things about it so MacGyver and I began using it this weekend.

spider bite first aidNow, let’s talk running because I had a killer weekend of running.  On Saturday I set out very early for a long run.  I made sure to take lots of powerade and water with me and I stashed some extra bottles along my route because it was hot.  I ran the longest I’ve run since I started to getting migraines, 15.25 miles and I did not get a migraine afterwards.

I didn’t look at my garmin or my phone during the run because I wanted to run by feel. I knew there was no way I could run long if I kept looking at my watch so instead I tried to run at a comfortable pace.  My comfortable pace is not really pretty.  It looks sort of like this.

awkward runningAnd during the 7th and 8th mile I felt like I was flying.  I was sure I was running an 8 minute mile or faster.  I felt like I could beat anyone.  And I was positive I looked like this:

running as fast as you canI was a little embarrassed when I looked at my splits later and realized I was running in the 10 and half minute range.  So much for me running by feel.

No matter, I still managed to run 15.25 miles.  I planned on 16 miles but I had to get to the vet with Hank so I had to stop a bit early.  On Sunday, I ran 5 more easy miles because again, it was ridiculously warm.

I have some more things to share with you this week about what I’m doing to keep those long runs migraine free.  Tomorrow I’ll share another piece with you.

What did you do this weekend?

Any of you run Gasparilla?  Did you see Meb?