My fitness trackers may have possibly saved my life.

Some days it’s hard to write because I like to make people happy. I like to make you laugh if I can, but I can’t do that today and so if you want to read something funny, skip this post.

Around 2 months ago, give or take a few days, I was having trouble catching my breath when I was running.  At first I thought it was the weather or maybe the fact that I hadn’t been running as much as I had a few weeks prior but then it got worse and it would happen randomly throughout the day.

I had an appointment scheduled with my regular doctor to check out my arm and hand so I decided to ask her about it.  She didn’t really listen to me at first because she was so focused on the reason I was there, which was for my arm and hand, but I insisted.

I told her that I originally had trouble breathing when running but that it was getting worse and now happened sporadically throughout the day.  She said it was probably deconditioning since I hadn’t been running all that much, but I persisted.  I told her that I still managed to log at least 10-15,000 steps a day, ride my bike, and that I had been running quite a bit right up until the visit.  The doctor asked how much I was running currently versus a few weeks ago and again she said it was probably deconditioning.

I got the feeling she didn’t believe me and so I whipped out the stats from my fitness trackers and I showed her my workouts.  She looked surprised and asked when I last had a chest x-ray.  I told her I wasn’t completely sure but it was at least 10 years ago and then she scheduled one, immediately.

A year earlier I had encountered the same symptoms and I had been diagnosed with bronchitis so I was completely expecting her to tell me that I had it again and I actually forgot all about it until two days later.

“The doctor has asked me to call you to let you know that a density was found on your upper right lung.  We have requested a CT Scan immediately and someone will be calling you to arrange it.  Please come in as soon as possible,” said the nurse on the other end of the line and then she hung up.  That was on a Wednesday and I spent the next four days waiting for a that never came.  I was beside myself with fear.  I was freaked out and all I could think about was what ‘a density’ could mean.

I finally called the doctor myself and the CT scan was scheduled within days.  It came back showing a few pulmonary nodules, a few blebs, and hyper inflated lungs, all of which I had to Google.  I was terrified but the doctor insisted that it could have been much worse.  She told me I needed to see a pulmonologist immediately and I waited 6 weeks for the next available emergency appointment, which is today.

I have no idea how serious this is but I’m hoping it isn’t.  I am doing everything in my power to expedite my appointments and testing, and my mom is here for emotional and moral support.  Despite everything, I am super thankful that I had my stats from my fitness trackers because without them, I don’t think the doctor would have ordered that chest x-ray and who knows what would have happened.

I’m off to the pulmonologist, wish me luck.

Some ice cream, a cupcake, and a donut all go to the pool….

I’m not gonna bitch about the heat or anything since I live in Florida and y’all are probably thinking, ‘hasn’t she lived there for like a billion years?  Doesn’t she realize it’s hot in Florida?’ and yeah, I do.  That being said, dayum, it was hot when I left this morning.  I’m pretty sure the bottom of my shoes melted off while I was out there.

I'm melting

Because we didn’t really have much of a winter I keep forgetting that it’s almost summertime and that means if you want to get your run in, you have to run early in the morning or very late in the evening and I’m a morning person, for life.  Truthfully though, I’ve been walking almost as much as I’ve been running lately and I’m okay with it.

A few months ago I took a little break from running and realized how hard it was to get in those 10,000 steps on my fitbit.  So, I challenged myself to get 10,000 steps a day not counting what I get from running.  Last week was the first week that I pulled it off for the entire 7 days!

fitbit steps

Sweet Step Success!

I never realized how hard it was to get those steps until I started tracking them.  It’s crazy hard, especially if you forget to charge your fitbit or you leave it off after you shower….I wish my fitbit would track swimming because that’s something I plan to do a lot of this summer.

MacGyver and I took a trip to Target yesterday intending to stock up on some pool rafts.  I say intended because I couldn’t make a decision.

Let’s do something fun, let’s vote, lets vote on my new raft!  Here are your choices:

creamsicle

The Creamsicle

cupcake float

The cupcake

ice cream sandwich float

The ice cream sandwich

And last but certainly not the least,

donut raft

The donut float!

Which one would you choose and which one should I choose?

Friday Five, Reality TV and a watermelon turtle

Blue Bell is making ice cream again! I do like Blue Bell ice cream, like a whole heck of a lot, but I have to admit the first thing that came to mind when I heard that they were back in production was the safety of their products. Obviously that was based on the reason they had to halt production in the first place.

Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who thought that way, check out this tweet:

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I think this guy is my new best friend.

Besides ice cream, I love watermelon and I will be the first to admit that when watermelon season comes to an end, I will cry. But since that isn’t going to happen for a bit, I’m going to seize the opportunity to create these creatures that I saw on the cover of this magazine while down in the Keys.

frog and turtle watermelonHow cool are those guys?  Mind you, mine will look nothing like that but I’m sure I’ll have some fun trying.  I can’t wait to make the turtle!

Since we’re on the subject of food, I read about a taste test involving all the flavors of Oreo cookies. It’s no surprise to me that the author chose the Reeses mini Oreo flavor as the winner, it just sounds delicious.  I have put off trying these due to my disdain over the candy corn oreo cookies, but after reading the article, I’m tempted….

oreos ranked
You can read more about the taste test by clicking on the image above or going here.

Yesterday I decided to get back on the treadmill and pound out some miles. I was determined to get in 6 full miles no matter what, and guess what, I did it!  And then this morning I got up, got myself on the treadmill again, and I ran 5 more miles. That puts me at 20 for the week which was my goal and I nailed it!

You know that feeling you get when you finish your goal, that I’m superwoman, Queen of the World, Don’t get in my way, I rock, kind of feeling? Yes? No?

Well, it sort of feels like this:

Go daddy air pump

I love this woman, LOVE!

I can do anything, seriously, I can.

Lastly, I wanted to share with you the story of Linda Kleinbub. Linda was a stay at home mom. Her kids were grown and moving on and she longed to go back to school and start a new life.  But Linda was feeling bad about herself and she needed a change.

After losing 35 pounds with the help of weight watchers, Linda did one of the most dramatic things that most people could ever imagine.

Reality TvLinda went on Reality TV to improve her appearance and her smile. This is her story and as I was reading it, I thought about her standing in that box at the beginning of the process and how hard it must have been for her.

I wondered if I ever had the chance to do what she did, could I subject myself to that type of scrutiny, or would I? I’m still not really sure.

If you had the opportunity to go on Reality TV for a makeover would you do it, and what would you want to have done?  I still don’t know if I could do it but I think if I did, I’d probably want everything that they offered because I’m sort of a sucker for makeover shows. And also I’m pretty sure I’d get sucked into the excitement of the top plastic surgeons working on me, which is probably another reason why I should never do it.