I’m a Zebra

After my three mile, didn’t stop once run on Monday things went South.  On Tuesday I went out to run and got really tired right off the bat and so I had to walk a lot.  In fact, it was mostly a walk with some running interspersed here and there.  And then later that night I had a twinge of pain in my shin so I decided not to run on Wednesday and since I had an appointment with my doctor that afternoon, I brought it up with her.

injury

Turns out that this running injury and even the Sarcoidosis aren’t the only things I need to be worried about.

medical tests

At the end of last year my pulmonologist decided to run a few test to check my immunoglobulins.  Immunoglobulins are a type of antibody and our bodies have five of them.  IGG, IGA, IGM, IGD, an IGE.  IGG also has subclasses known as IGG1, IGG2, IGG3 an IGG4.  I had previously been tested for any problems with my immunoglobulins because I have food and environmental allergies but apparently no one had ever tested my subclasses.

The good news is, all of my Immunoglobulins were normal.  The bad news is, 3 of the 4 subclasses were deficient.  Since late last year, my doctor has performed the test three times and all three times, I was deficient in my IGG subclasses.

I see an immunologist on May 20th and from there I will have antibody testing to find out if I suffer from a Primary Immunodeficiency.  I am finding out that it is not uncommon to suffer from several autoimmune diseases and that people with immunodeficiency disease are more likely to have autoimmune diseases yet nothing about my health is common.

Doctors have this saying, ‘When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses not zebras’ but not in my case, because I’m a Zebra.

zebra

Zebras are pretty exotic so I’ll take it.

As far as running goes, the doctor said to give it a day or two and try again.  She said if I continue to slowly ease into it, I should be fine and in the meantime, I’m still weight training with MacGyver so that’s something. Maybe in a few months I’ll be a ripped zebra.

What’s the worst medical thing you’ve ever experienced?

Super human steroid stupid strength

Happy Monday friends.  We’re down in Nokomis because I’m seeing the neurologist today.  I’ve finished my run of steroids and I have to see him before starting the Topamax.  I’m hoping he still gives it to me because at first the office said he was and then they said he wasn’t and then they said, ‘after you finish the dose of steroids and then come into the office’.  I am so sick of listening to doctors.  I might be better off doing the opposite of what they say….

Doctors suck

Despite the fact that I had terrible insomnia steroids definitely gave me a lot of energy.  I tackled a ton of projects.

First, I was finally able to finish something I’ve been wanting to finish since I bought it weeks ago.  MacGyver and I had gone to an estate sale and I found an old cabinet in the garage.  It was in really bad shape but it had good bones so I offered them 5 bucks and they took it.  When I brought it home it looked like this:

cabinet

MacGyver wanted to rip the front door off and all of the sides and just refinish the top but I was having none of that because let me tell you something people, I have dreams and I had a vision.

And my vision is now a kitchen island for the Nokomis house and it looks like this:

island

This is the front, I painted it with chalk paint in ‘celery’ and then I refinished the hardware with a bronze hammered paint.

side of island

This is one side. I wanted a rack to hang a dish towel so I bought a cheap little stainless steel one and painted it with a bronze hammered paint.

butcher block island

And I have to give him credit because MacGyver did one hell of a job on the butcher block top.

The inside was tricky because I wanted to store bowls and plates and such and just painting it white wasn’t giving me the look I wanted.  Luckily I had this stick on shelf paper I bought at the dollar tree a year ago.

inside of the island

Voila! The inside is complete.

The other project I really wanted to tackle was some lawn work and that required purchasing a shit ton of retaining wall blocks and them placing them.  I was able to lift and place those suckers like a boss.  Clearly I overestimated the thickness of my skin because this is what my legs look like currently:

Legs

Nice big bruises.

What?  You don’t think that looks too bad?  How bout this?

my legs

OUCH!

I also finished a crap load of work projects and dove into several more that I’ve been meaning to start, but the best part about a week of steroids is that I not only maintained my workouts, I killed em.

I  walked 35 miles last week, five miles every day.  I didn’t overdo it and even though I still get the migraines, I got my walks in and that felt pretty good.  I also got in the most amount of steps I’ve gotten in a while at 138,900+ and lastly, I did a weight routine five out of seven days last week.  Go Steroids Me.

steps

Fitbit this!

All kidding aside, I’m really hoping the new prescription helps with the migraines because I have every bit of faith that without headaches I will be able to do all of that and more.   Of course, ultimately, I’d really like to know what is wrong with me and then get that fixed but hey, baby steps, am I right?

Tell me about your week.

Did you get all your workouts in?

What did you do this weekend?

Mayday Melee.

Around 6:30PM last night the silver Jetta pulled into my driveway and out popped Shakespeare and my Mom.  The guest that we were expecting…they’re here!  By the time we unpacked the car and took the dogs for a short walk and got everyone settled in it was too late to do much else but mom’ll be here for around 3 weeks and we’ve got a lot planned.  A lot!

vacationing again

Mom also brought me my Christmas presents from my sister and I’ll be sending my sister’s presents back with her.  Yes, I realize it’s May but we’re both post office challenged.  No matter, it’s obvious that my sister knows me well:

Addicted to running

Guess what I wore on my morning run.  Yep.

After three days of serious determination and unwavering discipline I completely caved last night and ate everything I could get my hands on, and all after 10PM because when I go, I go big!  Actually I go huge.  Oversized, supersized, ginormous.

eating like a boss

Sonofabitch, this is me.

I’m glad my mom is here because we’re going to be helping each other get back on track.  We both want to work on doing more weight training and our ultimate goal is to lose 10 pounds.  We’re calling it the Mayday Melee.  Okay, I’m calling it that.  Mom is calling it the, ‘help me lose 10 pounds because I said so’ diet.  Same thing though.

And with that we’re off to do this arm workout.  It’s simple but quite effective and one of my regulars.  Regulars, ha.

Have a great Tuesday.

How many times a week do you lift weights?