Posts Tagged ‘Gallbladder’

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Year 2 Review Part 5 ~ Medical Problem #1

01/01/2012

April and May 2011                Tri-the-Kenai Derailed  —  Whew CountdownThe best App I have installed on my i-Phone is my Count Down Calendar.    At the time of my gallbladder surgery I had exactly 6 weeks until the TRI.  That was significant because after 2 days in the hospital the doctor said that I couldn’t exercise or lift anything over 15 lbs for 6 weeks.  Well there goes the TRI.  So something that I couldn’t picture was by no means going to come into vision.  I was disappointed but also relieved at the same time.  I had to halt everything.  I remember texting Angie with a now  infamous quote of ours, “I have a little story to tell you.” She hates those texts because it wouldn’t be the last one for the year.   In this next year I’m bound and determined to picture what healthy and athletic looks like. Even just last week as I had my first training session in 5 months I still couldn’t picture me at a goal weight or even in a goal activity.  It’s my homework for the New Year.       Gallbladder surgery should be a relatively routine surgery or so I’ve been told.  I should have known better when my discharge from the hospital was delayed by a day due to pain and at my first doctors appointment I gained 6 lbs.  Who has surgery and gains 6 lbs?  Well for a week after the surgery I had actually been leaking bile into my abdomen.  I knew something was wrong because of the intense pain but I had also noticed that I was bloated.  I was a 20 lb. deflated balloon because of the weight loss but I was now filling back up. T.M.I. I know.  I believed that the pain I was experiencing wasMay 2011 normal and that I should just take it, fortunately, my friend S~ took charge.  I then began to witness a network of friends that came to my aide that just really showered me with love, care and time.  By the time the doctor discovered the leak my mother was on her way from Ca so she too could also see my ROCKS in action. From ladies of KNL to coworkers and friends I was well cared for and prayed for.  I had two more surgeries and even one required me to be medevac to Anchorage.  Serious? Right?  I missed 3 weeks of school and only showed up for the normal “hoop-la” at the end of quarter.  My co-workers rallied around and provided lesson plans and sub guidance and my KNL ladies provided meals. I am truly blessed.  Little did I know that 2 months later I’d be traveling down the same road again.

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Year 2 Review Part 4 ~ 10/10/10 – 11/11/11

01/01/2012
AK TRI Training

TRI Training in Alaska

  April 2011

It was time for some serious TRI training.  Angimal had arranged for a group of athletes to train for the upcoming season.  Though I had been on the TOPS Team for the year which had a variety of Swimmers at many different levels (I started in lane 1 and moved to lane 5) but this was going to be different because I’m not a great runner or cyclist. I was worried to be with these athletes. My schedule got crazier times 10.

Monday – 5:30-6:00 TRI Training
T & Thur – 3:00-3:30 Treadmill 3:30-4:30 Angimal 5:30-7:00 TOPS
Wednesday – Lead the Made to Crave Bible Study
Friday – 3:00-3:30 Treadmill 3:30-4:30 Angimal 5:30-6:30 TRI
Saturday – 9:00-10:00 TRI Training Swimming

OK good grief what a schedule but I was doing it. TRI Training I was there and I was putting forth an effort that was  exactly what I could handle. The best part of the training revealed once again how much of a swimmer I am.  On the days that we were swimming I’d actually finish ahead of the pack.  That was a nice feeling after having to modify some of the hill runs, BRICKS, and spinning sets.

As the month progressed even though i didn’t believe i could actually participate in the TRI I had Angimal encouraging me and now the whole team seeing in me something I couldn’t. I almost want to say that I was faking it until I made it but the aches and pains were not fake.  The breathless sets were not fake.  The painful seat on the spin bike was shirley not fake.  So towards the end of the month I finally had to bite the bullet and buy my bike for the race.  I’m doing it. The picture was becoming clearer and clearer until the night of Thursday, April 28th.  I had a gallbladder attack, surgery and complications that sidelined me.  It was the beginning of my medical rollercoaster.