"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
How about the good news first. I had my annual blood tests and I am thrilled to report that everything is great...no problems anywhere and my HDL is above average, so all good! Asthma-wise, my lungs have been dealing with this summer heat and humidity like troopers...I have been doing so well, that my doctor agreed to reduce the number of inhalations of Symbicort per day (from 3 to 2 inhalations twice a day)...Yay! I'm very excited...especially since this brings me to the not-so-good news :(
Once again, after only three days off a twenty day run of meds for this exact problem, my throat is showing new signs of candida (aka thrush) a corticosteroid inhaler side-effect. This seems to have become recurrent, which of course is rare (but, I must be one unique gal, because this is the third "rare" thing I've had to deal with). Anyways, the frustrating thing about this is that it prevents me from rejoicing fully regarding my positive blood work and my happy lungs...but, I'm trying not to let it get to me too much. Should be hearing from the doc tomorrow. So, I agree with Dr. King...I accept finite disappointment, but I maintain, infinite hope :)
Back to happier news...today I got my new training program at the gym. As Marjorie (my personal trainer) was going through my new program with me, I couldn't help noticing and commenting about how far I'd come. The progress I've made over the last two and a half years is amazing. For example, when I got my very first training program, I had to do 2 X 15 sit ups crossing over...and I could not do it. It was so hard for me. Today, Marjorie had me do my sit ups with no help from my legs, which were laying flat, going slowly and not touching down with my shoulders (2 x 20) and I could do it! This was how it went throughout the session...things felt easy"ish" and doable. After three years of being a member at my local gym, I was discussing with Marjorie my decision to not renew my membership in September. I have some of the necessary equipment to train at home (stability ball and 3lb free weights) and will buy what I'm missing (an elastic and some ankle weights)...plus, we will be buying a treadmill for the fall (yes!). Marjorie agreed to change up my program for me once in a while from my home...which will be perfect. From the beginning, she has been an important part of my transition from walker to runner. When I first mentioned to Marjorie (last August 2009) that I hoped to run a 10K in April, her response was immediate and extremely encouraging, "That sounds like a great goal"...and I though, "Wow, it sounds like she thinks I can do this"...which, was so motivating for me. Thanks Marjorie for your continued support and encouragement.
Finally, I once again missed the Wednesday 8K steady run on my training schedule...but, I did do an extra 2K on Tuesday (just sayin' :)). I'm good with that though, I know this will happen sometimes and that it's to be expected. This week should go well, considering I'm finally off for a much needed vacation for the week...Yay!
Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter who turns 21 today...I love you so much sweetheart :)
Sorry, no pics...broken camera :)