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Have I mentioned how much I miss studying Shakespeare...? Anyhow, I am not good at the daily blogging thing, so the following is all sorts of randomness from the past few days.

Got the guesstimated ETA on my bike yesterday. Looks like it's going to be about another 2 weeks. Poo. And Thursday's forecast is for partly cloudy skies and a high of 60...rats! On the bright side, that might mean one last chance to wear shorts in '09. I have to enjoy every outdoor workout that I can that doesn't involve a subsequent full load of laundry.

Yesterday I had a sucky 5 mile run/walk. This is when I go out intended to run, then after 1.5 miles or so say screw it and start alternating walking with running. I decided to scale back on my mileage plans for today and only did 3 miles--but it was a really pretty good 3 miles. Yesterday my shins were really angry, but today my legs felt fine. Weird. I guess I'm doing pretty well for only being 9 days out from my last marathon, considering.

The only real issue now is my lungs. I quit Advair cold-turkey over the weekend. Why, you might ask. Why would a runner stop taking her 24/7 asthma meds just as H1N1 is gripping her entire area? Why? I'll tell 'ya why...my 4th bout with oral thrush, that's why. I am done with inhaled steroids. I don't care that they are the most effective asthma treatment. I can't bear the side effects any longer...thrush, sore throat, hoarseness, decreased immune function. The decreased immune function allows me to become sick with every little virus that comes my way. And every time I catch one of these things it opens me up to thrush.

After spending $$ on probiotics and other "alternative" treatments I am once again on diflucan to get this crap out of my system. And tomorrow I am off to my PCP to discuss my options. Most likely I will give Singulair a try, again. Perhaps it will work better with the more effective allergy meds I am now on. In the past it didn't seem to do much, but it also had 0 noticeable side-effects. It's a compromise I am happy to make. Though I would like to be able to sleep through the night without waking in a coughing fit and needing my Albuterol inhaler. Hrmmm...

Speaking of Swine Flu 2 paragraphs up...one of my close friends in my community seems to have had it descend upon her house. I saw her at the store tonite and kept my distance, which cracked us both up. While at the store we were stocking up on our own "flu survival kit." At this point it's not if we get the flu...but when. It's definitely closing-in on us. While at Walgreen's tonite I asked the pharmacist when they expected the vaccine and they have been told LATE November. Add to that the 10-14 days that it takes the vax to be effective and the earliest we can expect to be protected from the virus is early December. Fat chance.

While I am at my doc's office tomorrow I am seriously considering asking about the possibility of renting a nebulizer for a month. 2 of the last 3 flus I have suffered have landed me in the ER for breathing treatment. Given how stretched hospitals are becoming I envision laying around the waiting area for an hour or more just to be seen. Seems more logical to take matters into my own hands, if need be, and not go out further spreading the virus if I can avoid it.

If I'm still healthy on Nov. 7 I may register for a 5k Turkey Trot. Seems a waste to not make as much use of my marathon fitness as possible. A week after that I hope to do a really fun 4+ mile trail race in a state park about 30 minutes away, too.

Still not sure about our Halloween plans. There will be trick-or-treating with the kiddo and maybe going out to watch some fun bands later in the night. If weather permits we may go to try and help reclaim Grand Rapids' spot in the Guinness Book for largest zombie walk the night before, too...


  1. ooh thrush, that sucks! I've only heard about it in babies, and I know how miserable it can be for them :( I hope quitting the steroids helps!!

  2. Thrush is really yucky. Best way to describe the tongue variety is to say that it feels like my tongue has been burned by a hot beverage, then had sand rubbed on it. It leaves a faint bitter taste in my mouth and foods don't taste right. I also feel constantly cotton-mouthed. Then I end up drinking so much that I need to pee all the friggin' time.

    I feel for babies getting this. I know it causes a lot of breastfeeding issues when a baby starts to associate feeding with pain. And they can't take all of the same meds to treat it that we can. I tried Nystatin the first time I had this...OMG, that was horrible. My PCP had never prescribed Diflucan for oral thrush and it's prescription for oral thrush is considered off-label, but I practically begged for it after talking to a few other people in the medical field (helps to know a few runners who are MDs or pharmacists). It worked fast and didn't involve sucking on bitter-tasting discs of chalk several times/day for days on end.

  3. Stay healthy, Zoomy ! sorry about the thrush :(