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Monday, October 26, 2009

The marathon that almost was...

So it started as a little idea and then it really started to take shape. We trained, we planned, we drove the route. The date was to be November 1st - this coming Sunday. But alas, it is not meant to be.

I went to the doctor today and first, I have a sinus infection. I'm on antibiotics and pain killers. I feel pretty crappy. I had my thyroid re-checked (as I must every 3-6 months) and then my cholesterol (which I have some bad levels) and then finally my chronic anemia. Well, as it turns out, the anemia is at an all time low and the doctor felt like it could be pretty bad for me to do the marathon. With my numbers being that low, something about the oxygen in my blood being bad, I get winded really easily and it would put a lot of strain on my heart. I had open heart surgery at age 4 and while I have no lingering problems from that, I do get breathless pretty fast and always have - thanks to the anemia. I am totally bummed.

I feel like I let my dear friend Danette down. We were going to do this together and although we didn't train the way that we really should have, we were determined to do this together. Now we're not. Sigh. I'm going to get the rest of my lab work on Tuesday and the doctor is going to try and find an iron supplement that I can tolerate - most of them kill me. I'm either nauseous or get other digestive issues. Totally not fun.

Along with the other bad news: I've gained 8 pounds, I'm a half an inch shorter than I thought I was and I have really crappy veins.

I'm going to go and pull the covers up over my head and hopefully wake up when I'm 50!

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8 comments:

Shelly said...

What a bummer! Is your friend still going to do the run? I used to love to run. I feel ya on the gaining. I'm determined to find some sort of exercise that I can stick to...and stop eating junk. Hope the docs can get you all straightened away and you can do the next marathon that comes up.

jenn said...

That stinks. But, your health comes first. I hope everything comes back the way it should.

Sherri @ Luv a Bargain said...

Oh that's too bad. I hate it when our bodies don't cooperate with us. There is always another race though.

Clara said...

I know how you feel about going to bed when all this stuff gets dumped on you. I sure hope that you and your doctor can find a solution to help that anemia so you can run a marathon.

Beth said...

Aww, Stace - I'm sorry! :-(

I haven't let go of my dream of someday completing a marathon, but the time doesn't seem to be getting any closer...

I hope you feel better soon!

Roo said...

As "Sherri" said, there is always another race, but there is only one Stace. Take care of yourself. Drink plenty of water to get that oxygen flowing through your blood. I know they'll find something for you.

A.Marie said...

Hi there! I have also battled severe anemia, and I take Slow Fe. It doesn't upset my stomach or cause any other problems. I hope you feel better soon! :)

earthlingorgeous said...

Aww that's a real bummer. I don't know if you have Del Monte Fit 'N Right juice drinks and fruits snacks there but I think you can try this one out and still stay fit. http://www.earthlingorgeous.com/2009/10/i-dare-to-be-fit-n-right-with-the-f-i-t-workout.html