Guess who just ran 3 THREEEEE!!! miles on the treadmill at 8:25 pace completely comfortably, and even threw in a 2 min at 6:20 pace at the end because it felt so good?!! So very, very grateful for this amazing run.❤️🏃🏼♀️
This was only my fifth run in four months. It doesn't make sense from a training perspective that it felt so easy, but it goes to show what can happen when you finally make your physical and mental health a priority. Working through my long standing nutritional deficiencies, working on all the dental stuff and ridding my body of bad bacteria, and using meditation, accupuncture, chiropractic and craniosacral therapy to let go of years and years of the physical and emotional baggage that's been living inside of me- that's what it takes.
Just as with training- there is no one magic key. The answers are unlocked through a whole set of keys. It is a process. One you have to be ready to endure. But it's well worth it.
P.S. My family makes fun of me for the "weird" way I show the number three. What can I say-college sign language has stuck with me🤗
One day I will be able to stop with these posts. But no such luck yet.
Bad news is the bacterial infection is back. Good news is we have a plan.
As an athlete- I need that plan, a strategy. I don't like going into things blind. That's why when the symptoms started coming back a week and a half ago I started rounding up my team again.
So the plan is to take out the tooth that has wreaked all this havoc in December. Doing it earlier would actually put me more at risk. In the meantime we will support my body with specific antibacterial supplements and immune support and antibiotics if necessary.
Part of that support plan also means getting my B vitamin and detoxifier levels up. My @spectracell micronutrient testing labs showed a clinical deficiency in glutamine, and 9 (yes 9) other borderline deficiencies (several B vitamins and detoxifiers. Thank you #mthfr). Glutamine is a non-essential amino acid, but don't let that term fool you. "Non-essential" simply means your body makes it on its own. So it's actually pretty hard to find yourself with a true deficiency. But, the cocktail of endurance training, a bacterial infection, gut absorption issues and a vegetarian diet can get you there, and I check all of those boxes.
So this IV is a modified B complex (no folic acid) and then a bag of glutathione is next.
Slow yet steady progress. Today is a good day.
Want to learn more about glutamine? Here's a comprehensive article that explains it all.
After my last ER visit I intentionally left my allergy alert bracelet on as a reminder of where I've been. I knew, even then, that there would eventually be a time when I would feel better and I needed to not just jump back into my crazy life. I use it now to remind myself that not only am I "allergic" to bacteria😷... but also to stress 🙄. So this serves as a reminder to build my life (and running) foundation back stronger.
Today was step one. I ran for less than 10 seconds, which is the longest run I've done in 8 weeks... and it was glorious. From one field to the next as I coached my team. It was instinct, and I was tired even after that, but it was a start. Our managers saw me and even cheered. Love those kids.... 🏃🏼♀️🏃🏿❤️ #onedayatatime#bestjobintheworld#backtohealth#knowyourbody#hoshimotos#trust#run#runner#running#triathlete#runcoach#UARunCoach#IRunTons#IRunTonsUAPC
Sometimes what is obvious is what we are first to overlook.
In my first ER visit I had an elevated white blood cell count, low phosphorous, elevated neutrophils, decreased lymphocytes, low creatinine clearance, an high anion gap and elevated TSH.
All they saw though was a dehydrated, stressed out woman with a wacky thyroid.
They asked if I wanted to see a social worker to address my stress levels.... I was sick.
Very, very sick.
I went to Urgent Care three days later with trouble standing, extreme weakness and uncontrolled shaking. Grasping at straws, as the doctor is staring at me just as confused as the ER doctor, and I mention that I had a dentist appointment scheduled to check on a tooth- is it possible there is an infection? Her response: "Maybe. I can prescribe antibiotics, but I really think this is just your thyroid. I Just don't know why it is making you feel so sick." So after two more ER visits, a round of iv antibiotics, and high doses of broad spectrum oral antibiotics, and beginning thyroid care, and I am starting to feel human again.
It is a process, and not a linear progression. But there is progress.
P.S. Word to the wise- especially if you have a hypothyroid disorder, low body temps can hide infections for a long time. Low temps are also a sign of bacterial infections. My temp was 96. at the second ER and they still never said the word infection. As a later nurse said, "Do you know how lucky you are? Because you are you, and you were relentless, you avoided going into septic shock." #knowyourbody#nevergiveup#health#operationfigurethisshitout#thankgodformodernmedicine#berelentless#hoshimotos#thyroid#run#runner#running#triathlete#UARunCoach#runcoach#IRunTons#IRunTonsUAPC
This has basically been my view for the last week. The clothes may be different, the doctor may be different, but either way the view is the same. Me staring at the floor having just done yet another round lab work that fluctuates daily, and having gone over the same symptoms only to hear the doctor say "You're the healthiest sick person I've ever seen". It's frustrating.
But even still, today is a slightly better day. So I'll take it.
That phrase is so very relative these days. Typically when I say "it's a good day" it means I ran my 5 mile run at 7:45 pace and felt good. But today it means I could drive my car, get more calories in, and laugh with my husband. And I've only cried once. That's a win.
It's all relative.
So at this point I will take my win and I will use it to propel me to tomorrow. Though right now this may be all consuming, in the grand course of my wonderful life this will be a blip.
Update on Operation Figure This Shit Out: Last week felt like every day was a step (or 12) backwards. I tried to run once and my body very quickly forced me to sit down and shut up. It's been a mess.
I miss running with my team. I miss running with my dog. I miss being healthy. I miss my life.
But... I am a work in progress.
Still waiting on some of the bloodwork, but started with a methly B12 shot today. I've been taking this as a supplement for the last 10 months and while I saw some improvement the first few months, that declined over time indicating that absorption is a problem for me. We'll see where this takes thing, but today feels like a step forward.
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Bear with me for a minute here cause things are about to get real. This is what it looks like when you're trying damn hard to figure out wtf is going on with your body and why you have zero exercise tolerance. My team of doctors think we're on the right track with some sort of crash between my thyroid, adrenal system and B vitamin and ferritin levels, but it's important not to play Whack-a-mole with your health, so I'm digging deep. I don't just want to just throw another supplement into the mix to see what happens. I want to get to the root cause and address it head on.
So I'm in the throws of it all right now; the yuck, the strain, the wondering, the worry, all of it. But, I also believe that in the end the best is yet to come. Better health, stronger training, faster racing. I believe that if I honor my body and really commit to listening to whatever it tells me it needs, that what lies ahead is better than where I am, and where I've been. So in that way- I appreciate this disaster and it's labyrinth of complexity. This is an opportunity, not an obligation, and I will be better off because of it.