Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tough Pills



Yep, I am alive. Today was the first day of the Humira treatments and they should come with a "tough pill" to swallow ahead of time. Inflicting pain upon yourself outside of working out is not what I am trained to do. Left feeling nauseaus after the 4th injection the nurse had to lie me down and remind me to breathe. Really, I was embarassing myself.


I was well past the time of a Remicade treatment, in fact nearly 4 weeks late. I was feeling SO great without all the medicine in me, feeling stronger, more energy, etc. But there is still a grumble in the gut occasionaly reminding me that I need to stay on the medicines and that is where I was anxious to start the Humira. Praying for fewer side effects!




Amongst other things we traveled to Hawaii to witness friends and like-minded-crazies in the Ironman World Championships. Was so lucky to be able to bring my bike and train while we were there, riding LONG and solo, and battling the headwinds on the Queen K made for a smiling ME! While Mark and buddies were out on the golf course breaking golf carts, losing clubs, and enjoying the views. Outside of training Mark and I got to spend a lot of time together just the two of us, sort of like a real vacation!


As everyone knows you see all the big time pros out and about the week of the ironman so that was no surprise. BUT, what was a big surprise was being at the Kona Aquatic Center on Friday (the afternoon/evening before the race) at 4pm and seeing 5+ big names (oops, the secret may be out) all swimming and hanging out with their children. These pros never stop! Lets just say my swim was nothing short of absolutely amazing that afternoon!




I believe that was our final vacation of the year, we added it up (well actually were working on book-keeping) and realized we traveled 13 times this year (between May and October). This is way more than this home-body is accustomed too. Thankful for all the splendid journeys this year, but even more happy to be at home with the holidays quickly approaching.

Congrats to all the Hawaii Ironman athletes, now bring on the pumpkin flavored goodies and egg nog! As many are winding down I am just winding up the training, just doing as much as I can when it feels right. Needing many more "tough pills" to get me through all the indoor training ahead!

15 comments:

Lauren @ Forward is a Pace said...

Hugs. I hope the Humira works well for you!

Jill Costantino said...

You are AMAZING! Just keep swimming, just keep swimming (Dori from Nemo). You are SO inspiring and a constant reminder of how fortunate we are to be able to wake up and do our "thing". So happy for you guys to have enjoyed the vacation and ahhhh - I SO hear you about the holidays!

LaVonne said...

I will keep my fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly!

Steve said...

Here is hoping for an easier journey for you. Only been around these parts for a bit, but you seem like a tremendous person. Sounds like you have some hard days, but realize us paying attention think you are pretty great.

Who knows maybe someone strong like you struggling with stuff, helps give others strength to keep pushing, and keep going.

All my best. :)

SSB said...

I really hope the humira works. I can't imagine going through what you do! I love your positive attitude about it too!

Beth said...

Hoping Humira does the job (and dosen't make you too sick in the mean time)!! Great seeing you in Hawaii! Glad you got in some great training!!!!!!!!! :)

Kim said...

fingers crossed for less side effects TN! been wondering how you have been doing, glad to hear things are going as well as possible!

Christi said...

I am sending my prayers and positive healing vibes your way. I hope you have fewer side effects with the Humira and are feeling well!

thepumpkinsdiary said...

I LOVE what Jill said, quoting Dori from Finding Nemo. Just.keep.swimming! :) Oh TN I really hope the Humira has few side effects and you're feeling good again soon. Glad you and Mark had a nice time in Hawaii!! Can't freakin' wait for the holidays!!

Kim said...

Hope this medicine does the trick and I hope you end up being able to run your way through the wonderful fall weather! So glad you got to enjoy your trip and yeah, I'm going to need to know who you saw on that pool swim!!! lol

Kiet said...

Tough pills for an even tougher girl. As I was reading this, I recalled all the times we've met in the past two years, and I would never guess you had such health issues by your attitude TN. Total respect for ya!

Matt said...

Keep that positive attitude up and I hope the Humira works wonders!

GoBigGreen said...

Good luck with the Humira! You gotta believe it will work! and UGH i need tough pills for our winter to come:(

Charisa said...

I hope you are feeling better!!

Jennifer Harrison said...

Hope you are turning the corner, TN and feeling better! Get some rest at home now in the off season!