Wednesday, February 10, 2010


A smart little birdy commented to me the other day that this blog has been kind of whiny this year. And so it seems it has. OK, so I pledge for the rest of the year to TRY not to whine. If I do. I hope the 1 or 2 of you that do follow this blog will be honest and let me know.
And it just so happens there has been some good news on the health front for both of us that whining wont be needed (I hope)!
Dot had her two week check up and the docs said she is the best healer they've ever seen (I bet they say that to all the girls). Anyway, she's returned back to work and is walking a bunch! She's measuring her progress by how fast she can walk on the treadmill. She's at 3.2 mph now and seems pretty happy about it.
I had my MRI and seen the sports medicine doc this week. The bad news is I have small to moderate disc herniations at three levels! But the good news is none are surgical and the nerve distribution that I am having weakness on is actually the best looking one. Go figure. To help explain I have attached a lumbar MRI below.

The soft spongy discs can push out (herniate) and push on a nerve. Luckily most will actually get better with rest and anti-inflammatories which seems to be the my case. My back pain has been completely gone for several weeks but I've been dealing with the thigh weakness. That too is getting better. I can spin and get my HR up to the 160's without cramping and spin for 1.5 hours. I don't think that will get me to race condition but it is improving fairly fast. Yay! (see: no whining).

So even better news is that we are leaving for the Riviera Maya Saturday! Hopefully the next blog will be more Sunny!

ARANTIX II miles for 2010: 5 (ouch!)


KanyonKris said...

Good to hear Dot is recovering well/quickly and you're leg is doing better.

KanyonKris said...

Oh, and I like the new look for the blog. Good header photo.

Anonymous said...

Glad Dot is healing so well, although it does not surprise me. She definitely does not like to be kept down. Also, glad your back is not too serious.

Looks like the Arantix needs to see some red dirt.


Tasha said...

Hey Guys,

Glad to hear you all doing so well. How is the 3 Cups of Tea coming? I haven't started yet, but hopefully this weekend. Keep smiling:)

ER Dad said...

Tasha, Dot just finished the book 10 min ago. She says the book is good and will "generate good discussion".