Monthly Archives: October 2016

Halloween

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It about time.  I am having a hard time trying to come to terms with the movement of time recently.  It’s been 2 1/2 weeks since I wacked my head on the pavement and sometimes it seems like it has been months and other times just a few days.  Closing upon 3 weeks isn’t a time frame that seems correct.

Last night I set a sleep record since the injury.  I slept for over 5 hours.  It took me taking a valium before going to bed.  I had been avoiding that.  I’m not big into medicine in lots of ways and adding more medicine to the regiment I’m already on doesn’t sit that great with me.  But I did sleep more than I have than the last week total, so I better just take it   All this being said, I feel miserable at the present moment.  I should be better within the next 30 minutes if today is the same as it has been.

It has been a great October temperature-wise.  Yesterday it was pretty cool, hardly into the 60’s, but today it is supposed to be back into the 80’s again.  Pretty weird weather when it is in the 80’s at the first of November.  I don’t go outside that much, so am kind of just soaking it up through all the windows in the house being open.  It feels great.

Trudi is from Chicago, so obviously pretty deep into the World Series.  I can’t watch TV for that long, so I just kind of watch an inning or two, then rest a bit, then watch again.  I don’t think the Cubs are going to win the World Series, but at least they get to play another game this week.   But it is baseball, which does have quirky results many times.

I’m trying to go see a neurologist at KU med sometime today, tomorrow or as soon as possible. I don’t have an appointment until Thursday, so Kansas City is my best chance of moving that up. I need to see a doctor, so hopefully it will work out.  Man, medicine is jacked up.

Just over a week until the presidential election.  I’m pretty much done with it.  As far as I’m concerned, our country has reached a new low for this, so the contentious selection isn’t really that surprising.  It is embarrassing on multiple levels.  It will get worse this week.  Crazy.

Halloween is one of those holidays I try to not think about too much.  When I was a kid, I loved it.  Nothing like getting a stock pile of free candy.  Now, our society has become so scared for our children it has really changed the make-up of the holiday.

I live is a pretty okay neighborhood in Topeka, but we don’t get many trick-or-treaters.  And everyone we do get, their parents are walking with them, usually waiting at the curb.  That wouldn’t have worked so well with me when I was a kid.  Most of the attraction of the night was exploring the surrounding neighborhood with friends, not parents.

I wish society would understand that we really do a pretty good job of looking out for all our children and in reality, we don’t poison kids on Halloween.  Halloween is really for kids, but we’ve become so continually concerned, we’ve ruined it on multiple levels.  We just don’t get it.

Okay, I’m past my time limit of computer time.  Wish me luck today on doctor’s visits.  I think I’m going to need it.  Like I said above, our medical system could use a lot of tender loving care that it’s not getting currently.

The guys at the BT Epic gave some of my local guys at t-shirt from last weekend.  I missed doing that race.  It is a super event.  Next year.

The guys at the BT Epic gave some of my local guys at t-shirt from last weekend. I missed doing that race. It is a super event. Next year.

I watched some of the London 6-day yesterday.  It is pretty cool seeing my old team mate, Michael Vaartens drive the derny for Wiggins and Cavendish.  They won that race, but lost the overall at the very end.  I haven't seen Michael for a long time.  I need to fix that.

I watched some of the London 6-day yesterday. It was pretty cool seeing my old team mate, Michael Vaartens drive the derny for Wiggins and Cavendish. They won that race, but lost the overall at the very end. I haven’t seen Michael for a long time. I need to fix that.

Tucker likes to rip up most of his toys.  I gave him this frisbee yesterday.  It is short for this world.

Tucker likes to rip up most of his toys. I gave him this frisbee yesterday. It is short for this world.

 

 

Sunday – Day 7

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Today is the last day of this week.  That is a good thing I guess.  Nothing like a fresh start of the week tomorrow.  For me, it is the same old, same old.  I think I’m getting better, but it is by such small amounts that it really is hard being anything but demoralized.  That is probably my general mindset as of now.

Yesterday there was the beer mile held here in Topeka.  My bike group started doing this maybe 3 years ago and it is growing, not by much, but by a tad.  Yesterday there were 14 runners total.  Two groups of 7.  About 1/2 the people are straight up cyclists, the other half runners and such.

I actually drove the mile over to the race.  I’m not driving any better than walking, so it was slow going.

It was fun.  Watching at least.  4 beers, 4, 1/4 mile laps.  Pretty hot for October, mid 80’s. Breezy, wind blowing over 20.

There was a fair amount of puking.  Puke and you have to run an extra lap.  I haven’t puked since I was realeased from the hospital.  Mainly, most likely, I haven’t been eating that much.  Plus, I haven’t had any alcohol, beer, wine or anything, so I’m missing that stimulus.   Also, no coffee either.  I’m not sure what that is all about, but for some reason, I have no desire for any coffee.  I’ve been drinking a bunch of hot chocolate, but no coffee.

Okay, a bunch of photos below.  About done here.  I only have about 10 minutes of computer time in me before I go into a tail spin.  I did slept 2 hours tonight, but the problem is it is 1 am, so the night is going to be pretty long.  I might try sleeping again, once this pain killer kicks in a tad more.

Pre-race talk. Golden running shoes as 1st place awards.

Pre-race talk. Golden running shoes as 1st place awards.

1st group starts.

1st group starts.

I had just about 30 minutes of energy in me before I had to go home and sit in the dark.

I had just about 30 minutes of energy in me before I had to go home and sit in the dark.

Eric awarding the prizes.

Eric awarding the prizes.

Charles won overall, running 7:12 I think. Pretty good considering.

Charles won overall, running 7:12 I think. Pretty good considering.

Two years in a row women's champion.

Two years in a row women’s champion.

Fall is just getting under the way here in Eastern Kansas.

Fall is just getting under the way here in Eastern Kansas.

 

 

 

Grounghog Day

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Okay, this is gonna be another short one.  My head feels like it is going to explode, which it very well might.  This morning is later than the past two weeks.  I think I might have slept 4 hours, or at least I was horizontal for 4 hours.  I probably slept 2 or 3, which is a new high point of the last two weeks.  But the repercussions are severe.  My head isn’t happy with me at all.  I’ve tried all the tricks I’ve learned so far this morning and am still on a 9 out of 10 in headache pain, which is really pretty normal now.

I talked to Stacie for a long time yesterday.  She has been studying about what I need to do and trying to get me into see a real head doctor sooner than later.  That hasn’t exactly worked out yet, but there is a chance.  She told me that there is a chance these headache things are going to be going on for a long time, like way more than 8 weeks.  I’m hoping that is just plain off, but when I’m thinking honestly, that isn’t really surprising.  I’ve never had headaches like this in my entire life.  I guess we’ll see.   It is really strange to me that I can even function at any level with so little sleep for so long.  The body is really amazing considering.

I slept from after midnight until 4 am.  At least I didn’t get up.  I took a handful of medicine an hour ago with no relief as of yet.  That isn’t normal, but like I said, it is a new high water mark for rest.  Funny I don’t feel better.

That’s about it.  This headache thing has pretty much overwhelmed all the rest of my thinking. It hurts bad enough that I’m not accomplishing anything else during the day but waiting for it to go away.  When it does, I just sit in a chair and hope that the feeling might last longer than an hour.  It doesn’t.

Tucker has been super.  He just follows me around the house all day.  He is turning 11 months old in a couple weeks.  He is a great dog.

Tucker has been super. He just follows me around the house all day. He is turning 11 months old in a couple weeks. He is a great dog.

 

Two Weeks Down / ???? to go?

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I crashed and fractured my skull two weeks ago today.  Man, has it been a long time.  Things have been going way worse than I’ve every experienced, so I kind of mixed up the recovery yesterday.  We’ll see how that goes.  So far, nothing new, which mainly means I’m at square one.

Yesterday, Stacie, my friend, and an orthopedic doctor from Louisville, called a neurosurgeon from Kentucky and talked to him about me for a while.  He told Stacie that I’m going to have this headache thing going on for a bit.  Maybe up to two months or longer.  So now I’m on a 7 day prescription of a pretty high dose steroid, along with Celebrex, which together, should reduce the swelling in my head and make it so I can sleep some.  Man, I can only hope.  This has been ridiculously frustrating.

Bill has ridden a couple times.  He is riding his MTB around town for a hour or so.  He has a bunch of broken ribs and collapsed one of his lungs, so he is going to be slowly healing too.  He is doing way better than me, but it is still going to be a while before he is back up to speed.

Days really are really long when I’m only sleeping a couple hours every 24.  Night especially.  I’ve been sitting in the kitchen, with my head on the kitchen table, listening to the BBC from midnight until dawn.  Last night, I might of slept another hour on the table, but my neck was so stiff that it wasn’t really an advantage.

Okay, all these posts just seem like the same thing over and over.  But man, I don’t remember being in a situation like this before.  Like I wrote yesterday, I haven’t seen a x-ray or CAT scan of my skull, so I’m not even sure where it is broken.  They said two different places, but the whole thing hurts so badly that I couldn’t tell you where it is cracked.  It really doesn’t matter I guess.

Trudi pulled the staples out of my head yesterday.  They had been there for nearly two weeks, so they should have been yanked out earlier.  They were loose, so it didn’t take long and didn’t hurt at all.  I tried to get my head surgeon doctor appointment moved up, but they didn’t seem to want to call back.  Maybe today they might move it up a day or two.  That would a nice , appropriate thing.

Kris sent me some photos he took at the crash.  I have no recollection of anything associated with it, so it all looked new to me.  KInd of surprised there isn’t a picture of the dog.  I don’t think anyone on the ride actually knows the dog I flipped over.  I surely don’t.   Okay, pictures are below.  I’d normally say thank god it’s Friday, but I hardly know that, so it is just another day of the week, the same as it has been the last 14.

Laying in the middle of the road. Bill ran into me from behind and is on the edge of the road.

Laying in the middle of the road. Bill ran into me from behind and is on the edge of the road.  They cut all my clothing off in the ambulance.

Loading me onto the stretcher.

Loading me onto the stretcher.

I don't have my bike, so don't know what is the matter with it. Obviously the rear wheel is not good.

I don’t have my bike, so don’t know what is the matter with it. Obviously the rear wheel is not good.

I guess I left a puddle of blood on the ground after I left.

I guess I left a puddle of blood on the ground after I left.

 

Missing Sleeping

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Gonna be a short one today.  Last night wasn’t much sleep.  Like virtually none.  I’m not exactly sure what I need to be doing right now.  Seems like I need to go see a neurosurgeon but I don’t have an appointment under next Wednesday.  Maybe I can move that appointment up some. Seems like I should be feeling better as time goes on, not worse.   It will be two weeks tomorrow. It is the longest two weeks of recent memory, even though my memory is not the best nowadays.

Okay, if I get feeling better, then maybe I can come up with something better to write about, but this headache thing is overwhelming right now.  I don’t quite get it.  I’ve wacked my head multiple times during my lifetime and have never felt anything such as this.  It is mildly depressing.  If this goes on much longer, I might have to consider start wearing a helmet training.

Kula followed me around most of the day yesterday. He slept here as I watched my legs shrink. It really has been super nice weather the last two weeks. Not a very good time to be down and out.

Kula followed me around most of the day yesterday. He slept here as I watched my legs shrink. It really has been super nice weather the last two weeks. Not a very good time to be down and out.

 

Mid-Week

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HI guys.  I’m on such a different level that I’m fluctuating all over the place on an hourly basis, so I’m anywhere from sort of normal, which is a very short thing, to completely jacked, thus I can barely open my eyes and my head is throbbing like the worst headache I’ve ever had in my life.

It is so weird because I’ve crashed and hit my head on the ground quite a few times in my career.  Usually when this happens, I break my collarbone, shoulder, ribs, or something else that overrides the head issue.

This time all I have going against me is my skull being fractured.  Honestly, I actually haven’t seen a real image of how bad a fracture I have, but it is pretty bad.  At least the way my head feels, it is pretty bad.  Both my ears are pretty clogged because they are backed up with blood on the inside.  Thus, I am not hearing very well at any time.

I’m maybe sleeping around 4 hours a day now.  Usually at night I sleep around 2 hours before I wake with a crazy headache.  Then during the rest of the day, I sleep an hour or so a couple more times.

The only way I can sleep is when I take a Perocet an hour before I go to bed.  Perocet along with some ibuprofen give me a couple hours relief.  As soon as that wears off, then it is impossible to sleep anymore.  So, I listen to NPR and just lay around with a cat or Tucker, depending on what time of the day or night it is.

I don’t have another doctors appointment until next Wednesday.  I’m seeing the neurosurgeon on Wednesday morning, then going to an eye doctor to try to figure out why I’m not seeing very well out of my right eye as of yet.  I assume when the head swelling goes down, then the hearing and vision problems won’t be around, but that maybe an all wrong thought, I’m not sure.

I’m losing weight too.  Like crazy.  I think I’m already to about the lightest weight I’ve been the last 3 years and it is just falling a pound a day or so.  I guess I haven’t been eating that much, but can’t really get that under control as of yet.  I’m not exercising at all, which is officially against doctor’s orders.  Even if it wasn’t, I woudn’t be doing it.  My head is so sore that it doesn’t even cross my mind to exercise at all.

The neurosurgeon told me I couldn’t ride for 4 weeks, but he really meant 8.  It will be two weeks by Friday.  It hasn’t gotten any better, so maybe 4 weeks is going to be way too short.  My balance and head are so off that riding a bicycle wouldn’t be the best idea yet.

Yesterday I got a FedEx package from the guys at Strava.  I don’t really know those guys, but am really into going there sometime to check them out.  They sent a super nice t-shirt, plus a Strava jersey that is signed by all the guys at the Strava office, wishing me a quick recovery.  Pretty nice surprise.

Tucker has been super clingy.  He is pretty much following me anywhere I happen to be at.  He sleeps at my feet or my lap pretty much 24/7.  I would love to take him out to the country to let him run loose, but I don’t have that ability right now.  I plan on turning the corner on this stupid head pain soon, so walking in the country will be easy and a daily basis.  RIght now, it isn’t happening.

Okay, I made it until 1 am this morning, now have been awake and it’s approaching 5 am. Listening to the BBC is alright now.  They are sort of skipping the political stuff with Trump and Hillary, so the BBC is okay listening.   The next two weeks is still going to be way too slow for me. It has been raining  the last couple hours, with lots of lightening happening.  It makes the night more interesting.  I took another oxycodone, so I might be able to sleep a couple more hours soon.  Or not, it really doesn’t matter.

Strava jersey that showed up yesterday.

Strava jersey that showed up yesterday.

 

Tuesday

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Man, the days are going by so slowly.  I’m not really on any program other than trying to keep my head from hurting on a constant basis.  I’m not really sleeping much, which is probably the main reason I’m having such headaches.

Bill rode by yesterday afternoon.  He was in the hospital for 3 days.  He has 4 broken ribs and one of his lungs was collapsed, so it took a few days of suction to reinflate it.  His legs are a scabby mess, which mine are too.  I’m not too sure why that happened to both of us.

I don’t have another doctor’s appointment this week, which seems wrong, but I’m not really making any phone calls or doing much, so it is what it is.  Actually I think I might have a vision appointment the next few days, but I’m really not sure about that.  I’m not seeing too well out of my right eye, it is pretty blurry, so the doctor at the ENT called an eye doctor, but I don’t really know when that appointment is right now.

I started getting some bills from the different hospital places.  So far i have been billed nearly $1500 for the 4 mile ambulance ride to the hospital.  Bill was in the ambulance with me.  I wonder if he was charged the same?  Seems like $3000 for two of us being transported to the hospital is crazy high, but the health care system just about everywhere is out of whack, so it is what it is.  I have a zero dollar deductible for accidents, so I’m thinking it all might be covered. But, maybe not.

I have been listening to NPR pretty much all day since I’ve been home.  I can hardly wait until the presidential election is over.  Let’s all just vote and be done with this.   This hasn’t been a highlight of our political system, in my opinion.

I guess I should try to figure more out about this brain trauma I got going on.  I still have nearly 800 emails that I should read.  Maybe next week.  Right now, I don’t have the energy to be on a computer more than a few minutes at a time.

I'm pretty much horizontal as much as I can be all day.  It really doesn't help out much with sleep, but seems to keep my neck from aching constantly.

I’m pretty much horizontal as much as I can be all day. It really doesn’t help out much with sleep, but seems to keep my neck from aching constantly.