Wednesday, October 29, 2008

At the Races

I finally got my pictures downloaded from the camera of the United Way Spooktacular 5k. I've got them in a slideshow. Enjoy!

The Waiting Game

I'm still waiting on the results of my MRI, and it's nearly 4 p.m. I'm taking that as a very good sign. You know the old saying, "No news is good news." I'll update you guys, as soon as I know something. Anyway, I'm feeling just a bit better today. My left eye is still pretty watery, but it's more open today. My mouth may be a "tinch" better. It seems that the cortisone is working. Luckily today I don't have that terrible headache. I hope that means that the inflammation is subsiding. Thanks to everyone for the comments, e-mails, prayers, and good wishes. They are appreciated more than you guys will ever know.

I'm about to upload the pics from Saturdays' 5K, so hopefully, I'll have some to share in a bit. Stay tuned.....

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Quick Update

I just wanted to check in and give you guys an update on what's going on with me. I ran my 5K on Saturday morning. I did REALLY well. I finished in 32:33. That's a whole 5 minutes faster than my last time!! WOOT!! Anyhow, Casey and I came home and had some tasty hamburgers for lunch. After lunch, I decided to take a short nap, since I had gotten up so early. When I woke up, I had a nasty headache. This headache lasted all through Saturday night, Sunday, and yesterday. About 2:30 yesterday afternoon, I realized that I couldn't move the left side of my face! Luckily nothing else happened, and it didn't get worse. Years ago, I saw my father have this same condition. It's called Bell's Palsy. The nerve that controls facial motion gets inflamed and therefore, paralized. I had a suspicion that this was my problem. Anyway, I went in to see the doctor today. That was exactly his diagnosis too. Just to make sure, he sent me in to have an MRI. So, that took most all afternoon. I haven't heard the results yet, but I guess no news is good news. So, I'm just playing the waiting game right now. My head still hurts sometimes, but it is some better. Right now my left eye bothers me more, since I can't completely close it, and it dries out. I'm a little self conscious about how wonky my face looks. I can only smile on one side. So, I feel completely ridiculous. My eye also won't open real wide, so my eyes look lopsided. The doc gave me some cortisone, so hopefully, that will reduce the inflammation. I hope that I'm at least some better tomorrow. I want to go back to work, but I need a day or so to get used to this. So far, I've had to re-figure out how to drink, eat, and even blow my nose! It's just too weird. Sorry that this has rambled a bit, but I just wanted to give everyone an update on what's going on with me. I do have pictures from Saturday's 5K, and I'll try to get them posted as soon as I feel better. Everyone please send prayers and good thoughts my way that the MRI results come back normal. I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Keep On Keepin' On...

Not much new news to report. I've lightened my workout load this week, to give my body some extra rest for the upcoming 5K. I ran a couple of days and swam a couple days. Now, I get 2 days of rest time. Rest time is good, because I seem to have tweaked my right hip. It seems it was more from swimming breaststroke than running though. Something a little rest can't cure.

The zoo brood is doing good. Since the weather has gotten cooler, they like to snuggle a lot more. They love Mom's gray, fuzzy blanket. When I bring it out, it's like telling them it's nap time. They just love to curl up with me, when I get it out.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Getting Ready...Again!

Sorry that I wasn't around much last week. Every week, since Celebration Pet Day has been SO incredibly busy. By the time I get home, I'm just too tired to blog. I'm getting ready for my 2nd 5K this weekend. It's the United Way 5K Spooktacular. I went and checked out the race course yesterday. The first part is pretty flat, but they have some REALLY big hills right at the end...and, oh yeah, speed bumps that we have to navigate not too far from the finish line. Geez! As if I wasn't a big enough klutz enough on my own, that they had to go and add speed bumps into the mix. Oh well, here's to not breaking something important! Hopefully, I will at least do as well as I did in the last one. I'm hoping to gain some time, since the weather will be quite a bit cooler than it was in August. I'll report my results, after the race this weekend.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Adopt A Dog Month


Just wanted to take a minute to let you all know that October is Adopt A Dog Month! So, if you are looking for a 4 legged compainion, please consider adopting from a local humane association, rescue, or shelter.

To celebrate, the ASPCA is sponsoring a "best dressed dog" photo contest. For details, click HERE.

I Went Away For A While...

Sorry about being away last week. I was SO exhausted from Pet Day, that I just needed a little time to recharge. Things are getting back to normal at the house. This is another busy week for me. My coworker fell last Thursday night at work and broke her foot. Now, she is tangled in all of the worker's comp mess. She is still waiting, today, to even get into see an orthopedist! Anyway, I'm working late two nights this week. Looks like all work and no play for me this week! At least I can head over to the Rec Center and workout/swim/run on my supper hours. WHEEEEEEE!!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Celebration Pet Day Wrap Up


Jennie Jones (Kindred Spirits Dog Training and Boarding), Me, The Comedy Canines, Dawn and her husband at Celebration Pet Day.

We all had a FANTASTIC time at pet day this year! We had a big crowd of people, and it looked like everyone enjoyed themselves. I actually got to see more of pet day this year, than any other year. I was especially happy that I got to see all of The Comedy Canines performance! They were SO good, and their trainer, Dawn, was a really sweet person. I'm hoping that they'll come back again next year. I got a lot of feedback, while I was there this year. Everyone seemed to really enjoy all of the programming too. I've spent the last three days trying to rest up. I was VERY exhausted, after everything was over. I had worked out at the Ag Center on Thursday night, most of the day Friday, and of course all day on Saturday. I don't think I accomplished anything on Sunday, except to wake up. I got up out of bed and went straight to the couch. That's where I stayed, until time for bed! Anyway, I'm glad that everything went smoothly. It won't be long, before we start planning for next year.

To see my photo album from pet day (come know you want to see the donkies, goats, horses, cats, dogs, etc.) click HERE.

Jump For Joy!