Color Run Fun! A race recap

A little over a week ago I ran The Color Run Shine with my team Gronk’s Pet Unicorns. The run was located at Gilette stadium .. See the association there πŸ˜†? I had done a color me rad a couple years ago but this one was the first from this company. I was pretty excited they incorporated a glitter time zone. Everyone needs a little sparkle in their lives.

First unfortunately: the negative. Packet pickup was a mess. They had offered two days prior but both at Gillette in Foxboro and since we had a busy weekend we couldn’t make the 45 minute drive up there. Apparently the color run thought more people would take advantage of the other days because we waited at least an hour in line. There was music playing and enough of us so it wasn’t too bad we could switch out to go to the bathroom, shop or gets snacks. When we finally got up there to get our bib no one had us sign a waiver and no one checked our IDs even. Probably because they just wanted to get people through the line but still concerning. There were no tags on the bib to denote we had people picking up shirts either and unfortunately I witnessed people taking advantage of that. 

We eventually met up with the rest of our team:  my friend Erin and her family.  This is most of us pictured below sans my cousin, not sure where she went off to. 

The run. They had a DJ type guy at the starting zone pumping us up with music and throwing out swag. There were two different waves: just running or run/walk/cartwheel. We signed up for the latter. We took off an and split into two groups: my cousin, aunt and I and my friend and her family. Even from the start the course (around Gillete stadium/Patriot place/practice fields) was so wide that we had plenty of room to run. My cousin runs track and my aunt who is training for her first half were tough to keep up with with on top of the crazy heat+humidity (Lymies hate heat) but I tried. The color zones were plentiful and the volunteers dolled it out in condiment type bottles as opposed to just packets like in color me rad so we could way better colored. Also they had tarps on the side to roll in. This is where the Color run wins major points over color me rad. Also the “shine zone” that came somewhere around mile 2 was more of a cool sheen than glitter, pretty neat.  

  

  

There weren’t a lot of photographers on course but I did see them at the finish shoot which was filled with music and cheers. Another 5k fun run complete:  take that Lyme.

Brady love:  there were lots of support for our awesome (and innocent I may add) quarter back including myself who had #freebrady in face paint on my arms.  

    That’s our medal we got at the finish…

  • Post run party. My cousin wanted try for some swag so we went over to the stage area. They had tons of free stuff  thrown out including packets of color, music going, a very enthusiastic MC (I don’t know how they have so much pep) .  This was post run prior to party…  And after…..

   
 

Overall a very good time. These runs are very relaxed and perfect for your first 5k, a good time with family/friends or if you’re dealing with a chronic illness like me and want to get out for run/walk and not have the pressure of having it be a timed run you need to push through. 

Grade A-. With 10,000 runners (the MC at the start quoted this) they needed more volunteers at the packet/t-shirt pick up. It got a little chaotic. Other than that it was great:   tons of color, enthusiastic staff, cool medal, music and plenty of space to run if you wanted to. 

 

Get our there and give it a try😎.
Next up:  I’ll have a happenings post of my first full month in Massachusetts and not in the desert hurray!

Neverland family 5k

Since today is a cold and dreary day what a great time to sit down and finally write my race recap. Tinkerbell was my first half marathon back in 2013 so I have a special fondness for this weekend. Even though I couldn’t run the half this year I wanted to be apart of this somehow. The week leading up to the run was a rough one with a Lyme or co-infection flare leaving me with a high temp despite resting all week in preparation. Thanks to people’s prayers I started to feel better a short day before.
Expo
I had a few things in mind for the expo. Our first time to go on a Thursday and it was busy yet not insane. I’ve been doing more walking then running since beginning treatment so waking in my zero drop Altras wouldn’t work so I really wanted a pair of the new Tinkerbell new balance shoes. They’re gorgeous but a little small. They fit fine with my crazy compression socks though.

2015/05/img_8871.jpg . My cousin and aunt picked up some sparkle athletic arm sleeves on my recommendation because I love mine for the cool upcoming forecast. Next up was some KT tape for myself and a friend. I got the lime green sparkle. My group of my mom, aunt, cousin, son and hubby was a bit much for the expo so we left to meet up with a friend for dinner in Downtown Disney.
Race morning
It was chilly, low 50’s and steady rain. My poor family from MA was not expecting this from California. The alarm went off bright and early at about 3am. I had only managed about 1 1/2 of sleep since it was really stuffy in the room due to the heat pumping and I was restless. Thankfully our ART shuttle came and we headed to Disney.
The start
The 5k starts near Main Street in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle. We had assumed there was a staging area once in the park but when we got there and asked what to do with our bags she said we had to carry them, no bag check. After some pleading she said she’d ask someone else. That someone else also had no idea but thankfully a runner overheard and said it was just outside the park. It has HARD to find, tucked behind some trees on some picnic table. This is my only complaint for the run, that should have been better organized. The thought of holding a big bag through the rain was daunting…
Anyway back to the positive. After the National Anthem which we all sang along with someone playing it on a trumpet I believe (it felt like a dream, dark, no sleep, in fairy wings) the fireworks went off and Tink flew by! This was the best start I can remember. Very Disney magical.

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There was also a little skit with Wendy and the constable telling us about Peter’s missing shadow. Whenever we saw this we would crow.

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The run
The plan was I was to run with my speedy-runs track every day-cousin and my mom and aunt (who was running the 10k the next day) would go together and mostly walk. This was a fun run and by the time we had to re-enter the park for the bag debacle we were towards the back so it was slow going for awhile. We did get into our grove and found a small spot on the left to sneak through and run. It narrowed at points and we had to walk but that was fine by me because my body needed the rest. I luckily had the smarts to get us all ponchos and that really kept me warm. It stopped raining about half way though so I took the poncho off…it would downpour again toward the end…lol oh well. As for characters photo ops: there were a lot for such a short race: Hook and Smee, Wendy and Peter, the Lost Boys, and a tons of pirates.

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We met up with my mom and aunt shortly afterward. They ran more expected. Go Mom on her first 5k.
Overall grade A. Tons of park time, photo ops, fun course, cheery cast members giving the Mickey hand high 5. The only real draw back was the bag thing. Which luckily we got there early enough to start. I would definitely recommend this for some family fun.
For my chronic health warrior friends
It really amaze me every time how after a race I feel significantly better for at least a week. I I feel exercise, when we can do it is such a help in the healing process. I know sometimes I doubt myself. Take it slow and easy, do what you can, and have faith. All it takes is faith, trust and pixie dust right?

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Happenings 5/6

I keep day dreaming of being better cause honestly I thought I was improving…that little check list of symptoms at my Lyme doc looks better but yesterday I woke up with a fever close to 102 and felt like hot poop left out in the desert sun. I had dreams of adding to my family and running a marathon but after yesterday I feel like I’m never getting better, like this is a life sentence. I haven’t left my house in over a week so I wouldn’t catch any bugs because we have a Disney trip coming up and then I was to headed to Boston to visit family. I had pulled off what I thought was adhesive but was it a tick?? Or did I get a mosquito bite? Or is it still a bad relapse? I’m so over this! Maybe it’s time to sell all my belonging and head to Germany???
Doctors I’ve had a lot lately but I’ll try to give a quick summary. I had my EEG (test done to check for seizures). You lay in a bed for 1 1/2 and they check brain waves etc, they flash a light (strobe type thing) in your face last couple minutes and then make you hyperventilate to try and cause a seizure…fun.
I had my neuro follow up. The EEG was normal. The MRI was “essentially normal”. That meaning they found one white lesion. He said because of my migraine history that is normal. But anyone who’s familiar with chronic neuro Lyme also knows that white lesions are found in Lymies’ brains and that’s why many times Lyme is misdiagnosed as MS. So who knows if they had performed this test before they probably would have found more before treatment…
Next up cardio…he starts to tell me my 30 monitor looked “fine” but we could call in a specialist that could insert a needle through my groin into my heart!!? Huh what you just told me I was fine. I asked about the home apnea study. “Who ordered that” he says. Umm you did? *leaves comes back 10 minutes later* “ahh unfortunately you have apnea. Ding ding ding. I thought so. So he then says “I ah guess running ok”. (He cannot get through one Daggone appointment without his diatribe on runnning”.) “but ahh maybe not the knees the back, causal ok, no competitive, only Olympians”. Ahh sigh.
So the plan is for me to get a CPAP.
Next up my Lyme doc. He looks at the sleep apnea study and it appears off: one of the heart rate averages doesn’t add up and one heart rate high appears too high. It still appears I have sleep apnea but it may not be as severe. I think when we move it may be worth seeing a sleep doc. Anyway the plan with him was to keep where I was with Meds for now and then up the plaquinol when I get home to visit the family so I could enjoy my Disney trip without a herx. (Not sure I’ll enjoy it now but…). I could also take a break from Meds while I was at Disney (Lyme is really a full time job with just med taking and organizing alone). I have a phone appointment with him end of June.
The Move We had thought of next move this summer would be back to all our old haunts and loves in North Carolina but then were surprisingly told that wasn’t possible anymore and we could go to either Kansas or California. But at the last minute there was an opportunity for Quantico Virginia. So this summer that’s where I’m headed. Closer to family and I’ve heard there are many docs in the DC area for Lyme.
Exercise
I’ve had a rough go of it this spring with allergies, many colds and now this…but I managed to do several yoga challenges and fairly regular dog walks. I also did the team sparkle virtual 5k for Rett syndrome. I have been pretty layed up lately.

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Good news: I was selected as a crazy compression ambassador. I mentioned in my tips for running/exercising post that compression socks have been so helpful in allowing me some exercise. I have awful leg pain a lot and this helps. This brand is awesome because they are affordable, made in the USA and come in so many fun colors and designs. Check em out

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What else
While in San Diego I finally got my tattoo that I booked back in December. Buju tattoo is the name of the shop and the owner was from MA too, how perfect. I mentioned awhile back here the idea of the lotus came from the end of my yoga teacher treating while suffering my first miscarriage my yoga teacher includes something about the lotus in my card.

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The idea sprang from there and I wanted to somehow include the birthstones of all my babies. In total now 4 in Heaven and my miracle on Earth. So Brianna designed this: with each color or the flower representing a birthstone…I just love it.

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So to close
I’m not sure how my travel plans and trips will plan out with how I’m feeling..I could use some prayers. I got a nice phone call this morning from an old friend that did lift my spirits some. I hope that I improve some in the next couple days. And if you’re suffering I hope you improve too.

Frustration Nation

So I expressed frustration with doctors on the Facebook wall and it’s just getting worse…..

Let’s back up to my cardiologist appointment. (See last happenings as this was some time ago). We decided to go with a patch monitor to see what the tachycardia at night was all about. Weeks passed and nothing…no monitor. I then get an auto message from cardionet (the monitor I had last go round. Huh I think that’s odd, maybe so patches too? After calling my cardio because I have no monitor yet they say yes it’s on the way…and I’m getting a cardio net because they couldn’t get the patch for the desires four week…fine. NO ONE INFORMED ME. And we tried this one already so whatever:..The monitor arrives and shortly I run out of the hypoallergenic electrodes and my skin was being ripped to shreds by the others. The agent informed me that my RX is only for…wait for it…TWO WEEKS and I need to speak with my doctor to change it before the monitor be changed. So they change it..but it’s like what the heck?!
Moving on to the Neuro stuff. I had my MRI about a week and a half ago. No fun, not that I expected it to be but thanks to yogic breathing I survived without any major panicking. But I did pick up a cold. I do my best at doctors appointments to avoid picking up nasties but there’s only so much you can do. As I was signing in the one, yes one person in the waiting room starting coughing as I was signing it. That cold didn’t last too long.
I was going to drop off my hubby to see his friends who were in town that I’ve known for a bit so I was going to stop in to say hello with Ry. He doesn’t do well at this place, kinda bar like so no high chairs etc. I promised ice cream if we just went and and left. That was ok until we returned back to the car…”dadddddy”. So we stayed. In order to stay busy he was playing with the table peanuts. (You can throw them on the floor there). I normally in my germaphobic tendencies would avoid, especially here were even though we were at a table I doubt the were changed. I wasn’t really thinking about it because the boy was busy and happy and frankly it was nice to be out with familiar faces. But I ate the malaria peanuts…shudder…so the boy could throw he shells on the floor. Now I have a nasty nasty cold. Fever, sore throat, chills…bad. A few days later the boy is sick too πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž
So adding the colds to what was already a herx reaction from upping Meds and the effects of the MRI (some folks use magnet therapy to treat Lyme) so my adverse reaction makes sense….no good.
I called my neuro’s EEG department last week to see if we could move my April 6th appointment to the 8th just because it would be a little more convenient for us and the agent said my appointment was actually April 1….what??? No it’s the 6th I have it written down several times along with the day and time. He’s supposed to call me back. Never does.
Flash forward to last night where I had another night with anxiety/impending doom wash over me at about 10pm . I fall asleep about midnight and wake up with tachycardia and feeling funny. This morning I had the whole my Brain is being stabbed/pressure headache/limbs weak/feel like I’m going to up chuck… So I decide to again call them.
The woman so rude every time I have spoken with her. Acts like I’m trying to schedule a pedicure for my dog or something instead of test to find seizures. So I ask her what’s happening and why it says the 1st and she says oh no “you’re scheduled for the 2nd”. Now what in the Samuel FπŸ’¨πŸ‘‚k.?! A third date. She won’t admit she effed up. Now she “has to call all 20 people and see if the will switch”. So as of right now I have no EEG .
And guess what? I’m frustrated…and scared. I’m scared of something bad happening to me in my sleep. And I can’t help but think that these doctors/receptionists would be to blame. How hard is it really to just do your job. When I was working full time, part time..whatever I did my job, busted my tail. Where is that sense of work to ethic?! I still think there’s some sleep apnea going on but my home study only worked 1/3 of the days so I’m not too confident when when we get the results of its accuracy.
Don’t get me wrong I still have hope, I still pray, I’m still going to fight, I still see the beauty in each day…I’m just FRUSTRATED πŸ˜•

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Instead of…

We had been toying with a March race for a bit (either Coaster run or Catalina Island) when our pup had that lump that needed to be biopsied so we held off. By the time he (thank God) was all clear the first race had sold out. We had talked about West Coast to-do’s before our (hopeful) move and the Grand Canyon was a biggie on my list. So instead of a race weekend we decided kind of impromptu lets do it.
Planning
This really was the Thursday before we left. Something a lot of people don’t known is the Grand Canyon National Park is infact dog friendly. They’re allowed all along the South rim trail and a special road called the Shoshone that opens up to a great canyon view. But apparently it was a big weekend to head up there because all of the dog friendly hotels that had decent reviews were sold out. Then we came across the Grand Canyon Railway and hotel. The hotel itself wasn’t pet friendly but had a pet resort attached. So we wouldn’t
bewith our furry family but they could play with dogs right next us and we could take them out to breakfast in Williams before we left and walk around.

Williams
Williams is located about an hour north of the Grand Canyon. Located on historic Route 66, the town is adorable. Now for those of you with little girls who’ve watched Frozen a million and a half times, my 2 year old guy has watched Cars more. This town transports you right into Radiator Springs.

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Chu chu

My son was so excited for the train. The train takes you right from Williams to the Grand Canyon. About an hour and half ride each way. This is such a great idea for kids, makes it more than just mommy and daddy want to go on a hike trip but an adventure. We started this adventure with an old West Cowboy show at the Depot.

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After this show it was “all aboard”. The ride featured cowboy singing old country like Johnny Cash. Our train attendant Becky was great. She was so informative about the history of the train, the area but pointed out so much wildlife such as: prairie dogs, antelope, Ravens, and other animals like cows and horses. She told many a cow joke too. The ride was not just for kids as there was a cafe car that sold beer and wine and treats, there was so much to look at. It was also great for me because I could rest up for our ride.

South Rim Exploration
Seeing the Grand Canyon was on the bucket list and it more than exceeded my expectation. I’m not sure words will do it justice. It’s definitely one of God’s gifts for us to admire. Our guide warned us and I felt it, the elevation. We were at about 7,000 feet. Now where I live is not at sea level…close to 3,000 ft in areas but I felt it. But I did as the guide suggested and drank plenty of water (and Nuun). Having Lyme makes you more sensitive to high altitudes but I listened to my body and felt decent. Some highlights: snowball fight with my son, seeing a bunch of mule deer, great views and crisp air. After the rim trail and the trail of time (seeing and learning about various ages of the rocks) we did some of the Angel Loop trail into the Canyon. We didn’t go too far mainly because it was icy. If we had proper hiking boots, poles etc and didn’t have a little one it may have been possible. Plus I was getting pooped.

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After a stop in the gift shop and some snacks it was time to board the train.

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Oh no robbers!
The ride back we got more great info from Becky. We learned and saw some volcanoes (some near Williams are not extinct!). About an hour or so into the trip the train stopped and cowboy robbers got us. (It’s also the way the performers get tipped, you have small bills visible).

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The next morning we picked up our pooches and walked around Williams one last time. We had breakfast at Grand Canyon coffee. Many patios in town are pet friendly.

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Overall great trip. The hotel was nice but not too fancy you worried about having a little one with you. The only issue we had was rude neighbors. They woke us up 11:30pm the first night and then had their kids playing in the hallway at 6:30 am. Had I known they weren’t checking out I would have moved rooms. But other than that adding the Williams stay made it perfect for the little one and for me with a chronic illness it gave me a chance to rest before and after the hike. I think the gentle train ride helped eased motion sicknesses too I would of felt in a car. Im glad we did an “instead of”
Next up:
Finish up my heart monitor, and a MRI this weekend kicks off my marathon amount of appointments before we leave. I’m getting nervous. Until next time…πŸ’š

Hikes and Happenings

The ticking down of the weeks of leaving the desert is very exciting but stressful trying to squeeze in appointments that are no less than two hours away-some four. As of yesterday I booked most of them: heart follow up TBD (waiting on monitor to arrive first so we know how long it will take to get results), MRI 3/22, EEG 4/6 (although waiting on March cancellation), Neuro follow up 4/17 and rescheduled my last Lyme doc appointment for the same day as my tattoo: 4/27. Whew…..
While waiting for our physical orders to peace out of here we enjoyed some hikes. It’s something we did last winter as well. The freedom of time (not signing up for half marathons) has afforded this. During the week I’ve taken my pack to some local trails. We’ve had a crazy amount of rain (for here) and that’s made this place blessed with so much green and wild flowers.

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Over the weekend we went to Short Canyon. About a 20 minute drive north. I tend to find things listed as “short easy hikes” and they end up totally not so. We ended up deep into the canyons. My vertigo was a little nutty for a bit but some yogic breathing solved this. We went much further than expected and although the waterfall wasn’t exactly as advertised (hubby found it on the way down) we found much more.

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What else? We held off on signing up for the Coaster run as of now: first because we were deciding between that and doing race at Catalina Island and then because we found out our lab, Chester has a tumor on his tail. We should find out by the end of the week what it is. Prayers please, he’s an amazing part of our family. We’re still in the planning process for our Disneyland trip/son’s bday/family visit. I also completed the #forloveandyoga Instagram challenge. It was the first I’ve been able to do! Single digit weeks here for me, lots to do…. Until next time πŸ’š

Happenings 2/22

Well, this will be my first post at age 35. While things aren’t the easiest right now, I’m happy to be here. More on my birthday later.
I had my cardiologist follow up a little over a week ago. Now mind you I mentioned nothing about running, my primary reason to go there was to go over my 30 day event monitor. We walk in and he says “so sorry about running, I know you were mad” (see do no harm post from early fall/late summer). “Running is bad for you. Healthy guys they go run marathons and die. Bad for knees. (Picture this in thick Japanese accent). Jogging ok 5k maybe 10k but anymore more for Olympians ok”. Ok man we aren’t even here for that. I jog/walk/run 5ks when I can during treatment and I have no urge to discuss my post Lyme remission running plans with this guy. Ok so he asks about my erratic heart rate. I tell him still while I sleep. “So maybe we get 30 day monitor”. Hello that’s why we’re here. We tell him we did this and it’s like him pulling teeth to find results. After he does it just shows more sinus arrhythmia which is normal for my age. Long story short I will be getting a different monitor and I just finished up the at home sleep study he ordered. That was a pain in the tush.
Next up on the doctor front. Need to schedule EEG and MRI for neuro. It finally was approved by insurance but we’re running out of time here and trying to squeeze all this in while hubby is going through a busy work period is proving difficult. Then I’ll have a cardio follow up, a neuro follow up and one last Lyme doc visit in April.
How have I been feeling? Well after my ER visit I was doing really bad. The fatigue was unbearable and the nausea even worse. I also developed some canker sores including one on my tongue that made eating near impossible. Thank God for the extra long weekend because I couldn’t get off the couch really from Thursday-Monday when I felt a little better. Why was this? Who knows? Stress, not going out of town in a month, who knows. Finally on Presidents’ Day the nausea let up a bit and I said ok let’s do something. So I put on my seabands and we went to a festival up in Kernville.

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I continued to improve after that finally able to get back out on my walks. That’s another thing that may of set me off, I was trying to walk every day instead of every other. I was able to do chores and enjoy my birthday.
We decided to head up to Kennedy Meadows area to find a little hike. I packed my knee brace, some snacks and NUUN and we went off. On the way we stopped at a small general store, pet a couple puppies talked to a fellow Pats fan and spoke withy the owner of the store. She told us we could find the Pacific Crest Trail off of the campground. Having just read Wild by Cheryl Strayed I was excited. As we set off I was reminded I have a long way to go to regain my physical fitness that Lyme disease has hindered. I listened to my body, took sips of NUUN and rested when I had to. I’ll get back some day to the hiking that I used to enjoy… Strenuous jaunts that included trails where hands were needed or if it seemed to easy I’d jog… Anyway the reward at the end of trail was a beautiful footbridge. I love being outdoors with the family.

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Next up running wise? We’re still debating doing the Coaster Run at Knottsberry farm. But first I plan on signing up for Team Sparkle Run for Rhett virtual 5k. Rhett syndrome is a a disorder (not genetic) that mainly affects young girls. It’s a neurological disorder that severely impacts the way they can speak, walk, eat etc. I have no idea what these young ladies go through but having neuro Lyme I know a bit sometimes how it is to feel trapped in your own body. Registration ends tomorrow (2/24) so I urge you to sign up. You can run, walk, roll this whenever until mid April.

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Last up: and the winner is: Nicole Cepaitis. Please email: info@newportskinnytea.com do claim your prize. Just reference Valerie @flowingthroughthefight.com

Until next timeπŸ’š

Happenings 2/12

I wasn’t going to update until after my cardiologist appointment on Friday but there’s been a ton going on with my fight including my horrible day yesterday so here goes…
Backing up first to my Lyme doc appointment last week. For the first time at a visit I felt better. I actually had some good news to report. He was pleased. I had been still having some issues with racing heart at night but had done some research on the incidence on Lyme and sleep apnea and it seemed like maybe that could be what’s happening. He gave me the card of a holistic sleep specialist in San Diego. Before getting in touch with her I would see what my cardio had to say and see if maybe they could order an at home sleep study themselves. Anyway we just decided to increase my antibiotics: first the omnicef to twice a day and then the plaquinol to twice a day. We still aren’t covering the intercellular form of the Lyme bacteria but the drugs to cover those mostly have the ability to effect the electrical stuff of the heart and we have my cardio follow up to hear from first. Kind of frustrating but it is what it is.
A few days following the visit I started feeling cold crummy: a little chest congestion , sore throat etc. So I decided yesterday to just rest. I ordered a kids movie on demand and laid down my son. When all of a sudden I had this intense crushing pain in my chest. It felt somewhere in between someone stabbing me and punching me, maybe both. I tried to sit up and do slow breaths and it didn’t relent. I tried to contact my husband, nothing. I took my blood pressure and it was like 166/95. Then I took my heart rate: 144. I called my cardiologist to see what they had to say. This conversation became a blur as the pain escalated. They told me based on my symptoms i was to go to the ER ASAP and if I couldn’t get a hold of my husband to call 911.
I tried to contact him again and nothing so I had to call for my first ride in the square limo. When the paramedics arrived my BP was still around 135/something. Finally as they did an EKG a here he arrived and I could head to the hospital.
After a series of tests, they found nothing. If you have Lyme this isn’t an uncommon occurrence..I hope I dodged the croupy kids in there. After returning home a couple hours later I spoke with my Lyme doctor. He said that Lyme patients have an increased amount of cytokines and that increases even more when sick with a cold on top of it thus making us even sicker. Also I increased my Meds yesterday so it could of been a bad herx reaction. So yesterday I was to take no medications and then today start back on 1 a day of the Meds and when my colds over split the capsules in half and try 1 1/2.
Feeling like I was hit by a Mack truck I laid on the couch with my son last night he snuggled into me. It was a needed reminder that he is why I fight. It doesn’t matter if others don’t believe me, or in me, or my disease. I fight for him, I breath for him. I won’t stop.
Onto some good news. We found out several days ago we’re moving where we wanted to (without going into specifics on a public blog) those of you who know us know where this is. It won’t be next to family but we can drive. I’ve been starting some yoga via an Instagram challenge. (val142821). Haven’t made it to a class yet but weekend classes here are too early and at night it’s after I detox bath so we’ll keep trying. So long for now. Keep up whatever battle your in, those of you with illness. Find a reason to fight.

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Newport Cocoa Tea Review and Giveaway

I finally got a chance to try Newport Skinny Tea’s latest (as I told you about a few weeks ago). Well my son was going to have a small dessert (a Girl Scout cookie that’s a no no on my crazy Lyme diet) and I had a cup of this tea. No lie, it’s a great sub to satisfy the sweet tooth. The first thing that hit me was the cinnamony taste, and then the chocolate on the second note. I can definitely see having this as a snack tea. I brewed mine in a disposable tea bag, it is also suggested that you can use an infuser as well.
If you want to try it check out http://www.newportskinnytea.com and ..or enter this giveaway. All you have to do is click like on this post and you’re entered! I’ll have my little helper choose a name by Valentines!!

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Rock and Roll Arizona Race Recap

We arrived in Arizona Friday evening and went to the expo in Phoenix. This race was set up a bit different. The 5k was on Saturday in Tempe along with a second expo day. On Sunday was the marathon, half marathon, 10k and relay. So something for everyone and those bling junkies could do a race a day for a “remix challenge”. The marathon started in Phoenix, went though Scottsdale and finished in Tempe.
We parked in the lot in downtown Phoenix and walked to the expo . I have to admit I was a bit giddy seeing all the super bowl signs hanging around with my Patriots in the AFC championship that weekend. The expo was well set up and stocked. My iPhone had finally crashed one too many times so A new phone meant I needed a new Spibelt. I prefere running with a tune band for my small arm but I didn’t have time to order one and I like my little pouch for walks and hikes. Finally found that at a little pop up shop called runners den. Next up was looking for NUUN. I needed a new bottle to run with and they always have great expo deals. I wasn’t sure if I packed my knee brace so I wanted to pick up some KT tape just in case. Hubby also picked up some socks and body glide. There was also some cool races to sign up for but we still don’t know where will be living next year….

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My 5k started in Tempe beach park. This is a gorgeous area with paths, playgrounds and more overlooking the beautiful Tempe Town Lake. Now sometimes the smaller race just an after thought but that was not the case here at all. We had our own bag check which was nice because it was a chilly morning. I kept my clothes on until the last possible moment and headed to the back of the corrals. After the national anthem we were off. With all my gear on (see previous post) I felt pretty good. The course was fairly flat save a few overpasses one that was more substantial than others that I actually chose to gun up. We had a lot to look at running by the lake and some cool mountain/rock views. There was a band on course at the other end of a tunnel so it really amplified the sound and pumped you up as we ran though it. We also had a dj towards the end of the run. ( see the little 5k was not forgotten about;). I finished faster than my previous runs since undergoing my Lyme treatment. I felt pretty strong too…maybe I can run a little more?

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Finish Festival. After collecting my medal (not bad guitar pick) and grub I met up with my family and went to the finish festival. It was pretty warm now and we sat in the sun and watched Desert Dixie, the post race band, play some country music. I had my free mich ultra. I never drink anymore with my Lyme but I earned it. They also had a kid run for grades k-12. My son is too young but because of this they had awesome inflatables to play on that he LOVED (5 dollars I’m sure for insurance and a signature). We had great fun in the sun.

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Back at the hotel. My husband had scored a great deal as a military rate at the Marriott in downtown Tempe. It was a quick (less than ten minute walk for Tempe beach park) which was the hub really for race weekend. *a bit of advice ask to stay at no road side of building, it was a bit loud if you’re a light sleeper like me*. I rested for awhile and then we walked to PF Changs (race sponsor). Yummy food for my crazy diet. More rest after and then I took my son out exploring. (If you cut through garage even quicker walk to the shops). We found a cute candy shop and mini park with bunnies while my hubby kept his feet up in prep for the marathon.

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Marathon day. My husband’s run started at 7:50, not too early. He said public transportation was super easy to get to the start.The course, he mentioned as fairly flat and had it not been for the unseasonable warmth (near 80 at finish) he probably would of PR’d. He’s fast too (3 1/2 average) so I can’t imagine being out there longer… Again it was easy for us to walk to the finish. We found our spot. (Marathon and 10k on one side 1/2 and relay peeps on the other). We cheered on the first female and waited for “daddy”.

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Finish festival. It was pretty easy meeting up with my eight time marathoner at the baggage area. We chilled by the lake while he caught his breath and then picked up his finisher jacket (free brooks swag). Then it was time to hit the beer garden (children allowed in unlike some other races). The tent provided some good shade as I ate a fruit bowl and they shared a pizza. Entertainment was great with Wallflowers started and then OKgo.

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Overall. It was a really fun weekend. A lot to do in the area. We cheered on the Pats at a Buffalo Wild Wings that night. I had really wanted to do a hike the next day but someone was sore so we hit a dunkies instead. The race was very organized, a lot going on, easy to spectate and something for everyone. A+ (just one plus nothing will beat the Bears).

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