To your body.
OK so you know I had a little health scare after Long Beach. It had a OK ending, I cannot say happy because well I had to stay at the hospital but in the end I was OK. The thing is though this could have been something a lot more serious than what it was. It could have been a blood cloth or a heart attack, even if I am in pretty good shape and in good health. We went to the hospital even if I had other things to do and I did not want to go waste my day in the ER. That was the right thing to do and I am glad that I went.
These things do happen to healthy fit people. Tennis player Serena Williams had a DVT earlier this year. In recent marathons, Montreal, Chicago and Toronto, men have died on the course. Young healthy men, they were 30, 35 and 27 yrs old, two of them had heart attacks and for one the autopsy was inconclusive. This is scary and very sad. I cannot help but wonder..did they feel something was off during their races or was this sudden? What is our first reaction if something is not right? IGNORE IT right? For the majority that is what we do especially in a race. I did not stop in Long Beach. Looking back that was really stupid. Is a half marathon worth me being in a hospital and not be able to take care of my kids? NO.
Yesterday, we got one of those calls you never want to get.
A close friend of Bill has cancer. A rare form of Lymphoma. He is 39 yrs old.
Bill grew up with him and his older brother.
Again we were reminded that we cannot take life and our health for granted. Two years ago this friend developed some weird rashes and he ignored it and thought it was nothing serious and never got it checked. Recently he got another rash near his groin and he thought it was from his jeans and never got it checked. That rash got worst and he got small lumps...again no trip to see the Dr. When the lumps became the size of grapes he went to see the Dr. It turned out to be very serious.
Now he is waiting to see if the cancer has spread.
Why is it that we tend to think it is nothing? That it will go away with rest? A lot of times it is nothing and it does go away with rest. Isn't it better to have a Dr tell you it is nothing serious? A real Doctor who sees you, not WEBMd.
BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY.
BETTER WASTE A COUPLE OF HOURS AND EVEN A NIGHT IN THE HOSPITAL THAN LOOSE THE CHANCE OF LIVING ANOTHER 40 YRS.
Pay attention to your body. Do it for your kids and for the people who love you.
Today I scheduled my yearly mammogram. Are you a gal over 40? Then you need to do the same. TODAY. Are those fun? No they suck and it hurts a little but nothing compare to what my friend who is a cancer survivor had to go through at only 36 yrs old. CALL YOUR DOCTOR TODAY. Mine is November 1st at 9:20 am. When will yours be?
I ran every day this week.
Yesterday I did my 3.7 miles for the Virtual race "The cupcake classic" in honor of Jess at Run with Jess birthday! No Cupcake for me :(. Happy birthday Jess!