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Training Log Archive: kissy

In the 7 days ending Apr 22:

activity # timemileskm+m
  PT3 1:00:00
  Cycling1 30:00 6.7(13.4/h) 10.78(21.6/h)
  Swimming1 20:00
  Total5 1:50:00 6.7 10.78

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Saturday Apr 22 #

Swimming 20:00 [3]

After waking up to a dreary, grey rainy morning, I decided to make myself some pancakes. It was also a good way to use up the rest of the buttermilk. After eating pancakes, though, I decided I needed to do something to burn some calories and since biking was out due to the rain, I headed to the pool. It went a little better this time than last, and I was able to eke out some 100's instead of just 50's. That felt good.

I also used some swim gloves for the first time. Caitlin got them for me for Christmas, and this was the first time I remembered to bring them with me. I only lasted one lap with them because they do make your arm muscles work a lot more than normal. I'll have to build up my laps with them. After I took them off, my arms felt so fast for the next few laps. Then they went back to their normal slow, plodding ways.

Friday Apr 21 #

Cycling (Trainer) 30:00 [3] 6.7 mi (13.4 mph)

Ha! Thirty minutes on a bike at the gym. It felt so good to have no pain in my knee. I iced when I got home, so I'll see how it feels in the morning.

Wednesday Apr 19 #

PT 20:00 [2]

I visited my doctor today and he was amazed at my progress. He said that I'm at the level that people usually take 6 months to achieve! He cut my PT down to twice a week for a few more weeks and then once a week for a few weeks, and then I'm done. But he said that if at any time I thought I didn't need it any longer, I could stop. He also said that he normally sees patients again after another month, but that he doesn't need to see me for another 3 - 4 months. Yay!

His parting words to me were that this knee operation is one of the toughest ones there is and the recovery is brutal. He was really happy and shocked at how well I had managed everything. I was on cloud nine! And now to get back to training.

Tuesday Apr 18 #

PT (Home) 20:00 [3]

Monday Apr 17 #

PT 20:00 [2]

Sunday Apr 16 #

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Happy Easter! Mom and Don are coming down to stay with me overnight, and we're going to my sister, Karin's house for dinner. It's been a bit of a difficult time these past few months with Mom, and I'm just kind of getting around to accepting it.

She just turned 81 last month, and up until last fall, had been doing great. But then we started seeing some signs of forgetfulness and confusion. And she was losing a lot of weight...it ended up being about 30 lbs. in 4 months. Her memory issues got worse and after a series of visits to the neurologist, she was diagnosed with Alzheimers in February. She was put on two Alzheimers medications which seemed to have stabilized her memory loss for now. And her weight has also stabilized. We had to go through her closet last weekend and get rid of all of her old clothes because none of them fit and Don said she was looking like a homeless person. Ha! I took her shopping for some new clothes and for those who know Mom, she hated that trip.

Don has been great throughout all of this; it's been a big stress for him. My siblings and I take turns going up to Shepherdstown each weekend to visit Mom, bring lots of food for the week, and give Don a break. I think the time for some in-home help during the week is coming soon.

This has been a tough winter. As Mikell can attest, I've been one second away from tears pretty much the whole time. I can now get through most of a conversation about Mom without crying, but even writing this the tears are flowing. It's so difficult to see a smart, vibrant, funny woman turn into someone who can't remember the names of her grandchildren. I think the saddest part is that she knows it's happening and can't do anything to stop it. She has been one of my best friends for my entire life. We never had the typical mother-daughter dramas except for when she told me I shouldn't marry my now ex-husband. I guess I'll give her that one. :-)

But now it's just to adjust to the new "normal." Figure out the best way to work with her. My sister tends to try to ignore it and act like nothing has changed. I, on the other hand, just face it head on with Mom. Last weekend, I quizzed her on her grandchildren, and made sure she could at least remember my kids! I'm sure we will all need to keep evolving as this insidious disease runs its course. I have already made big changes in my lifestyle, though, to do everything I can to prevent this from happening to me.

Here we are last weekend on a windy walk at Antietam:

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