Saturday, January 31, 2009

Torn ligament or torn cartilage? Any bets?

This was copied from my Training blog at a health site. I've only typed out the story twice and I'm already sick of doing it. Haha.

So I blogged a few days ago about a knee injury. The longer I sat to think about it (I was forced too - I’ll explain in a sec), the more and more I realized just how seriously silly I can be sometimes.

After about a week of hobbling around, trying here and there to run a little, I could no longer take the pain and moseyed on down to the ER. They asked me all kinds of questions about the initial injury and the pain I was experiencing. When forced to actually think about it, here’s what I came up with:

The initial Boom! Clank! POP!! was at least a month ago. I stood from a stool to stretch my legs out because my knees were kind of sore. I had been helping a friend move that day so it didn’t really concern me too much. But as I stretched out my left leg, my knee popped backwards. Yes, hyperextension. (Not fun!) The pain was intense to say the least. I never did check to see if it was swollen. I just shrugged it off as best I could (wasn’t easy) and went on with my life. I felt the effects for about three to four days but then didn’t notice it hardly at all.

Then I started running.

Last Thursday I went out for a run before choir rehearsal and couldn’t run more than a few seconds without wanting to scream from the pain I was feeling. Deciding I’d rather walk a short distance in the time I had than to keel over where no one would find me til morning, I took it easy on myself.

By last night the pain was so intense I wanted to cry with every step I took.

Two hours and one X-ray later (and many rounds of “Yes, I really ran on it for two weeks,” with various staff), I was told I hadn’t broken a bone and based on my presenting symptoms, would need to see an orthopedic specialist. So they immobilized me, put me on crutches, handed me a script, and sent me away.

The expressions on the faces of some of the medical staff there were priceless. I wanted to laugh but was in so much pain, I mostly just smirked. Yep. I’m silly sometimes.

So needless to say I’ll not be doing any kind of running in the next few weeks. With no medical insurance, it may be a few MONTHS before I’m able to hit the streets again.

The crutches are already a pain in the neck. I have moments of wanting to ditch the crutches, tear off the brace and break out in a full sprint but am fully aware I wouldn’t make it three feet before falling over, swearing in pain.


P.S. In my last post I said my knees looked relatively the same. Apparently that was my wishful thinking. A friend gasped when she saw my knee last night and the nurses each commented on how clearly swollen the left knee was. Whoops.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sharing My Favorites: Fat Cyclist

So I've decided (in the last five minutes) that a "favorite" doesn't necessarily mean that they've stood the test of time. They can be labeled a favorite within minutes, seconds even if it comes to that. This won't happen often so don't get scared or excited. This blog was just too good not to share.

Fat Cyclist started when Elden ("Fatty" as he's termed himself) needed motivation to lose weight. Short story shorter, he started a blog to post his weight publicly every day. Not wanting to just post his weight, he wrote stories to share too.

What's he up to now? Let him tell you:
Besides being a middle-aged guy who loves cycling, I’m also the father of four kids (2 boys, identical twin girls), and the husband of a woman — Susan — who is fighting metastatic breast cancer.

Even if you aren't into cycling, you'll probably still enjoy reading some about his family and his life. His energy is such, however, that you'd probably end up reading the cycling posts too! Love it!

Check him out and while you're there, maybe consider helping him raise money to fight cancer. All proceeds of the Team Fatty raffles this year go straight to the Lance Armstrong Foundation. What raffle? Only the coolest/best raffle I've seen ... EVER.

Donating in increments of $100.00 could also land you one of these, made by Susan herself:

Remember Susan is the one battling cancer. Isn't that neat? I love, love, love the bracelets but what I love more is that she's able to make them. I also love that the money you put towards getting one goes to such an awesome cause.

Please do consider stopping by and at least offering up a word of support! With four kids and a sick wife, I'm sure every note of encouragement is appreciated - even if not each of them is read with full consciousness! :oP

Monogram Chick

Pretty sure I've mentioned her blog before and if I haven't, shame on me! She has a great variety of offerings - many perfect for gift-giving! (Hint, hint! Haha)

Anyway, this post is to tell you: She's just introduced a new product! Yup! Go check it out!

Also, while you're there, check out these cosmetic bags!! Aren't they adORable!? I've already planned several of them as gifts for friends.

Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

Today is the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, one of my absolute favorite saints! I'll hopefully be able to update this later with a little about "the Dumb Ox." Until then, St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Homily later, blog now

So I haven't been posting much lately because there are some parts of my life that I just don't consider public. Quickly, here's what I'm up to:

1. Running

My friend Nikki just started her own runner's training program - Runwell - and I've joined the newbie boot camp. It's kicking my butt but I love it. I've somehow managed to injure my left knee, however, so it looks like I'll be out of commission until at least Saturday when I can get in to see someone about it. Check out Nikki's site at - and sign up if you want! The coaches are amazing (very encouraging and supportive while they kick your butt! haha) and the people training are fun. We spent a good fifteen minutes in the parking lot last week after a run just laughing and having a good time. One guy even remarked, "Forget the running. I'm coming for the conversation after!"

2. Choir

Still singing. Still love it.

3. Work

It's what we do.

4. Friends

I have a great group of girlfriends that I just love and I see them a few days a week. Their energy has had a really awesome effect on me and I'm grateful for their friendship.


From Julie D. : WHAT IS CRHP?

Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP, pronounced "chirp")
A two-day retreat held in isolation from the world, but on church premises, for 36 men one weekend and 36 women the following weekend. The main emphasis during that time is a series of witnesses telling of their personal encounter with Christ based on one of a variety of topics, such as Renewal, Reconciliation, Discipleship, etc. The retreat participants can then go on with their "team" to a series of weekly meetings that go on for six months while they study Scripture and prepare to give the next retreat. More in-depth reflection found here.

That's pretty much all I can cram into my schedule. And I love every minute of it. :)

While I'm here, check out this new blog I found: Love it!

And I'll get to the homily thing next time... :o) Until then, be holy!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Gut Reaction

I had mine. What was yours?

new oxford american dictionary definition of homily

(I'll tell you mine later...)

Monday, January 12, 2009

Violet? Really?


You surround yourself with art and music and are constantly driven to express yourself. You often daydream. You prefer honesty in your relationships and believe strongly in your personal morals.

Find out your color at!

Found at Happy Catholic