The Waiting

| January 26, 2015

In the words of Tom Petty  “The Waiting is the hardest part.”

 

My vascular test was January 15.  This past Friday, my finger was burning so bad I had to go to the ER.  Unfortunately, not much got accomplished there.  They sent me home with pain medication that makes me sick to my stomach so I’m choosing not to take it.  It’s been a long month.  All of this started on December 12 and I still have no answers as to why I have a clot in my finger.  It could be an embolism or it could be vasculitis.

 

If it’s an embolism, they can fix it with the angiogram tomorrow.  If it’s vasculitis, it’s back to a bunch of medicine and trying to get it under control.  I kind of hope it’s an embolism and they can just take care of it.

 

Either way, the waiting for this procedure has been terrible.  I’m tired of not feeling well and I miss running.  I just don’t feel well when I run and it’s frustrating to not be able to go out and get some miles in with my friends.  I know after the angiogram I will have some more time off from running and then hopefully I can get back to my normal schedule.

 

I’m planning my race schedule so I have something to look forward to after all of this.  My main race will be the ITU World Championships in Motala Sweden on June 27.  Leading up to it, I’m hoping to do the Glacier Ridge 50K as a long endurance race on May 9.  Plus I just loved that race last year and I think it will really get me focused on my running after all of this.  Then I will do the Steel Valley Sprint Tri on May 17.  There is a half IM in Ravenna, OH on June 7 that will be perfect to nail down my nutrition for Worlds.  After Worlds, I’m not sure what my plans will be, but I’m confident what I have lined up will have me ready for my big race.

 

In the meantime, I want to recover quickly and keep pounding out the yards in the pool.  My swimming has really come around this year and I’m hoping to have my best swim in a long time at Worlds this year.  Praying they don’t cancel the swim.  My luck hasn’t been too great in that area over the past 5 years.

 

Thanks for reading.  More updates later this week after my angiogram.  The joys of having Lupus!

 

Joella

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