Sunday, May 15, 2011

Just like a year ago today, May 15th is still my birthday. A few details: I did go into emergency to check out that side pain (can't be too careful) and it turned out to just be muscle pain due to my raking - that felt good! (no, not the pain, but the relief at it being muscle pain) .
I was up north of Massey Ontario fishing for the last few days. I was with some life long friends and their kids. Other than that making me feel old, it was a lot of fun and I am glad that they let me be part of their family. It was a lot of driving - 1200 kilometers in four days and kind of tiring but I am glad that I was able to do it. It really made be grateful for my health.
Today I woke up in a warm house with my wife at my side and a beagle and assorted cats near by. I read birthday greetings on Facebook. I had local fiddleheads for dinner. I had a rhubarb custard tart (more like a pie!) for dessert. Yet again my cup runneth over.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Yesterday, I had a full day of raking and picking up branches strewn about in a recent storm over at Galilee Centre in Arnprior. (it was a Work Bee) Being in a cushy day job that involves either sitting, or driving, or yapping, or meeting, or doing deep thinking the physical effort on my part was perhaps a bit more excessive than a wiser man would have done. We had a group chili dinner and as I sat up after the meal my muscles did a bit of a rebellion. I got home, did a soak in the tub and then it was off to bed.

This morning I woke up and noted a bit of soreness in my chest / left side. CHEST PAIN!! So what should I do? I suppose that I should have thought about heading off to the local hospital. But the pain was very mild. It did not migrate. It did not radiate. It seemed to get a bit more noticeable when I moved my left arm. So I decided that it was muscle related to raking.

A week ago yesterday I participated in a 5K run - a actual race! Here is my race time: 196 37:44.1 7:33 1203 (196th out of 227 runners with a time of 37 minutes and 44.1 seconds, I paced 7:33 per km and 1203 was my bib number, not great but I am proud of myslef). I have been running 15 to 18 K a week. I am careful of what I eat, I take my drugs like I am supposed to, so I find the idea of chest pain very irritating. So I took it to be muscle pain due to raking. As I compose this in the evening I find it (the pain) hardly there.

So am / did I do the right thing by ignoring? Stay tuned.

I blog to capture my feelings and to a certain extent be cute. If I for a second thought that something was really awry, I would go to the hospital. I am not suggesting that anyone ignore chest pain or discomfort, I am just saying that I think I know my body better than anyone and I am doing the right thing.