Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Every New Beginning Comes From Some Other Beginning's End

Here is a mural of The Bix 7 race in Davenport.

Hey, I'm going to post an update on my friend's son. Here it is:

Even more good news today. Early this morning L. went ahead and self extubated. The nurse said it was a first for her to have a patient remove his own tube. We then had to hurry and get his catheter out as he was pulling on that and it was the next to go. With the vent out he seemed much more comfortable and was even opening his eyes a bit. By the end of the day he was nodding his head to answer yes or no to questions (even once he mumbled out a "yeah"), was able to take some tylenol liquid by mouth and drink a tiny bit of juice. He covered his mouth with his hand when he coughed and the grand finale for the day was he waved good-bye to P.'s sister and to B. when she left. We are super, super encouraged by his progress. P. and I feel like we can finally breathe a little bit. We have been mostly at the hospital and in and out at home.

So, it all sounds pretty good. I have a feeling it will be like things were with Stinky, where they won't really know what the long term effects will be until they do some follow-up testing in the next month or so.

Okay, now I'm changing the subject. Remember how I kept talking about how I was going to try to do a triathlon and some road races this year? Well, I think I got some of that actually planned now. I've been emailing some friends and the girl crush about possible events we might want to register for and so far I've come up with this: The River Run in Iowa City in April (5k), a duathlon in Des Moines in May, The Dam to Dam race in Des Moines in June and my triathlon in Coralville in September. I still wouldn't mind finding a race in July and August, but even if I don't, this should be enough.

I have a bunch of people telling me I should run the Bix again. I'm not counting it out, but it wouldn't be that handy for me. I don't really have anyone to stay with in the Quad Cities anymore. I can stay with the girl crush and her hubby for the Des Moines races and that's great. I'll finally be able to see their house too.

The other issue is my daughters' schedules. I checked with them about the races I've committed to and we don't seem to have any conflicts right now. Coadster said she might even race in the 5 k's with me. She didn't seem to be particularly interested in either the duathlon or the triathlon.

As far as training is concerned? I'm actually in okay shape for this time of year after such a bad outdoor running Winter. I'd like for the weather to calm down and start warming up now, though. I would love to be able to start riding my bike to work on a regular basis and run outside at least 5 days a week again. Um, pretty please, Winter?


rel said...

Sounds like a doable plan that is coming together.
Glad your friend's son seems to be recovering!
I'm contemplating running the 1/2 in Ottawa the end of May. This baching life is giving me plenty of training time.

Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

I could picture you running like Forest Gump.. Run to the edge of the driveway and into town and through to the next county and so on....lol sounds like you got a plan and hopefully the weather there will be more cooperative over the next while.. good to hear your friend's son is recovering..

BTW: did you write something for the "written word blogathon".. Curious as to what you came up with..

Tara said...

Very, very positive news about your friend's son! Keeping my fingers crossed that more and more progress is made everyday so that he can go home healthy.

Wow, that's an impressive lineup of races you have there! July and August might be too hot to run, but at least you wouldn't have to deal with freaking snow...Wait...um...beautiful snow. Yeah, that's it. :P

NoRegrets said...

I can't figure out if you should be nice to winter or try and command it.

SkylersDad said...

Great news about your friends son! When Skyler was in the NICU after he was born, he pulled out his breathing tube also. So they put a dome over his head with an oxygen feed to see how he would do. It was touch and go, but he eventually weaned off oxygen completely before coming home.

booda baby said...

This is really exciting. I might sign up for a race in July and August just because you got me all excited. "Might' is a very good word. :)

What wonderful WONDERful news about L. Kids, thank god, are like rocks. Parents? Oh my gosh, they must need hugs like no body's business. I'm thinking much love for them.

Churlita said...

Rel, That's great. Let me know how that race goes.


I totally forgot.I'm going to post it tomorrow. Sorry.

Tara, Who knows. At this rate, I might just be running in the snow for that race in April.

Nor, I made the mistake of trying to talk shit to Winter and it slapped me in the face with a blizzard. I thought I'd try a new tactic this time.

Skyler's, Your son sounds like such a fighter. good for him.

Booda Baby, Ha ha. Let me know if your might turns into a will.

Johnny Yen said...

I envy you with the running. A couple of months ago, your and Skyler's Dad's posts about running encouraged me to try to start up again; After three runs, there was pain shooting through my right knee, which I suspect may be arthritic-- a legacy of a spill I took on a motorcycle in my illustrious youth. I'm going to go to the park district field house and get a gym pass and hit the exercise bike instead. And I'm right there with you about winter-- very over it.

laura b. said...

I'm so glad to hear your friend's son is going better.

You training and event plan sounds great...and spring is coming :-)