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Re: Wallflower's Journey

Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 2:33 pm
by wallflower
Looks like I won't have much to post here for a bit :( My doctor referred me out for some blood work and an abdominal ultrasound; she felt that my spleen was a bit enlarged. Could be due to 2 infections (flu) within the past month, or could be due to something like mono. If that's the case, no heavy lifting or high impact sports for me. SIGH. I guess there's still cardio or Pilates, or yoga. At any rate, it's Friday, I'll take the weekend to rest and recuperate.

Re: Wallflower's Journey

Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 2:56 pm
by lobsteriffic
Sorry to hear that. I hope you get well soon!

Re: Wallflower's Journey

Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 2:19 pm
by vivalasvegans
i hope you feel better soon. don't give up. just find out from your doctor what you can do, and master it!

Re: Wallflower's Journey

Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:13 pm
by wallflower
Thank you :)

There's no giving up here! I just need to be careful. Apparently an enlarged spleen is fragile, and considered so when it extends beyond the ribcage, which protects it. It can rupture quite easily, causing one to bleed to death internally. And I know myself well enough to know that I really do need to take it easy. I'm bad for pushing myself past my limits at times. So, better to avoid temptation and potentially injuring myself - which means no heavy lifting or any shots to my midsection.

I go in Wednesday for the tests, hopefully I get the results soon.

Re: Wallflower's Journey

Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:33 am
by wallflower
I'm still waiting for my blood work results; my ultrasound showed that everything (spleen, liver and gallbladder) is 'normal.' Too bad I *still* don't feel normal :(

Haven't been training at all, just working and trying to rest. The good news? It has been over a week since my last coffee :D I've also cut sugar and flour out, barring the occasional minor indiscretion. Alcohol too.

Thought I'd post some of my previous lifts - no laughing.


Squats - began with 40 lbs on an olympic bar, 2 sets of 15. Progressed to...3 sets of 12 w 40 lbs.

Deadlifts - 2 sets of 15 (60 lbs), progressed to 3 sets of 12 (70 lbs).

Rear DL (hams) - 3 sets of 15 (40 lbs), progressed to 3 sets of 12 (60 lbs).

Rows - 2 sets of 15 (40 lbs), progressed to 3 sets of 12 (50 lbs).

Lats - 2 sets of 15 (50 lbs), progressed to 3 sets of 12 (50 lbs).

Shoulder (military) press - 2 sets of 15 (10 lbs), progressed to 3 sets of 12 (12.5 lbs).


I plan to return to the gym and change things up a bit. Hopefully soon!

Re: Wallflower's Journey

Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:33 am
by wallflower
Borrowed my BF's P90x to use at home. Today was chest and back - very humbling. Had to skip the 'ab ripper' portion though 'cause of my tummy.

Re: Wallflower's Journey

Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 3:38 pm
by lobsteriffic
Hope you feel better soon!

Re: Wallflower's Journey

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:26 am
by wallflower
Thanks, lobsteriffic. :)

I attempted maybe 15 minutes of Pilates yesterday, thinking that would be gentle enough. Unfortunately, any forward crunching seems to = nope. I started to get sore, so had to call it quits.

Re: Wallflower's Journey

Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:44 am
by wallflower
Feb 10/10

'Arms and shoulders' DVD (P90x) - feel pretty good after. Had one of my fave snacks following; 1/2 mashed banana, a heaping tbsp of vanilla soy yogurt, and a tsp of peanut butter all mixed together. Yum!

Re: Wallflower's Journey

Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:58 pm
by MaryStella
hope u feel better soon!

Re: Wallflower's Journey

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:45 am
by wallflower
Thank you :)

So, my results...bloodwork and ultrasound were fine, everything (spleen, liver, and gall bladder) are working. So now my doctor is leaning towards something GI. She thinks that with me being sick recently, and having, in theory, lowered immunity (I have MS), could be that my digestive system is just taking a long time to recover from the recent flu bugs I had. I'm now taking probiotics and have to pick up an antacid she recommended. Hopefully that helps, otherwise the testing becomes more invasive...

Good news is I am clear for physical activity! While avoiding anything that makes things worse.

Re: Wallflower's Journey

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:53 pm
by vivalasvegans
that's awesome news. congratulations. what do you want to do first?

Re: Wallflower's Journey

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:55 pm
by wallflower
I was hot to go to class Monday, but it's Family Day here in Ontario, so the club is closed. Sometime this week then, I'll be back :D

Just attempted P90x 'Legs and Back.' It kicked my ass. Tomorrow is my rest day, and next week a fresh start.

Food today;

1/2 c oatmeal with some walnuts and a bit of brown sugar
juice - beet, carrot, celery and lemon
an apple
(preWO) couple of dates
(postWO) handful of pecans and a coconut smoothie (froz young coconut, some lime juice, half a vanilla bean)

Re: Wallflower's Journey

Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:58 am
by wallflower
Tues Feb 16 - P90x, 'Chest and Back', no Ab Ripper. Woke up with nast GI issues this am. Could be due to the gluten I had yesterday (homemade waffles). Will avoid gluten for the next few days to see what happens, but today my tummy is still off.

Re: Wallflower's Journey

Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:52 pm
by vivalasvegans
nice work getting back to it.

fwiw, one of my yoga teachers stresses that its good to do abs if you have an upset stomach. it doesn;t seem like a good idea to follow her advice in a public gym though.