When Your Body Kind of Falls Apart

2016 has been an interesting year for me, health-wise.
It seems like all of the things that have gone wrong in the past, are reprising their role this year. Nothing extreme, and I’m happy it’s all happening at once because that means I’ll be fit as a fiddle soon enough, because everyone knows how fit fiddles are.

*The first week of the year I had a double ear infection, sinus infection and bronchitis. During this week I ended up rupturing an ear drum, because that’s what all the cool kids do and I always like to keep up with the Joneses. My Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) doctor said that due to my history of ear issues as a child, if the ear drum didn’t heal itself, I’d need an adult ear tube.

*From January to May I fought against my bad knee to try and get through Mercy Health Glass City Marathon training. I already had surgery #6 planned on May 4th, and that went extremely well. My knee is feeling absolutely fantastic since I started running again and other than minor issues, I don’t have to worry about it anymore

*I had crazy success with my new heart med that I began taking around Christmas 2015. I am now 2 minutes per mile faster due to my heart being able to regulate my mitral valve regurgitation more efficiently. Two minutes, yeah, that’s a shit ton and any runner will understand that is a huge deal. It happened in under three weeks and shocked the hell outta me. When I took a few months off of running for my knee to heal, my heart fell out of shape when it came to cardio. I am now retraining my heart to pump efficiently so I don’t feel like I’m going to pass out when I am running. A work in progress currently.

*Just over a week ago I woke up unable to move freely due to my herniated disc in my lower spine. Who the hell knows what I did when I was sleeping that it was so fierce to me. It did go away within five days, but it was a pain that forced me to couch for two days straight. Know what initially caused my disc to slip? Losing 40 pounds. No, seriously. My spine was so used to me being heavier and I when dropped the weight it was shocked and the disc slipped out of place. Crazy, right? I haven’t had any spine issues in over a year and a half, and this was minor so I’m not too worried about this at all.

*When visiting the ENT last week I told him my ear drum didn’t feel any better eight months later and we decided I need an ear tube. My ear drum is concave towards the inner ear and it should be flat…like a drum. This means that I have a certain amount of pressure that is living behind my ear drum. Since it hasn’t gotten any better (and won’t get any better if it hasn’t already) and I’ve had such crazy ear issues in the past, it means a minor surgery. October 17th will be the day for me. I really can’t wait because it feels like my ear needs to pop ALL THE FUCKING TIME. There are times that there is a little bit of pain there, too, but mostly just constant pressure. It is also hard to hear clearly out of that ear.

My medical background is lengthy, right? And that’s just this year.
I am due for a break soon.


  1. Ha, wait until you are in your 60’s! It all goes south, bit by bit. ???

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