Sorry for the long silence here. I finally feel like I’m finally climbing up out of this cough. I’ve seen a marked lessening in the severity of the coughing fits. I think I’m ready to actually try to start running again. My wife said that she’d exercise with me tonight, so I shouldn’t be able to weasel out of it.
I figure I’ll start with alternating running and walking again, since it’s been over a month since I last ran. I’m going to try to start with one minute running, two walking. I wonder if I’ll even be able to run for a minute at a time. Stupid cough.
Well, it seems that lately my cough is getting worse. Increasing in frequency and intensity. My wife has noticed the same thing. Hopefully this is just our lungs still trying to clean themselves out, and not some sort of herald of a relapse. Needless to say, this is still preventing me from running. Walking is fine, but if you can’t walk hard enough to breathe hard, are you really doing any good?
Thanks for the advice, Lara and Jank. I haven’t been able to run yet. Getting above a walk just kills me. But I’m gonna keep trying… but I’ll try while taking it easy. I really, really hope that I do not have to deal with this cough for another 2 months. The doctor said 90 days was about average, and it’s been almost a month since I came down with it. Bah!
On a happier note, I’ve started reading another RBF blog, none other than Pamalamadingdong, whom I discovered through a comment on Mark’s blog, and I have now added her to my link list.
In answer to Jank’s posted question, I’ll bring everyone up to date.
At this point I should no longer be contagious. The cough is hanging on, and according to the doc and some other folks who’ve been through this before, will likely do so for a long time. Months possibly. Since there’s no way that I’m waiting months to get back to running, I’ll be trying to start up again today or tomorrow. I have no idea how it’ll go, but I’m anticipating that I’m just going to have to tough it. I have some trepidation because I ran around the house a bit this weekend while playing with the dog, and that set off a pretty major coughing fit. But occasional pauses to hack up a lung shouldn’t be too much of an obstacle, right? Who knows, maybe it’ll speed the process of getting everything “cleaned out.” Regardless, I’m sure it will help me to build character.
I’ll let everyone know how it goes.
As I mentioned in my comment, and on my other blog, my doctor has decided that I have pertussis, or “whooping cough.”
He’s put me on some powerful antibiotics, and now I hope to be recovered (read: breathing normally) by next week. Yay.
The chest cold is still hanging on valiantly. I still feel “almost better,” or “in the last stages,” but I’ve felt that way for the last week, and I still get the hacking cough-a-lung-up fits if I breathe hard enough to do much more than walk around.
So, I called my doctor for an appointment today. Turns out he’s going to be out of the office for the rest of the week, so the earliest I can get in would be next Monday. Lovely. Hopefully I’ll be better by then… but who knows. Sheesh.
Anyhow, thanks to all of you for the support. I certainly appreciate it!
Update: The doctor’s office called back, and they’re working me in today (Tuesday). I’ll be the last person he sees before he goes on vacation. My doctor rocks.
I walked last night, for about a mile. Unfortunately, this chest thing is still kicking my butt. I was able to walk all right, but had to pause a couple of times for hacking coughing fits, which are just no fun at all. I feel like I’m getting better, but it’s been a couple weeks now. I need to set a “deadline” of sorts… if I’m not recovered by Sunday, I’m gonna make an appointment to go see my doctor. I don’t want to, but this is just silly.
I’m feeling a little better today. The coughing seems like it’s slowing down enough for me to finally consider getting some exercise again. I’m going to try it tonight. I’ll start with just walking, and see if I can run at all. If coughing gives me too much trouble, I’ll just ease up. It’ll be good to get back in motion.
The last few days have been unpleasant. Not sure just what it was that I caught, but it wasn’t any fun at all. My wife, at one point, was convinced I had pneumonia. The last two days (Sunday and Monday) were the worst. I actually ended up staying home from work on Monday, which is unusual for me. Needless to say, I didn’t exercise at all.
This morning I felt a little better. I don’t know that I’ll be up to even walking today… but hopefully soon.
I didn’t run last night. Came down with some sort chest cold. This makes it hard to breathe when I’m sittin’ still. Nevertheless, I’m really bummed about missing last night, especially since I’ve been seeing real progress. I’m going to try to at least get in a nice long walk today, I don’t want to fall behind yet again.
I ran last night (yay), and it went really well. I was able to run for most of the half hour that I was on the treadmill. I’m running for 4 to 6 minute stretches now. It’s not much, I know, but it’s more than I was doing. I’m beginning to get the feeling now that it won’t be too long before I’m able to do away with the walk breaks altogether. Maybe by next week.
Didn’t run last night. I meant to, I really did. I had it all planned out. But, somehow, it didn’t happen. I had finished eating by 7, and was planning to run at 10. 10 rolled around, and I ended up in a conversation with my wife that ran until 10:45. Bed time was midnight, and I knew if I started running at 11, I wouldn’t be able to sleep.
Bah. Tonight I’m going to aim to be done with dinner by 6, and run at 9. Even if that means I have to eat by myself.
I actually had a far better run tonight than I deserve. It came easier this time, despite the fact that I haven’t been keeping up with it like I should. There’s still some walk breaks going on, but fewer and shorter than there used to be. This is a good thing.
I’ve plans to run every single day this week, and have recruited my wife to prod me along if I look like I’m going to try to skip it.
Just posting a quick update.
I’ve been having some slight computer issues (see my main blog for details), and so haven’t been posting here recently.
Also, I’m still not really back on track yet. I’ve made some motions in that general direction, but I’m not doing the daily workouts that I need to be doing. Actually, I haven’t even really been sticking to every other day. But I’m making progress, and just really need a kick in the rear at this point.
Watching my site stats, I’ve noticed more and more links coming from blogs that I haven’t read before. It seems that I am somehow being embraced by the Running Blog Family. This actually feels pretty good.
Today’s new in-coming link came from Walking Distance, which, upon reading, I found had an excellent quote from Theodore Roosevelt.
As I run across other runners, I am adding them to my link list. I’ve also added the link to the Running Blog Family page to my site links.
To all of you in the RBF that make it here, thanks for your support and interest. I’ll be reading!