Tuesday, April 26, 2011

8 weeks- documenting progress

So considering I only have half a face and have had to abstain from most of the outdoor recreation I enjoy the past 8 weeks have gone by fast. I am pumped about the progress I have seen with the Bell's Palsy and now have hope for a full recovery in the future. I still have trouble with my eye as I am unable to spontaneously blink but I can now close it. My smile is coming around, although when I laugh I can feel my face contorting. Energy is coming around a little and seems parralel with my facial improvement. I am still struggling with sound sleep but it is getting better. Still dealing with some swollen lymph nodes as well, so I know something is still up.

All the extra time I've had has been spent playing with the girls, giving Rosie massages, tinkering around the house, fiddling with the gripitz (hope to have production models ready by May??), working on new bikes (pics soon), and generally trying to send good vibes through my facial nerve. I have also been to acupuncture which was pretty cool and have been tinkering with my diet which is hard to do when your training and racing. Hopefuly these little tweaks will help me reach my full potential, isn't that what it's all about? It's good for me to learn to live without training, racing, and recreation. Not really fun, but good for me.

I have riden to work a couple times and did some mellow dirt riding over the weekend but am just physicaly not ready for any real training yet. I am super motivated right now but have to really be careful and reign myself in, hopefuly by mid May I can be training again. On a positive note, at least weather wise it's been a good spring to be on the sidelines.

Oh yea, I have a 2010 medium team scalpel and a 2009 52cm cannondale cross bike I need to move. Hit me up if your looking...


Blogger UtRider said...

Happy to hear you're making progress. Once your gripitz hits the market you'll be a rich man and can retire to a life filled with nothing but family and recreation! Hope you continue to improve. If you ever want to meet for a lunch ride let me know. Riding with me should keep your pace reigned in!

1:54 PM

Blogger Lucy said...

I'm glad to hear the Bells Palsey is improving. My mom had it a few years ago brought on by camping in a major heat/humidity wave. It seems she has had a full recovery.
Yup, we all hate the cold and wet weather, but I can see why you hate it less this year. Hope to see you out there on the trails when it warms up.

10:12 AM

Anonymous KDAY Racing said...

Nice to hear things are coming along. Stay positive and keep on keep'n on. The time off will only make you better. Heaven knows we could all use some.

12:06 AM

Blogger chris said...

Even though it is only 10 months past, it is hard for me to remember what it is like to not be able to blink. That you can close your eye, even slowly, at 8 weeks is a pretty positive sign. I had forgotten about the ear pain, as well. Here's betting that in 10 months you will have forgotten most of this, too, and you will be left with a bit more empathy and no physical limitations.

3:44 PM

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