Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Better Late than Never

Guess who is back in the saddle!?!

They say that when you fall off of a horse, you're supposed to get back on...

The last 30 days have been rough. We are STILL in the hospital. Our Cole is in the pediatric intensive care unit and is being treated for fungal pneumonia, a second degree chemical burn from his chemo/antibiotic, staph infection, bowel infection, sinus infection, and pancreatitis. Cancer sucks! But cancer where an 11 year old is concerned is disgusting... (Cole has been battling leukemia since 2007; he relapsed in September.)

Due to the controlled medical chaos that has sort of become our life, I hadn't been to the gym in 3 weeks. I am happy to report, however, that Cole is stable enough now for Nate & I to go out in public again---IE: The Gym! (Children who are immunosuppressed need to be in a sterile environment, so we were staying here as much as possible.)

The last two nights have been nothing but cardio. Sweaty, butt busting, @ss kicking cardio--- and I loved every painful moment of it! Surprisingly, I didn't feel out of shape. My heart rate hasn't changed much. I sweat about the same. And my muscles felt SO GOOD. (And besides that, the few weeks of rest allowed my right ankle to heal up completely, so that has been a blessing in disguise.)

As far as weight goes, I went up 4.5 lbs over the last three weeks. (However, I weighed myself yesterday--- after a huge Easter Sunday lunch meal. Keep in mind, Nate, Cole, and I had not had home cooked food in a month. Damn you, ham!) Anyway, I didn't think my weight was bad for being stuck here with very little to do... I will see what I weigh later this week to gauge whether it was the potatoes and stuffing affecting my gain--- or if I really did put on almost 5 pounds. I was making healthy eating choices and tracking my calories, so there is a good choice that I only gained an actual pound or two. Regardless, it's coming back off, so I suppose it's silly either way. I think the most important thing you can do is just jump back on the proverbial horse when you fall off---- and I plan to ride that baby into the sunset!

Here's hoping everyone is hitting their own personal goals & doing well while I've been away!



downsizers said...

What an inspiration you have been through all of this. Your faith has been apparent. Your concern as a parent has been touching. I could cry for you. I guess we don't know what we are capable of until we are tested. Losing weight will be nothing after this. I know you haven't felt strong as I have read your story but you are. I can see you in that hospital being strong for others - the loss of Emma and the words spoken by you and her parents as you rested in God was the perfect example of being calm in the storm. God bless you and your witness.

misszippy said...

totally sucks that the poor guy is going through all that. I hate cancer.

Glad he is stable enough for you to get a little "me" time in. Great that you are using the time for exercise--it will keep you strong for him!

LeFebvre Momma said...

Way to jump back on the horse...It must be hard to watch what you are eating and get some movement in everyday when you are stuck at the hospital.

Is there anyway that you could do a video like the 30 day shred or something?

Anyway, you are in my prayers as well as you beautiful family.

Amanda said...

I'm glad to see you back and running! Praying for Cole -- bless his heart, I'm sure it wasn't how he wanted to spend Easter.

And frankly, being up only 4.5 pounds after everything you've been through is pretty good... especially when you weighed after the food! :)

errin julkunen-pedersen said...

glad you are back. i have been thinking of you a lot. i hope cole sees improvement soon.


Beth Ann said...

I continue to pray for Cole.

I love that you are back on the wagon. I just got back on myself...hence the catching up on blogs. I look forward to sharing progress!