Month: January 2014
Blogging seems to not be on my strong side. Ugh, why is it I can spend all day on FB and write, but when I need blog I seem to get a brain fart? Speaking of brain, my son Dustin is recovering from a TBI-traumatic brain injury after a long board accident since October 26th, 2013. He inspires me with his determination and strength. He’s recovering so well. The other day he took his first step by himself without any support. Yes, he has to learn to walk again. Before he did this however, he started to crawl. The only reason he decided to crawl was his demand of independency. Now he doesn’t have to wait for me or his dad to get him to one place to the other at home. I also find this quite interesting with the saying you must learn to crawl before walking. I keep this in mind all the time now when I’m training for the Ironman. I can’t just go out and do it tomorrow, I need to train for it one step at a time. On August 3rd I will be ready! 🙂
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I finally did it! Three years of desire but not committing. I’ve never ever considered a tattoo in my lifetime before then. Matter of fact I’ve never liked them and I’ve never had a reason to get one. But then I did Ironman Cozumel in 2011 and decided I wanted one. It took until after my third Ironman to get it. I had many discussions about this with other athletes. Some told me they would never put a logo on their body. Hmm, I guess the M-dot is a logo but it signifies more than that. It’s an accomplishment of finishing 2.4 miles swim, 114 miles bike and 26.2 miles run, all within 17 hours. Do I feel different? Not really, just that it hurt like heck! I’m however proud of what I’ve accomplished. Ironman x 3 and my fourth coming up in August. I’m 51 and I feel stronger and fitter than I felt my whole life. So yeah, I’m proud of my tattoo! 🙂
Ironman Training season has started for me. my A-race is IMBoulder in August. Weather is cold and icy right now. But I live in Colorado and the weather changes pretty frequently here. I’m planning my first Marathon in four years in May and then I’m racing a 70.3 in Syracuse in June. It’s going to be a rough road since my son Dustin, requires 24 hr care for the nearest year. But with my husband help I’m confident I can reach my goals with enough training.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ALL!! I’m soo ready to start a new chapter of my life!! Dustin wrote a song “Bad things happens to good people” few months before his nearly fatal longboard accident on October 26th, but I think this New year will show that good things happens too!!
Tuesday December 31th, 2013 Dustin recovery. “Chapter 3” at Home
Best Christmas ever, don’t you agree Dustin? We spent Christmas Eve with few close friends and family. We ate and danced around the Christmas tree and Santa came as usual for our swedish celebration. You did real well and enjoyed the evening. At one point one of the small kids screamed so loud that you got a headache, but you said you wanted to lay down for a bit and after one hour you were fine again. At midnight, Adam, Phillip and I went to cheer Todd off for his 24 hour run pledge for you baby.
Christmas morning we all woke up and had a calm morning eating breakfast and opening gifts at home. Then we headed to Wash Park to see Todd. You were in such a good spirit. I wheeled you around in a wheelchair so you had a chance to talk to Todd, who at this time had hit the 50 miles mark and was walking brisk. The 9News came and interviewed you, it went real well. Todd ended up finish 80 miles, that’s three marathons distances, wow!
It’s been a week since you came home and you are now having therapy at home and are getting stronger for every day. When you first came home you could barely walk up the stairs and now you walk with confidence. Your balance is still off so I’m with you every step you take. You and I do some great morning stretches together and I massage lightly your feet, which are still very sore, but now it’s muscle soreness and not neurological. Sometimes you move on your hands and knees when you need something instead of waiting for me. This morning I found you in the bathroom, it scared me for a moment but you are very good about wearing your helmet. I call it being self sufficient.
You really like your home care therapists. The occupational therapist makes you play the piano and the guitar and play games. PT gives you great exercises to practice at home too. We are still waiting for your speech therapist to come over. She is the one who will work with your brain so you get stronger mentally and you can start school work.
It will be some time before you can visit your school, but just hang in there baby and progress as good as you do, and you’ll be there.
We found out today you need to see the neural surgeon before we can book for your surgery. So it’s still another month out. Once your skull is back in your mobility will change drastically I’m sure of.
It is still a long road ahead of us, but the road is getting less bumpy baby. I can see the end of the tunnel already. I feel so blessed you are with us for the New year and for rest of your life! I love you so, so much!! Happy New Year, 2014!