I still feel like a nut. Most of all I feel thankful.
Yesterday I saw my doctor for the final evaluation to discuss test results. (This post is a follow up to I never said I was Popeye.)
In a nutshell (ha), I passed everything with flying colors. My doctor wants me to work out as hard as I can to try to get beyond the pain. (As you might guess, he’s a very athletic guy.)
The original cause? Probable viral infection compounded by scar tissue which formed over a tear to my muscles/ligaments in the sternum and vertebral body joint (Who knew?) brought on by severe coughing or working out. Which continues to gets agitated and painful when I work out.
Whew. I’m to think of it like arthritis, even subject to weather conditions.
So, no definitive answer (except what’s been ruled out) without doing a cardio/pulmonary stress test usually reserved for Olympic athletes, which still might not yield concrete answers. The test involves riding a bike to exhaustion. My doctor didn’t recommend it which is okay by me.
I’m leaving out a few micro-details, but bottom line: I’m happy to be released to exercise again, knowing I’m not damaging anything further, and I’m thankful for the chance to get back into shape. Body and mind overhaul: Lose the 25 lbs. I accumulated while not working out, and lose the apathetic mindset/personality accumulated while not working out. Receiving the green light is over half the battle. I ran 1.35 miles as soon as I got out of my appointment.
Speaking of personalities and nuts, there’s a plethora of quizzes to determine what kind of nut you are. If you’re curious, Go HERE.
First question: “You are walking along on the sidewalk when suddenly a squirrel darts in front of you. It stops and gives you the evil eye. What do you do?“
So, back to me. Arrgh. I don’t particularly like peanuts,but guess what my result said?
“YOU are a peanut. You have your moments of being crazy, but you are surprisingly well-adjusted. You go well with any other type of nut.”
Think about that, my friends and loved-ones, and have a wonderful kind of day!
PS: If you take the quiz, I’d like to know what kind of nuts I’m hanging out with. :)
PPS: Finally activated my screenwriting website and am open for comments and/or suggestions. www.gaylabetts.com