My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Monday, June 11, 2012

New doors

I am learning much about concussions. I think it would be helpful if they clarified what 'rest' means. To me, that meant do a light run not our long run this morning :). I was feeling pretty good so we tried it today. I spent the rest of the day wiped out - managing a 1/2 day at work and then to the doctor where I learned rest = rest. She explained it clear and specific.  You have a serious concussion and you need to not do anything that raises your heartrate for 2-4 weeks after you are symptom free. Oh. Okay. Still have many symptoms.  It will be several weeks before back on the roads running. Sad. No cycling up hills on our tandem. Sad. Our 24-mile date night cycling loop that we love will have to wait.

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door
 that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.  Helen Keller, We Bereaved, 1929

As I sat in the 'hallway' reflecting on (tempoarily) closed doors,  I felt some sadness.  Then, reflected on What is life trying to teach me right now?  I will be open to learn. Then, cheery texts from my running friends.  Alternative of lunch and shopping doesn't sound too bad!  And, then started to think what new doors are open.

We are anticipating a wonderful trip of a lifetime to come.  We have been saving and planning for months. I need to get prepared and feel healthy to enjoy and take it all in. Cricket and I want to get lots of walks in before we leave. Walks are good.  She will be staying with family and friends that will give her much love and care. There will be some leisurely bike rides with Steve in the weeks to come.  A drop in visit from Natalie.  Such a day brightener!

Cricket seems to be loving our second backyard as much as we do in St. George.   We found some new cycling trails that will be waiting for us when we can get back on the bike and get our heart rate up!

I serve on an amazing alumni board.  I have been touched by their kindness and support to me during this difficult time.

Life is indeed good.  


S.DAY said...

Oh Becky, I had no idea it was so bad! I know it's hard for you to slow down :) I miss our runs so much. I miss our chats and our time together. I am so certain I'll get back to a place where we can run together again but I know it's going to take a little longer than I anticipated. Kind of like your idea of "resting"... you and I like to get back in the swing of life and it's hard to take the time we need to recover.
Sorry for the long comment. I just miss you so much. I really can't even explain it. You're like my sister and I'm sorry I've been M.I.A - I'll be back soon. Last hurdle to jump is getting moved into this house, promise!
Love you so much. You're amazing.

GOOSE said...

Good to know what rest really means. I knew of course, but my MOM seems to not understand the mean. Silly woman. Later this year we are going to the St. George area (we live in Northern Utah). Can't wait. I have not been there, but MOM says I will love it. Rest up. Give Cricket a nose poke for me.

Retired Duo said...

Glad to know you will be resting now! Concussions are serious things - you've banged your brain inside your skull, after all. We hope you're feeling better, resting mindfully, and keeping your pulse rate down. Take care.
Pat & Bob in Ohio

Karen said...

Oh, please be careful and do what the doctor advises. We want those headaches and other problems to go away! Rest, Rest, Rest and then you will feel like traveling (carefully). Love you

Myrna R. said...

It's true sometimes life just stops us in order to insert a lesson.

Take care and focus on each moment. You'll be totally well very soon.

Lucent Imagery said...

Doctor's orders! Enjoy the rest my friend. It's time just for you, to give to you first. Sending you lots of hugs for a fast recovery. xx

wendy said...

You are such a "go getter" it does not surprise me that the dr. had to EXPLAIN to you how to REST.
so take advantage of it.....and you seem to have a good attitude about it anyway. I admire how you always find ways to make bad/sad things better. Make them opportunities.
Where are you planning to go for your "life long planned trip"

Becca said...

Everything happens for a reason. Keep your faith. have a great day!

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Mimi and CC Cabana said...

It's hard when you aren't "allowed" to do something, makes you want to do it all the more! Hope the time of rest passes smoothly.

Lacey said...

oh! What a hard thing for you to not be able to enjoy your running and cycling! Its a good thing you have a fun and long trip to get you through all those weeks of rest! I'm glad you have been thinking more clearly....I wish I had an excuse for that! Haha!