May 21st, 2019

Venus

Unplanned hiatus...

I didn't mean to fall off the planet again. Seems I'm always about a week-and-a-half behind!

The holiday aspect of Mother's Day weekend was fairly low-key, what with both kids being off at college. It was very much like most weekends, except with flowers and an unexpected bicycling snafu.

Remember the coughing problem I mentioned a few weeks ago, where I would spend so much time clearing my throat that it felt like I was drowning for wetness and lack of air? That got really, really bad while bicycling last Saturday and Sunday. I slowed way down a couple of times to recuperate, but it didn't help at all. Both rides were exhausting gasp-fests where I couldn't maintain anything like my usual speed, and I was wiped out afterwards.

The change felt like it happened overnight, and it reminded me of an episode of walking pneumonia I had fifteen years ago. By Monday, I was tired and gasping from just driving to work and sitting at my desk, and didn't have enough air to sing in the car. I emailed my doctor and talked to the advice nurse, and went in for a chest x-ray and blood tests. The x-ray was clear, which surprised me-- I'd started to think the gunk in my lungs might be coming up from below, rather than draining from above.

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Thanks to more late rain AGAIN, I was only able to get outside to ride last Friday and today, and I definitely feel better though not yet 100%. I've certainly overcome some core incompetencies involving the use of inhalers. I have to concentrate every time I use it, but now I mostly inhale the blast, rather than blocking half of it with my tongue or pulling it out too soon and letting it vaporize the air. \o?

So, to summarize: way too much of the wrong kind of excitement, which I hope is on the way out now. And I'd better scale back my mileage pledge for May Is Bike Month, because it was clearly too ambitious vs. what the reality is shaping up to be. :O