Monday, April 23, 2012

Fitness Challenge Update #6

My health issue continues. I still don't know what it is, but I've gone almost two full weeks without working out. I've kept up with the healthy eating, but it's been pretty hard. I'm a little depressed, which almost without fail leads to eating comfort food like donuts, chips, fried cheese and the like.

Last week, I started taking a blast of Ibuprofen each day, and I got significantly better. I thought I was actually on the mend, so Thursday I figured I could skip the pills. By Thursday night, I was dragging, aching, and wanting to cry.

Friday morning, I went to the doctor. He listened to me, and said, "You're scaring me. I can think of several things that this might be, and none of them are good."

Well, that's not completely true, he did say that it could be some sort of viral infection that might last five weeks or so, and then go away. But it wasn't likely.

Likely suspects: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, and perhaps an outside chance of Leukemia. So, I'm probably effed. He also mentioned a few other things that I can't remember the names of, you know they're Latin phrases that mean nothing to real people, and therefore slide out of the mind like butter tossed on a hot frying pan. One of them was that perhaps I had a virus that caused my heart to expand and it therefore wasn't working as efficiently as it should, causing my muscles to be low on oxygen, and make them painful. I wanted to call it Heart Thrombosis, but what Wikipedia says about that doesn't seem to match what the doctor said. So, whatever it's called. That.

They took blood, and set me up for an X-ray, but I won't know the results of any of that for a few days still.

On the way home from the doctor, I was damned depressed. All I could think was to stop at the gas station and get one of those Dunford chocolate-frosted chocolate donuts. Somehow, however, I didn't. I just went home, and made up my usual salad, and continued eating well.

When I got on the scale this week, I was down to 256. Somehow, despite the lack of exercise, I'm still losing weight. I guess eating right is pretty important. I'll try to keep it up, and not let this recent health issue destroy my progress. After all, it would sure suck if it turned out to be nothing, and I went on a bender and gained back all the weight I struggled to lose.


  1. I really hope it turns out to be nothing too serious, Big. Be sure to let us know when you get the results of your tests back!

  2. You can probably cross one of those potentials off your list.

    It's never Lupus.