Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Wednesday.. 0 miles.

I went to the doctor today and had a full physical, blood drawn, urine sample taken (actually I gave them one- no need to get pushy) and X-rays of my foot. I haven't mentioned in this ego maniacal blobby blob about how I've been feeling lately but it has not been good. For the last 4 weeks I've been very run down and I've seen a slow death in my mileage. Last week I am fairly certain that I had salmonella but that was just icing on a poopy flavored cupcake.
After Ironman Arizona and had a full physical and I weighed 158, that was May of '07. Today I was 141 (-17 pounds!) after drinking excessive amounts of water. I was 139 yesterday. My doc was a little concerned to say the least and is thinking that I feel crappy because I don't eat.. wow- how profound ;) I have done very well in cleaning up my diet to the point of obsession and have followed the alkaline diet religiously in the last month and after 4 weeks I'm certain that I gave it a fair shot. Alan has told me in the past to eat as much as possible to maintain body weight- don't eat as little as possible.. wise advice I know.
The X-rays were to simply get a referral to a podiatrist to start the process of getting my right foot right. I've had a neuroma since '05 that is excruciating to put weight on when it is flared up.. running flares it up. I also had plantar fasciitis for a few months and once it healed I think it left me a nice bone spur to make my foot the aforementioned cupcake.
There is more to my problems, and I posted a few thoughts but deleted them. It's somewhat heavy stuff and I am not sure if I need to write about it nor should I assume anyone is interested in hearing me whine. It has to do with depression and medication.. not exactly sunshine and puppy dogs.


Brett said...

Man I don't know you other than this blog but I hope everything improves in your life. I can tell you are a good guy, a good coach, and a good family man. You deserve better than this current rut.

Dave said...

Lucho-Like Brett, I don't know you personally, but as a loyal reader of your blog I too hope everything for you improves. Given what I know about you from this blog you seem like a real stand-up guy. This blog has really inspired me to go above and beyond and make myself a better athlete. I wish you all the best. Keep your head up man! When life throws you lemons, make FREAKIN' LEMONADE! Best wishes man!

brian said...

Take care

Ward said...

Hang in there bro.. Maybe it's just your body trying to adjust to the diet your on? The human body is an amazing machine and it will do what it has to to adapt and repair. Of course you know your body better than any doc, so do what feels right. I have a feeling you'll snap out of it before to long. Right now it looks like your just dealing with the law's of cause and effect. Hang tough Lucho!

Brett said...

Hang tough. Many are in the same boat as far as the depression and meds, including me. I think that's one of many reasons so many of us are drawn to endurance sports. Endorphins are wonderful for the blues.

Matt said...

I'm really sorry to hear what you're going through. Maybe you need a break from the marathon, spend more time with family and keep killin' it with your clients. I don't know. Seems like you've been hitting it pretty hard for a while. Talk to some "pros," get dialed in on getting yourself right.

You've inspired so many of us.
We want you healthy!

Like the airline stewardess says, make sure you put your oxygen mask on first before you go to the aid of others.

Take care of yourself, Lucho.

cdnhollywood said...

Don't feel lonely or afraid w.r.t. depression, and don't steer away from the medication if it can help. I've watch some of my loved ones suffer horribly because of this, only because they felt that they shouldn't talk about it, or that they felt alone because of it.

If you want to speak and be heard, let it out. If you want to speak and not be heard, go somewhere alone and let the landscape hear it.

We're all here for ya.

Lucho said...

Thanks everyone! Sorry to bring that cloud in to this place.. it does have profound effects on everything though! I had gone on Prozac 2 years ago but the doctor over prescribed the dosage and it left me WAY flat.. I didn't care one way or the other about anything in the world and I stopped taking it. Now I am on a much more carefully prescribed dose and I am feeling more relaxed but still have a bit of an edge to my thoughts.
Thanks again!

Formulaic said...

Life isn't all rainbows and puppy dogs.

We'll be here for long as you want us to be.

Probably longer!

hoping for the best!