Chapters 12, 13, and 14.

 

Another Year – 2012- Has Gone by

Jan 1  Tuesday 2013   Another year has begun.  Will it be another year of mostly ho-hum or will there be true excitement?  In 2012, there were some minor reasons for joy; I gave up my cane and wheelchair for good. I am still limping along like a drunken sailor but I am getting there, wherever that might be.

Originally we thought all legal issues would be settled last fall but the trial was rescheduled and is now mid Feb. and once that is past I’ll know if I should be blubbery happy or just be glad it is over. Either way I will be able to get on with rebuilding me.  I will be showing up at more events and as a sometime participant.  Unless a huge health issue is thrown my way, I will use lots of walking, and being around friends, to try to become semi-normal.  One bright spot that will remain regardless of legal outcome is my tagline  “I really was hit by a bus,  What’s your excuse?”   I do intend to play it up as much as I can.  I will let several friends look at this mishmash journal of words and use whatever suggestions they might offer so others might be able to face the world with a bit more hope.

There was some good news to start the New Year off right.  Will, our new neighbor across the street, invited us over for a traditional Japanese New Year celebration.  Will is Portuguese but his wife is Japanese so that explains the Japanese tie-in.  Here are a couple of photos from the spread, all I can say it was a feast for the eyes and the taste buds went wild.  They are such a great couple.  Carol, Carolyn’s mother is explaining all the goodies.

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It is indeed a small world.  One of Carol’s friends, Vicki, brother is part owner of Ink-N-Burn, a more high-tech running apparel manufacturing based here in OC that caters almost exclusively to ultra runners and trail runners.  Turns out, we know many of the same runners and we had a wonderful time talking about running.  I really would like to meet her for coffee or lunch sometime.

Damn it, damn it, I am cold, I am too warm, I cannot stay comfortable at any temp for very long. One extreme to the other all too quickly and all day long.

I am going to try to venture out at night for semi-daily walks around just so I can stretch a little and perhaps get a little time and distance on the feet for the upcoming Brea 8K in Feb.  Damn, I hope I everything is settled by then and can go the run/walk.  I will not note every walk but maybe note when I do something faster or longer.  The Excel spreadsheet has all the walking info.

Just a call from Nancy, she talked with Ron today.  Seems the ophthalmologist I went several weeks ago is going to be a real tough SOB.  He’s seems to think my glaucoma is the sole cause of any vision issues I have. Never mind the hard hit on the head and 2 month coma. Looks as though my regular ophthalmologist and optometrist could be selected as expert witnesses  or as witnesses if we go to trial.   The defense will NOT be able to contradict their testimony. I feel pretty good they will help my case, as much can they legally and professionally.

I don’t know if I had more energy or if just stubborn.  I did 2 yoga sessions, took the dogs out for 2 laps each and then another mile hoofing it. Another bit in house like  packing up Christmas lights etc.

Friday Jan 4  Another several days have passed and right now, I feel like crap:  hip hurts (first time it has really been noticeable in months), vision is crappy today, ankle is cruddy and mood is crappy.  I posted on FB several days ago about drooling over new trail shoes and how I could not use them but dreamed vicariously about using them.  A business friend suggested The Law of Attraction and Pat, Nancy’s sister, also suggested it along with several others.  I might get Mick to take me by a used bookstore to see if it is in stock.  Gotta find one first.

I guess I’ve always been a skeptic about the power of positive thinking.  It seems the only people that unfailingly benefit from the power of positive thinking are the many authors and people that heavily promote it and get rich. But, I suppose it may actually help some people keep a positive outlook on life in spite of their circumstances.  There seem to be many stories about how people have benefited from it so there might be some truth.  Regardless, I will try to smile and keep the ole chin up and go with the flow.

Mick and I are going to the Winter Trail Run Series at Camp Blue early tomorrow.  Many friends will be there and since this a totally unannounced visit so there may be a few surprised people.   I will even walk just a bit since the weather should be just perfect. That is, if the hip does not talk back to me too much.

Dang it, crapola, been cold again all day and it is such a nice day, a wee bit cool but very pleasant,  so why the hell am I cold?

Mick and I did make to the WTRS and it was so good seeing friends again, just wish I could be out on the trails with them.   I actually walked a small bit on the single track trail, oh I miss it so.  Maybe next year I’ll be able to at least walk the 12k.  Probably have to start as soon as it is light so I can make it back in a reasonable time.  It will just have to be added to my bucket list along with some other runs that are bouncing around in my head.

Baz  – The Great RD for the WTRS  Image

Image                                                                                                      Doug Malewicki, an old running friend

 

 

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Keira a long time running friend and RD              Jean Ho – a long time SoCal Trail                                                                                                                                      Headz friend

My little accident may have altered my perception on life. The NFL playoffs are in full swing, the NBA is moving on, the NHL may/may not start in a few days and do I really give a rat’s ass about any of it?  No, nada, none will have any impact upon my life other than traffic congestion if I were to be around a game traffic.  Many  players make  $$$$ millions per year for playing with a stupid ball.  Nothing they do improves my life whatsoever and they make no improvements whatsoever in things that really matter to society.  Same goes for Hollywood and most entertainment.  I am vastly more interested in people overcoming adversity or becoming more attuned to real life and making life better for all.

Tuesday Jan 8    Well, I took down the big ass Christmas tree Nancy got for us.  That was probably a 3 hour job by time I got it outside, cut it up to fit in the trash can, cleaned up inside and out.  I sent her an email saying if she got another big tree next year, she would be responsible for delivery, setting it up, and taking it out.  You’d think I don’t like big trees?

Damn, hip was hurting a bit after all that, maybe a bit better tomorrow.  Hope so because I go back to exercise class, see the dermatologist Thursday, and do just a bit of grocery shopping.  I am tired of being so tired so damn wussy, I used to be able to dig and shovel gravel all day, outwork almost everyone that worked with me and now, I am just a wimpy wuss.   I guess I really am over the hill, damn it.  Maybe in about a month when everything is settled I might be able to see if I can make real physical progress in walking and just being alive.

I may call Dr Fry, a psychologist, today and set up an appt for next week.  I just find myself being less and less motivated, don’t really give a rats ass about much of anything and I am not even anxious to go out walking or doing yoga .  It might be low T and Dr. Asher’s office is working on the insurance angle but we’ll see what happens

I did it, I called Dr Fry and have an appt for next Monday at 3.  His office is very close and that helps.  If it so happens that if I feel like it need to see him again in a few months he is close enough I could walk, that is if I can get any semblance of endurance back.  You know, I am really getting tired of everything that hurts or works poorly:  feet, shoulder, legs, eyes, you name it.

Along with everything else, I seem to be lots more tired, and sleepy, I am so ready to try to get better.  I suppose, though, I’d better be thankful that I am good as I am even if I am beat up all to hell.  Still gonna gripe about my head not being on straight, head swimming, and tinnitus. Oh crap, screw it all.

Things are moving right along.  Ron, our attorney, called and I have a 10 am appt with Dr. Kreidi at 10- am tomorrow, Friday, at 10 am.  Should be fun since I will have several hours of testing.  I like him but he can be just a little difficult for me to understand with his accent and it is a long ways to his office.  At least traffic should not be too bad at time of day.   I thought I was going in next week but I guess Dr. Kreidi, or someone, changed it to Friday.  Makes me no difference.

Nancy and Mick went to Ron’s’ office today to watch the video of me being hit by the bus.  Nancy had already seen it, although briefly, but Mick, I think, had a rough time watching her Dad being wiped out by the bus.  It appears I might have been trying to beat the light, I don’t know.   It is, however, very clear the bus driver was not paying full attention and would have been able to significantly slow down or stop.  If he had been alert I probably would have made through or at the most, suffered far less massive injuries.

Friday Jan 11  Nancy took me to Dr Kreidi’s office today for a follow-up.  The last trips for testing took 3 days and 2-3 hours each day.  Today, it took all day and Nancy thought we would be done by 1 pm, did not happen.  There was an EKG, lots of nerve testing on the legs and arm, vision tests, and a couple of others.  Don’t remember them all.    Dr Kreidi commented I had made significant improvements since my last visits in May.  Perhaps so, but as I as I flounder about with all my hurts, head swimming, and vision sucky it is difficult for me to firmly grasp and believe that am I that much better.

Dr. Kreidi seems to believe that if Nancy were not around I’d probably need some sort of assisted living help.  Such as taking care of finances, house chores, and getting around.  And Nancy too! They believe my “executive making decisions” are maybe not what they should be. Maybe so, but I’d like to think if push came to shove and I really had to be on my own I could manage, particularly with Mick being so close by.  The big fly in the ointment is finances, if there were no bills other than utilities, no credit card or mortgage to pay  then being on my own probably would not be insurmountable.  I would spend lots of time just walking all over the place and hopefully waling lots of miles.

 

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EKG testing at Dr. Kreidies office

Had lunch with a couple of old Snails friends, Skip and Mike Miller, and it good getting out.  I did ask Skip to join me for lunch for a reason.  Ron seems to think if we go to trial there might be some Asians on the jury and as a group, it can be prone to be hard reason with them.  If I can get several running Asian friends to testify on my behalf, the odds of a good outcome are much improved.  I have no desire to get tons and tons of money as some people do, but I would like enough to live comfortably and do some stuff around the house.  As I said a long time ago I’d give it all back to have another 1 ½ seconds to get out of the way of the damn bus.  Not only am I losing 2 years of my life, I will NEVER be able to enjoy life as I did before the accident. I hurt all over but not enough to become addicted to pain meds.  Am I at fault? Maybe to some small extent but the video clearly shows the driver NOT being attentive.  Enough on that for a few more weeks.

Another rather chilly night for Fullerton, 37 degrees or colder but it turned out to be a bright cool day.  I took Bella out for 3 laps and then Heidi for 3 more laps for a total of 1 ½ miles.  I am winded, guess it might be because I am forced to do just the block and I have difficulty just lollygagging around.  Oh, the Garmin has an instant pace per mile and that encourages me to push even harder.  I can get down to 20 min/mile for a 100 yards or so.   One of my goals from a few months ago is to get consistently a 20 min mile.   With Heidi I can do a 22-24 minute mile with just a fast walk, no sorta running.  This, in spite of my feet and vision being crappy.

Looks like the epidural has been approved so that might help, most anxious to try it out. I am seeing 4, I think, doctors at Coastline Orthopedics, I need to call and set up 2 more appointments and find out which doctors are seeing me for what (hip, shoulder, elbow, back?)

I go in to another MD, Dr, Chan, for a disc evaluation and go from there for the epidural.  Oh boy, another dr that is way booked up, can’t go in til Feb 27.  Damn, wanna go in next week.

Jan 14 Monday   What a nice day.  Man, I wish I could either really work and make money or go out walking somewhere.  It is five weeks till the trial, it’ll be both here sooner than expected and it will seem to take months to get here.  Either way, I can almost counts the weeks on 1 hand.  Next week, it will be just one hand counting the weeks.

I did talk with a couple of Asian Snails friends and they will probably help, just time off from work or babysitting might be the key impediments. Think I might be able to get Yvonne Miller to help on the babysitting and we will be more than will to pay for Liz’s time off from work. Probably need to call Ron today and see what all he needs.

I am trying to get the exercise room straightened up just a bit, the problem is we have waaayyyyy too much damn stuff.  There is a good storage room out back but it is full of old toys, clothes, blankets and other stuff of which 90% can be given to Salvation Army or charity.  I’ve been in the mood to clear useless stuff out and not really getting much help. With a bigger house, more stuff just accumulates.

I did see Dr. Fry, the psychologist, yesterday and it was interesting.  We talked a bit about my journal and the therapeutic value of it.  He said most people, in order to get the most of it, vent their anger and frustrations and fully intend for it to be very private.  I am fully intent on making my journey a blog so it might help others and to that end I have deliberately not written anything that might upset a close one.  I suppose a part of the reasoning for the blog is for the attention.  I really want to make a comeback, of sorts, just to be out with my friends and taking at least a little part of the runs/races with my old trail friends.  A longtime running buddy, Greg Hardesty, is a reporter with the OC Register and he will do a fun story on me.  I am waiting until all legal issues are resolved before the story is printed.  There is a remote chance I might even be able to have a story in Trail Runner Magazine.  Whoo Hoo, that would most certainly be a highlight of my comeback.  I do gripe about me and my frustrations, limitations and not about relationships. But, I suppose a little venting MIGHT be in order so long as it is kept low key.  I might sneak a couple of sentences in here and there.  If I do gripe, it will be mostly concerning me, frustrations and/or legal issues.

Jan 16 Wed.  I feel like crap today – don’t feel really bad, bad, just crappy.  Feet/toes hurt, no energy, I don’t know if I would even go for a long walk even if I could. I even have a big pimple on my butt that is bothersome. Austin will be here in a while to take me to a appt for a follow up doc appt. and then to exercise class. I WILL go even if I am not in the mood for it. I will be so happy if anything gets better and I don’t even realize it at first.

I signed up this morning with Fullerton Community Ctr for fitness/exercise classes.  The first class, Jan 28, is just for evaluation and getting to know the equipment.  We are fortunate that Fullerton has a new community center and it has a big pool, small fitness room, lots of meeting rooms, etc.  I’ve been attending the exercise/balance classes with Kenny, another Snails friend, and it does help.  Now if a sauna was available I would be most happy.

Jan  18 Friday  This has nothing to do with my accident issues but might prove interesting.  I went to a clinical trial center yesterday and spent 3ish hours or so signing up for a study involving aspirin. I will take either aspirin or a placebo for several weeks/months and then be checked to see if ulcers develop.  It will pay $1200 over several weeks.  Right now, we could really use the money and it seems safe enough so I will go for it.  I will keep this updated if anything interesting develops.

I am really becoming most concerned about the trial, Feb 19th, and the monetary issues.  I suppose at one time that I thought that we would get a decent settlement w/o too much of an issue.  But, since the defense conducted some focus groups they have apparently really become a hard ass hence the reason for only a $100,000 settlement offer.  I suppose since they have paid off the medical bill, even if only pennies on the dollar we should be grateful they have done that much.  I might mention our insurance paid $1.6 million of about $2.1 million billed by the doctors and hospitals.  That is NOT pennies on the dollar.

Fortunately, we have never been involved in litigation such as this before and have little idea of what to expect.  The scant clues we have as to a potential settlement was 3 times the medical bills from several people and then there was the case by John Wayne Airport where a shuttle bus hit a bicyclist.  He was awarded $6 million even though he was wearing black at night, no bike lights, and apparently on psychotic drugs and marijuana.  So, you can see the vast difference between their offer and this one.  The BIG issue is me.  Was I trying to beat the light, went through the don’t walk light, was the timing of the light not good, or was it TOTALLY the bus driver not paying full attention when going the intersection?  Maybe a little bit me?  In spite of the focus groups that might have been swayed by the insurance adjustors I, and everyone else, believe the driver clearly had a monetary lapse of attention.  EVERYTHING hinges on that.  Nevertheless, as I understand it, if someone is in the crosswalk, they have the right of way even if they are wrong.

Ron wanted the trial in LA but it is Santa Anna.  He is concerned because there may be a number of Asians on the jury and supposedly harder to deal with in litigation.  To counter that effect I have 4 Asian friends that will testify on my behalf so that may be a plus for us.  I really don’t have any one I rode with except Skip and then only once or twice. I probably should ask Ron if he wants Skip since we ran and did a small amount of bike riding together.  If push comes to shove, I could get literally dozens of runners to testify on my behalf about my safety protocol.

Just got a call from Anaheim Clinical Trials and I have been turned down for the study.  Something to do with stomach test, I had a hard time understanding Peter because of his accent.  At any rate, he will send me back to the doctor that recommended me.  I guess there is no other choice but to go on.  It did not seem to be anything very serious and I will find out in a week or so.  Cruddy dud, I want a semi healthy me, at this point, semi semi-healthy will do just fine.  Don’t need any more issues!

I saw one of my neighbors tonight and he commented that I walk better and I look better.  Damn it, I really want to feel as good as I look.  This is really starting to get old.   On another note, I seem to see double a bit more frequently.  Don’t know is this is good or bad.  I guess seeing double is good because that means there might be more vision in my right eye.  Now, if my overall vision would get better and head stop swimming I would be extremely happy.

As I ponder my situation I feel I am most blessed.  No major family issues that could be an impediment to my recovery, really no extreme financial problems, and medical insurance has been quite good so no complaints there.  I guess my biggest gripe is me. I want to so badly to be back to semi-normal .  If the only pain I had to deal with was the hip and I could start getting some of my old endurance back I think I would be ecstatic.  Sometimes, one has to be on the very bottom to fully appreciate normal. That applies to alcohol and drug issues, mental problems, and of course, physical constraints.  Oh, we do have financial issues, Nancy has taken 30 or 40 thousand out of IRAs to help pay for my bathroom remodel, and for just everything that comes up in life.   Many would be devastated by similar circumstances.  Not being able to work and having my bills definitely has made things financially challenging. There’s lot I want to get/do and ALL to try to get me back: an infrared sauna, Elliptigo bike, some alternative medical treatments that seem to be promising are the biggies.  As I said a long time ago: no round the world trips or such, no $350/400 night hotel rooms or lots of expensive diners.  I just want to get back out on the trails and work up some real honest sweat.  Speaking of alternative medicine I just remembered an email from one clinic stating they now accept Blue Cross,  I will call Monday or Tuesday to get the scoop on that and hopefully get to go in soon.

Sunday Jan 20   Tomorrow  is Austin’s birthday, 21.  He is growing up and he is doing ok.  Now he just needs to get a real job or go to school.  But….if he does anything I will be between a rock and hard place because I depend upon him to get around to all the doctors appts, physical therapy, errands and whatnot.  We do pay him cash for all his time and he probably makes almost as much as working part time.

We went to Costco/Best Buy for a little shopping and, damn it, I wish my head was on straight.  No, I am not having a panic attack or even close to it but it does feel uncomfortable.  I just read about someone that had a onset of Alzheimer’s and the drugs were not doing anything.  His wife, who is a doctor, found out that ketones are integral part of the brains wellbeing and that a new trial drug was derived from coconut oil.  He was started eating about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily and within just a few days there was marked improvement. The improvement continues and so I got a little coconut oil just to play around with it and see if it happens to make any improvements in me.  If it no worker have I really lost anything?  I am to the point I’ll will at least consider a lot of things that seem to make sense.

I do the due diligence about alternative medicines such as the coconut oil. I could find no double blind studies with coconut oils and the effectiveness of such.  There are just anecdotal stories that sound good but have no basis in sound science. Nevertheless, there seems to be no harm in trying for a few weeks.

From FB :Andre Kajlich just finished one of the hardest mountain ultra marathons in the world, a sport dominated by athletes using mainly their legs and he has NONE! 135 miles in 62.5 hours… This is the kind of inspiration I am seeking and maybe hope to give to others.  I commented I need all the inspiration I can get and one of the VERY best ultra runners made another comment on my comment.  You know, it does feel good when someone of her stature acknowledges me.  Yes, I spend a LOT of time of FB but it worth it.

I rarely spend very little time bemoaning my circumstances, it is what it is.  Dwelling on unfortunate past events is likely to bring forth a lot of negative thoughts and is likely to do me no good.  I try to visualize me being back out there on the trails amongst friends and moving forward.  Thinking positive thoughts just might get some sent my way.

I sometimes, especially for the last 2 or 3 weeks, I have no get and go to do yoga or exercises.  About the ONLY thing I can force myself to do is walk.  Crap, if I could get out go and somewhere I could easily spend 2 maybe 3 hours just doing a slow and easy walk.  I did get almost all the Christmas stuff put up in the storage area. Now only just the snowman and big wreath are left to put up and I will get Austin to do that. Also, worked on the front water fountain and we do need a new pump.  Maybe after while I can get Nancy to go by Home Depot and we can charge the credit card $110 for a new pump.

Shit, my head sucks big time.  No, it does not hurt like a headache but it might be kinda like a very tight band being wrapped around my head.  Tinnitus, if that what it is, is also bugging the hell out of me today. I don’t know who to go to or what they might be able to do.  Hell, I can’t even describe my feelings and if I can’t describe them how the hell is someone suppossed to help? If my head and vision were better I could handle all the other crap that hurts.

Another day:  Feel  a little more with it today, did some yoga, sit-ups, house vacuuming, and playing on FB.   Ragar, the relay race people, is having their first trail relay in Utah this year and damn it, I wanna go.  I did the Wild Miles 122 mile relay in Borrego Spring several years ago and it was a blast.  This looks even more fun since it looks like a lot of the course is true trail.  I’ve added it to my Dream Bucket List for 2014 along with Trans Rockies.

As the days slips by I feel less and less energetic but I may try a short shower to see if that will revive enough to walk around the block several times.

Wed. Jan 23   Things might finally be shaping up:  Ron just called and the city attorney has offered low 6 figures for the signal timing in the accident.  That is a lot more than the initial offer by the bus co. God, I hope their being an asshole will turn around and bite BIG them time on the butt.   As I understand it, the city council will be meeting Feb 5th and it should be approved.  Yea!!!!  Nancy just told me the defense ophthalmologist is saying because of the slight tunnel vision I had before the accident I should not have even been driving.  Never mind I passed the vision test and have vision results from an ophthalmologist and a optometrist that  indicate otherwise.   I have a good driving record and no complaints from anyone about my driving.  Now he is saying I should not even be walking along a busy street. Yes, I am somewhat apprehensive about being on a busy street IF there is NO sidewalk.  It will take time for me be really comfortable around traffic because of the accident and 2 other fairly close calls.   I hope Ron makes an ASS out of the defense ophthalmologist and the defense insurance and they have to pay BIG TIME.

There is some confusion about the charges/expenses from Ron but I am not going to say anything to him right now.  After everything is settled, it will then be the appropriate time to hash out all the charges and expenses.  Nancy will do most of that and I will offer my opinion if needed.  Ron is charging 30%, which is an excellent fee; most other attorneys charge 40-50% Ouch!  Good thing Nancy and I both have the utmost trust in Ron and he will take care of us.

Nancy mentioned again that my improving physical condition will probably reduce our settlement.  No clue as to how much.  It’s a damn if you do and damn if you don’t.  I do want to get better and there will be a very tough road to get much improvement in me now.  I walk, I don’t suffer intense pain, but….. I do hurt/ache all over, my mobility sucks, my vision sucks, head not on straight, and I can’t drive.  That’s gotta be worth something.  Oh, Nancy did tell me the defense has done computer simulation and I was in the crosswalk, although just barely.  She thinks that is a big plus for us.  Hope so much, I just wanna get this over and done.

Crap, weighed this morning and oh boy, I am up to 170.  I was down to 163 in early Dec but I seem not to have gotten much of a bulge so that is good.  Not sure what I’ll do next.  Eat more smoothies??? Exercise more, walk more???   Went to PT this afternoon and had a new therapist, Julie work on the ankle.  She is a runner, knows about ultra running, and she did a great job working on my ankle.  She now my favorite, by far, therapist.

Tonight, I snuck out of the neighborhood and walked down Lemon to Commonwealth and back thru the college for a 2 plus miles walk.  I tried to push for just a bit so I can do at least halfway decent for the Brea 8k, provided I get to run.  At any rate, it will do me good.  I managed 25:13 per mile for 2.2 miles.  If I can do that about 6-8 more times I will be able to do the Brea 8k and feel good about it.  I remember first I took a walk thru Hillcrest Park and it took me 1 hour 22 min to do 2 miles.  Last night it was 2.2 miles in 54 minutes.  I’d say that is an improvement.

After reading about the Ragnar Races as a whole I think I might take it off my bucket list.  I remember all too well that some of the directions in the previous races were not all that good plus there will probably be a huge mob. Just not ready for that kind of hassle. If a smaller relay race became available in 2014 I would seriously consider it.  Oh, I just found out one other major problem with the Ragnar series is they seem to have No respect for the dates or courses that have been well established for years by other races.  It looks as though they might be getting some backlash over their tactics and I, for one, will, no longer support them.

For some the mental, emotional, and heart-wrenching consequences of grief, despair, fear, helplessness, and then hopelessness are the greatest challenges of all. For me, I suppose the physical challenges are the greatest challenge.  That along with my head swimming and my sucky vision seem to defy my best effort at finding a way to make myself better. My determination and drive is never been in doubt.  I even try to have humor, even if a bit of gallows humor, at myself. I am so grateful the knock on my head did not turn me into a blathering whatever or just “not there”.

There is a severed nerve in my right leg so I can just barely move my toes a little bit.  It’s better now because a few months ago I was able to just barely SLIGHTLY wiggle the toes and had very little feeling in feet.  I’ve started to focus a lot on stretching my calf muscles and trying to exercise the toes.  I really have to concentrate HARD to move them and when I finish, I feel like I just had a good workout w/o doing anything.

Sat  1-26    Today was the fateful day, 2 years ago.  Considering everything, I guess I am lucky to here and half way functioning.  I did take Bella and Heidi out for .5 miles each.  I hauled arse with Heidi and got down to about 22:30 min mile for over a lap, I’ll gladly take that time since I used to be about 55 minutes for a mile which I could not do.  According to Garmin Connect I topped out at 18 min pace  Maybe so!

Posted on FB yesterday and have 20 likes and several positive comments.  This is making my day!

“Today is 2 years since the day. There are several other anniversaries right around this time of year, don’t need to bore everyone. Still here!!!”

I  am pretty sure I have a positive reputation among my runner friends.  Here are some comments from my FB  posting.

CarriAnn Clark Gravitt I am so glad you are still here ! Truly a blessing

Lorraine Gersitz Yay Leon!

Dawn Vonderheide You go guy! You are awesome. You are an inspiration to all of us!

Don Gerdts You are still my hero, you tough ole cuss!

Denise Reno Bacher Very grateful that you are still here!! Love you, your determination, and your strong spirit.

Since I don’t get out very often these type comments do make me feel good.

Sunday Jan 27  Just browsing around some of the running clubs stuff.   Found this photo that brings back many, many fond memories.  Cannot believe it has been FOUR years since that day.  One of the biggest regrets I have is NOT having more photos of my many runs and runner friends.   Doug was 70 at that time and still going strong.  There are high hopes in my future that if my physical does not crash.

 

  • New Year Day 2009

I hope to be able to do something worthwhile in the coming months.   My first big step will the Brea 8K in about a month.  I need to get more walks in.    Now, if I could get my head on straight.  It no hurt, I just don’t know a good way to describe the feeling.  Tinnitus seems to originate somewhere in the ear and may be ringing that a person HEARS.  I don’t think that is me, my mind seems to hear a noise kinda like an electric motor and just feel slightly woozy.  Of course, with my vision issues that makes everything much worser.  Good thing I am not sick with the flu or hurt so much that I need pain meds.

Bad weather allows us to fully appreciate the good weather, a good analogy for life!  I’ve suffered thru the worst of the storm, I hope, and looking forward after we get some money from the city to really start on the way back to an acceptable level of recovery.

Just trying some ankle exercises and I noticed if my heel is supported I do have some side to side movement but it is mostly leg muscles doing the work.  If I hold my leg up it is a different feeling, I can turn in a little and just barely to the right.  Pushing down I can do pretty good, pulling the toes up, no go!  Left foot is better in all respects except for the numbness.

Outside of good FB comments today has been a SHITTY day:  head is really swimming hard, hearing is funky, and just don’t feel very chipper.  I go meet someone in the morning at the fitness room at the Fullerton Community Ctr.  I really would like to go at least 2x weekly, maybe 3x weekly so I can try to get some strength back in my legs.  Hope I feel better in the morning.  Nancy is supposed to wake me early and I will take a LONG HOT shower.

This morning I did take a hot whirlpool bath and still feel like crap.  For the first time in weeks, it took me nearly 3 hours to get to sleep and even then, it was not that good a sleep..  Leg spasms also for the first time in a long time, but not nearly as bad as before, did not help.  Still have no single big hurts anywhere but head and eyes seem to be more crappy.  Damn it, I just wanna get better.

Went to Community Ctr to get started on the fitness workouts.  On most of the tests, I was in average zone, maybe just a bit on the lower side of the  average scale for flexibility and balance. I will be going at least once a week for a good hard workout.  All things considered I think I did pretty damn good.  2 years ago I would have been way above average on everything.

Afterwards we went to Craig Park where I did a long walk and hauled big time.

Split Time Distance Avg Pace
Summary 51:25.6 2.70 19:03
1 20:26.7 1.00 20:27
2 17:49.0 1.00 17:49
3 13:09.9 0.70 18:50

I shattered all my PRs today for the last 2 years:  Fastest 1 mile walk and fastest overall average on  a 2.7 sorta run.  Yes, I may pay a bit for this tomorrow but I do I really give a damn?   NO! Just hope I can recover by Wed to be in a good mood to exercise. Even after several hours of doing nutin I am still draggin and we’ll see fast I recover.  Really wanna do it again in a 2/3 days.  I well remember my walks when I first ventured out of the neighbor and did about 2 miles in a 1:22, much faster now.

Here it is Monday evening about 8ish and beat, this still after a 2 or 3 hour nap this afternoon.  I’ll do a long walk this time in a couple of days.  Gotta get my endurance built up. 

Tuesday Jan 29   Still very tired from yesterday, maybe because I did not sleep worth a hoot last night. Think I finally went to sleep around 3 am.  Boo!!   I need to change back door locks because one is trash /does not work and the others just look bad.  I also got a new pump for the front fountain, gonna try to switch it out later.  I don’t know where to put this:  I was looking at the Calico 50k results from this last weekend, I would have either WON my age group or gotten 2nd place.  Damn, I miss being out there seeing what I can do.   Most of the course is fairly easy so I MAY try to put that on my dream bucket list for 2014.  The 30k, not the 50k!

The big news is that it is 1 week till the city council meets and approve their part of the settlement.  This will bring some sorely needed cash.   From what I’ve heard approval should be done w/o any problems. The big date, the trial,  is only about 4 weeks away, can’t wait.

Probably time to do some serious thinking about myself.  I was in great good shape for an older guy and that undoubtedly helped ensure my survival.  If I had been a couch potato I have serious doubts I would be here now.
Also being in good condition probably contributed to me pulling thru any number of obstacles I later faced such as, high sodium levels and whacked out electrolytes.  Later, the MRSA infection, leg blood clots were a setback. l have other mental and physical issues that continue to impede me.  There are probably other issues but right nowI don’t remember. Two years after the accident I am still recovering and trying like hell to get back some of the old me.  There was huge support from my running clubs friends and they helped Nancy out big time.  Most of the visits have now fallen off but I still keep up with them on FB.  I just wanna get everything wrapped up so I can work as hard as I can and try some alternative medicines.  There’s a lot of hype and outright lies out there and I intend to seek out the very best to help me.

I did a lot of trail races, mostly shorter ones in the 7 to 24 miles and a several  50k’s.  The Atlinks web page helps me remember some and so I’ll try to give some highlights from 3 or 4.   At the Calico 50k in Jan 2010 a run I well remember  and was just starting down a very steep rocky trail in a narrow canyon.  Several of the ladies, instead of running down, were on their butts scooting down.    I was very carefully sorta running down when Fred Pollard, a good running friend and probably about 69 at that time, came by and just bounded down the rocks as though he was part billy goat.  It was amazing seeing him do that and he never once seemed to seem have any troubles.  We were probably 6 or so miles from the finish and he beat me by a good 15 minutes.  Oh, I helped on his crew at Badwater several years ago.  He did the whole 135 miles thru Death Valley and part way up Mt. Whitney in 44 hours and 45 minutes.  He qualified for the coveted Silver Buckle with 15 minutes to spare.

Skip Rogers and I did a 30k at Endure the Bear at Big Bear in Sept 2010.  What a great run up the mountains at about 7,000 to maybe 8,500 ft.  I had no problems with the altitude but Skip says he had a headache most of the time.  I almost did one loop of the course twice but fortunately, a volunteer got me going right.  I finished in 3:49 and came in first in my age group.  As I’ve mentioned several times, I am a, was, a tough old fart.  As we were     driving back down the mountain I started having the worst leg cramps I’ve ever had.  It hurt so back I got in the back of the truck so I could stretch out and let Skip get us most of the way home.

I can’t forget the 22 mile night run in Santa Anna mountains 3 or 4 years ago.  A small group of us, most of them trail running because of me, decided to try a night mountain run.  The weather was perfect and the stars and the city lights were awesome.  Right now, the only thing I remember is going to the Death Star, a weather station, on the Main Divide and then eating breakfast at a Denny’s about 3 am.

I worked on our front yard fountain today replacing a pump.  There are several issues with the pump I will tackle soon:  the fittings don’t quite fit they should and I can’t get the power cord thru the conduit.  My arms look like they were beat with a hammer: bruises all over and they are not pretty.  No, I did not do anything horrible, just  bruised from trying to change the stupid pump.  I think the bruising may be a combination of the accident and getting older.

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Does NOT hurt!

Thur 31   Considering how crappy I slept Monday night after the hard workout, Tues night was ok and Wed. night was wonderful.  It’s no fun not being able to go to sleep until 3 am!  I did a first yesterday: after the balance/mobility class I went over to the gym and worked out hard, my arms were spaghetti last night.  Oh boy, I needed that and lots more.

To finish out the month:  From a very good runner friend, Doug Malewicki.

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Chapter 13  Feb 2013

Feb 1  Friday  Nancy was telling me Ron had some depositions today and the defense attorney was there.  They (defense) can’t decide if I was a vehicle (bicycles are subject to traffic laws), or a pedestrian.  At any rate, if a person is in the crosswalk they have the right of way. He also admitted I was in the crosswalk, maybe just barely, before the light changed. The ophthalmologist also admitted I could drive before the accident, before he was saying I should not even be driving.  As I understand it, Ron made them look like fools.  Yea!!!!  They will either offer a real settlement number or we go to trial.  Me thinks perhaps a trial might be good.

Did 2.1 miles around the block:  .75 with Bella at about a 28 min pace and 1.25 with Heidi at about 25 min pace.   I am happy with the walk.  I also got in some yoga and will do arm weights a little later.

I sent an email to Anne Hjelle, the woman that survived a mountain lion attack, and said I would hope to meet with her sometime if she is ever in the area.  She has a moving story and I hope to emulate some of it in my journal. Her book is “Skin Deep” and well worth reading.

Right before her attack the mountain line killed another bicyclist, Mark.  He had a favorite charity to raise money to buy bicycles for intercity kids that have never had a bike and she became a huge part of the charity.  I don’t have a favorite charity but maybe in a month or two I would like to help with the Snails Pace Running Academy.  One class is especially made for beginner runners and some need all the help and motivation they can get.  As I think about it, it would certainly help me a lot and hopefully inspire some new runners.  There are several runners I helped/inspired to take up trail running.

About 3ish months ago I started wearing socks to bed to help with my cold feet.  About that time I started wearing my Crocs as house shoes.  The old slippers just did not seem to offer my right ankle and support and they were becoming very lopsided. Besides, Crocs are really comfy.

Skip and I are going to help at a race down in Long Beach – Surf City, Sunday but dang, I’ll have to get up around 4 because we need to be there at 6 am to noon.  The dogs got to go out today for while to go around the block – Bella and Heidi at a 6:50 lap and 27:47  ave mile pace  and Heidi  at  6:12  each lap for 26:30 overall pace.  I did have a  20 min/mile pace as a goal but I think it should be revised up to a 25 min/mile pace and go down at a bit at a time.  Maybe after the trial I can go out away from the house and get some different times and distance.  Yeah, I’ll take each dog out, they need out  but one at a time.

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Monday Feb 4   I pulled a good one yesterday.  I put my Garmin by the camping chairs I wanted to take in case to Long Beach if I needed to sit for a while.  We loaded, and started looking for the Garmin. I was going back into the house to look for it but both front and back doors were locked and no key!   Forget it!!  After we got through with the race and I got home I started searching for it.  Looked all around where the camping chairs were, looked outside, around the curb and even to the back yard where I was going to see if it was in the house, no luck.  Later, Nancy asked if I was missing the Garmin.  Uh oh, something not quite right, the Garmin did fall out along the curb.  They are tough but probably not up to a car running over them. Damn, I need to tie a string TO EVERYTHING and not put stuff in my lap.  I forget they are there and stuff falls to the ground, phone or whatever.

Our attorney, Ron, called Nancy today and the defense is making another offer, a little more than 3 times their last offer.  If the original offer was 3 times more than this one it MIGHT be a good starting point for negotiations.  As it is this last offer is still a big load of bullshit.

I don’t know why but I get so sleepy doing the day.  I probably would be asleep before I hit the bed if I were to fall towards it. Crap, don’t like it.  I’ll go back to Dr Vu, a neurologist, soon and ask her about it.  I suppose if I could really get out and about I would force myself to take a long walk.   I’m gonna miss my Garmin for a few weeks but I can track my distances easy enough with Google Earth or a I phone app and I’ll just wait until after the trial.

Seeing as I will never be building ponds I have already have a letter I want to send to Greg Whitstock, the owner of Aquascape and the supplier for all my pond equipment. I coulda sent this a year ago but wanted to wait until after the trial.  He is a very down to earth guy but he is high energy and very focused.  I am proud to have been associated with him and the worlds largest pond kit manufacture.

As I was rereading “Skin Deep” by Anne Hjelle, she mentioned she had deep puncture wounds which  reminded me  Nancy told me I had a deep ugly puncture wound on my right elbow.  I suspect that may be the reason for the numbness in 3 fingers and why my arm will still not completely straighten out.  I knew nothing about it until just a day or so ago.  Well, that’s another big hurt that healed while I was in a coma. What else am I going to find out about me?

Part of the reason Anne has such a good book is that she remembers everything about the attack and everything afterwards.  I’m sure she was terrified of the memories but it seems she has come to accept it for what it is.  I know nothing about the accident or 2 months after since I was in a coma.  I have only a vague recollection for several weeks after I awoke, just remember bits and pieces. No memories means no nightmares and for that little bit of providence I am grateful.

One thing she mentioned is all the emails and letters: some were heartfelt and wishing her a speedy recovery and others, well, there are always mean, stupid dumb asses out there.  Anne’s husband is a martial arts instructor and

 

one mean, dumb person thought that kind of work was work of the devil.  Of course, those kind of letters/emails are  almost always sent anonymously since they have not the courage or conviction to say who they really are.  I have not become a celebrity so no emails or letters for me, just a lot of visits from people that really cared about me.  As I reread her book I might make some more comments about her story and how it relates to me.

I just replayed the Trans Rockies video again.  It’s 6 days thru the Colorado Mountains and at altitude.  Most of it looks pretty runable even for me.  Only a couple of parts might be technical for me. If I ever get out where I can really push myself I will do it in spades, it is certainly on my bucket list for 2014.

Crap! Crap! Crap! Crap!  I am really pissed big time; the trial is now postponed until Mar 4.   Really, really pissed off and I will ask Ron if he will significantly increase our demands.  F____, now I am beginning to get very greedy.  I’ve mentioned before I no want/need lots of money but I would like enough to take of my medical needs, do a tiny bit of travel for trail races (if I can), do a little around the house, and help the kids.  If we do get a substantial amount there are some charities I would like to help.

So I guess this also blows out any chance of me doing the Brea 8K, damn it all to hell.  I had great hopes of making it my comeback race (walk).  There will be dozens of friends there and I so wanted to make a splash.   The way I feel at the moment, I don’t think I’ll even show up, just in a too bad a mood and will be for weeks more.  The Fullerton City council met on Tuesday and we still don’t know if they approved any funds for us.  This is another issue that is really making me in a foul mood.

Thur Feb 7   Crap again, more not so good news.  The city council did not approve the request submitted by their own attorney, Harry Potter and it turns out he is the one that asked for the trial delay.  Hopefully, he can get the council to approve.  That’s all I know for now.  Maybe next week I can find out more.

I’ve said it numerous times, if I only I had one hurt or my vision was ok I would be a much happier camper.  But then, I look around see all the people that are having it far worse than I both physically and mentally.  It is at that point I know I am not so bad off: I can walk, sort of!, have no nightmares or mental issues other than being an old fart, have no need for pain medicines, and I do continue, albeit very SLOWLY, to show improvement.  Being an old fart just does not help with the healing processes.

I just remembered, I think I have not touched on why I was mtn biking that day 2 years ago.  I rode my bike primarily as a way to get some cross training for trail runs/races.  I nearly always did long, steep hills hoping that would be of help on my trail runs.  I very seldom went like a “bat out of hell” on the downhills but I would sometimes get the excitement juices flowing just a little.  I suppose that is why I never went head over heels or even came close.  I enjoyed group runs but on virtually all my bike rides I rode alone and that day was no exception.

It’s not really a long story why trail running became such an important part of my life. When I first started running I did lots and lots of 5 and 10K races all around the Dallas Ft Worth area.  After several years I started hearing about “hashing” – a drinking club with a running problem.  I hashed in DFW, Atlanta, St. Louis, and some out here in CA.  I just did not enjoy the groups here as much I did in the other places so it became infrequent and I also started back to school at Cal Poly Pomona working on yet another degree. Somewhere about this time, I stumbled into trail running here and become hooked. The friendship of trail running just seems to more real and deeper than pure road running.  The beauty of trail running is unsurpassed and it so close to home.  Within 6 or 7 miles we can be in thousands of acres of rolling hills with nary a house in sight.  Just a little further and we can be in the real mountains where one can get into serious trouble if not careful.  Even if I did get into trouble it probably would be better than being hit by a bus.

Sat Feb 9 As I was working on my journal last night when Nancy came in late, stopped by my desk, looked at my computer, and said, “You’re not sending that out to anyone are you?”   The journal has always been kind of a touchy subject because she is afraid I will write something that is perhaps best left unsaid and somehow it will end up causing big trouble.  I have always been very careful not to name call or put blame everywhere for my current challenges.  Anyways, we blew up at each other and this is the first time in weeks and weeks we’ve had any kind of more than a minor disagreement. I just want to try to get me back, or at least some of me back so I can start enjoying life again.  It’s the damn Catch 22 again, damn if you do and damn if you don’t.  If I improve too much/too fast there is a real possibility of significantly less money.  I think everyone that has been thru trying times like this would gladly give up the money just to have another 1 or 2 seconds to get out of the way or at least lessen the impact and thus the hurts.  It looks as though it is going to be a tough fight to get anything reasonable.  Their first offer was so bad it is not even an insult.  The 2nd offer, if it were 5 times more, would be a good starting point.  It’s to the point if they make any kind of reasonable offer we have seriously consider it.    At this point, I’d be surprised if those A holes know what a reasonable offer is. If go to trial and we get a fair award there is no doubt there will be an appeal and thus be another whole year or so before we have any monies.  We just can’t wait that long.  I’ve been a good boy for over a year and now I, damn it, just want to move on.

Julie, my new physical therapist, has me doing visualizations about moving my toes and doing exercises. For no more energy than I’m actually expending it is wickedly hard work w/o doing anything. Along with those exercises, I have really started doing lots of heel raises – stand on foot and lift heel.  A few months ago I was doing them and realized my right foot was just along for the ride, I could not do even one heel lift with my right foot.  Now I am up to 15 right foot heel lifts, although just barely.

The noise in my head seems to have abated over the last few days but… ack, seems to be coming back today and worse.  Oh, I did enjoy the quite while it lasted. Just want something to heal so when somebody tells me I look good I can really take it to heart and not fib when I say “Thank You!”

FB was good to me yesterday: a good trail running acquaintance left a note and said she might come by next week to visit. Keira is an elite trail runner that looks like a goddess: tall, very well built, tan, very outgoing, and thinks nothing about going out for a 30+ miles fun runs on the trails.  I am very glad to have her as a friend and super excited she might be able to stop by for a few minutes.   I really hope she can come by.

Monday 2-11  The legal issues of the last few days are dragging me down, I just don’t want to do much of anything, have no interest in tv, especially anything to do with the Grammys, basketball or whatever.  As far as I am concerned they are a TOTAL waste of time as they have absolutely no effect in my life, NONE!  I have not gotten in even a short walk around the block for several days and I was hoping to be out doing multiple laps getting ready for the Brea 8K. Something good needs to happen very soon or it another event I will not be able to do.  Well, the Nanny Goat is up in May and it WILL it happen.  I don’t give a flip about what anyone says. Damn it!!!!

Nancy and I went over to Ron’s office today to get up to date on all the legal issues. The Fullerton offer is only ¼ of what we thought was going to happen. The Kelly Thomas case, mudslides, and other issues and such have put a huge dent in what the city thought they could offer.  We were not really counting on that money to start with so I guess a quarter of something is hell of lots better than nothing so we told Ron to accept it.  The bus company has paid most of my medical bills so we are off the hook for that but that might be good and bad, we’ll see. Hopefully, they will increase their last offer up to where it is acceptable.  Again, we’ll see what happens.

Another shitty day:   Just in the mood to do not much, not even to walk. It has been days since I’ve walked and I seem not to give a damn much about anything. Sure hope my foul thinking turns around soon. Nevertheless, I will put on a happy face Thur. when Keira comes over.  Don’t have clue if we’ll do anything but whatever I’ll be happy.  Thur will be a busy day.  As soon as she leaves I need to get Austin to run me down to Nancy’s bank so we can take some flowers to her and then hurry back for a PT session with Julie.

I did exercises at the Comm Ctr today, got some flowers for Nancy, did a little grocery shopping and finally took a 1 mile walk with the dogs.  So it turned out to be a fairly busy day but the head noise is still  bugging the hell out of me and crappy, vision is still crappy and so what kind of day did I have?  Not real good, but coulda been lots worser!  Oh, the negotiations on the accident are still ongoing so Ron is going to ask for $x.x and if they accept we will accept so we can move on.  So ready to move and try to get myself better.

Thur Feb 14th  It’s hard to believe but yesterday was 47 years, yep 47!!!, ago I met my bride to be! Been a great time but have to admit there have been some little bumps along the way but no major bumps other than the accident. That’s longer than lots of my running friends are old! I hang out with the younger ones for a reason.   Posted on FB and got 23 likes in one day, yea!

Keria and I did go get coffee and talked about lots of things.  I told her that the Nanny Goat is on my list for runs this year.  She said she would be there to walk with me and help me shatter the LMD record in a 12 hour period.  Least Miles Done!!!!  I could live with that.  I have no doubt there will be lots of friends cheering me on.  You know, I could handle a little attention.  I just need to bid my time until we settle everything and then I will make some remarks to the world that I am back.

After Keria left Austin and I delivered the flowers we got yesterday to Nancy. I think it made her day.  I went for my weekly PT session this afternoon and had a great workout with Julie.  Unfortunately, tomorrow is her last day and goes to N. Hollywood for more training.  She was one of my very favorite therapists and I will sorely miss her.  I did tell her I am on FB so maybe she will stay in contact with me, I hope so.

Tues Feb 19    Been a rather quite last few days.  Did a lot of nothing til yesterday when I took 3 separate walks and did 3 miles.  Yes, a bit tired last night, especially since we went out for my birthday.  Scored another Garmin 610 to replace the one I so stupidly lost out by the curb where it got ran over and kinda smashed.  I will watch this one like a hawk and keep it safe.

Talked with Ron for just a minute this morning and asked if he could get another $25-30,000 to pay for some alternative medical treatments I want to try ,an infrared sauna, and maybe the Elliptigo bike. Basically, we’ll have to wait and see what the defense offers and go from there.  As I was expecting NO GO for the Brea 8k this weekend.  Damn it, I am so pissed and bummed out I could….. I don’t know, something.  A year ago when I first got home from the MSRA infection I was planning some stuff that were several months out and figured I would have time to get into condition to at least make a short stab at something. But alas, not a damn has happened and I am still confined to walking around the block.  I did modify the route just a little with some out and back and still stay in the neighborhood.  The new route is almost exactly .5 miles and it does help a little.  Still, whenever Nancy is going to be late I may try to sneak out and walk the streets in downtown Fullerton.  Gotta do something. I think only a runner understands my frustration.  About to go out for a lap or two even though it is chilly and drizzly.

Maybe in the next few days I’ll start painting a little in the house.  There are several areas I will NOT attempt to paint. Several years ago I painted the living room with the 18ft walls and the circular staircase walls and it was a big challenge then.  Now, no way am I even thinking about it.

While I think about it, I got around 60 bday wishes on FB.  Even though I’ve not been around much for the last 2 years it is good to be remembered. FB is far from perfect it is still a great tool for keeping up with lots and lots of friends.  Not that long ago, it would have been next to impossible to keep in touch with more than a very few friends and now it is easy to keep up with 100’s of friends.

I suppose the 3 miles of hard walking yesterday might have had an effect on me today.  Oh, I also  had a hard worked out at Full Comm Ctr gym and then I enjoyed a 3 hour nap late this afternoon.  Suppose not being able to get warm encouraged me to snuggle up even more in the blanket and go lights out!

Nancy showed me the video of the buys hitting me.  Yes, it actually shows me in front of the bus a split second before the impact.  The defense is claiming the windshield pillar created a blind spot so the driver could not see me.  BUT… the same video also shows him closing his eyes or nodding 3 or 4 times just before the accident and clearly shows he was not being attentive.  Plus, the cars next to him and across the street were stopped or going very slowly.  It is my considered judgment the majority of accident is his fault.  I may have been trying to beat the light but I just don’t know.  Whatever, I supposedly have the right of way even if I am wrong.

Ron seems to think all the defense will offer is a pittance.  If we go to trial, and lose, I, just me and not Nancy, would be liable for maybe $300 or $400,000 in defense bills.  That may not be so bad since I have nothing.  The house and all the IRAs are all in her name and she is not part of the lawsuit.  I would just declare bankruptcy and be done with it.  Yeah, tough decisions coming down the pike soon and we’ll just try to make the best of it.

Sorta of energetic today so did 3 miles and getting close to one goal of 25 min mile.  2nd mile with Heidi was 25:30 and 3rd mile with me was 24:35.  The last one I did have to move but I am happier.  Not happy, just happier!

Going to text Nancy and make sure she and Ron consider the following:  4 years lost wages for me, bathroom remodel at $10k, the 2 month live in nurse, all the withdraws and penalties from her IRAs, pain and suffering for me, and never be me again.

Friday Feb 22  We’re screwed.  The defense did 3 focus group trials and all 30 jurors in 3 mock trials found me at fault.  Surprised everyone and that puts a whole different spin for our actions.  Of course, Ron would have done a much better job of defending me than the mock attorney. Since I can’t testify on my behalf it does not look good so we’ll probably take their offer plus the city offer and have some money in hand.  Not near as much as we originally wanted but… That’s Life!!!.  At least all the medical bills are paid.  Yeah, we could go to trial and get something but it would have to be a pretty significant amount for us to come out much ahead.  If we were to lose and I declared bankruptcy, they could still go after Nancy since CA is community property.  It’s a big time sucky decision but maybe definite a poor amount is way better than an excellent lot of nothing.  I think we’ll go with the money and wrap everything up so I can get on with trying to get me back.

Since I am no longer being watched, if I ever was, I am starting the weekend off semi right.  Took Bella out for 1.3 miles to the college parking lot with a 28:17 pace and I then took Heidi out.  We got in 3.8 miles at a 24:21 pace.  But…. I am beat, tired, and so may do a little California stretching exercise.    Read, Nap!!!!

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I did make an appearance at the Brea 8K, saw lots of old friends like Yen, The Energizer!

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Monday Feb 24  Had to wait all morning and part of the afternoon for the ADT repairman to come in so I am really late in getting started on  longish walk.  Probably take Bella out first and then Heidi.  Not sure what I’ll attempt because right now I could use a nap.  Even though I don’t do my exercises as I should nevertheless, doing yard work, getting garden ready to plant, etc involves a lot of stretching and, for me, hard work.  So yeah, I am doing something physical almost every day.

Bella got to walk 1.22 miles at a 28:26 pace but she was a pain for just a bit, did not want to go!!!  Tired???  Heidi, well I walked her little fanny good, 4.2 miles  at a 23:55 pace.  My goal was 25 min/mile for a longer walk and so we nailed it today.  Just need to keep it up.  Oh, did it without really running, just a faster rpm walk.  Total today was 2 hours and 35 minutes, 5.5 miles and 533 calories so I might deserve a beer tonight!.

Even though I was somewhat beat I took another longer walk today.  This time to Ralphs and then on to Garden of Weeden for a total of 3.25 miles at 24:?? pace.  Happy!   Then took the dogs out for another block lap. Time for something worthwhile to sip and enjoy.

Feb 28 Thur     Last day of month and it looks like it is going out ok.  One of my witnesses received a call from our attorney yesterday and it is official for him, there will be no trial.  I’ll wait to contact the others to see if they’ve gotten the call.  As I said, the money could be more but the numbers just don’t add up and given the verdicts of the mock trials and having to pay the defense costs if we were to lose, it is just not worth the risk.  Besides, we could have to get a sizable settlement to come out ahead and that is iffy.  So, the book is almost closed on that chapter of my life.  Now I can really work my skinny buns off and go from there. Speaking of the settlement, I saw Ron yesterday and the defense wanted to back out of their offer. As they say, “Tough Shit” we have already accepted your offer.

Walking is coming along quite well, I’ve done 8 something miles this week and a long walk of 4.6 with Heidi plus another 1.2 miles with Bella for 5.8 miles in one day.  Yeah, I was some tired for a couple of days but that is expected.  Not really sore, sore which great but a bit tired.  I can live with that.

 

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From Cali, store manager at Snail’s Pace Running Store

This pretty well sums it up for me.  According to several doctors I am not even supposed to be here, let alone walking as I do so I’ll gladly take some aches and stuff that don’t work worth a damn.  But… I sure wish my vision was better and could drive.

Friday March 8   My total mileage last week was 18 miles and is the very most I’ve done since the accident.  But this week, not gonna happen, other than going to PT and exercise class I’ve not done much of anything this week.  Today has been rainy, cold, windy and I cannot get warm.  Still think the infrared sauna will do me lots of good, maybe in a week or so I can order one and start enjoying.  Nancy and Ron both think the checks from Fullerton and the insurance company will arrive any day.  Not as much as we wanted but something is a hell of lot better than nothing.

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Mar 1 Friday    I go to talk with Bill and Cali this morning at the Snail’s Pace where I will propose I take part in the running academy 101.  Since I have do not a charity I actively support but this might be a way to give inspiration to beginner runners, but I’ll not pay the course fee.  I do not expect any kind of reimbursement just want to help in whatever way I can.    The thought just occurred to me, it might help make a better story for Greg and the OC Register, I still would like very much to least make a mention in Trail Runner magazine.  Tks to Anne Hjjella (Skin Deep)  for the inspiration.

The meeting went very well and they are very supportive of me taking part and being an inspiration.  I am not in this to be an inspiration but I do want to help beginners, and me. The next class will be beginning at the end of March so there is a little time to get into much better condition.  As it is, I’m probably in better shape than most of them.

Pouring it on walking this week:  Today I took Bella to over to Hillcrest Pk for 1.2 miles at a  29 min pace which was not too bad.  Then Heidi went on the Fullerton Loop and almost to Laguna Lake for 5 miles at a 23 min pace so total of 6.2 miles in not quite 2 ½ hours.  Even after 4 miles I could still do a 23 min pace w/o too much of problem.  We made it back just barely before it got really dark.  15  miles this week and still 2 days left in week, whoo hooo!!!!  I think it is time to rethink of goal of 25 min miles.  Maybe move it down to 23 or 24 min mile for a few days and see how that works.  My big goal is 20 min/mile for a few miles.  Maybe in a few long weeks I can get there.

Mon March 4  Did enough miles yesterday to get in 18 miles for the week.  Most I have done in over 2 years!!!  Little bit tired today but I’ll survive.  Today was supposed to be the big day:  day of the trial but since we signed all the paperwork for the settlement last week the trial ain’t gonna happen.  The money is not what we wanted but a little of something is a much better than a lot of nothing and maybe going into a big hole.  Oh, the neuropathy vitamins might be working some because after 2 months my feet are a little better.  They are still numb and flacky but I do not feel like I’ve been playing soccer with a bowling ball.

Nancy had gotten a small tikki party bar several years we never used and had kind of turned into trash so I dismantled it, saved the wood to burn, and tossed the rest. Did a little cleanup around the RV area and that was about the extent of my efforts for the day.  Otherwise, I’ve been kinda yucky, not feeling bad, just the head noise seem worse and just generally, screw it kind of attitude.

Just finished reading “Heaven is For Real” about a 4 year boy who went to heaven.  Normally I don’t frequent the more religious books but this one is very worthwhile.  This is about a boy who nearly died in a hospital and went to Heaven where he saw Jesus.  Course a 4 year old is not capable of writing a book but his dad is a pastor and the story is told with his help.  There is another girl, Akaine, who also went to heaven and is a child prodigy painter.  The painting below is by her and is the one the little boy picked out from hundreds of Jesus paintings.  The story is “Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip  to Heaven”  Todd Burpo and Colton Burpo the son.

 

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 Of course the skeptics are out there big time but there is simply too much that is not easily explained.  It does provide some worthwhile contemplation. Also heard rumors that a movie might be in made sometime not too far off.

Wed Mar 6  Seems I’ve read several stories about life and death in the last few months.  Due to whatever the authors survived to tell about their experiences:  Rebooting My Brain, Skin Deep, and now Heaven is for Real.  Those people have vivid memories of their fateful day whereas I am completely blank for 2 ½ months after my accident and now 2 years later I foggily remember only bits and pieces of my time in the hospital.  I do remember coming home and my memory seems to be mostly ok.  I know a lot of names of my running friends but I need to say “I’m sorry but my memory sometimes is not there, and you are?”  That seems to work pretty well.

Back to what I was going to say about the authors:  Did they survive for a reason or was it just luck and happenstance?  I sometimes wonder about me?  Did I survive because I was a ultra runner in great shape?  That helped greatly but, nevertheless according to several doctors I should not be even be here much less even considering some bucket list runs I’d really like to do.  I need to think lots more about my survival, recovery, and why.

This really has little to with the physical me but my oldest daughter is getting married at the end of June.  Nancy is putting the hammer to me to get lots and lots done around the house since the wedding is going to be at our house: painting, refinishing the floors, getting the yard in wedding shape, and on and on.  All it takes is money, and it seems to be  quite a lot.  Oh, I consider it as an investment in the house.

Mar 11 Tues   I will probably feel it big time tomorrow, walked 5.5 ish  miles at 25 min pace.  I did the whole Summit House with all the hills and only stopped for a couple min to chat with a biker.  But… stupid me, took the Garmin out w/o a full charge so I am just making educated guesses at the time/pace, with help of Google Earth.  Whatever, it is the hardest and furthest walk yet.  Need to do lots and lots and lots more to even begin to think about doing the Trans Rockies in 2014.

As tired as I am the 2 dogs got to go for a ½ mile walk. Bella does pretty good most of the time but she can be a real handful, especially with Heidi, and I consider that a good workout for me. Ok, I’m 166 pounds vs 112 for Bella, get the picture?

Friday March 15  An uneventful last several days:  Went to Dr. Chan, a pain specialist, for the epidural shots yesterday and they might be working a little.  Feet still numb but I think a little better.  Dang, my hearing aids are a bit funky so I walked over to Fullerton Hearing Center thinking that they closed at 5 pm. Wrong, on Fridays they shut down at 3 pm and I’m going with Skip Sat morning to help a mutual friend on something she doing for kids. Not hearing worth a damn is going to be a challenge.  Plus we are going to some kind of breakfast and again, hearing well may be a challenge. So anyways, the long and short, just hearing may be problematic.

Hip is bothering me just a little, if it gets no worser I think I can live with it.  It might be because I’ve been pushing the walking a bit and even today did 3.2 miles walking to the hearing aid center.  Also did another mile with the dogs and really pushed hard, 18/19 min pace!

In preparation for the June wedding, I have been seeing contractors about floor refinishing, metal entry doors, and gazeboes.  Everything is going to be $$$ but I look at it as an investment in the house and if we decide to sell in few years all the heavy and expensive stuff will already be finished. Floors – $5,000ish, metal doors – $6,000ish, gazebo -$4,000ish, and painting inside will not be too bad. It’s only money.  It does make me do a lot so I look as that helping my rehab.

Skip and I went to Corona today so he could take photos of the kids trying to earn a t-shirt for running 100 miles during the school year.  Annalise, a mutual friend, is big into this so this was a way to help her some.  I did do a mile but during the last little bit my hip and hernia incision (?) hurt like hell and had to stop for a second.    It took a couple of hours to feel “normal” (whatever that is) again.  Going to the Headz meeting Sunday morning at Chino Hills and I just don’t know if I’ll try to push either speed or distance.  Play it by ear and see what happens.  Turns out I did not go, damn it, I was so looking forward to it.

Damn, damn, damn.  I have been very fortunate that I have had no unbearable hurts for the last year.  That is, except for today.  It seems the area of the hernia incision is not at all happy today.  Hurts like hell-When I was walking Bella I needed to stop for a minute and then tried to take Heidi out and only made it to the corner before I turned back.  Sona bitch, looks like I will have to go see Dr Asher Monday and see if we can figure out what is going on.  It looks normal with no redness or sensitive to the touch, don’t have a clue and all I can think about is not good.

I really don’t mind being tired IF I have earned being tired by doing lots of walking or something around the house.  What I don’t like is feeling as though I’ve been kicked in the nuts, feeling that like right now.  I really was not kicked but apparently by stretching a bit too far the hernia incision place is NOT HAPPY.  It’s been over a year since the surgery but I am not surprised because it took about 2 years for a kidney removal to completely heal. I guess it just takes time for all the muscles and stuff to knit back together well.  And it will definitely take longer now since I am 35 years older and getting to be, as they say, an old fart.

Time to whine a little bit.  I just want something  to heal completely, anything.  Feet, ankle, vision, head noises, elbow and fingers, shoulder or hernia incision (maybe just a groin pull!).  Must admit, though, the only thing that really hurts at this time is the stupid hernia incision.  Everything else just does not work worth a damn.  I am LOTS better but I should be lotsa better.

Mar 20 Wed.  Since my “Hit by a Bus” shirt is more public I am starting to get good comments of FB.  I like that!  I think I am about ready to start on a blog.  Probably I’ll let a couple of friends look at the journal and let them make suggestions on the best way to proceed.

The stupid groin pull was not happy yesterday morning and it took several hours for me to move semi normal.

Every day, the groin pull seems to be a bit less bothersome and painful so maybe next week I’ll be adventurous enough, or stupid enough to start walking some distances.

Friday Mar 22   Finally, I signed up for the Nanny Goat 12 hour run in May.  First time in over 2 years I’ve been able to sign up for something and do it, so looking forward to it.  Posted on FB and within a hour or so there were already 26 likes and 16 comments.

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 To celebrate being with Old Goats and Trail Headz.

Hard to read the engraving on mug but it an Old Goat!

March 31  Easter Sunday  Nothing noteworthy in the last few days other than the groin pull is lots better so maybe tomorrow I will start walking long and no doc visit.  Been busy around the house getting ready for the wedding so not missing the long walks all that much and have not done exercises as I should but the working should be a good substitute.  Oh, I did go the Snails Kick Off Party Sat for the 101 Academy,  I think it will be fun and hopefully help get back in a regular rhythm for walking.  Starts April 9th, whoo hoo!

Everyone came over for a quiet and enjoyable Easter dinner. Nancy did not spend all day cooking and Mick made some stuff so it was an easy and most enjoyable day with family.

Walked a mile Monday at a 32 min/mile pace and that was really all I wanted.  Tuesday was a bit better: 1.5 miles at a 30 min/mile pace.  The groin pull seems just about healed and I am ready to start taking the dogs out again, may try it tomorrow.  I’ll be doing a lot of wee-wee walks:. A wee bit more here and there, and a wee bit faster here and there.

As time moves on I most likely will be posting less and less.  Only the more important stuff will be remembered here.  I hope most all of it will be fun and uplifting with no more big setbacks, I have had way too many.  Little setbacks, like the groin pull, are in the grand scheme and really amount to nothing.  Looking forward to next week when the Snails 101 academy class really starts.  I hope I can motivate people to do more than what they thought they could.  Again, I have to thank Ann Hjelle for the inspiration.

“Happiness comes from moving toward something.  When you run away, often your misery follows you”.

Went to my first Running Academy101 class, it will be especially good for me and hope to help others become runners and become more fit.  1.32 miles at 23:22 pace and not too bad, groin pull is just a wee bit sore.  This is first time I’ve really pushed on the walking so Wed. I will probably try to do a wee bit more and harder.

I walked to the community center today, 2.6 miles round trip but I think just by stretching a bit I may have stretched almost too far again but hopefully I will be better tomorrow.

April 8 Friday  In spite of the groin hurting like a SOB I have done 6 yoga workouts in the last 8 days, a record.  Getting a fair amount done around the house but it is most a bit here and a bit there.  Nancy did call today and Ron said the big check was supposed to be Fedex’d today so it does not come in today it surely will be here Monday.  Finally, over 2 frigging years to settle.  Can you believe 2 years?  I just looked at my notes from a year ago and I thought we were pretty close at that time.

April 10, Sunday  The last several days have been cool and cloudy.  Yucky for me since I freeze my behind off so easy and once I do get warm, I cannot stay warm.  Maybe tomorrow the settlement checks will arrive at Ron and we can finally get out money.  Will not be able to do what I envisioned a year ago,  but…most of the the bills can be paid, the medical has already been paid, and about the only thing we will owe will be Nancy’s new car and the house.  If the mock jury had not been so overhemling (30-0) NOT in my favor, we probably would’ve tried to get a little more.  As I said before, the defense cost of maybe $400,000 looming over us if we lost was a huge factor in taking the little money offered and running.

Tuesday April 23  Finally some good noteworthy news. The bus company check came in today and maybe tomorrow, we’ll have money in our checking acct. The city’s check will be in tomorrow and all will finally be over so far as the legal issues.  It has been a long 2ish years getting everything settled.  Now maybe I can start really working on me, bout fricking time. As I’ve said, the money is not what we wanted but all things considered, we’ll take it and run. Just thought, the bank will probably put a hold on the check for a day or so but I can handle that, at least the check is HERE!

We went to Ft Worth this weekend to see my Mom, who is in a rest home, my 50 year class reunion, to check out our first house in Arlington, and see my cousins again.  Mom is doing a lot better than we expected which is great. The blowhard guys in school are still blowhards. Only recognized one or two ladies, even with their high school photos as name tags.  Still, good seeing everyone.

Nancy likes me to use a wheelchair at the airport because we get boarded first, security is fast, no lines, and I really did not mind this time because the damn groin pull still bothers me quite a lot at times. Plus, I am moving along at a speedy 1 mph, or so, pace so it takes me a long time to get anywhere.

Sunday April 28  Feeling wholly crappy these last few days:  feet suck, head sucks, just generally blah.  But… the good news is Austin and I will go get the new sauna tomorrow and close to Oceanside.  Coastal Sauna had a demo model just like I want for $1000 off.  Already have the electrician coming out Tuesday to do the dedicated circuit it needs.

May 1 Wed  We stopped by one of my pond suppliers to pu some stuff for the pond.  The manager and I talked for a few and he commented on how good I look.  Damn, I am Tired of looking better than I really feel.  My feet hurt, are numb, head is NOT on good, ankle is very stiff and hurts, vision is crappy, groin pull is a little better, and head noise is still around.  As I’ve said numerous times “If only there were only 2 or 3 physical issues, besides head/eyes I think I could manage quite well.  I am so damn tired of being ganged up on by everything.

We got the new sauna up and running yesterday and so it is bout time I grabbed a cold one, go sit, and get, or at least try,  to get some of my frustrations sweated out.

Might post on FB if I can get the wording right.  According to several doctors, I am very lucky, I should be pushing up daisy’s.  With my luck there will be several dogs marking them as dogs are wont to do.

May 7 Tuesday  groin pull seems to be a wee bit better but, crap, feels like another week or two off would be best.  But… you and I know I will not slack off any more particularly since Nanny Goat is just right around the corner.  Oh, getting the floors refinished and the house is a mess.  Good thing someone else is doing all the work.

May 17   Sat  As predicted the postings as getting fewer and fewer but maybe not less important.  I did get another epidural this week and it seems to help my feet.  It may be a combination of lots of infrared sauna time, walking more, and maybe just a wee bit better attitude.

Been really busy with the house: getting floors refinished, having walls painted, checking on other  projects Nancy would like to have done, yard and pond work so time has most certainly been flying by.

In exactly 1 week, minus 5 hours, I will be doing the Nanny Goat 12/24/100. My first event in over 2 years and super excited, apprehensive, and semi ready. In the wee dark recesses of my mind I’d really like to try for the 24 hour walk but reality kicks in and I know full well that is way beyond me for a long while. I sorta kinda have a semi goal in mind but so long as I go forward I will be happy. Beats hell out of pushin’ up daisies so the dogs can have fun marking their spots!  Posted on FB!!!

Walked to Laguna Lake with Heidi and it was a great walk for me. I remember all too vividly when I could do, just barely, 45 min mile pace.  Today I was able to get a sub 20 min for quite a while.  Not that long ago I used to sorta run to get that kind of pace so I am most definitely  improving, yeah!!!!!

I’ve had my Brooks running shoes for almost 2 years and the Nanny Goat will be their last run and after that they will be junk shoes and be retired and looking forward to new shoes.

I did order the camera I’ve been wanting, an Olympus TG2.  It’s waterproof to 55 feet, freeze proof to 15 degrees, drop proof up to 7 feet and has lots of features I want such as very good low light capability.  Hope this gives me incentive to be out more on the trails and hopefully,  I can find some worthwhile photos around just on the Fullerton Loop.  It should be here in time for the Nanny Goat! Of course, the waterproof feature is something I’ll never use but someone might have occasion to and everything else I want.

Nanny Goat is only a few short days away and I am really taking it easy except for the Snails Academy 101 classes, just 2 more before Nanny.   Doing a bit of intro inspection:  I really don’t want sympathy, I want and need encouragement to get my arse moving.  I’m pretty sure lots of folks would be content to sit around, watch TV, do lots of nothing and get fat.  That’s not me, whilst I am not a high energy person I am,  perhaps, more of a steady, steady and more steady person. I don’t go fast but I do go.  At the time of the accident I was seriously considering either a 50 miler or a 100K (61ish) miles.  It would’ve been very challenging, particularly being an older fart. But I think with a bit of good training, and luck, I could have achieved them.  Now, I’ll wait until after Nanny to formulate entirely new longer range goals.  The season for 5 and 10Ks will be arriving soon and perhaps I, and Nicole, can enter some.

May 24  Friday  Day before Nanny Goat and I am a little apprehensive but not too much.  Going to take it very easy today but I might walk over to the Fullerton Community Center for my health and well being class.   Having the pond cleaned and redo and being a former koi pond builder I just had to jump and do a little , of course. Then later I soaked in the sauna for 30 minutes and boy, I slept very well last night

May 27 Monday  Finally accomplished a major something:  walked 26 miles at Nanny Goat Sat and I am paying hugely for my passion because my feet hurt like hell and can just barely walk.  I hope the feet are better in a day or so.   My legs are only just a little bit sore

From Leigh Anne Guveiyian on her Get Fit With LA FB page.  I met her at Nanny goat

“Meet my new friend Leon who I meet during my ultra. Talk about INSPIRING!! Leon was hit by a bus a few years ago leaving him unable to walk. But with therapy and surgeries he now walks with braces. Leon completed a FULL MARATHON in his leg brace and walking poles. His shirt says it all “I really did get hit by a bus! What’s your excuse?”  So tell me what’s your excuses?  If he can do it disabled YOU CAN TOO!! Dream big and you can preserve through anything and achieve your goals.”

 

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 I don’t think of myself as DISABLED, just a wee bit challenged!

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                                        Paying for Nanny Goat today with big time blisters.  Right toe is totally wiped out and huge blister on ball of left foot                               Now I walk like a drunk sailor with really sore feet!!!  And I’ll do it all over again as soon as my feet are better.

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Several photos from Nanny Goat.  About 11:30 hours to get in 26 miles.  I was tired and ready to quit because of blisters and feet hurt like hell.  But does one expect only having walked 7 miles maybe 3 times and I was a real tenderfoot.  Next year, next year I will be lots more ready.

Playing with my new camera that was not charging and refused to charge.  Set it down on the floor to get something and as I picked it up something clicked and it came on.  Have no idea what I did but it seems to be fine now.  Had already emailed Crutchfield and a new camera should be here tomorrow.  Now I don’t know what I should do!

Friday, May 31   I finally decided to test the waters about going public with my journal.  Posted on FB to see what folks suggest I do.

To wrap up the month:  Nanny Goat, of course, is the one of the biggest highlights of the last 2 years.  As I look back over the last few weeks I am so glad I started with the Snails 101 Running Academy.  I think I have motivated several and it has really done wonders for my speed.  My walking has greatly improved and I can actually sorta, kinda run at about 16 or 17 min pace w/o too much trouble.  But, that little hill onthe way back at Craig Park still seems like Mt Baldy, but only because I’ve been pushing hard to try to keep up with the group.  We’re about half way thru this class and I’ll probably continue with the next class.

Think I’m done for this go round.

 

End of 2012, almost two years and still legal ongoing.

 

Chapter 11

December 2012

Dec 1 Sat, The Ridgecrest 30 and 50k is tomorrow; damn I wish I could be there.  Maybe next year, if I do my walking diligently, I MIGHT be able to enter the 30k and walk it.  They have an early start so that might be an option but if it is 30 degrees, I don’t know.  I would love to get up there a day or so early because there are some sights I would like to see.  An OC Register article from a year ago listed some interesting places and they could be worthwhile to visit some.

A running friend, Jenesse, came into town from Ft. Worth for a few days and we had lunch with her today. She even brought her 3 month girl with her and what a sweetie.  Jenesse is a running fiend; I wish I could run with her.  Even when I was in great shape I could only keep her in sight for a few moments, she did try for the Israeli Olympic marathon team, close but not quite good enough.  Enough said!

Another day at the orthopedic doctor.  He looked at my back MRI, shoulder and pelvis X-rays and will send me to a pelvis specialist, a spine specialist?  I still have the neurologist to go to next week.  Lots of doctor visits in the next few weeks!

Dec 4, Tuesday  Most Wonderful News, the settlement conference is Dec 19th.  Maybe something good will happen, just in time for Christmas and somewhat early for my birthday.   If we settle I AM going to sign up very soon for the Feb. Brea 8k in Jan. and the Nanny Goat 12/24 hour run in May.  The Brea 8k will be just a little bit of push for me but really will not be too difficult.  I have no idea how far I can make it on the Nanny Goat but do I really give a damn?  NO!  I just wanna make a start and even if I have to stop every hour for a couple of minutes that’ll be no problem.  Plus I can start wearing my special T-shirt  “I was hit by a bus!  What’s your excuse?”  Just judging from a very few select people I’ve told, it’ll be a winner.

Took Bella and Heidi each out for 2 laps each about 10 pm w/o cane it and seems both are walking faster and easier.  This might mean when I do get to really start walking freely they’ll be well behaved.  Probably need to start with just one and then work up to 2.  I know Heidi will easily work up to several miles, bella will probably max out at 2 or 3 miles.

Dec 11 Tuesday  It has been a full week without me writing anything.  I did go to Tx for a cousin family reunion and had a wonderful time.  I was not planning on going but I mentioned it to Nancy and she surprised me by saying “Why don’t you go by yourself, I have too much going on at the bank right now.”  I thought about it only for a few seconds and agreed.  When we went to the airport I was feeling like a 10 year kid on my own for the first time.  Nancy did make arrangements for a wheelchair and I first I must admit I was kinda resentful but it worked out fine.  I got to bypass the security lines, but not security, and first on the plane.  I could do that, I think, pretty often.

The reunion was a blast and I got to see, and meet, lots of folks.  Interesting tidbit:  One of my cousins wife, both deceased, had some family traditions that were a bit out of the ordinary.  Short story: someone mentioned they thought they were old Jewish customs and a Rabbi got involved.  Turns out Silvia, who had flaming red hair and a feisty personality, had Choctaw Indian blood and was of Jewish descent. How many people are around that are American Indian and Jewish and a redhead?   So now her daughter has an Indian card and a Jewish heritage. Interesting tidbit!

Did not get to do any walking to speak of but that is okay.   I got to eat lots and that made up for it.  I even got to eat at Mexican Inn in Ft Worth.  My family has been going to location for about 60 years or more.  Can you believe, 60 years and it is virtually unchanged? Anyways I get to try to make up for it this week by doing lots of laps and yoga. 

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Linda Gray Gilley, Morton Gray, Gary Don Popken and me

At the Cousins Reunion, close to DFW.

My elbow is NOT happy today.  It hurts whenever I straighten a little too far or bend ink too far, has not been bad but it is letting me know all about it today. Seems I did something this morning and now most certainly not happy.  I even took a couple of Tylenol, jumped in our big tub, and soaked for a 20 minutes. Between the Tylenol and soak, it seems to be a little better.

Seems as though I am drifting into another ”what the hell and I really don’t give a damn” phase.  Not interested in walking, yoga, or much of anything.  Maybe I’ll snap out of it soon, hope so.  Meanwhile, a glass of wine is calling..

Nancy said that Ron, our attorney, is asking for, I think, $1 1/2 million for all my future accident related medical costs, including $30,000 yearly for someone to drive me around since I can’t drive.  I could live with that. I hope, I hope medical costs are wildly optimistic. I’d be happy to just spend a small part if it would make me better.  I hope I don’t need all of that, if I do need it all I just see more loss of mobility and more pain. I go see Dr. Asher tomorrow and I’ll ask him to see if Dr. Stein can take care of all my orthopedic needs and get rid of Dr. Folmar.  I am offering no opinion of Dr. Folmar’s credentials but I really do not like his office or staff, they suck big time.  Also, I’ll ask Dr. Asher about going to a psychologist.  As I’ve said, I think I’m doing ok but it would be nice to get some professional validation and make sure I am headed in the right direction.

Took my first late night walk in days.  Finally made myself go out and do it.  A mile in 26:24, not too bad considering the time I’ve not walked.  Had to force myself out and get to it and this just a short while after a fast ¼ mile on the treadmill.  Mood?, Not overjoyed but not despondent either, it is just is.

A few weeks ago I was gripping about how my feet felt like I’d been playing soccer with a bowling ball. So I went to a neurologist today and enjoyed several tests. He confirmed my suspicions, I do have issues. Maybe in few days I can find out if I have any viable options.   Meanwhile, I’ll continue with my mega        B vitamins I’m taking and see if that helps a little. Since I am gripping, here is a bit more.   I get SO damn sleepy in the afternoons/dark thirty I feel if I fell onto a bed I’d be asleep before I hit the bed.  It has been like this for a few days and I don’t like it.   I just want to be sleepy when it is time to go to bed.  At least I do sleep well so I better not gripe too much.

Nancy showed my X-ray to Ray, her boss, and he said he has never seen so much metal and she mentioned I probably have 10 pounds of metal in me.  That is it, why I seem to be heavier, it is all that metal.

12-14 Friday  Dark, very cool – 57 degrees, very light sprinkles and I walked 1.25 miles with Bella and Heidi.  I’m finally getting down to about 6:45 – 7:00 on most laps w/o having to push too hard.  Maybe the leg rpm is naturally ramping up a bit.  But… I’ve fallen off the yoga wagon, thought about it today but I just could not get started/motivated.  However, I did some leave cleaning today and that counts for a bit of exercise. My vision and head swimming seems a bit worse today, not happy.

Went to the annual Snails Running Club breakfast Sat. and saw several old friends and met some new members.  The club is changing and growing, that is good.  Skip finally gets to give up the newsletter editor post and he is glad to do so since he has done an outstanding job for 3?years. Finally got into the mood to do a daylight walk with the cane and I am so ready to dump it, really slows me down.  I like hearing my friends say “No cane?”.  It is good to be perceived as making progress even though I am a very long ways away from where I think I should be.

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I ended up with another headlight and I’ll give to Santa so he can can pass it on to Mick.

Sunday 12-16  Micks birthday today so we’ll head out to eat somewhere in Fullerton.  I did go to the Headz Christmas party at Lo’s this morning, great time and so good seeing old friends.  Steve will save a spot for me at the Nanny Goat in case it sells out and Greg Hardesty is still wanting to do an article on me once everything is settled.  You know, I think I’d really like to have my 15 minutes of fame this spring.  With his article, maybe I can make it into Trail Runner Magazine and who knows what else.

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Greg Hardesty and I at the Headz Party.

Kinda cool and misty today and I am cold.  I’d really like to get the sauna just to warm up.  I know there is supposed to be a maximum one uses the sauna but at least I can warm it up, turn it off, get in just to warm up without running everybody out of the house or wearing layers and layers of shirts, vests etc.

Only 3 days to the settlement conference and gosh, I am most antsy.  I’ve been running numbers thru my mind speculating what they will offer.  Nancy, Ron and myself don’t seem to be far apart on the numbers but I will NOT post here or anywhere else any speculative numbers I probably wont disclose any real numbers, just that I am happy or really happy. Just hurry up and get this done so I can at move on with my life.  That said, I still I have difficult time wrapping my mind around what happened.  The only way I know for sure is all my hurts and can’t do’s.  I will be so glad to maybe start bragging about my small triumphs and can do’s on FB.  It will be nice to start getting some feedback from the outside world.

Took Bella and Heidi out together late night, and no cane,  for the first time with both of them in 2 years.  Ira and Karen were walking their dogs at the same time and Bella was a pain in the butt, barked and then on the way back to the house her collar slipped off.  Still more pain in the rear!  Finally got both dogs in and I was ready to call it a night.

Today I was a wee bit energetic and threw out a big handful of business cards that I’ve not looked at in 2+ years and will never have a need for them again.  Not all went out, only 98% are never to be seen again.

Made another trip to Dr Ashers office today.  Looks like I might be able to dump Dr. Folmar for Dr. Stein and it is easy enough to see a psychologist, just call the number on the back of the insurance card.  Also got a prescription for a testosterone cream, I was just a little bit low which could explain my down moods and low energy. I will do more X-rays for the elbow tomorrow so I can them to Dr. Steins office Wed. morning. Then the BIG day awaits.

I went to my hairdresser a few days ago and she commented my hair is finally back to what it was before the accident, my hair was very fine but now is as it should be.  I hope so for I am the only one on my side of the family with any hair.  Everyone else has bald dome or nearly so.

I fear I may be turning into a zombie, a cold zombie.  Cold all the time, have virtually no go and if I do do anything it is only through will power.  The tree in the deck is dropping leaves and seed pods literally by the gallons and the pond pump was clogged today so I reluctantly cleaned the pond filter and the skimmer and now the water flow is much better.  If everything works out, I still want to do a major pond rebuild this spring so we can once again have something to be proud of and show off.  I most certainly want to have lots of visitors over late spring and summer.

We’ll find out tomorrow, finally!, what the defense is offering.  I firmly believe once we settle my mood and outlook will improve immeasurably, that even help my physical condition too. 

Wed Dec 19   Today is IT, the BIG DAY. But, first we go to Dr Steins office for more evaluation on my hip or spine.   After that, have no clue what is planned until we meet somewhere.  Can you tell I am most anxious about the whole day?   Yes, I am chomping on the bit.

I was chomping on the bit but was NOT a bit surprised when their offer sucked, big time sucked.  The offer would not have even paid my potential salary for 4 years and I was expecting to work at least 5 more years.  Pain and suffering, not included.  They offered $100,000 and Ron was expecting $500,000 from them to start.  Trial is now Feb 19th and if they do not go for his offer of $3.8 million before the trial and if a trial happens.  Well, his demand goes to $8 million. If we so happened to be awarded that much, it is substantially more than we need and I will donate some hefty pocket change to some local charities for several years.

My medical  was billed at over $2 million and insurance paid $1.6 million to various doctors etc.  The defense paid very substantially less and we are off the hook for any of those bills. In addition, that means we don’t owe Ron anything on those bills and that means a little more in our pocket. Ron’s a good guy. I was telling Nancy this morning I hope it goes to trial and maybe the payback can be a real bitch for them.

Friday  Dec 21  The world did not end today but it was still a sucky day.  I want to walk but so damn tired of going round and round and round the block, right now it is somewhere around 1050 laps.  I don’t dare go out away from the house just because that asshole new adjustor from Chicago may be trying to nail me on something, anything.  He’s the one that really screwed everything up for us, the other adjustor might have been ok.  Even Fullerton’s attorney, Mr. Harry Potter, was really pissed and pissed that he had to drive 11/2 hours each way in the worst LA traffic for nothing.  If he is that pissed that might be good for us.

I called the insurance about maybe seeing a psychologist and they emailed a list of some 40 doctors within just several miles. Does that mean there are lots and lots of folks around me that need to see a shrink?  I’ll start calling next week to see if I can find someone that might be a good fit for me.  Have one sorta picked out but would like to check out a little more. I really am doing pretty damn good mentally but frustration is starting to build up and I want to keep a firm handle on it.  Less than 2 months until the trial, gonna be a LONG 8 weeks.

Good thing nothing is planned for tonight, I would not go.  It’s not that I hurt or feel sick, I just don’t feel worth a diddly flip.  Maybe tomorrow will find me in a bit better mood.

Sunday Dec 23  I got a really nice surprise from Fred Pollard, one of old Snails running buds.  He is the RD for the Chino Hills races. He brought over one of their jackets and even has my name embroidered on it.  That great!   Ran into Tom and Eddie at Petsmart today, it’s great seeing old Snails friends.  Maybe in a few more weeks I’ll be able to at least show up at the start of some runs and maybe walk for a while.

Everyone keeps telling me how good I look and as I’ve said several times I just wish I felt as good as I supposedly look.  If my head was screwed on straight, could hear and see half way decently, and all the other crappy parts were better I could go along with their thoughts.  Oh, get rid of the tinnitus also. I really would not mind 1, 2 or 3 parts being sucky but all the hurts/nonfunctioning parts and mind together really flipping sucks.

We stopped by CVS to pu some Androgel that Dr Asher’s prescribed  for low testosterone.  The prescription apparently not called in so I’ll check on it tomorrow.  I want to try it out to see if maybe I’ll get a bit more energy and maybe get in a better mood.  I have no idea if the low T is related to the accident or not but the way I feel now, almost everything that is wrong with me is because or worse because of the accident. It might be age accounts for a little of the low T so I’m not going to blame it all on the accident.

I did 2 laps tonight and 1 more lap each with the dogs and damn, I am really tired I would go straight to bed at 7:30 pm if I knew I could go to sleep fairly quickly and stay asleep to 6 or 7.  I won’t and so bedtime will be 9:30 or later.  Somehow, I will make myself stay up.  I did stay up and did 1 more lap so that is not bad for me.

Dec 25 Tues  Christmas day  The family was over today and a great time, lots of neat presents had by all.  Mick got me a Nutribullet since I am trying to eat healthier and hoping to might make some health difference for me. Nancy got me another Garmin.  This time a Garmin 610 with a touchscreen.  At first I was not too sure about it but after a little digging on the internet it seems to be pretty good so I’ll try it out.   I did take my first long sustained walk in quite a while tonight.  I escaped and wandered down to Chapman and back. It about 1.1 miles RT and all I wanted   I need to get back on yoga, maybe next week timing and my mood will be better. I did not charge the Garmin today but will try it out around the block.

Looks like the only downside for the new Garmin is the lack of battery life, 8 hours vs 20 hours, but I suppose there won’t be any ultas or even super long walks for a while so that is probably a mute point.  Looks like I might even be to get elevation w/o too much problem.

Thur  Today is a cold one for us, 61 degrees and I’ve been freezing all day.  So what else is new?  Still want to get the sauna so I can least heat it up and get in for a few minutes to warm up w/o turning the house into a hot house or wearing a jacket inside all day.  We’ll find out in   a little over sixish weeks what happens.  If I could get out and walk, really walk somewhere for an hour or so I could probably warm up.  This sitting around all day with my thumb up my butt does not help my mood any at all.   I am fricking bored and wonder how I’ll be once I am free to walk about and afraid that this foul mood will want to stay around for a long time. I don’t know if I will be beside myself and do way too much or just find some excuse to say “Screw It!.”

We did check on the Androgel.  That stuff is way expensive and not sure if insurance will cover.  I did find out a generic version can be compounded locally and at very significant savings.  I will call the pharmacy to see if insurance covers or not and go from there.

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Dec 30 Sunday  Well, I snuck out about 9:30 pm last night with the goal of doing 2 miles nonstop and I did get it done & slept good last night.  The new Garmin is enabling me to track my walk rate in real time, 25 min mile or 30 min mile, and encouraging me to push just a little.  The Brea 8k is coming up in about 6/7 weeks and I know I can do all of it.  May have to slow down some part way through but do I give a damn?  NO, I am passing EVERYONE on the couch.

Just looked at my mileage for this year:  virtually 350 walking miles and, of course, no running miles.  Just a wild guess but I might be able to walk over 700 miles for the next year pretty easily if doing only 2 miles daily.  I really hope that once everything is settled I can start doing at least 5 or 6 miles daily.  There’s plenty of time on my schedule since I can no longer be gainfully employed. There is nothing else I really need to do except try to get myself better.

Probably a good time to wrap up 2012.  It’s been a really mixed bag of good and bad.  January was the MRSA infection and the whole month in the hospital.  I seem to have fully recovered from that episode except for losing 5/ 6 or so months on my recovery.  As I said earlier, maybe it was a good thing for I would be a real bitch chomping to get out and on with my life.

There were several depositions last year from a number of people, I did two and Nancy did 1.  Really don’t know how many Ron did but it was several.

The settlement conference, or whatever, was supposed to have happened in Sept and did not. We finally went to a bonafide settlement conference about 3 weeks ago and it was a INSULT.  I did find out that all my legal papers, depositions, doctors evaluations, etc would probably make a stack of papers 3ish feet high.  That is one hell lot of copies.  Yeah, Ron is certainly earning his money and he is worth every penny.

Still have ongoing medial issues with my feet, legs, elbow, etc. but so grateful and thankful I need no pain meds like vicodine, a Tylenol seems to be just fine when needed and that is very rare.  Don’t forget my head is still swimming around and vision sucks.  The tinnitus may or may not be accident related so I suppose there is really no need to harp on that issue.

I did do several Snails and Trail Headz meetings.  Mick and I went to Blackstar Canyon New Years Day for a short walk but that was not on the agenda for this year so I ended up doing nothing.   I may take the dogs out for several laps around the block later if I can get in a better mood.  Probably good I had nothing planned for this morning because it was rather chilly for me and did not want to get out.

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Chapter 10 November 2012

Chapter 10

November 2012

Tuesday Nov 2   Another month, oh well.  Oh boy, I think I might be drifting in to a “What the hell, I don’t give a damn” stage.  I did not walk or do yoga yesterday or today, just sitting around doing a fat lot of nothings.  I missed Wed and Friday finally got in a walk after lunch on Sat.  I have not even done much on this project blog.

Mick, Nancy and I went to Green2Go for lunch Sat and it was great, will definitely go back.  Finally got enough go juice, and did 1 mile up the alley in a decent time, even though a bit warm.  Going up is somewhat harder because is it steeper but shorter and a longer downhill the other way..  I needed a good workout, if it were a bit cooler I might even go later to get some more time in what should be done every day and without fail.

I often explore different ways to try to get better.  Alternative medicines, cutting edge mainstream medicine like stem cell therapy, self help like the Laws of Attraction or The Magic.  A couple of people in the group sessions that I attended swear by The Magic.  I do not know these people but just from listening to them anything that delivered a positive message that they could use and understand would probably help them.  One lady, in particular, I think, would have given up at the drop of a hat, whined to no end, and really did not know how to push or overcome obstacles till she read The Magic.  I am seeking more concrete answers than the wishy washy New Age crap. I think visualization is absolutely one of the best things I can do for myself.  At my age, and condition, it is probably not too realistic to see myself doing any 100 mile ultra runs so I focus on easier things that are likely achievable with time and hard work. I want to do trail 10ks that are not technical, maybe the Gore Tex Trans Rockies in 2014.  The TTR can be a fairly tough run because you are at altitude doing 20 or so miles every day for 6 days but they feed you well and make and take down a camp every day.  Pricey, yes but well worth it. This IS on my bucket list for 2014.  As soon as everything is settled I will do lots and lots of  road 5 and 10ks then I will hard work getting on the trails.

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Trail Headz – I am at the far right with the hat.

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Mick and I doing a short walk at one of the Headz meetings down in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.

Just read about a nonagenarian (someone that is 90-99 years old) that just did 30 miles on a flat one mile loop in 12 hours and he is the first one of that age group to complete an ultra.  I AM gonna do the Nanny Goat next May and I want to see how I stack up to him.  Yeah, he is 20 years older than I am but still something I can shoot for.  I might be able to 15-25 miles or so by then but I don’t care, I just want to be out there.   Oh, for a 90 year old guy he is pretty damn good looking, looks maybe late 60s or early 70s.  Hope I will look as good.

Is writing this journal something of an ego trip?  I suppose it might be.  I do wish to have lots of contact with friends and if this journal ever goes public and hopefully there is feedback.  Maybe it will ease some of my loneliness. If I could just get out and walk however much I could stand or drive it would be lots easier to deal with being by myself all day.  Fortunately, I always seem to have 1 or 2 doctors appt almost every week and I do go to exercise class every week so that helps, some.

I understand why my right foot/leg  is problematic, a severed nerve and compound broken leg, rod in shin, metal plate on pelvis but why the hell is my left leg and foot giving me problems since no injuries on that side so what the hell gives? And sciatic nerves are shot so I cannot set anywhere worth a damn, no Brazilian Butt on me.

 Sunday Nov 4   Still keeps getting warm and messing with my mind set. I did take the dogs out for a

1 mile walk today and I think the times are SLOWLY getting better with them even though Bella has to do a lot of sniffing on the first lap.  Lately my right shoulder seems to bother me more.  Elbow is not great but perhaps a little better. Head is still not on straight, just feels a little woozie and vision sucks – I do go to an ophthalmologist  in about 3 weeks.  That I am looking forward to.  Yeah, I know part of the reason my vision sucks is I did have issues before the accident but I know for certain the hard head knock and comma did me NO GOOD.  Tinnitus comes and goes. Good news, only need Tylenol just very rarely

I love to read about people overcoming adversity.  Greg Hardesty, a running friend and reporter, wrote about a guy that was deaf until he received hearing aids and then heard music for the very first time.  He had tears after listening to Mozart.  There are dozens and dozens of stories like that out there and if I can return to some semblance of being out there I want very much to be an inspiration for someone.

I went to Dr Asher, family doctor, today, to complain about my feet, shoulder, and everything else.  He thinks my feet problems and sciatica issues might be back related so I’ll do back X-rays tomorrow.  He said this might happen even though I have no back issues at all. Once insurance is approved I’ll see another specialist.  Maybe get counseling and maybe something on the shoulder, I’ll take it all and gladly.  I hope they do find something and there might worthwhile treatments.

Did not do yoga again today but did 10 minutes of a new exercise that involves on swinging your arms as fast as possible for 20 second, slow for 10 seconds, and repeat.  Got in 10 minute hard work out today and got the ol’ heart rate up a little.  I’ll play around on some of the other exercises for a while.

Probably should not be doing this but I am walking at night without a cane, and hauling arse.  Fastest mile yet at 24:27 and a 5:31 fast lap.  This all going uphill which might be a wee bit harder. Whoo Hoo!  Wish I could brag on FB about this but not yet.  I happy, checked my weight this morning and 162, pretty darn close to what I was before the accident.  Still don’t think old pants will fit, I know the hip surgery expanded my waist.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Another happy walk thisTues night.  I did 1 mile in 20:35 and had 2 laps under 5 min.  I was actually running although someone could power walk faster than I’m running but do I give a damn? NO!  I can actually do better without the cane. Still, this is way fastest yet by nearly 3 or so  min.  Getting very close to my goal of 20 min miles but I think it would be good if I could actually walk that fast. I then took the dogs out for 2 more laps each and so I did a total of 2 miles w/o a cane.  I’ll be so ready to do the Brea 8k in Feb if we can get everything settled.

I’m not surprised but my hip is a little sore today but the soreness over the injury hurt is a good sore.  The injury/surgery hurts and nothing can be done about that but just deal with it.  Time to do yoga which I’ve not done for a few days.  That’s done and done, I can do 2 almost real pushups.  For months I had to do modified pushups and do them on my knees but now, it’s on the toes and almost all the way down.  It’s hard work and good for me.

Crap, my head seems to be swimming a lot today.  Maybe the fast walking and the election disappointments had something to do with it.  Think I’ll try a little nap.  Did, and still not worth a hoot!  Crap!  Did not sleep all that well last night but did rest a while today.  Exercise class today was good, I really need to do as much as I can throughout the day.  Did another dark walk but this time it was very slow and easy. I did not want to push at all.  As a matter of fact, going uphill was quite tiring and 1 mile was all I wanted. Especially since it is finally getting cooler it’s gonna be long pants/sleeves time soon.

Nancy just told me I have an orthopedic doc appt in Fountain Valley Monday at 3pm.  Yea!  Now maybe I’ll find out something about my feet and sciatic nerve in legs.  I’ll revise my “Health Issues” letter just a bit and give it to him.  This is a lot easier than trying to remember everything and when plus he’ll understand more about my issues.  I don’t say problems, I say “issues”, I don’t why but that sounds a little bit less whinning.

Did another short walk around the block tonight in Crocs, no cane and no brace.  I really did walk like a drunken sailor but I made it.  The Crocs are fine for around the house but if I do this again I will put my regular running shoes on see if those make a difference. I think this is the longest no brace walk and I am NOT gonna try to do much more till my ankle/foot is better

Friday Nov 9  I did not have anything planned for today, but a spot on my arm seems to not look good at all.  Had biopsy sutures removed a couple of weeks ago and supposed to go next week to get the last of the skin cancers out.  The doc looked at and said it would be fine until next week.  Now I just go back in next week to have a bit more cutting done, whoopee and finished!  Fortunately, Mick was able to take me and we had a nice burger at the Habit.  I plan on doing a couple of miles this kinda cool evening, we’ll see.  Knocked out 1 mile before it got dark and now waiting until a bit later so I can ditch the cane.

Well, did it again:  dark, no cane and I took each dog out for a mile so that’s 3 miles for me today, yippee!!  Now  time to eat a veggie supper.   Got in another yoga session today so it seems my “Oh boy, I think I might be drifting in to a “What the hell, I don’t give a damn.” stage. I don’t know what changed but I do seem to in a better mood today, this I like.

Sometimes when walking I think I might be a band the way I snap, crackle, and pop.  Occasionally I even hear a tuba.

Random thoughts:  Today when I was putting on a jacket for my evening walk I remembered a year ago I had to always put my right arm into the sleeve first, it was very difficult to get my jacket/shirt on if I did my left arm first.  I just could not bend my right arm or flex my shoulder very much and now I can go either way with no problem.

It was a slow leisurely walk this evening, kinda cool, slightly breezy and I was glad to get it over but I might, just might try again later.  Seems the go juice is MIA again, dang.  Tinnitus seems worse today, no like.  I did do another mile later on but I needed to have a jacket and vest to stay warm.  It’s just me, I get cold easy.

I’m seeing the NutriBullet ads all the time and now have it as a like on FB.  Seems lots of folks are very enamored with it. Juicing seems to help many people for all kinds of issues like weight loss or just feeling better and having more energy. We have the Magic Bullet and it seems to do fine for now but if I get more into juicing I might consider the NutriBullet.

I’d also like another Garmin 310 to replace one that grew legs about a year ago, and I’d like a another camera (my old one died), I am not sold on the I-phone camera.  It does ok but I do not like the touch screen for the camera and it is hard to see in sunlight.    All that, and a little more, will have to wait until after the settlement.

Jean Ann, an old Bunge friend from the 1980-90’s, sent me an email about a “flash mob” at a church in Spain playing Beethoven’s Ninth and it was wonderful.  It would be nice if I could see a ”flash mob” like this sometime, it would make my day, month and maybe the year.

At the moment I am so ready, and have been for a long time, to wrap everything up and get on with my life and really work on my recovery.  There’s lots I want to do, or at least try. Simple things like walking wherever and whenever, for how long I want without having to worry about the “other” side.  I think the real bright spot in the immediate future is that Mick and I are going to the Chimera 100 mile race next Sat. to help a little on the logistics.  Since I can’t drive Mick got volunteered by me J and she will be driving on dirt mountain roads for the first time.  The weather is supposed to be great and that’ll help everyone greatly, runners, pacers, volunteers, etc.  I may not be able to run but I can sure as hell help a little and keep myself from simply fading away to nothing more than a memory and that I don’t want to happen.

I occasionally go upstairs and now can make it up without holding onto the handrails and this is w/o my foot brace!  I do have to concentrate to make sure my right foot is lifted up so I don’t trip/stumble but I can make it.  It was not that long ago I had literally pull myself up on the hand rails.  Going down is also getting better.  It’s easier, and faster, and I can go much more confidently.

Tuesday 11-13   Nancy and I went to the orthopedic doc yesterday and halfway there I remembered I forgot the dang X-ray cd and we had to drive all the way back for it.  Of course, we arrived a little late but not too bad.  I really like this guy, Dr Stein.  He was very thorough and just seemed to interested in my problem.  He ordered more X-rays, a MRI, and, I think, a visit to a neurologist. Dr Stein’s office is very pleasant and the staff is friendly and professional, beats the Holy Hell out of Dr. Folmars office, the one I’d  been seeing for shoulder and elbow.

Warmish and sunny this afternoon when I did my I mile stroll in about 25 min.  Not a bad time for just walkin’, no running, just faster leg rpm.  I am most curious to see how I do when I  am finally free to really go out for long walks.

I kinda felt energetic, I think, today and did 2 exercise classes with Kenny, it feels good.  Really need to do as many of the exercises I can remember several times a week along with the yoga stuff.  It won’t hurt and probably do me lots of good to kick my arse more.  Did not really want to walk outside so I jumped on the treadmill for a fast ¼ mile, finished at 2.4 mph and in 6:40, and NO HANDS.  Ok, I did just barely touch a couple of times but no doubt my balance is greatly improved over the last few months.  I remember when I was just starting out even 1 mph was almost too fast and I had to hold on the hand rails for dear life.

Getting closer to the Chimera 100 and just got the weather update, maybe rain late morning and chilly so it should be interesting. Especially for Micki since she’ll be driving.

Friday Nov 16  Made another trip to the dermatologist yesterday and today to get the last skin cancer taken out.  Now I’ve about a 3” cut on my forearm and maybe 12 stitches.  I also got the MRI for my back so that is out of the way.  We’ll see what Dr. Stein has to say in about 2 weeks, I have no clue whatsoever about the prognosis or what he might suggest.  Whatever it is I think I am so ready for something, maybe even more surgery.

About ready to make almond cookies and fruit energy balls for Chimera tomorrow.  I think we have everything ready to start making and snacking.  Since Nancy had to spend the night  in Newport Beach on business I have to get myself up at 5 AM. Since I don’t hear the alarm worth a damn I guess I need to wear one of my aids tonight otherwise Mick will have to wake me.  I’ll get everything I need ready later and not in the morning.

Sometimes, sometimes I feel I am walking around the house halfway normal.   Even outside is “normal” somewhat if I can get into the grove.  If someone from the “other side” saw me on one of my good walks they’d probably think he is making great progress.  I am making progress but I still hurt all over.  As I’ve mentioned there is no need for pain meds, I just deal with the hurts and occasionally partaking of a Tylenol.   I do have a couple of important doctors appts soon and looking forward to them. I hit the treadmill again tonight:  ¼ mile in 5 minutes and finished at 3.3 mph or 18:10 min/mile pace.  This was good workout, I needed it since I’ve not done that much lately. This was all walking, no “running” so my rpm is definitely better.

I did get myself awake and ready to go by the Mick got here.  Mick got lots of mountain driving in today, much more than we intended.  We were shuttling drop bags to a aid station on the other side of the mountain, maybe 10 miles as the crow flies.  But driving?  Two ways to Maple Springs, around the mountain for maybe 20-25 miles and about 1 11/2 hours? Or take the paved road the other way – 40ish miles and only have 7 miles of dirt roads and maybe an hour drive.  Which way?  Paved road to save time.

We spent some time getting the drops bags organized and visited for a few minutes. We took the paved road option back since we thought time might be getting short. We arrived back at the Camp Blue Jay and hung out for a little while, it would be hours before any finishers would be arriving and so we left.  I decided I wanted to drive up the Main Divide for just a little way since I have done that route for many races up and down that particular section, it’s a hell of climb, maybe 800 ft climb in about 11/2 miles.  So we got to the top and decided to drive on around to Indian Truck Trail , ITT, where there is another aid station.  From there we could take the ITT down for 6 miles and get back on the freeway home very quickly.

 

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Slight problem:  ITT was closed because part of the road suffered a slide and not safe for vehicles to traverse.  That meant we could go around to Maple Springs the original mountain way or go back, both sucked.  Going back simply did not really appeal to us since a section coming in was semi kinda semi gnarly, steep (above) and did not want to go back down.  It was a longish drive around to the original aid station, we both were ready to get off the mountains and get home.  I slept very well last night..

Sunday Nov 18 Feet are starting to get just a tiny bit of feeling back, I can tell the difference between a rug and the wood floor, the wood floor is COLD. But feet and toes are still numb.  Ankle and everything still sucks. Progress?  Maybe, we’ll see if the is further worthwhile improvements.

Nancy made reservations for my reunion trip to DFW in a couple of weeks.  I hate being a bother to my cousins because they will have pick me up, put me up, and take me back to the airport Sunday.  But I think it will be worth it, some I’ve not seen in several years and really would like to reconnect.

I find myself not getting not excited at all about football, college and pro, or any professional sports.   Yeah, I like to kinda root for the Texas Rangers, Mavericks, Frogs etc but I most certainly don’t let them rule my weekend/day.  If I want/feel like doing something else I will because whatever happens with them does not have any meaningful effect on my life: none, zero, nada! Plus I can read about it.

As many laps (1000+) as I’ve made around the block I should have lots more stamina but it seems I am always having to work at it.  Maybe it is psychological since I am forced to do the SAME ¼-mile route day in and day out I have probably done something like 950 laps around the block, 950 laps!.  Maybe once I can go out and push myself I can really see what my endurance/stamina is really like. I do have t admit even though the stamina seems not to be there I am most certainly walking faster.  I can now do close to a 6 min lap pace without too much effort.

From one of the Kindle books: “The world may try to beat you down. Only laughter can counteract that and laughter is ammunition so resupply often”.  Yeah, I try to keep a positive outlook and laugh when I can. I do not beat anybody down on FB, I may politely disagree and I don’t send out emails etc. that I would not want to receive myself.

Spent 3 hours Wed afternoon at a ophthalmologist, for the defense, so he could check out my vision issues that I’ve been gripping about for months.  Nancy was there and did a great job on informing the doctor of all the very serious medical issues that beset me while in my coma:  high sodium levels, high blood pressure, electrolytes way out whack, etc that may have had a adverse effect on my vision.  Even though I had vision issues before the accident the accident most certainly did me no good. He said my right optic nerve was shot because of uvitis but I think he might indicate on his report that the  hard knock and 2-month coma might be a significant factor of my current condition.  The defense will have to, I think, provide a copy to Ron and I will ask for a copy because I am curious what all the doctors say.

I just happened to remember it has been just over 1 year since the hernia occurred and only about 3 weeks till the 1 year point for the hernia operation.  I wonder what kind of condition I would be in if not for the hernia?  I’d probably been in lots better condition but maybe stark raving bonkers since I would most certainly be wanting to more and more walking and maybe even trying to run a bit.  Right now I do want to do more but my feet, eyes, etc seem to be conspiring against me.  Damn it, I just want get better.  One better believe the longer I hurt, the more I am prevented from trying to get better, the greedier, no, that not the right word.  Uh maybe entitled, want, deserve, ??? I become.  Greedy is not the right word for that implies getting something without earning it or perhaps cheating.  No, I am not earning whatever money comes my way, being get hit by a bus just is not the right way to get money.  I think I’ve mentioned this before,” I’d gladly give it all back to get 1 ½ seconds to get out of the way”.  Anyways, right more is good.

The insurance has approved a visit to a neurologist and I’ve already set it up.  I go in about 3 weeks, this another doc I really want to go see.  Maybe he’ll be able to offer something to help on the sciatica problems

Thur Nov 22 Thanksgiving  In spite of the accident and resulting issues I do, we all do, have lots to the thankful for.  I can walk, really be on my own (except for driving), have no major debilitating ongoing pains, no mental issues, just lots of things for which to be thankful.  I know that my family and friends feel that same way.

Jumped on treadmill for 10 minutes and got in .5 mile walk and finished at 3.3 mph, that is way faster than I was doing a year ago.  I remember all too vividly doing 1 mph which was all I wanted and that only for 3 or 4 minutes.  Yes, I have come a long ways but I still have hours and hours and hours of rehab time to go. I just wish my endurance/stamina was improving.  Maybe it is, but I just don’t feel it.

Damn it, tinnitus is ROARING this evening and I am not a happy camper.  Oh, hip is crappy, sciatics suck, ankle is cruddy, toes could be lots better and mood is sucky. Since I’m not feeling worth crap I’ve let my mind wonder a bit back to the accident.  No, I remember absolutely nothing but I am having a hard time accepting that somehow I might have somehow screwed up crossing the street,  I am still having a difficult time wrapping my mind around everything.  If there were only 1 or 2 things screwed up on me I could approach the future with more confidence that things will get better.

Another day for the tinnitus to be roaring, cruddy day.  Seems I can go from being fairly good to cruddy in just all too fast!   If I could go walk freely, wherever, whenever I think my mood would stay in the happy zone more often.  If the defense wants to postpone the Feb. trial date I will tell Ron, “Hell NOOOO! “ I want settle NOW and get on with my life, such as it might be.  I’ll take X, if it is fair, and not go for XX.  I want to settle NOW.

Nov 24 Sat       Nancy, Pat, and I went to Ray’s last night, her banks’ CEO,  and I keep finding out more and more just how dire my condition was just after the accident.  My blood sodium was at 160 and the normal concentration of sodium in human blood is from 136mEq/L to 145mEq/L. Anything higher than this qualifies as hypernatremia, or an excessive level of sodium. A serum sodium level in excess of 160m Eq/L can lead to death in 75 percent of all cases and at my age the death rate goes up even higher.  In addition, my electrolytes were all the place so everyone was praying for me. It musta worked cause I am still here and bitching.

A bit later, the MRSA infection came up.  Nancy said while she was waiting in the hospital she talked with someone whose husband was having a foot amputated because of MRSA. Here I was with a hernia MRSA infection that could definitely life threatening, no wonder Nancy was very apprehensive.  Looks like I dodged not just 2 bullets but 2 big ass howitzer shots and more.

I probably should not say this but what the hell.  I sometimes think that Nancy/Ron would like for me to be still  wheelchair bound/bedridden because she does not really want me doing much of anything.  If I am Superman, or sorta, less money for the settlement.  I know I’m wrong but it just seems like that sometimes I feel I am really being held back and I just wanna go and go and go. It’d be nice if I had company for some of my 1000 plus laps around the block.  I will not ask Nancy since she had her knee operation a few months ago and I know it hurts still.  I’ll just have to make do with the company of me, myself, and I.  Occasionally, when I’m the mood, one of the dogs will accompany me. Speaking of moods, when I’m funky I don’t yell at the dogs or cats, kick anything, say mean things, or be overtly obnoxious, just quite.

For the first time in months I took both dogs out at the same time and no cane.  We only did one lap, about all I wanted, maybe try to do more Sunday/Monday night. Of course I did this about 9 pm just to be somewhat safer from prying eyes.  I don’t think there is anyone out there but who really knows, just too damn much at stake to flaunt it.

I’ve been intending to brag for a while, just never thought about it.  I can now go upstairs w/o using the handrails or wall, course I need to pay close attention to my right leg since I have not near the strength

I want/need.  I can go downstairs fine, just need to pay attention and not daydream about being on some gnarly downhill trail.  Speaking of bragging, I got rid of our old BBQ grill that was way past repair.  It took me a while to dismantle but it is no more and the back yard has one less bit of clutter.  Bit more bragging, I can stand pretty confidently while putting on pants, and boxers.  I really have to concentrate but I can do, most of the time.

Another moonlight walk at 9, made 1 mile but I intended to do only 1 lap, really had to urge myself to do 3 more laps.  Thank goodness, it was not timed or I might not have made the 3 extra laps.  I did yoga and the treadmill today so I guess it was ok.  Even the tinnitus does not seem to be overwhelming like it has been.

Tues  11-27  Just found out I can warm up nicely if I jump on the treadmill for several minutes and push hard, 3.5 mph or 17:08 mile.  Holding onto the hand rails I am!  Might be able to do free style for one or two seconds, maybe in a few months it’ll be longer.  I just did .5 mile in 12 min and when I can do a whole mile in 20 minutes I will be a little more satisfied.

Friday Nov 30  This is probably the last entry for the month.  Looks like I am building quite a collection of notes, some useless, some a reminder of what was, and some that might be the hopes of a brighter tomorrow.  Last nights night walk was a bit warm after doing the treadmill.  Still, not a too bad a time for .5 mile at 14:18

Took another walk today on the treadmill, ¼ mile and no hands at 6:25   Balance is slowly getting better. I also did another treadmill walk but lots easier and slower.  Did yoga again today, I MIGHT be ready to try to move it up a notch..  I am getting where I really don’t like going out in the day time where I have to carry to stupid cane, I am so ready to get rid of it yesterday and move on.  Damn, I can’t seem to get very comfortable today, either too cool or a bit stuffy, no happy medium and I can’t really walk outside since it is misting pretty heavily.  Although I suppose if I could go out freely I certainly would, rain or no rain, maybe not if it there were a monsoon out there!  Who knows, I might go just for the hell of out and brag a little.  Isn’t that what we road and trail runners do?

 

Got a call from the orthopedic doc today and they were just confirming my shoulder appt for Monday.  Since I have another appt in about a week, I asked if they could be combined.  No can do!  Many thanks to insurance but I can’t complain since they’ve already paid out about 2 million.  As I said, the defense has already paid lots but maybe only a few dimes on the dollar.   As I think about it, I’m not sure Nancy wants me to be writing this journal, she’s afraid I might say something that could be detrimental to our case. Damn it, I am just so fricking tired of being constrained every which way.

I have been so bloomin’ sleepy the last several nights and I don’t like nearly falling over at 8pm, or earlier. I get lots of sleep so have no clue why this is happening and I don’t want to go back sleeping 15 hours plus every day.  Well, probably would not matter so I can’t do very much of anything except gripe.

End of Month, time for another chapter, for what it’s worth.

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.

But…eyes come first and I am anxious for the ophthalmologist visit in a few weeks.

It’s a cruel reality to wake up one day and realize you have lots more past than future.

It’s true, we’re not getting any younger

Watch your thoughts; they become words.

Watch your words; they become actions.

Watch your actions; they become habit.

Watch your habits; they become character.

Watch your character; it becomes your destiny

Those of you who know me are aware of the situation that hit our family like a Tsunami. I will not go into details here. So, here I am, I have made it through the hardest part, weathered the worst of the storm. Life will never be the same for me, I will never be the same. Why do we do that? Why do we mourn the loss of “sameness”. Things going back the being the same may not always be that good. Especially because the storm often comes unexpectedly because things were not as we thought they were. Would I want it to be the same? No. But I would not choose the way it has ended up and will always hope and pray that eventually full restoration from the storm will come. Unfortunately, effects of the storm are still being felt, and probably will be for some time…in fact for me for a very long time. I have learned to “move on” but that does not mean the pain or loss will ever disappear, no, it is a part of me now.

I have learned a lot about myself through this process. I have changed mentally, mostly for the better.Physically, not so much!   I do find myself a bit more contemplative, reflective and emotional, sometimes that is good, sometimes it is not. Sometimes it brings me to places I do not want to go and I have to snap out of it before I let it drag me down. I have learned what is important to me. I have learned to be more deliberate in letting my family know how much I love them. I also have learned how much we need each other, I need them, they are part of me.

 

 

Chapter 9 2012

 

 

 

Chapter 9

October 2012

Monday Oct 1  A hot forecast for today 102 or so and for the next day or two.  Crud, so ready for cooler weather.  I’ve missed yoga for 2 days and I really needed to stretch since it is too warm to be out much.

Been thinking about all my aches and physical stuff not working.  As I’ve said, If there were only 1 or 2 things I needed to deal with there would be much fewer mental stresses.  When it takes almost 2 pages to describe everything that hurts or does not work well, that sucks.  But….I am so thankful I need no pain medicines and I can sorta get around, it could easily be so much worse.

Guess not only am I whining(?) about my physical state but also about my mental state.  I just not like at all being perceived by anyone as near helpless, which I AM NOT. I readily admit I may be close to appearing in that condition sometimes but not really.  I am sometimes not very comfortable being in a crowd, especially if a bit noisy.  I sometimes, hell I don’t know, just don’t seem to be very sharp or with it.  Of course, with my hearing/seeing/speech doing not so well contributes a lot to that feeling and don’t know what, if anything, can make me feel a bit more whole. It’s just that my head seems to be “swimming” or sloshing around  more and that just aggravates all the other physical issues and it is blooming hot again today, 105 degrees! I just might turn into a typical old curmudgeon if this heat keeps up.

It is a little cooler today, yea!  I went to the group meeting this morning and I must admit the group leader did a much better today, more people got to speak since I started a few weeks ago.  Still, me and about 4 or 5 others were left.   I still think there are way too many people, the group should be about half the size.

Another doctor visit today, almost forgot about it.  Looks like I am now set for a colonoscopy in a few days, just what I need.  Columnist Dave Barry wrote about his experience of having a 17,000 foot tube shoved up his rear end, funny story. Enough on that!

I did 1 mile this morning and another 1 ½ miles late this evening.  My times are slowly improving, especially with cooler weather.  With just a little effort  I can now do 6:30 min laps for a whole mile.  Yipee!  And I am not totally wiped out afterwards.  This might allow me to really work hard once everything is settled.

Got a FB note from a guy I used to run against at the Winter Trail Runs.  He said I used to pass him with about a mile to go.  He heard about the accident from Baz, the race director, and that does make me feel good that people remember.  Talk about feeling good,  a number of times during races I’d be passing someone, or they pass me, and they would make a comment something like “I hope I can run as good as you when I’m your age”.  Especially if it was a good-looking woman or a young whippersnapper.   I already have plans for Micki to take me to the first run in early Jan, so long as it is not pouring rain.  So many people I want to see.

Thur Oct 4  Weather is cooler and had my fastest 2 miles around the block in a fast 49:22 and got there w/o really having to work as I’ve been doing. Getting very close to a consistent 27 min mile, I guess I might be getting in a little better condition.  But…. Damn it, feet are crap, vision sucks etc.  Blah,   ditto ditto

Did the group psychology meeting this morning and I have to admit it was again a bit better. There are two counselors and I really like the one that was in today, she seems to keep things moving at a much better pace plus she is easier for me to understand.  If she could be in all the time, I think I would be much more inclined to continue.  She did say I was on the right track so far as tackling my physical issues.

A Snail’s Pace runner friend. Kenny Yu, is a physical instructor and I will go see him next at the new community center here in Fullerton.  Hate to admit it, but it is a senior class and that means really ancient people. But….I suppose I am ancient, 67, to lots of younger folks.  I so want to be able to kick younger butts again.

My feet don’t really hurt hurt but they are very uncomfortable, kinda like playing soccer with a bowling ball, and wearing 5 pound ankle weights.  Still, I did a 3 mile walk this morning and the times are faster without any more effort.  I can now do a consistent 25-26 minute mile, yea!

Oct 6 Sat morning:   A big weekend planned:  Mick, Sal and I are going to Joshua Tree for the weekend.  Hoping to leave early Sat. but Sal has to work and so it probably will by late Sat before we leave, dang it.  Fill everything in later.

It turned out to be about 7pm before we left and got down there about 9.  I was able to sit in the truck w/o any major squirming or wiggling and that is good.  We did go out to Joshua Tree late at night to gaze at the stars and moon watch.  My night vision sucks, it really helps to have a flashlight even for walking on pavement.  Ate breakfast at Denny’s and my hash browns were surprisingly good and gave me energy for the day.

Sal drove a few miles along a dirt road, supposed to be 4 wheel drive only was but not really,  it was great being out in the middle of nowhere. Joshua Tree is desert but what a great place to go exploring this time of year.  We did do about a 3 1/2 or 4 mile walk with about a 350-400 ft elevation gain. I can’t believe it, yea I can.  I kicked Sals butt while walking.  Not sure of the distance we walked but when we drove home he had to nap all the way back from Joshua Tree.  It really felt good to do a hard workout w/o worrying bout who might see me.  I’ll be so glad when I can do this all the time, so wanna get back into doing some 5/10ks and being around lots of friends.

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I am most anxious to try a couple of different approaches to my feet and overall health.  First is Neuropathy Support Formula that seems like it might work and is relatively inexpensive.  It uses different types of B1, B2, B6, and B12 vitamins and some other stuff and from what I can find on the internet, it just might be very worthwhile.  After we settle, I want to go to a doc down in Mission Viejo and try something for my overall health. Maybe try his supplements or do a stem cell round.  It is money, but again it is not all that much and I am willing to try it. As I’ve said a number of times, I just wanna get me back or maybe a little different me back.

I went to the group meeting at Dr. Flores office today and still a big waste. It’s like being in a secretary pool when everyone is on break and someone brought their back x-rays showing where a vertebra was broken. That’s supposed to be important?  I suppose it might be good for her to talk about it, but not me. A couple of weeks ago I mentioned I kept a journal and I only wrote about the challenges I face, my triumphs (such as they are), my good days and my not so good days.  I specifically mentioned I do not whine about anything (much), I do not trash anyone or anything, and I just try to be straightforward with maybe a bit of gallows humor here and there and try to be positive.  Everyone thought I was really on the right track and it did feel good to have confirmation. I finally have my one on one Dr Flores Thursday and can hardly wait. It’ll be interesting.

Guess I need to do a little whinning.  Damn tinnitus is still a problem most of the time and from what I’ve found not really a whole lot is worthwhile to pursue and MDs generally say “Just deal with it.”  I did find a tinnitus therapy on CD that sounds interesting, only $47 with a money back guarantee.  I might take a closer look after we settle.  I have no idea, nor does anyone else, if the accident contributed or not.  I tend to think so, the hard knock and 2 month coma certainly did not help.  Nevertheless, the accident is the root cause of nearly all my problems and challenges.

Oct 10 Wed:   Today has been a busy one: Went over to the new Fullerton Community Center, saw Kenny Yu, and took part in his exercise class.  All it is different kinds of stretches and they can be a big help for lots of folks.  I’ll probably do them for several weeks primarily for something to do and they exercises will definitely help.  The only thing a little disconcerting is that I am the youngest one and I used to being the oldest one, quite a change.

Later I took a Bella out for a couple of laps and then Heidi and I did another 11/2 miles.  I smoked em’ the last mile at a 23:00 min mile pace.  Cooler weather certainly helps bunches.  I’ve already done one set of yoga and may try to do another set a bit later.

Yea!  I did do another yoga set and a fast mile at 23 minutes, yippee!  A few more weeks that 20 min mile might be in sight.  Also had my fastest lap at 5:25 min, that’s about 3 times faster than when I first started walking.  I did have to push a little but the cooler weather does make it easier but now it is getting darker earlier, boo!  It seems I wake up lots earlier than I used to.  This morning was 6:45 and not that long ago I would have easily slept til after 9.

Today was my one on one with Dr Flores, think I will just go on Thursdays from now on because I like that group leader better and I’ll go for a few more weeks just to see else might happen.  Still, not real happy with it but….   I did get a call from his office for a final meeting on Nov 26.  Be glad when that is all done.

We had our 1st rain in several months and a lot cooler at 70!  With light sprinkles for the last lap of my 2 mile walk I had to really speed it up since it looked might rain hard so I hauled buns!  Got in my 2 miles at 46:53 and I’ve already done 1 mile earlier so it was a good day for walking.

Another day:  Got in a 4, FOUR, mile walk at a decent pace of probably about 6:45 min average per lap.  I remember a lap taking 13-15 minutes and so this is good, real good.  Especially considering there were grave concerns about me and what I might/might not be able to do when I was in the hospital 16 months ago. Now I just wish I could go out somewhere and let it all hang out.  Not yet, still need to..oh, whatever!!!!!

Bored, bored so I took the dogs out for 2 laps each.  That means I walked 5 miles today and I think that is a record for me at this stage.  Hopefully, in a couple months I can go out and do that every day and go all over the place. Yoga called me again, been just a little slack lately so I need to pick up the pace a little.

 Oct-13 Sat   If I could, I’d be climbing walls right about now, bored shitless and Nancy is working lots, Micki went to Vegas and not sure about the boys.  So anyways, I’ve walked twice today, each for 1 mile and my heart is not really in it, yuck.  I’ve noticed for a long time my night vision sucks, it really helps if there is a little light just so I have some visual clues about where I am walking.  I’ve found a neuropathy supplement I want try, lots cheaper than chiropractors, and everything I can find to check on it seems to be on the up and up: BBB, different supplement information sites has all been very good and at about $145 for a 3 month supply I am more than willing to give it a try. It might even help a couple of other issues I have, we’ll see.

This Sunday evening I really do not feel at all chipper:  tinnitus is a bitch, no go juice whatever, draggin’, too tired to be bored, too early (7pm) for sleep,  too whatever, crap!  My feet are very worser, they hurt a little but feel super yucky for walking. Think I’ll go try to find something a little sweet for a snack.  A tiny bit of good news:  I will order my neuropathy supplements tomorrow, I am most anxious to see if they work at all.  God, I hope they do.

I ordered the neuropathy supplements and one other item, Nerve Repair Optimizer, that is supposed to kick start the repairs.  At $23 a bottle, what the hell, not much at all so I went for it.

This has nothing to do with the accident but just part of being an old fart.  Today I start prepping for a colonoscopy, no food other than broth or Jello for 24 hours.  I might be ready for a big burger or something wonderfully good on Tues after I am done.    I get to drink a whole gallon of the prep liquid, what fun!!!  The good thing is that I will be sedated for the procedure and will not remember anything.

I went through the procedure this morning and I checked out fine.  The only downer is that next time, in 5 years, I’ll probably have to do a 2 day cleansing, oh joy.

I think I am starting to feel a little discouraged in the last few days.  Everything seems to feel worse: eyes, head not on straight, totally no energy, and even walking does not seem to feel as good as it has.  I still walk but because I need to and not because I want to.  Yoga is out for a while, heart just not in it as it should be. Tired, so tired I have been ready to lay down at 7ish  for several days but that is way too early so I have been forcing myself to stay up later, and I’ve been sleeping a bit later also.  Crud.

I seem to be not making any real progress on anything in the last few months and I did note that on the Health Issues page I will be sending to Ron in a couple of weeks.  I have kept track of all my health/mental issues and occasionally forward them to Ron so he’ll be able to use them on our legal issues.  Since there might be something happening in Nov. I’ll make sure he is up to date in late Oct.

I‘ll be on pins and needles waiting for the neuropathy supplements to arrive.  They may work as soon as one week or it might take 2 months,  or more, once I start:  I’ve the time but want so badly for them work ASAP.  I guess all I can do is start taking them as soon as they arrive and hope for the best. I suspect that with all the damage they will probably take months to work, I will certainly try..

Hot again today but I still did some and just walked some. I’ve walked around the block about 186 miles or 744 laps.  That’s right about 744 laps, no wonder I feel like I’m going round and round.  Total miles since Feb is about 250,  Sounds like a  lot but not very much per day.

Oct 18  Thur  Not accident related:  just got back from the dermatologist and had another biopsy done on spot on my arm.  That makes 3 spots and looks like we’re catching all early.  Know in about a week if the arm spot is skin cancer.

Weather is a little cooler but is humid and I will try to get on track today with yoga and go 2 or 3 miles walking today.

Yipee!  Yea!!!  Horay!  Talked with Ron today and he said they are asking us how much I wanted for the settlement and he has already said the City of Fullerton will kick in a little more, plus it will all be tax free and cash up front. So maybe in a few weeks I can really work on me big time, I have lots I want to do. I am SO ready to move on and put what I can behind me.

Oh Boy, got the nerve supplements today and already popped a dose.  We’ll see how they work and I hope my feet really get better.   Since the supplement are supposed to help with the feet nerves it might also help on my right hand and eyes.  Might also help a little with the tinnitus, one doctor said a B vitamin complex might help and this product is heavy on the B vitamins.  Anyways, 2 bits of good news today and now I am in a much better mood.

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B1 is 13,750% and B12 is 33,332% strong so that might do some good but might take months to kick in

Some more good news:  Skip came by and we went to the Fullerton Farmers Market, got to see a couple of old friends and we’ll do one more time before it shuts down for the year.  So that’s three good news items for today.  Yea!

I’ve been intending to mention for several days:  I can now lift my right foot up just barely enough, without pulling, to put on shorts/pants.  For many months I had to pull my foot up by hand and be sitting down in a chair or on the bed to get dressed.  Small things here and there.

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Bella is trying to help by making me step over her and thus doing some stretching and helping my balance.

Oct 20  Sat  Cloudy and a bit cooler this morning and actually had a couple drops of rain.  Now I’m thinking I’m gonna need more long pants when it gets cooler.  Really like to get some hiking types that are so comfy to wear but I don’t really want to pay $70 or $80, or more, bucks per pair.   Maybe I’ll luck out and find a 2 or 3 pairs at $40 or so.   Even if I had mucho money in the checking acct I still WILL not pay more than about $50 unless I get into good enough shape to do a multiday hike and then I MIGHT be willing to spend a little more.   Just too tight/frugal to part with much money.  El Nino might hit this year and if it does it will probably be wet and rainy lots so I might need some rain pants and Goretex shoes.  We’ll see what happens.   I already have a good rainproof jacket I used to wear while trail running and it will be great for those cool misty days.

Just finished a 3rd walk today, getting closer a 6:30 min lap average and this is only pushing a little.  If I push hard I might get down to a 6 min lap consistently and that is my next real goal. Just thinking we might be all settled by Dec and if so, I think I’d like to go to the Snails Bash in mid/late January.  It’s a lot of fun seeing a lot of your running friends, and other Snails clubs, all dressed up in tuxs and after 5 evening gowns.  It’s hard to imagine a formal party being loads of fun but this one certainly is. I missed last year and I want to make an appearance to let lots of people know I am back.  Yeah, I think I am craving the attention

Mick and I did the Stater Bros loop Sun evening and while I did not push hard going down I did push coming back and uphill, really got my heart rate up.  I am a little sore today on the hip but I earned it. Can’t wait till I can starting doing the Summit House Loop and I’ll have to remember NOT to push hard till on the way back.  Right now I am very tempted to do the whole thing as soon as everything is settled but probably would be best to do Hillcrest park a couple times or so and then gradually work into the Summit House Loop.

Dogs and I did another 2 miles today and I am a bit tired.  I don’t mind being tired if I’ve do something to EARN it.  I don’t like being tired from doing nothing and sitting around all day with my thumb up my butt. Still tired and don’t want to do anything I still managed to do another mile up the alley.  Still tired but rereading one of my Kindle stories about the lady that had to reboot her brain after an aneurysm hoping to get some motivation and some ideas about a potential blog.

One of Nancy’s coworkers has gone to a Dr. Whitaker Wellness Center in Newport Beach for Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and said it has helped her (whatever that is/was)   I called today just to see what a consultation might cost, about $325 which is not too bad at all and I will very likely go see what they recommend.  I am definitely not gonna be a typical patient so I make sure they get a copy of my health issues report I’ve given to Ron.  As you know I’ve no weight issues, diabetes, high blood pressure, any disease, unbearable hurts or anything that drives most people to see someone like him, just a heck of lot of hurts/aches and poorly functioning body parts and I wanna get me back.

I took a real nap this afternoon, the first in a long time.  I didn’t think I was out that long but it was dark when I woke up, about 6:40 pm.  Maybe a 2 hour nap? I do sometimes lie down for a few minutes but almost never sleep.  Here it is at 9:30 and I think I’m about to fall back to sleep.

10-23 Tuesday  I think I am really starting to get tired of the way I am, mostly with the vision issues and head swimming.  It seems as though I am not making near as much progress as I was, crappydo.  I readily admit the yoga is helping on some stretches and I will continue them probably for next to forever just because I think it will help at some point on the long run.

I did another mile this morning, late, and probably the slowest in a while.  Just not in the mood to push and no dogs either.  I guess I am really getting older:  I can just brush against sometime a teensy bit hard and I bleed or get a bruise.  Don’t know what to do about it, all the vitamins/minerals should help but don’t seem to be working, damn it.

Still rereading “Rebooting My Brain” and I might be getting some very faint glimmers of how to proceed on this.  Maria is a very outgoing type a person and writes very well.  I, on the other hand, do not have that gift or process that talent so I am basically clueless even though I have many years of school.  Fat lot of good that is doing me now.

Flashback:  I remember the catheter being removed and was told I needed to pee within the next few hours or back in it goes.  NOOOOO!  It took a while but finally managed to get the job done.  I still had the PEG (feeding tube) in and it would stay for in waaay too long and it finally had it removed in June or July, I had to go under the gas because it hurt like a SOB when the doctor tried to remove it.  It stayed in longer because there was the possibility I would need more major surgery.

I do remember Nancy telling me that when I was in the comma my electrolytes went wild.  Just when they thought I was somewhat stable this happened and what a way to jerk the emotions around even more after they’ve been already been through so much.  Nancy did a stellar job of paying my landscaping bills, letting certain customers know the situation, taking over completely everything related to the house.  Cliff, one of my close business associates, did a wonderful job of taking care of customers.  Some of my running friends walked Bella and Heidi, Yen brought over sumptuous fried rice.  Friends really helped Nancy get through a very trying time.  Just remembered:  Instead of calling all my running friends,   she sent out mass test messages to let everyone know all the updates.   It would have been difficult, and trying, to talk with everyone.

Oct 26 Friday:  I have really been a bit tired lately, I wonder if that hard 2 mile walk Sunday with Micki is the root cause?  If so, I am truly pissed.  Here I used to be a decent age group trail runner and doing 15 -20 miles trail runs for fun and now I am tired from a very easy lousy 2 mile walk.  Crap, will I ever recover to do more?  Some say it is a miracle I am even here and much less walking at all.  All I can do is plug on!

Naiveté can be your best friend when trying to make a comeback, you just don’t realize how high or tough the recovery road can really be. Blissful ignorance about legal issues that seem to take lots more time than they should, physical limitations of your current self, just all the stuff that seems to hold one back. I don’t have any big plans after everything is settled, maybe just several small ones like driving, being out on the trails with friends, taking the dogs for long walks and maybe doing/having some stuff done around the house.  Nothing major but I would like to redo the pond with larger boulders, maybe building a covered shelter with a fireplace or firepit.  No, nothing extravagant just some stuff we were planning on anyway.

Am I still me?  I think the mental me is still about the same but certainly not the physical me.  So lucky the head impact did not turn me a mindless lump of flesh or make me totally invalid.  Other than being bored and down because I can’t go walking around or drive, the mental me seems to be ok, not great but ok.  I think once I can get out and really start pushing myself my whole outlook will change for the better. Some might wonder how I deal with all this and I guess it’s really pretty simply: some gallows humor helps some, don’t ask “Why me?”, try to have a good outlook in spite of everything, set goals that are realistic.  When I was in the hospital I was already planning what trail races I thought I be able to do.  To my credit I focused only on the relatively easy ones and none of the challenging ones.

Just found out I have another appointment with another ophthalmologist in several weeks.  Oh boy, now I get to really try to explain why my vision sucks.  Just to make sure nothing important is forgotten I’ll do another short write up on my vision issues and give it to him.  I think this will be the last doctor appt for the defense, they’ve already done the psychological tests, orthopedic exams and whatever else so once they receive the info from the ophthalmologist they might be ready to make an offer.  Getting there.

I’ve gripped some about the group sessions and noted the final appt with the Dr was after Thanksgiving. His office called today and I go in tomorrow afternoon, supposed to take 3 – 5 hours.  More tests, ugh. Ok, I did get to talk with both group leaders for just a moment and one commented she really liked my positive attitude and that made me feel good.  I gave both a suggestion they read  ”Rebooting My Brain” and I think they will probably do that.   Few minutes later I got to do some more tests, mickey mouse kind, and then finally a few minutes with Dr. Flores.  So far as I could tell he thinks I am doing pretty darn good and no more visits.  Yea!!!!  Well, no more visits to him or PT means Austin will lose out on a few hours of easy work.  If he finds a part time job I’ll just have to deal with it and use a taxi.

Sometimes when your life’s suitcase is dumped, don’t’ get mad or upset – get rid of what is no longer needed, repack what you really need and it’ll be lots lighter, and move on.

For several weeks I’ve been able to move the 5 gallon water bottles by actually carrying them to the dispenser and reloading it.  This is the bottom load dispenser so there is no lifting those heavy bottles waist high and then trying to maneuver the open bottle into the dispenser w/o spilling.  I can also reload the dog food container with 35 pound bags so I am getting some of my strength back, it ain’t pretty but I get it done.

 Cruddy day, I did give Bella a bath and that is ALL I did.  Did not walk at all and that is the FIRST time in many weeks I did not do even a single lap.  I, however, did take a very short moonlight stroll in front of the house with no cane or brace.    That was the first time I have been out today and a mixed bag.  I am just tired and the damn tinnitus seems to be worse today.  On the other hand, it did feel kinda good just to be out for a minute.

I spent some time on the Whitaker Natural Health website today and I think I will go see him right after the settlement.  They’ve been in business for 30 some odd years and I think that is a testament for them.  They have many different treatments and I have a lot of things they can work on.  Maybe I can  get one or two hurts/aches items made better.

It might be time to make a distinction between me and me.  There is the mental me and the physical me, related and intertwined, sometimes and sometimes not.  A big part of the mental me longs to be back out on the trails with friends and part of the mental me realizes that may not happen for a while.  Meanwhile, the physical me is sometimes tired from just doing next to nothing or doing several laps around the block.  How the hell am I gonna do anything out there, and what the hell am I thinking? I suppose it’ll all be sorted out in a few months.

Maria, Rebooting my Brain, touched upon something that may be applicable to me.  I did suffer from an extremely hard hit on the head (I broke the bus windshield) and right at the moment, I think I suffer no major mental issues, other than being occasionally down, but she mentioned that brain injury patients sometimes had problems years after the accident, kinda like a delayed PTSD.  It would be nice if the other party would cover therapy or whatever in case it is needed.

10-28  Sunday  I’ve saw several friends Thurs. at the Famers Market and they all commented on how good I look.  I suppose that is true because I certainly do look lots better than when I was in the hospital/nursing home or even a few months ago.  But….as I’ve said before I just wish I felt as good as I supposedly look.  Nevertheless, I should be very happy I can get those compliments because the alternative is sucky.

Still warm today but I did another 1 mile, very easy, in under 30 minutes.  When the weather stays cooler I might be in a better mood to try to get consistently under 26 min mile.  Maybe ankle, feet and toes will feel a bit better when cooler.

Still. A cruddy crappy day, just don’t want to do anything but a little too warm to walk.  Crappy do-do.  I touched on this a few days ago, I can now lift my right leg up all the way to put boxers or pants on. I can now stand on one leg, and not hold on to anything, and get them on.  I can also stand on one leg at a time. Making progress

Think I’ve finally figured out why I lately seem to be out of it.  Well, for starters not seeing well sucks, tinnitus is often loud, and one of my hearing aids needs to be sent in for repair so I hear not worth a damn.  In addition, my voice still sounds not right to me.  Never mind all the physical stuff that aches and other stuff that does not work well, so there!  Kinda like blind, deaf, and dumb! And hurtin’.

I seem to be in a little better mood today but have a little, very little, go juice and so I did just a little bit of vacuuming and picking up.  Done, for the day! I did .5 mile this morning and late today another 1 mile.  Really sucked, no go at all and I had to make myself get out there to go round n round.  Eye, feet, and head not really happy and I am not happy either.  I seem to have no endurance/stamina improvement in spite of all the walking I’ve done.  Craps, there goes my slightly better mood.  The only improvement I’ve noticed lately is when doing cannonballs for yoga I can now kiss my left knee and if I work hard I can kiss my right knee.  A few weeks ago it would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible, for me to do something like that.

Since I seem to be whining a bit I might as well expound upon the hurts:  Toes and bottoms of both feet are definitely worse than a couple of months ago, right ankle is way worse, tinnitus comes and goes (mostly comes!), vision is lousy – its like, I don’t know, my vision and my brain don’t communicate very well.   Even the easy chair is not comfortable for very long.  Damn it, I just wanna get something better.

Tuesday Oct 30 Today seems to be a bit better.  Nick and I did some yard work for about an hour or so and then errands.  I even walked 11/2 miles this evening and the last mile was at 26 min which is decent, not the fastest but good with Heidi and 1 lap going up the alley.  Maybe the Tylenol last night helped, I need to try it again and see if it really helps.

Yippee, did a mile moonlight walk, up the alley, and no cane. Total time 25:56 and I had to push going up the hill, being dark but, still moonlight, probably slowed me a little but not very much.  Probably need to hit the Tylenol again and see how I am tomorrow.

Went to the colonoscopy doc today, Wed, and I get to do a 2 day cleanout and do another colonoscopy in several weeks.  What joyful joy!  I am waiting with baited breath to begin another round in about a month.  I’m really happy, yeah, right!!  Well, I’ll check my weight before I go in and see what it is.

Halloween was nothing tonight, had about 6 small groups come by.  Did not walk today but did do yoga and exercise at the comm. center. Maybe I’ll walk tomorrow so really a lot of nothing.

Another month bites the dust.  The last 3 months have seen a few changes: some good, some could be better, and some, just changes so it might be time to start another chapter for Nov and we’ll see if anything earthshaking happens.

I had lots of hope and aspirations a year ago and some, finally in 2013, are becoming reality.

 

Chapter 8

Sept 2012

Sept 1 Sat  Suppose it is time to start another chapter.  August had a couple of interesting days like the all day visit to the psychologist and the neurologist in Beverley Hills.  Other than those, I don’t think there was anything worthwhile.  But….there will be a very interesting day at the pretrial hearing coming very soon, can’t wait.

I spend every morning reading the paper and this time I kinda glanced at the car ads.  If, when I can drive again me thinks I’d like to trade my Raider 4wd PU in for a Subaru Outback.  Three reasons:  Lots smaller, easier for me to drive and better gas mileage.  Since I’ll never work again there is no overwhelming reason for me to have a pickup other than it would be nice to have.  I will wait until my eyes are better before I do anything.  I am most definitely planning lots of hiking. Why do anything if I cannot really take advantage of a smaller car?  So it really depends if my vision is better and financially able before I do anything other than dream about it.

I intend these words to be a reminder of what is going on with me and my efforts to get better.  Towards that end almost everything here is somehow related.  I do not, and will not, hang any dirty laundry for all to see, it does not help my recovery and I really have no dirty laundry to hang out.  There might be a gripe or two but those are nothing in the grand scheme of things.

This I’ve said before: I am always being told that I walk better, I do, and I look better, I do.  It’d be so damn nice if I really felt as good as everyone says I look.  One or two hurts would be no problem, it’s just when everything is crap.  I know, and I appreciate it that I do walk lots better, all I have to do is look at my excel log to see the big increase in speed and distance.  I guess my biggest frustration right now is my crappy vision.  Probably new lens would help but I am such a tight butt I don’t want to spend the money when there is a chance I will get to do the FL eye program in two or three months.  I don’t know how to express my head not on straight,  it’s kinda like just getting off a merry go round.  Not dizzy, dizzy, maybe just a little wobbly.  Hell. I don’t know. 

I took my very latest night stroll tonight at 10 pm – I was so sleepy going up the alley I was tempted to just turn and go back.  Hell no, not gonna turn around after only 250 feet or so.  Not gonna happen but I did do 1 lap and I did call it quits.  I guess a glass of wine might’ve had something to with my sleepiness. Plus I did do a decent 1 mile earlier today.

Sunday I walked 3 miles nonstop, 12 fricking laps!  And the last 2 miles were good, about 6:25 per lap on average so I am definitely faster.  Now then, I just wish my brain and eye would cooperate so I could see as I should.  It still takes me a minute or two or three to get my head on straight once I start walking after I have been sitting for a while.  No like it at all, not at all. I think about the only part of me that functions well and without any problem are my knees and ???, Hell, I forgot! My back!!!

Nancy and I were trying to count all the depositions for my case:  2 for me and 2 for Nancy, 2 for police officers, one for traffic analysts, and another one for bus driver.  That’s all we know about and there may be more we don’t know about.  Close to a dozen visits for me to various doctors, psychologists, and maybe another ophthalmologist.  The bloomin eye tests will probably show that nothing out of the ordinary but all I know my vision is not as it should be.  So I just don’t know.

Micki and I went to Stater Bros to walk on trails.  It’s 1 mile to the tunnels at Bastanchury so it was a 2 miles out and back with good hills on the way back.  I did my very best walk so far, I really had to work and actually had a little bit of a negative split for the return and that’s going hard up hill, feels good.   Since we were right next to the Sports Complex I remembered we did some walks there about a year ago when I was still using the walker. We went there because it has nice wide sidewalks and no crowds, and I might have done 900 feet on those walks and it was a workout.  I really could have done not very much more so I have come a very long ways in the last year.  Hope I continue to improve.

Tues Sept 4    Today I went to Dr. Flores, the psychologist, for my first group meeting, what a waste of time.  15 people for an hour group meeting did not make for a good meeting.  It’s really more like 50 minutes or less. I think only 4 people really got to say much of anything and then there is another 2 or 3 people that have to say something about everything and they take up a lot of time and waste it. Bullcrapola!  The meeting would be so much better with only 6 people.  Everyone would have a chance to speak and comment.   I’ll wait till the one on one with Dr. Flores and then make a decision if it is worthwhile for me to continue. Right now, very unlikely.

Nick and I did take a little walk on the Courthouse Fullerton Loop for 2 miles, felt good even though it was warm.  I have really gotten some good walks these last few days:  El Moro with Mick and the Headz meeting, Mick and I on the Fullerton Loop and just now, Nick and I on another part of the loop.  Maybe by Nov I might be able to do, and finish, the Chino Hills 10k trail race without having to be carried off.

I think my feet don’t bother me quite as much if I am out walking and I am with somebody, but my vision is still fricky.  I go to Dr. Boyce, ophthalmologist, later today and find out if he has anything worthwhile to say. Probably not.  Yep, not much at the eye doc.  Eye pressure is good, do have the very beginnings of a cataract in left eye, damn.  Go back in 6 months.

Crap, I am not me today.  I don’t feel bad, just not with it.  Just funky feeling all over, feet are funky, little aches in forearm and hand, ankle is so-so, and I don’t like it.  No motivation for anything, restless, bored, whatever!!!!

Friday Sept 7:  Nancy and I met with Ron yesterday after my group psychology meeting.  There was good news and news that could’ve been better.  The defense has already paid, or will soon pay, all my medical bills except maybe the hernia tab.    To us, that indicates that the bus driver is primarily at fault and they need to pay.  Could’ve been better news:  no pretrial on Sept 17, but there might be a settlement sometime in Nov.  More could’ve been better news.  If there is a trial it will not be until Feb.  Well, there goes my intentions of my comeback event on Nov 3, it’ll just have to wait a while longer.  Damn, and damn!!!!

We did find out there are 6 doctors on the case, 3 for them and 3 for me,  and each may make $10,000-$20,000 for maybe a week of testimony. I don’t know if the traffic analysts will be an additional amount.  Whoa, it’s a lot of money for this case.

Oh, the group meeting was lots better than the first one.  Still, with 15 people that is a lot of people that would probably like to talk and that can’t be done in 50 minutes.  Hi!  I’m Sam and I have family troubles because of the accident. Next!!!!  Not quite that bad but feels like it. Seems to be almost all workers comp claims and that is a whole nother animal.

I do play a lot of Scrabble because it helps, I think, keep me a little sharper, something to do and costs nothing. I just checked my won/loss for the last few games and I do fair for the average player. I lose about 1 of 5 games and just rarely use the help to complete a word.  Sometimes I’ll ask where and maybe what letters to use.  The dictionary is used lots but I suppose that is not really cheating, just part of the game

I am so tired of everything not being worth crap:  vision, head, shoulder, forearm, elbow, hands, sciatic nerve for both legs, feet, right ankle, toes, Did I forget anything?  Nope, I am surprised I got everything on the first try and in one sentence. Yeah, PT and yoga seems to give more flexibility but things still ache and hurt.  As I’ve said before, I don’t use pain meds and take Tylenol very infrequently.  If I were to be “normal” again I don’t know if I would know right away, probably take several days to realize it.   Well, I did forget one thing:  my hip, how could I forget that?  The shattered hip is probably a major problem contributor to the hernia and infection, my right leg and feet issues. At least no nightmares, headaches, or back issues.  I am almost tempted to say “So fricking what!” but I am very grateful those I don’t have to deal with those issues.

Since I am talking about me:  I understand everything hurting/working poorly on my right side, but my left foot, numb!, and left sciatic nerve? Makes no sense.  About all I can do is go to PT and do the DDP yoga workouts.  Been doing yoga about a month and I think there is slight improvement but I need to keep doing the workouts several times a week. I really want to at least go out and walk, I am so tired of sitting around all day with my thumb up my butt.  Let me do SOMETHING!

Another crappy day.  Head not on very well, don’t feel like walking, blah and bullshit!  I did walk out front tonight for several minutes and even with a great night, just not into it.  Crap.  We’ll see how Sunday fares.  Oh, I will ride with Nancy and Austin tomorrow go to LAX.  Nancy is going to DC and the rest of the family will head out Wed.   So that means Wed, Thur, Fri, and Sat I will be on my own, not a big deal.  About the only difference is that Nancy won’t be coming in at night.  Since she’s comes in so late often that does not bother me.

Just day or so ago I was thinking about doing 6 miles in Nov and right now I’d be lucky to do ½ mile.  Just don’t know, just don’t.  Well, time to hit the sack, we’ll see if things are better tomorrow.

 I do feel better after a good sleep and my head is on straighter this morning.  Hope it lasts. I’ve already got one yoga session out of the way and will probably try to do another later today. 

9-10 Monday  Seems as though I have a bit more energy today and I did a fairly fast late morning walk in just over 27 min.  It’s warm but not as bad as it has been.  Some decent news:  I found my clip on sunglasses in my room.  Maybe the cleaning lady cleaned the shelves and put them under my hat and out of sight.  At least they are found!

Did another mile at 1:30 pm and in little over 26 min.  I looked at my old times and when I first got home in Feb it would take me 12+ min to do one lap.  Now I am doing it 6 ½  minutes fairly consistently and I have broken 6 minutes a several times and that is my next goal,  a consistent 24 minute mile.

Almost pulled a good one:  Thought the one-on-one appt with Dr. Flores was today, it is still 1 month away.  Crap, I really wanted to meet with him and vent a little. I went another group meeting this morning, another total waste of time/money.  With 16 people a good group meeting is not gonna happen in an hour.  If the facilitator moves along and nobody talks incessantly, one does, about half of the group will get to say something.  I’m sure that some people do benefit from this kind of meeting, they realize they are not alone in their struggles, either mental or financial.  I’ve said it before, I think I’ve done very well with the mental issues other than being frustrated by not being able to walk as I’d like and then taking so long to resolve the legal issues.

I walked twice today, 1 mile and later, fastest 2 mile walk for me so that’s good.  Tinnitus does not seem as obnoxious today but vision is still crappy.  It’s cooler today so that is helping with my attitude and get up and go.   Crud, spoke too soon about the tinnitus.

Went by The Snails Pace today and got some new socks and racing/run schedules.  Yeah, I am whileing away the time looking at all the good runs coming up in the next few months.  And yes, I want to do the Nanny Goat 12/24/100 mile run next May 2013..  About 3 years ago I did the 24 hour portion and managed to do 69 miles and with a 2 or 3 hour nap.  It’s a 1 mile flat loop around a horse ranch in Riverside and a great run, I had lots of fun and I feel like I accomplished something.  Next year I am aiming for LMF, or DLM. Least Miles Finished or Did Least Miles!  We ultra runners love acronyms like DFL, DNF, DNS, Did Finish Last, Did Not Finish, Did Not Start. I may actually have a new one and it’ll be just for me!

9-13  Thur  Hit another milestone today, passed 200 miles walking since Feb 8.  Sounds like many miles but…that is less than 1 mile per day for that time period.  Still, I am passing everyone on the stupid couch watching TV and it will only get better.

Somewhere I need to work this into my story:  I move with sureness and grace of a slime cascading over a rock.  It’s not pretty nor fast, but I’ll get there wherever it might be.

It’s still quite warm and I am ready for it be just a little cooler so walkin’ will be a tad more enjoyable.  Still, I depise being locked up as a prisoner and having to stay on my block.  I know, I know, it’s the damn legal issues still.  I am fully capable of walking 5 or maybe 6 miles if it is not too warm.  Yes, I said 5 or 6 miles. I can do 3 right now and get me out where I can extend myself there is no doubt in my mind that is I am capable of lots more.  A half marathon is beyond me for a long while yet, not even near close.

For lack of anything better to do, I wrote my resignation letter to Greg Wittstock of Aquascapes giving notice I can no longer work as a CAC .  Just wrote it so I can revise  it many times before the settlement so it’ll be ready to send out when we are ready.

I’ve noticed that within the last few weeks when I lay on my back I can point my right foot straight up and down.  For months and months my foot, or bent leg, would always flop over to the right and I could not control them.  Now I can hold both straight up and down.  It’s  slow progress, and I’ll take every little bit I can grab.

Skip and I went to the Farmers Market last night and got to see some old running buddies.  It was fun and I caught up a little of the latest going ons.  Mostly good news and some, well, a bit unsettling for me.  It’s about two former friends that are having legal issues, not with each other though.  Snails Pace is still a great group of people, just wish I could be more active, and along with the Trail Headz.  I just wanna get back out there and maybe inspire some folks.

Damn, another hot one today, 106 degrees.  It was supposed to be about 85 degrees now and for the last week or so.  The weather forecasters are screwing up big time.  I’m ready for just a bit of cooler weather so I can walk more.  Another warm one Sat and then a tiny bit cooler.  Still gonna get my walks in.

Still another hot one today so ended up doing a whole lot of nothing.  But… I did wash Bella yesterday and Heidi today.  In some ways Bella is easier for me to bathe than Heidi.  Heidi, I have to bend over or set on the bathroom floor and parts of me no like that.  I can set on a patio chair and get to Bella.  She does not like baths but really not too bad. 

Speaking of no like that:  My feet are crappy, ankle is just a little sore and someplace around the hernia incision seems to be talking to me more today (but not red!), but I do seem to be making a little progress on the yoga program, especially the cannonballs.  As a matter of fact, I think I’ll revise some notes on the health issues that’s already set up to see what progress I might be making.

I think that if I were not into trail running big time and have such good friends I could see how someone in my condition could drift off into a serious depression.  The settlement is getting closer all the time and that does give me some hope.  I really so wanna work on me big time.

Oops. I said last week I passed 200 miles walking.  Not quite, seems I keyed a number wrong and so it is only 194 miles.  I’ll still take it, close enough to round up to 200 J.  Nancy and the gang will be back late tonight and so today is another day to strangle.  Too warm to be outside and walking, crap!

Thought of another way to describe my head not being on straight: head feels like it is swimming around or sloshing about.  It did get a bit cooler today not much and it was late before I did my 1 mile walk.  Other than that, nuttin!

Mon 9-17   Bored stiff, I guess all the hot weather for the last week or so drove me inside and made me very lazy.  I did, however, do a 1 mile walk about 8 this morning when it was cooler so I may try to do 2 miles in a few minutes and at a slow pace just so I can.  Did not happen, heck,I only did 1 lap each with Bella and Heidi, 1/2 mile!  I may try to yoga in a few minutes just to do something, I need to do it anyways.

Everyone made it safely back from DC last night, good to have everyone here again.  I sent Ron an email today voicing some thoughts on my physical condition. Basically, the same things I’ve mentioned the last few months and I hope that gives him some bargaining power on the settlement. He did tell Nancy that I was one of his hardest clients, hard to deal with because I don’t tell all my aches and pains to the doctors.  Nancy has told me already several times I could do a better job of communicating the hurts.  Well, think I’ve mentioned this before, I seem to have a high threshold for pain, what is a 4 for me might be very a 7 or 8 for someone else.  Oh, being a former ultra runner has enabled me to tune out some of the aches and hurts, so long as it is not too bad and makes it harder for me to be forthright.  Used to be good to be able to tune out but I guess I should become more vocal.

The weather has finally turned into the more moderate weather we should have had all along.  To that end, I did 2 miles after PT and had several new first for me:  fastest 2 miles, fast 1 mile, fastest ¼ mile and I may pay for it a little tomorrow but it’s worth it.  When I can finally break free from the legal issues and start really working on me I should be ready to go all out, just not quite yet.

The more I hear from friends about my recovery thus far really makes me want to do a blog and enter lots of 5ks this spring and show up at trail races to help out.  I have to admit lots of folks were very concerned if I would ever make it and what I would be.  Well, I have made it, sorta.  But, I do have my work cut out for many more months.  I need to be more flexible (yoga!), build my endurance, get my head on a bit straighter and, of course, hope my eyes get better after I do the Healing The Eye program in FL.   Hope to work on all that and do more after the settlement.

Right now about the only thing I can do for more than 5 minutes is FB and walking.  I did a SMALL amount of yard work this morning and it did tire me out way too quickly.  Maybe when it is cooler I’ll be able to more. 

Friday Sept 21 Another warmer day, maybe not too bad.  The space shuttle while be flying over Disneyland in just a bit and hope I get to see.   I did 2 miles this morning, early, and for the most part, very consistent times except for the last lap when I did push a little. But… I am tired and I still need to do yoga in a bit.    

I did see the shuttle!  It was over Disneyland and pretty small but we could make out the shuttle and, just barely, the two chase planes.  Our street in Fullerton was probably one of the best spots to see it and there were several people from around the area just to see it. 

Flashback to May/June 2011.  I remember just getting home and we had a hospital bed set up in the family room.  I really needed one for a few weeks, just not ready to be in a regular bed and still wheelchair bound.  That meant I could not easily get up to go to the bathroom in middle of the night so I had pee bottles, just as I had in the hospital.  I musta been drinking a lot of water then for I remember filling 3 bottles a night and one time I remember falling asleep with a open bottle and it spilled. Ugh, embarrassing.

Nancy and I went out to lunch today, I don’t LIKE feeling the way I do when we’re out, just wanna be halfway normal.  I don’t mind the drop foot and brace, too much!, but just wish my head was on a bit straighter so I would feel more at ease.  No, I am NOT gonna stop going out, as a matter of fact once we’re settled everything, I WILL be out walking lots and going to running club meetings, etc.  I just don’t know how I can work on the head part, just don’t know nor have a clue other than being out.  Basically stopped using the cane except we when go to Ron’s office or to a doctor.

Hoping that when I do get “back” out there will be a young lady, or two, to keep me company on the long hikes/runs or whatever, just for company of course.  I will be more than willing to accept company from anyone, just so long as they don’t leave me out in the middle of nowhere.

Sunday Sept 23  What a frickin’ boring day, little too warm to do much.  Nancy had her car washed today and I tagged along for something to do and we then hit the store for some food.  Nancy is going to a wedding somewhere down in Tecumula by way of Dana Pt , I did not want to go and so I am here by myself, again.  Don’t want to do anything outside but it is getting better and maybe this week it will be really nice.  Right now I’m thinking maybe 3 miles in the morning or maybe even 4, we’ll see. Oh, I really need to do yoga too.

Nancy went to a wedding down by Temecula and someone talked her into stopping by a casino for a few minutes.  She was there 10 minutes and won $504 on the slots.  She left with all the money J  Sure hope that’s a harbinger of things to come on my end.

Damn, so tired of not being able to sit, head swimming, crap, everything!   Just want something to be better.  As soon we get the settlement I WILL spend a little money on me, some, well most is outside the MD stuff, but I think the alternative medicines will be worthwhile shot and I have to do my due diligence to make sure that it might be worthwhile.  I did go to one doctor for my feet and I have no doubt he could probably help but right off it was money, $2000 to $7000  and that just turned me off right then.

I think it is probably easier to tell someone what does not hurt rather than go into detail about all the things that don’t work or hurt.  Things that don’t hurt and function well:  back, knees, left shoulder and arm, appetite is good and I mostly sleep well.   Did something a little different tonight – walked in front of the house without ankle brace or cane and in crocs.  Course it was dark so no biggie but I was tired and that 600 ft was about all I wanted,  and it was very warm too!

Another day:  a good day.  Walked 3x 1 mile already and did 2 yoga sets.  Actually feel half way decent, but still crappy in the grand scheme of things but I’ll take whatever I can get.  Lots cooler today and I am more with it.  Did another 1 mile with dogs and another yoga so that’s 4 miles and 3 yoga sets!  Whoo hooo!

Went to the group meeting at Dr Flores office, still pretty much a waste of my time but still…it is something to do and while I’ve always known people can have really severe medical/financial issues, it does help to put on face on some of the people.  I am extremely fortunate, and thankful, I have no unending pain, at least somewhat what mobile, and while we do have financial issues those are not bad  

Looks like today (Tues) was my last PT session till I can get some more approved by Dr. Asher and insurance.  So…talked Austin into taking a walk with me by Stater Brs where Mick and I walked a few days ago.  Really pushed hard, the weather was great, and knocked 25 minutes off my previous time with Micki,  46 minutes vs 1:10 a few days ago.   Nearly running most of the way, well..what I call a run.  And there is a drop of about 80 ft going and a uphill climb back of 80 ft. with the last 50-65 feet being a definite workout.  Yipppeeeee!  It helped that Austin carried my cane for most of the way so I could concentrate on moving fast, it really helps not having that damn thing around.

I keep thinking my voice is about “normal” for when I talk with/to Bella/Heidi it seems to be almost ok but when I talk with someone, the voice just does not sound quite right.  Frustrating, but if that was the only issue to deal with, I’d take it in a heartbeat. 

Wed Sept 26  A cool overcast morning.  Not sure how I’ll do once it really gets to be wintertime and handling the cool mornings and overcast skies everyday.  Part of me is welcoming the change, the other part is deathly afraid I’ll be freezing my buns even though the actual temperature may only be 55 or 60 so degrees.  I remember all too vividly having to wear a jacket frequently while in the HOUSE! I did not want to turn the heater up 80 degrees and run everyone out so I just bundled up and dealt with it.  But now, I can do yoga and walk so that might help keep me warm and give me a little something to do.

Did yoga early and a 10 am walk, sun is just now breaking out. Just a little tired from yesterdays walk which was a heckva walk for me and so I’m happy. Got in another walk about 4ish and not really into it all that much.  A little tired but took the dogs out anyways so they can get out a bit.  As it gets cooler and I get in better condition they will get out more.  They actually walk very nice which is good.  I am a bit tired, and very bored, but I don’t mind being tired if I’ve done something to be tired from.  Just sitting around all day is tiring and that’s crap.  I did clean up one of the flower beds today for all of maybe 20 minutes and that’s about all I can handle for now.   Before the accident that would have been absolutely nothing to even mention.  But now, I think it is a bit of an accomplishment and hopefully there’ll be more.

Went to the dermatologist Thur and Friday.  The place on my face is healing but it will be several more weeks before it is really passable.  The spot on my thigh was no big deal, go back in 3 weeks.  Other than that, it was warmish today and only a little walking.  Head is again not on worth a damn and vision is well, yucky.  Maybe in 6 or 7 more weeks till a settlement.  If not then, it’ll Feb.  crap, crap and more crap!!!!!

Sat Sept 29  Another totally worthless day.  It’s not that I feel bad, just not in the mood to do a fricking thing.  I took a 1 lap walk which was all I wanted.  All my go juice is gone, gone.   When I’m like this my mood goes South and everything seems to work even worse and that makes me even worse off.  So ready for me to have just a little of me back, tired of being yucky.

 

 

 

Posted on FB yesterday: “Halloween is drawing closer and I’m seeing Frankenstein and friends more often. With all my scars, a little pasty do-over and bulking up, I could probably do a stand-in for Mr. Frankenstein, what’da yall think?”  Gotta couple of cute comments

Well, I really feel down again tonight, the Headz are doing a full moon trail run up on Santiago Peak tonight.  They can be hard runs but what fun being up in the mountains at night under a full moon, seeing all the city lights virtually all around, and being in a big group means virtually no worries about being a midnight snack for a cat that might be about your size!   I did a half hearted moon light stroll around the block, hip seems to hurt more than usual.  Everything seems worse, damn it.

I just checked the walking log and it is now right at 1 year for the hernia confirmation but it was Dec. 15th before the operation because of the blood clots and blood thinner.  If not for that, the operation would have been within a couple of weeks.  As I said before, the hernia and MRSA infection was probably a good thing, otherwise I would now be a real SOB to be around cause I would be 4 or 5 more months into my rehab and pulling at the reins to do something.

I am stealing the next few words from somewhere, most of them in kind of haphazard fashion.  “I will not make my days full of pity, wallowing, depression, full of doubt, what if’s, regrets, and self pity”.  I never look back at that day when everything changed, I don’t remember anything anyway, and think what could I have done differently or why I was there at that particular moment.  Really, it is my nature to try appreciate everything and now, more than ever it just makes me want to try harder and try harder I certainly will once everything is settled.

Received from my cousin in Dallas:

Hi,  

Have you ever felt a little nostalgia at a period of your life seemingly coming to a close?  Remember that when a door closes, a window opens.  It’s an artform to learn to turn our attention from the closed door and to the window — Not only to it, but through it, into the possibility of what is next In your life right now, there are some doors that have closed, or are in the process of closing.  At the same time, there are windows opening, inviting you into this next stage of your life.  Accept the invitation.  Look through the windows.  Pay attention. Enjoy The View,

Yes, there have been doors slammed shut and I am looking for the open window, just hope there is not a tornado outside waiting to invite itself in.   Right now I feel like I’ve been in bed for days, weeks? No energy, don’t really even want to walk, or do yoga. I am just ready to move on. Part of the reason for no energy is it is hot, again and will be for 2-3 more days.  Everyone is so ready for cooler weather.

We celebrated Haley’s birthday a little early today, we all went to Super Mex and enjoyed ourselves, me especially with a margarita.  I still can’t find my voice worth a damn, don’t like being near an invalid or at least feeling like one. I can’t say I had the time of my life, oh it was enjoyable just wish I was more me to enjoy.

At one time I semi-toyed with the idea of becoming active with the Headz running group again, I’m pretty sure I could get reelected as President again if I were able be active and take part in some activities. I really would like to see how and what I could do as President.  Now, I just don’t know.  My voice seems very soft, can’t articulate very well, and I would want to do well if I were president.  If I can’t, I’d rather not.  Well, I have over a year to decide and when the time right I may go for it if I feel up to the job.  The “I just don’t know” seems to be one of my favorite sayings for the moment.

“I don’t know” seems to be recurring all too often and I know no way around it.  Probably better than “I can’t”

Enough for Sept. and time to see what October has in store.

As I review this in Aug 2013 I see the Sept pretrial hearing did NOT take place.  Right now I don’t know why but I suppose it was postponed to a later date.  Have no idea I did not gripe about then.

Aug 2012 Some good, some coulda been better but nothing really bad!

 

Chapter 7

August 2012

Aug 1   Wed   The pretrial hearing on Sept 17th is inching closer and closer.  Not counting the days but certainly looking at the weeks, soon I’ll be able to count the weeks on one hand. Can you tell I am excited?  You bet I am, just wanna get this over and start living, rejoin my friends, and do lotsa things. The Healing the Eye in Tampa, sauna, Ellipitigo bike are the real biggies.  Get those done and I just might be on my way to getting most of the real me back. 

Trying to do the DDP Yoga every morning and so far, I have but just barely getting started.  Hope to say that in a month I only taken off mostly on Sundays.  For not doing anything strenuous it can be a real butt kicker, and I need it.Image

Trying to touch my toes and really trying  - but not there, yet!

I did something last night I have not done in a over a yearand since the accident.  I walked around the block at 10 pm with a bright moon, pleasant weather and it would have been great for a moonlight trail run up in the mountains.  Damn, I miss those runs even though I only did just a few.  They were fun, being out with like minded crazies. Even thinking about Ridgecrest in Dec.,  the 30k that is, but I really need to do several 10ks, and a couple of half marathons before attempting something like that otherwise I might have to get a ride back.  I don’t mind DFL, did finish last!, but a ride back would be embarrassing to no end.

Went into out in the garage again yesterday and got more stuff  tossed.  Have a pile for Cliff, a pile of aquarium stuff for Haley, all the paints are in one spot, and the garage is starting to shape up a bit. I’ll go thru the paint cans again later to see what is good and what goes to the hazardous waste site.  Still have hours of work to do but it does give me something worthwhile to do.  Oh, I still have the storage area by the RV carport that is full of kids stuff, old National geographic mags, Playboys, camping stuff, Christmas lights, and just stuff.  I’ll worry about that AFTER I get the garage in good shape.

Just found out I have a probably 8 hour interview, Aug 21, with a neurologist over at UCLA in Los Angeles, an hour drive at best! I think they will do the sessions in 2 four sessions which suits me fine and I am really looking forward to it.  Sometime soon, there will be another session with another doctor and whatever that is about, I am looking for it too.  Just wanna get it all over with and start being me again, but getting closer.

August 15, Wed   Oh shit!   I overwrote the file I was using for the last several weeks and now have to start over from almost the very beginning.  I’ll try to remember the important stuff, well… at least important to me right now.

I do remember taking Heidi in for her nose.  Not only did she get into her medicine she got into Bella’s meds.  Nancy had to take her to another vet, weekend thing, to get her stomach pumped out, and today more meds were delivered by mail and Heidi got into those.  Damn dog, she’s costing us a fortune.  The meds are not supposed to really bad for overdoses so she seems fine right now but really pissed at her.

Nancy had her deposition last week, for her little accident and her knee, I think it went ok.  Just what we need to deal with, 2 lawsuits!!!

 Sometimes I think it would be better lawsuit wise if I were still in a coma, bedridden or at least in a wheelchair. This is really a Catch-22.  If I do well it just means there may not be as much money.  I really want to be better, lots and lots better but I really don’t want to give up anything either.  It has most certainly been no fun for these 20 months.  Damn those Catch-22s.

Jean May, a good friend from Ft. Worth sent me an old photo of me when I was hashing lots.  This made my day and lots more.

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Zero the Gay Blade!

Probably in late 80’s or early 90’s

 I went a few days ago to have a bit of skin cancer removed from my face, really was not too bad and I’ll be glad when the stitches are removed in a couple of days.  Then there is a little spot on my leg that’ll be a non event.  That’s one thing I will not try to blame on the accident, just not me.  I’m sure there are some people, and attorneys, that would try for anything and everything to get all they can.

I did go Monday for an 8 hour interview and testing with a psychologist, it was quite interesting and a little fun at times but I was really tired that evening.  Went back today for another 2.5 hours and some of the “games” are diabolical.  They show a picture with 6 or 8 diagrams laid out in a grid of 24 spaces.  You have 10 seconds to memorize and then shown 12 diagrams and you get to pick  6 or 8 and then place them on the correct grid spot.  The diagrams are just a little different: mirror images, extra spots, lines or circles.  It is difficult, have no idea how they score on that cause it ends up nothing more than pure guessing.

I get to go to a neurologist way over in Beverly Hills next week for a couple hours.  Can’t wait for that one and then it will only be 1 MONTH till the pretrial hearing.  This is the event I am really waiting on.   The trial itself is in October and Ron, our attorney, said it is not unheard of the defense wait until the morning of the trial for the defense to make a good offer.   I am getting closer and closer to being really excited.  As I’ve said before lots of times, “I am so ready for this to be over and really start working on “me” big time.  I have been working on “me” but this will allow me to go to the next level.

As I think about it, lots of money is being spent for and against me.  The traffic analysis study was about $15,000, and the doctor I went to a few months ago for testing may have been 4 or $5,000 (both were for Ron). For the defense, the psychologist standard rate is  probably $500 per hour for 8 or so hours, and the neurologist will probably be at least $500 for an our or so. I know the traffic analysis is in my favor and hope all the other tests will help me lots. 

The hot weather finally broke so I got in a fairly fast 2-mile walk today, 2nd mile at 25:30.  When I do a mile in 20 min flat, I just might break out a whole bottle of wine just for me to celebrate.  I do feel more lively today I might even do yoga a bit later today.  Yesterday was the first time yoga has called me since last week, really gonna work on it lots.  Oh, I also went back to PT for the first time in several weeks, had to get more authorization from the insurance.  I’ll go so long as they let me, I think it helps and it gets me out for just a little.

Heidi must have an extra gene to get into so much trouble.  Her and Bella meds were delivered yesterday and dropped thru the mail slot.  Guess who opened the envelope and ate all of her meds again?  Heidi of course.   Nancy is really ticked at me for not going to the vet right then but the meds are not supposed to be that much of a problem for an overdose and I did not want to spend another $500 to have her stomach pumped out.  She’s fine but I think we need to have a built-in safety deposit box about 6 ft off the floor that is totally unreachable for her.

The weather is still a bit warm but not quite as hot as it was.  I think I’ll do another walk in a few minutes and hopefully another round of yoga, we’ll see.   Did not do!

Aug 17 Friday  Went to the dermatologist this morning to have stitches on face taken out, now have a half-dollar sized crater just underneath my right sideburn.  They want me to keep it filled with ointment and no bandage, which means I get grease goop all over the phone, don’t know what I’ll do at night because I really don’t want a greasy pillow and sheets every day. Bandage it is.

Just found out from our attorney I have another psychologist visit next week, at least this is just in Santa Ana.   Nancy said this one might be a good one for me to have, I agree with her.  If there were only a couple of things on me that worked poorly, hurt, or both, I could pretty easily deal with it.  But…when it takes 1½ pages to describe everything it can, at times, seem a bit overwhelming.  Not there yet on the edge, just skirting far away from the edges, if I get closer than I want I make myself go for a walk around the block a few times, play on Scrabble, Facebook, or do yoga and so far I’ve managed to stay pretty far away from the edge. So long as I can stay far away from the edge, I’ll be satisfied.  Maybe not as happy as I would like but still satisfied. 

I did a fast 2-mile walk late yesterday evening and then a bit later I did nother round of yoga.  I slept pretty good last night and woke up around 7:45 this morning.  But right now, I am bored silly.  No, I am going to go there about my pants.

Another 2-mile stroll in the bag and during the walk I was thinking a bit about me.  I have no serious pain issues, I can walk (like a drunken sailor) and I have no real weight issues.  It would be too easy for me to sit/lay around, do absolutely nothing, and gain 150 pounds.  When I first woke up I probably weighed 125/130 pounds and that is way too skinny. I was up to 168 for a short while and decided I really needed to be around 160.  That also gave me an excuse to watch my cholesterol and now I have dropped a couple pounds or so, still have just a little more and then I’ll be satisfied.  Now then, if I were to get down to 155 because of lots of walking I would be ecstatic.

I have never asked “Why me?”  What good would it do?  The past is past and unchangeable but sometimes one might make try to amends for something that happened in the past but I don’t think I can do anything about a bus hitting me other than just deal with it.  The pretrial hearing is now 1 month away and I can now count the weeks on one hand, finally.  I clearly remember Ron saying that it would probably take a year for everything to settle and looks he is going to be very close.

 

I’ve not shaved for several days, just waiting until I go to the neurologist in Beverly Hills tomorrow; I just want to be really clean and with it.  Not that I want to impress him with how well I am doing, or not.  I just want to…I don’t know… feel good.

Flashback time:  When I was in the rest home, I did not shave for several weeks, and really no shower to speak of and my hair was yucky and Nancy thought I stunk.  Maybe I did, don’t know.   I do remember my first wheelchair shower and shave.   Ack, the razor musta been used a few times before, no fun being shaved with a dull razor.  Wheelchair showers are not something we typically look forward to but nevertheless I did feel lots better and so glad they have been in the past for months and months.  I likely had a couple more wheelchair showers, don’t remember.   Shaving, I could not do, right elbow would not bend enough and still clumsy with the left hand so either a nurse shaved me or I got Micki to shave me.  Micki was so much better, thank you Micki.

Tuesday Aug 21  Well, I had the neurologist appt today way over in Beverly Hills, 43 miles over there!, and I really liked the guy.  He did all the typical neurology things, checked for feeling in hand and feet with a pin, knocked on joints, short memory tests.  In short, really a whole lot of nothing but I think he could tell I was not faking anything.  At least I hope so. Tomorrow I go for another psychologist visit and as I mentioned before, this I am really looking forward to it.

For fun this evening I did yoga and 3 miles with only a very short stop for water and to get the dogs out for a couple of laps each.  Got a good sweat, oboy!  Hope to sleep well tonight.

Went to Dr Flores for the pysch evaluation today and was really unhappy.  Waited 45 minutes and then took a mickey mouse test that had been photocopied way too many times.  Needless to say, not good quality. That took an hour or so and then more waiting, finally went to his office with 5 other folks and he talked he talked on his cell phone for 10-15 minutes  After that he talked none stop for an hour all about this and that legal stuff. He could have made his point in 20 minutes easily. By that time, I was a most unhappy camper.

 Went back in the waiting room for another 2 1/2 hour wait.  Finally, I got up, told the receptionist “I’m tired of waiting and I’m leaving” and just like that, I left.  Called Austin, he came very shortly and meanwhile they called him and said I would get right in.  So, being the good guy I am, I went back, reluctantly, and did go right in.  The visit with Dr. Flores was just ok, he has a pretty heavy accent and I have to work hard to understand him.  And another conversation on his cell phone, he just needs to turn it off or do something.

I’m set up for group visits 2x weekly and I’ll start week after next.  He should help our case considerably and so I’ll stick with him for a while. A few months ago, I made a list of all my physical ailments and gave him an updated copy so he could use in our case, hope it helps.     Crud, my feet are starting to feel funky again, Nancy does not care for me to say “funky” when describing my ailments so guess it’ll be “not good” or “not normal”.  Hell, I may not even know what “normal” is anymore!

Friday Aug 24   My visit with the orthopedic surgeon today was a disappointment, my elbow shows a very slight improvement and he is not ready to do anything just yet, I go back in 6 months for a x-ray and visit.  So, bullshit! I was really hoping he would be at least willing to proceed a little further on options. Oh, instead of a 2 hour wait like I usually have it was only about an hour or so.  Much better than previous visits.

Just not with it very much today. I did get my blower back and it did start… and not start, again,  bullshit again.  Just don’t feel like doing much of anything but I want to. Stupid body and mind are not cooperating with each other today.

Most folks like bit of quite/down time.  I, however, have waaayyy too much quite time.  Quite time can provide one with a bit of looking within yourself, day dreaming, or it might be a time for brooding moody misery.  I do like a bit of daydreaming but I want to stay away from being moody and miserable.  There is plenty to make me unhappy but I will NOT go there.  Instead, I’ll go wash my truck and maybe that will swing my mood around a bit.  The truck got washed but do I feel better?  Some, but not a whole lot, I just wanna have me back.  Well, at least part of the “new” me maybe will be arriving in a few weeks or so.  After everything is settled, the very first thing I will do is make an appt for the eye program in FL.  After that, it will be as everything comes along.  Hopefully, I will be allowed to walk freely, this hanging around here is a huge drag on my smiling face and attitude

It has been 19 months since the accident, I still cannot wrap my mind around it.  I see, and feel, the physical aspects of it but still, I no comprehende. Don’t know what I can do or if I even need to be able to wrap my mind around it. Just deal with it and go forward?

My feet seem to be much worser today; it is not at all comfortable to walk.  Damn, I was doing pretty good for a long while, now I guess I’ll have to wait and see what develops.  Maybe go back to Dr. Cho for more laser treatments or try acupuncture.  We’ll see how the money situation is next week. I am so tired of several forward and more back.  Just wanna move on.

8-26  Sunday  Mick and I went to the Headz meeting at El Moro today and it was good.  We got in about

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2 ½ RT miles in about 1:10 with some good hills, maybe 400-500 ft. elevation change. 

 

I could do that every day and maybe in a few weeks more I can really start doing the Fullerton loop.  I decided a very good walk would be around the Summit House loop. It has hills and not paved so that could be of help with my walking. I checked on Google Earth and it could be about a 6 mile round trip and cross only 3 small streets.  That would be a great route for me. Can’t wait to get started.

My left eye was worser today, everything is not as sharp as it has been and I’m frustrated to no end.  Damn, I really don’t need/want this, I just hope we can settle soon so I can sign up ASAP for the eye program in FL. Also thinking I would like to try acupuncture for feet, ankle and arm, again I need to wait until we have money although Kristy did email me months ago and said there would be no billing until the case is settled.  Tempted to go ahead and try it but I probably ought to wait for a few more weeks to be sure.

Nancy and I drove down to Laguna Beach to look at a house the bank just sold.  It is a nice place but not me.  I have no desire to live there and fight horrendous weekend traffic, be right on top of neighbors and have a tiny yard, no thanks. I can spend 2.3 million lots better elsewhere. Almost forgot to mention I actually fell, I missed a couple of steps that were the same floor stone all around and took a little tumble.  Thank goodness, it was inside, out of sight and no one else was around. Then we went to eat at one of Nancy’s favorite restaurants right on the beach.  It was good but somewhat pricey but expected.  Again, I’d rather do something rather than look at an endless ocean.  Give me a patio with a view up in the mountains or rocks/boulders, good food, a beer and maybe even be able take a walk/hike afterwards. That, I can appreciate much more than the beaches.

Did nutin whatever yesterday and really about the same for today except for a doc visit, vet visit, physical therapy and a Snails meeting tonight, if I feel up to it and in the mood.  The doc visit today was for the skin cancer removal on my face.  Looks bad, just a scab and should fall off in maybe 4 weeks and I’ll have a normal face again, yea!

Heidi is losing a lot of fur and probably all related to all the meds she ate a few weeks ago.  Damn dogs are expensive, but worth it.  I go the pt later today and do I want to go?  Not really, just not with the program again.  Don’t feel bad, just no energy, everything seems like it hurts some, no smiling face on me, and it is a bit warm and so I’m staying in.  Blah, bah, humbug, whatever!!!!

Aug 29 Wed   Hot!!!  The weather is hotter than forecast, the weathermen were wrong again. I am so ready for it to be cooler so the walkin’ can be longer and I can push myself a bit more.  Saw a young lady this morning that used to live behind us and across the alley.  She remembered me, I have no clue what her name is.  But, we played a bit of catch up and she seems to be a very pleasant young lady.

I am even thinking about trying some acupuncture to see if it helps on any of my hurts/aches. After Nancy gets back from DC would be a great time to try. Heard lots of good stuff about it and would at least like to try and see if it does anything for me: shoulder, legs, feet, etc.  Just wanna do sometime besides sit around all day with my thumb up my butt.  Too warm to do much in the yard or anything, I may try to do another walk this evening when it cools off a bit.  At least tomorrow may be a bit busier with the dermatologist visit, pt, and some running around.

Friday Aug 31  Last day of month, only 17 days til pretrial hearing, won’t be long until I can count the days on 2 hands and then one hand.  I did get my pressure washer back yesterday and, damn it, it is no better than it was so I guess we’ll take it back next week.  The hand held blower is finally starting as it should so now I can keep the deck clean.

Just remembered tonight is a Blue Moon so I may just take a stroll around the block after the moon starts shining and then have a Blue Moon Beer. A long walk was callin me this evening and even though a bit warm I got in the 2nd fastest 2 miles to date and a fast 25:00 flat 2nd mile. I checked my heart rate and it was only 82 which must mean I am not a total wussy yet.  I remember having to work very hard to get it up to 160 but most it was mostly 120/130 on long hard runs.  I think my normal rate is probably around 64/66 which is not too shabby.  I will probably never be able to run like l used to but still, I can probably get it down to the high 50’s when I start doing my hours long walks in Oct/Nov. I will go all over the place.

Posted FB tonight: “Since tonight is a real Blue Moon I think I might go out for a few minutes and enjoy it. Then I will have a Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale so there will be two Blue Moons for me tonight.”   Did not take long to get several likes. Mission accomplished and took Bella/Heidi out and NO CANE for me tonight.  First walk w/o cane and both dogs.  Bella had not been out much this week and kinda a handful for a couple minutes.  Heidi, no problem.

In 2010, Karl Meltzer ran the 2064-mile Pony Express Trail, from Sacramento, California, to St. Joseph, Missouri, in 40 days, averaging 53 miles a day and ticking off 105 miles in 19 hours on the final day.

 “Knowledge and preparation are rarely a part of most of us in our attempts to do the impossible.”  Unknown.

I hope to be doing the near impossible in a few months. Just being up and semi coherent for the last 1 ½ years is a huge step, just need to push more and more!  Once everything is settled, watch out world.

July 2012 Now only a year behind! Things did not happen near as fast as we expected but…. that’s life.

Chapter 6

July 2012

July 1 Sunday   Today seems to a good day start another chapter on my recovery journey.  Nancy and I went for beignets and coffee at a great little place reasonably close by.  Stopped by Sprouts and got some stuff to grill outside on the new grill. I’ve already got in an 11/2 mile walk with Bella and Heidi for decently fast several laps.  Probably do another mile or so this evening when it is a bit cooler.  Eck, just remembered to do some PT exercises so let me jump on those real quick.

I try to remember every day to appreciate what I do have in spite of the events in the last 1 ½ years.  It could have all too easily been lots worse.  I could still be wheelchair bound with little hope of even walking, have lots of severe pain, or even completely bedridden, I am none of those. No, I am not the old me but there is a lot of hope in getting at least some of the old me mostly back.

My best walking speed is slowly improving, down to almost 24 min per mile if I just push a little bit.  As I said earlier, my immediate goal is 20 min mile so I am getting there.  It was not that long ago when I first really started walking long my average was 40 minutes mile and here I am knocking off nearly 16 minutes per mile. Whoo Hoo! J The PT exercises are coming along and I can do 12 pushups, still from the knees and not toes as I should.  Trying to become more flexible on the toes but that will take a bit of time. 

The major impediment, I think, to my recovery is being an old fart, I was 65, nearly 66!, when the accident happened.  I think most people my age would have never made it, I’ve just been around too many folks , young and old, that don’t have the whatever to do better and get better.  If I were 20 years younger it might have been a faster healing process for me but it is useless to dwell on the “what ifs”. I can still feel the hernia incision sometimes on a harder walk but I am not surprised.  I had a kidney removed 30 some years ago and even though I healed within a few months I still could feel the incision for about 2 years, it took that long to completely heal.

Took another hard 2-mile stroll this morning and got under 51 minutes.  I had to work at it a bit and Heidi accompanied me for 3 laps, I think she was ready for a break after only 2 laps.  What’s she gonna do when we really start putting the metal to the pedal?  It should not take her long to get back into shape.  I’m tired, feel like I just did a 15-mile run and here I am only doing 2 miles.  Jeez, how long will it take to get back to doing the 15-mile walks/runs?  Looks as though I will have lots of time and just need to bid my time for a few more weeks before I get back doing the long walks.  Damn, I’m ready right now!

Doing some PT exercises with my right foot and trying to make it turn in since I have little control in that direction it is a hell of lot work.  One grunts, groans, and grunts some more and nothing, or little, happens.  But… it is a teeny weensy bit better than before, just needs a lot more work.  Since I am on the subject of PT, I am doing some, actually very little, yard work.  I am doing it so I can bend, stretch balance or whatever and I use that in lieu of exercising all day long.

July 3  Tues  A trip to the defense doctor was most interesting.  I guess all of my several hospitals, a whole bunch of different doctors, and probably a foot thick stack of medical records is not enough for the defense, they wanted their own doctor to examine me.  We were there 3 hours with virtually no waiting.  They made x-rays of my right hand, shoulder, hip, right leg, and both feet, really almost all of my right side.  Of course, there were lots of different kinds of measurements and strength checks and I think I had no problem convincing the doctor I needed my PT, lots of time to heal, and I would be fortunate to be nearly whole.  I really liked that doctor, and his staff, and if I could, I would certainly prefer to go to him instead of the orthopedic doc I am now seeing.  Oh, I know that it did not hurt that the defense doctor had done several Camp Pendleton Team Mud Runs and we talked just a little bit about my running.

Ron, our defense attorney, has 5 depositions to do in the next 2 or 3 weeks.  One is for the traffic analysts, a couple of police officers, and I don’t know who else.  The police officers are mostly clueless so there should be no problem with them.  The traffic analysts did a great job on my behalf so they should be a big help. I’ll see if I can find out from Nancy who the other people are.

Wed. July 4   Here it is 4 o’clock in the afternoon and I am so fricking sleepy, sleepy, sleepy.  I think getting up at 7 am or earlier for the last 3 days is doing me in.  Hopefully I’ll be doing that lots when everything is settled and I can drive somewhere.  Have no clue what’ll I be doing somewhere, hopefully lots of walking all the place, new places to walk, riding an Elliptigo bike, something.

I do remember last year Nancy wanted me to go down the little hill in the wheelchair to watch the fireworks and not use the walker cause she did not want me to over exert myself and be safe.  Our neighbor across the street, Jake, had to push me back up to the house, Nancy just did not have the wherewithal to get me back.  This year, no wheelchair, no walker, and no cane, yipeeee!  I still use the cane on walks for appearances sake.

Weighed myself this morning and, not happy at 168.8 pounds. This is the heaviest I’ve been in a very, very long time.  Guess it is time to not eat, just not cut back and just not eat for a day or so and then very lightly.  And walk a lot along with lots of PT exercises. Then Sat. morning I’ll check myself again. Two or three years ago, when I was running really well and working hard I could weigh 148 pounds.  Yep, 148!  Now I would be ecstatic to be 158 or 160 and that is my goal within two or three months.

I did find 3 quarters and a penny; hope this is a harbinger of things to come. I did 2 miles in 60 minutes, could I do a 10k in 2-2.5 hours?  Right now I kinda doubt it but give me a few weeks and you bet your bottom dollar I could, and maybe a bit faster.  25 years ago, I would say a lot faster but this old fart is just gonna take longer; age just does that to you. Cruddy dud!!!

More walkin’ and trying not to really push myself on every lap but I am happy my average lap times are slowly improving to under 7:30 lap and often right at 7 min. Lots on my mind today:  the settlement is coming soon (I hope!) and what I want do once everything is settled. As I’ve said before I do not want a sports car, expensive clothes, or lots of clothes, lots of fine dining (maybe once in a great while for Nancy), lots of exotic trips and anything expensive. I will take a sauna, an Elliptigo bike, treatment for my eyes and do almost whatever for all the hurts or is poorly functioning.  All this is relatively inexpensive. Basically, everything I want is to help me get better and get the real me back.  Also thought about which trail runs I might be able to do this fall/winter, provided I could get in shape for them.  Probably no 50 k’s for a long, long while but I might be able to do a couple of 30 k’s (18 miles) next spring. The Ridgecrest 30/50K next Dec might doable since that is the easiest 50k in SoCal.   A half marathon easy trail run would be great; I just need to make sure my eyes are not bigger than the run.

I want to be around trail/road running friends and enjoy myself out somewhere.  Driving will make everything so much obtainable.  Nancy does get a bit irritated with me cause I tend to downplay my hurts, I guess it is the ultra runner in me and I just overlook most pains.  When I say a pain is a 3 it is probably 5 or 6 for most other people.  I’m trying, I’m trying to do better.  About the only thing that really aches when I walk is my shoulder and it is really a 3 or maybe 4 but I probably should say a 5.  Speaking of walking, I did 4 ½ miles today and ½ mile each with Bella and Heidi, they were good.

July 7 Sat  I guess the 4 ½ miles yesterday really did me in, just don’t want to walk at all today.  I guess my spirit wanna be is bigger than my body.  I think once I can roam further away things will be better.  I hope so cause I really want to go all over the place.

It has been said the biggest regret is often not doing something and later wishing you had.  One of my biggest regrets is not taking lots and lots of photos out on the trails or runs.  I do have a few really good ones but dang it, wished I had lots more.  When I get back out there, I will make sure to take lots and lots of photos.

I’m hungry, but not really, I think.  For breakfast, I had 1 waffle with a tiny bit of syrup and late this afternoon I wolfed down an In-and-Out burger (no cheese!) and more fries than I really needed.  Later today I made energy bars and they are good.  All they are is dried fruit like dried plums, dried figs, dates and just a little bit of nut pieces and I feel a little guilty when I eat one, they’re like candy.  We’ll eat out Sunday for Nancy’s birthday and I’ll really try not to pig out.  It won’t be hard cause I do a pretty credible job of watching the diet.

FB is a great way to pass the time especially since I feel I can’t do anything worthwhile.  Love reading about everyone doing this race or that trail, the occasional trail owie on the knee or whatever.  Just wanna do something besides sitting around all day with my thumb up my butt. 

I will have several of these shirts made once everything is settled.  I think this will a huge attention grabber.

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July 9 Monday    Because of the accident, another pond contractor ended up doing a rainwater harvesting system with 2 waterfalls at Huntington Beach.  Just found out from Cliff, a fellow pond contractor, that the contractor who ended up with the job instead of me still has not been paid by the general contractor and is out $15,000.  That would have done exceedingly great damage to my finances.  That’s one really good thing because of the accident and one minor thing, no more athletics feet!  At one time I was really bummed out because Cliff tried to salvage the job but the general contractor ended up being a flaky operator and so we lost out on what would was supposed to be my biggest and highest exposure job.  Now I am so glad we lost out and not do the job.

I went with Cliff today to see a lady about doing some work for her.  She’d originally called me but I told her I am no longer working and that she should talk with Cliff.  Since it is so close by Cliff and I went together and it appears that he might get a good job out of this, I hope so because he has been a huge help in the last 1 ½ years. Being the good guy I am and wanting to get rid of stuff anyways Cliff ended up with all my leftover Aquascape stuff, nearly all my pvc fittings and irrigation stuff. I will never work again except for stuff around my house and just want a lot of stuff just gone!

Our housekeeper needed to come in a day early so I got up really early, 7 am, washed and dried all my bed stuff.  She makes the bed for me since I can’t really do that very well, yet!  Got in an early 2 mile walk, weeded the garden and washed the truck, all before 12:30 pm. There were a bunch of leaves in the back of the truck and normally I would just use my blower to blow out the leaves.  But… my blower no workee and I could not climb into the back of the truck, just too high with the way the driveway slopes down. 

A lady from the Project Clear came by this afternoon and just checked on how I was doing with all the MSRA stuff (soap, mouthwash, and nasal ointment) I’ve been using most of the year.  Also she takes swaps of my nose, mouth, armpits, and groin area.  I am no longer embarrassed about dropping my pants, at least a little ways, and I received $35 and I’ll save it for something special.

About to do PT and I need to do some like right now! Pushups were a bust today, guess I am a little more tired than I thought.  But I can do some stretching and I need lots cause everything is way too tight.  I mean everything, well almost everything but I be darned if I know what works like it is supposed to

Crappy, crappy, just found out the trial is scheduled for Oct. and that means up to another 2 ½ months of this bullshit.  I am ready to wrap up everything NOW.  I want to really work on getting me back.  Me means my vision and driving, getting rid of most of my hurts/aches, going out for club runs (walking for me!) and just getting back into life.  Probably a good thing for the hernia and MRSA for if it did not happen and losing 4-5 months of rehab I most certainly would be in a piss poor mood right now, and stay that way for weeks and weeks more.

Just found I can do real pushups IF I wear my shoes.  Right now I can only go down about half way but it’ll get better cause I’ll do them at least once a day along with other odds and ends of PT.  Don’t know if I’ll get everything in at one time but should be able to get most everything in throughout the day.

July 12  Thur    Did a solid 3 miles today and my weight if finally is headed in the right direction, 165.8#.  Oh, the last mile was just a hair over 21 minute mile and so I ‘m closing in on my goal of 20 min mile.    Did all 3 miles in under 1:10.   I remember walking over to Brea blvd and that took a 1:22 just for 2 miles.   Definitely, getting faster and my endurance is improving and finally getting an endorphin rush.

Flashback:  Back in June/July 2011 when I first went up and down the stairs, Austin was on the down side of me for a long while just to make sure I was ok.  My balance was still iffy and I was just barely strong enough to go up and down the stairs. About that same time I was learning how to step up on the front door threshold.   It took me a while to comfortably go in and out.

Crud, there’s been another bike fatality here in Fullerton.  A biker was going down a hill on the Fullerton Loop just before Bastenchury and maybe lost control and went into the very busy street.  One car hit him and left (hit and run!) and then the biker was hit by another car, this one stayed to try give assistance.  I know that hill all too well both running and biking.  It can really be dicey on a bike if you are going very fast at all and try to stop while doing a  rather steep downhill, the tires just slide all over on the loose dirt/sand/small gravel and one could end up on the busy street which is just right there!

Regrets, there been a few and it is mostly what I did not do.  I wish I had someone take photos of Indy, Ginger, and me running and biking.  Yes, I had the big Dalmatian, Indy, and the smaller whippet like dog, Ginger, running with me while I was biking or running.  They really did well and we took up the whole sidewalk.  They NEVER pulled me over, ran into anything, and I never crashed while biking. People just can’t believe I took 2 dogs, on leashes, and rode my bike.  If I was in the right place, they could run free but they behaved wonderfully. 

Friday July 13   Did lots of walkin’ today.  1 ¼ mile each with Bella and Heidi, Bella was great today, one  

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               Notice how my right foot is turned out?  Now it is mostly straight!

of her very best walks.  Heidi left her calling card down the street and I had to pick it up on my last lap.  Did another 1 ¼ miles and a grand total of 3 ¾ miles and 15 frickin’ laps, if it were not for the stopwatch on the I phone I would simply lose track of the laps and distance.  I want my Garmin back!

Along with the little bit of weight I’ve lost my shorts do feel a bit looser, yea!  Hopefully within 2 months or so I can really work off another 6 or 8 pounds. That means I would be back to about my normal running weight, very likely not in shape like I once was but good enough for now.

I’ll be the first to admit it does get lonely around here since I can’t really wander off like I want to, about all I can do is walk and piddle around on stuff.  If I could drive, everything would be so much different and better, at least I think so.  I always say “be careful what you wish for, it might end up biting you in the ass.”

Got in an early, for me, a 9 am 1 mile walk and the marine layer burned off just as I finished 1 mile, decided that was enough for now.   I read a lot on the Kindle and I’m always coming across a passage that I think might apply to me, ”Limping is better than being disabled and much better than being dead.”  I’ll take a drunk walk anytime over not being here. Finally wore some running socks instead of my grey Hanes I’ve worn exclusively for the last 1 ½ years, dug out some of my old ankle high running socks and now I have a nice band of white skin showing above those socks.  Looks kinda funny but I really don’t give a hoot.

A GPS is really great for going somewhere, too bad there is not such a device for life.  Something that could show the best way, shortest way, fastest, most scenic or whatever way to wherever one wants to go or do.  There is really no substitute  for hard work and being smart.  Even so, one still might have detours, like me! But all one can do is to try to make the best of it.  What is past is past and not a damn thing we can do to change it.  I’d really like to have another 1 ½ seconds to get out of the way but…..life goes on.

We’ll almost certainly have a settlement by Oct. and to that end I’ve been looking for 5 or 10 k races I might enter. The Chino Hill Series starts Nov 3 and is a 10k and I have been on parts of that course many times so that would be a great start on my comeback. Plus I’ll get to see many trail running friends and maybe even get a hug or two from the good lookin’ ladies. And I get to wear my new shirt, the one with “I really was hit by a bus, What is your excuse?” Can hardly wait.

I am really tired and sleepy.  I don’t know if it is the walking from yesterday or what, perhaps if I could walk somewhere else it might be a little more tolerable. Or just being around here all day and doing a whole lot of nutin’, just don’t know.  I’m sure the accident had nothing to do with me being nearly profoundly tired, yeah, right!  I did take Bella out for 2 laps and walked with Jane, our neighbor, and Heidi for 1 very slow lap and 1 more fast lap with Heidi.  The slow lap took 12 minutes and when I first started walking the block it would take me 13-14 minutes to one lap and now if I push I can do several under 6 minutes or even almost 5 minutes ;-)

Today is nice and cool at 76 degrees and I’m cold, cannot seem to get really comfy unless I’m out walking, hard.  It would be nice to have the sauna now but maybe in a couple more months. I’ve already done 2 miles today so I guess it is time for another 2 laps or so to get warm and sweaty again which means it’ll be shower time.  It’s probably a good thing I had the hernia and the MRSA infection since they probably set back my rehab for a good 4 maybe 5 months.  If I now was where I should be on my rehab I think I would be a real bitch wanting to do lots more than I should right now.  Maybe a setback or two is a good thing. In addition my vision still sucks and not sure if I could drive, I think the pink eye might have screwed my left eye up a little, it just not seem as quite as good as it once was and my depth perception sucks.

7-15    Monday   Another great day for a walk round and round and round and round, 16 laps for 4 miles.  Bella and Heidi each got to do 2 laps.  I pushed a just a little harder for the last mile: The first lap was slower at 6:24 then 5:55, 5:38 and finally a 5:14 quarter for the last lap. That gets me down to about a about 22:30 mile w/o really pushing too, too hard, this after 3 miles.    I should be hitting 20 min miles in 3 or 4 weeks.  When, not if!, I can do several 20 minute miles it be time to reevaluate and set my next goal.  Whoopee, I did another mile this evening and not really too tired so I guess my endurance is building, slowly.  Now time to do some serious PT exercises.

It really gets boring and lonely around here without anyone to talk to or visit.  My head still feels like it is not quite on straight, it may have something with being bored, vision sucks and tinnitus is still there but comes and goes but mostly here, ugh.  I stopped taking the tinnitus medicine a few days ago, I wanted to see if it made any real difference and so far, I just don’t know if it really does anything. It is not just for tinnitus, but is supposed to help with sleep and is an antidepressant. I don’t think there are any issues with depression, just boredom.  If I could go walking wherever I wanted most of the boredom issues would be gone, maybe in another 2 months or so but damn that’s a long time.

Mick came over and we sat out by the fire pit for a while.  I enjoyed a bottle of Blue Moon, first in quite a while and it hit the spot.  She also made some homemade chicken noodle soup made with purple carrots so everything had a purplish tint, said it was really lots more purple earlier but was very good.  Saved some for Nancy.  We might try a new hamburger joint, Umiburger ?, that is really supposed to out there, probably better split one since I think they are quite large.

7-18 Wed   Pulled a good one today.  Really in the mood to clean stuff out of the garage so I went thru a lot of the sales brochures, etc. and tossed all, lots and lots. Unfortunately, it did not go into the recycle trashcan as I intended so I had to literally dump it all out so it could go in the right container.  They are too big just to reach in and grab everything.  I’ve done this before and will probably do it again but at least not for a while.  Pam, one of my good Cal Poly friends came over and took all the Water Shapes mags, a bunch of LA books and some other stuff, she will take them to a library so maybe a little good might come out of this.  Still have lots more stuff to go thru. Going thru all my old jobs, bank statements, etc, and tossing nearly everything, those I will have shredded.  Finally found a cheap place over in Orange and it should be less than maybe $25-30, about ½ price, or less, than anywhere else. 

Went to the dermatologist today to get sutures out and I do have two more bits of skin cancer. I think we might get to them before they become a real problem.  Go next week to do the face first and then the spot on the leg.  This is one thing I cannot blame on the accident and there is no intention of even trying.  Undoubtly, some jerks would try to do just that.

Another day, today I just really feel like doing a whole lot of nothing although I might try to do a bit of carpet shampooing downstairs.  Heidi has been taking some medicine for her nose and she is drinking a whole lot.  Not sure if she has really peed but sure seems like she might have.

Golly, just not the most chipper today, not even taking a walk this morning, maybe this evening when a bit cooler.  I don’t like this.  If I could just go walk somewhere I’d better feel a lot better.

Oh, Nancy told me I have an appointment with our attorney, Ron, next Wed to talk about our case.  She did say that initially the defense thought I was 75% at fault and now the faults have reversed, me 25% and the bus driver 75% at fault.  That still does not excuse the fact that 4 other cars were stopped and the driver knew the area, the bike crossing and there were no vision issues from his perspective.  I am most anxious to go see Ron and see what the game plan might be.  I am so ready for this to be over and settled.

Trying to do some PT exercises like standing on one feet and balancing.  Left foot is great, right foot, not so great and I can manage balancing on 1 maybe 2 seconds before touchdown.  I am working on my pushups, right now I can only go about half way down for 10 pushups but it is way better than just several weeks ago. I can do sit ups w/o any problems and stretching not a problem, just standing on right foot is the real challenge for me now.

I have been out in the garage tossing stuff I will never ever use again.  Damn, I used to be able to clean and put up or get rid of stuff in the garage nonstop for 2 or 3 hours  and make it look good, now I am good if I last 15 minutes. I did come across something very unexpected, a cd of quite a few photos from my Cal Poly trip to Italy, still missing all the Paris/Rome photos.  They might be on the hard drive of one of the dead computers.

I want me back so bad; I struggle with myself trying to get myself (mind and body) better.  As I’ve bitched rather numerous times, if my vision was good enough to drive everything would be, I think, so much better.  Even if I could just get out of the neighborhood and walk, it would be better.  But I guess I better be happy with my status right now for it could be lots worser.

Jumped back into the garage for a bit more cleanup and a very small part is looking more decent.  This after a decent walk late is morning, did 1 ½ miles and met another neighbor, Dawn Marie.  She also a PT and has her own business.   I would not mind working with her sometimes, she’s cute.  Now cut that out Leon and stop being a lecherous old man. I might actually try to take a nap today, just seems that kind of day.

Flashback:  Just trying to remember when I gave up the wheelchair, at least for the most part. I started using the walker almost exclusivity around July 2011 and used the wheelchair only when I woke up late at night or early morning or was going to do a lot of walking like at a airport or shopping. I was still so stiff it took a few minutes for me to be able to walk with minimum problems. When I recovered from the MRSA infection in Feb 2012 is when the wheelchair was parked permanently.  Sure hope I have no more use for it.  Nancy still wants to keep it and I guess when all my old clothes are donated to Goodwill I take the wheelchair out to the garage and find a home for it.  Right now all those old clothes are all parked on it.

Sat July 21   Today started decently:  Finally got rid of the vanities that had been sitting in the garage for about a year, they were left over from the bathroom remodel.  Now I can really start making progress in getting the garage in shape.  It never has been really bad, just a little cluttered but Nancy has always been able to park her car in there with no squeezing in.  Think I’ll try to do some PT exercises and then go back out to the garage and see what else I might be able to do.  I do know one thing I really want out and that is Nancy’s Dad old table saw.  I have no use for it whatsoever and don’t want to just sell because her Dad had it for years and years.  I’d like to get someone to drive me to Deming NM and have Dan, her brother, meet us there and he can get it.  I very briefly talked with him this last spring and he really would like to get it back.  If he does not want to drive halfway then I guess the only option is to sell it but I want it out.

I think I don’t like the way I am right now:  Just can’t do much of the stuff I really want to: like going for long walks, doing much of anything around the house or even driving, just a bitching a wee bit. My shoulder aches a little, forearm is crappy, and tinnitus seems worser today and bored to almost tears. Hell, even my sneezes drive me nuts.  If I had a stuffy nosy one of my sneezes would blow snot all over the place.  Guess that’s one way to get a clear head.

While doing a bit of cleaning out in the garage I found a Wild Miles Relay 2005 cd.  Our team captain did a splendid job of putting it together with movies, stills, and music.  Oh boy, does it ever bring back many good memories, hope to make more memories someday.  My cleaning out mostly consists of throwing all the work related brochures that have accumulated over the last several years. I am saving just a tiny bit of certain ones, why?  Really don’t know, well the Aquascapes stuff is really near and dear to me, at least for a while more.  I am saving some of the Unique Lighting brochures since I would like to do our house sometime this fall.

On my garage cleaning, I am bouncing around working on this for a while, then that for a while and another something else for a while more, but I am making progress it may not look it just at the moment but progress is definitely there.

Jose’, our yard guy, has been doing a fair or so-so job with the yard.  He’s regular, misses no days except for holidays but his edging is just not very good cause he uses a string trimmer instead of a real edger.  I’m not picky, yeah guess I am.  His edging in the yard instead of being nice neat 1/4”or so wide cut is starting to get an inch or more on the curves.  A string trimmer just won’t cut it unless one is very good and careful.  Even I have a hard time being satisfied using a string trimmer so I might consider letting Jose’ go and getting an electric push mower after the settlement, it would pay for itself in about a year or less.   Our yard is not very big, I can push the mower, get some exercise and yard work would give me something worthwhile to do.

Damn, FB is making me jealous with all the big races going on, I don’t know if I would have attempted a 100 miller by now but surely would have done a 50 miler  or 100k (62 miles) in and brag about it.  Maybe in a couple of years I might be able to at least consider it.  Hell no, I am not too old, Trail Runner mag had a feature article a few months about a 80 year old lady doing, I think, a 100 miler, maybe a 50.  At any rate she is someone I can look up to and say to myself, “I am NOT TOO OLD!” 

Just saw this on FB; 70-year-old Arthur Webb beat a very talented female friend and runner by 5 hours at the Angels Crest 100 mile run which is a very tough run.  Maybe someday I can be sorta like him.  Man, I am just going crazy wanting to be out there with friends and enjoying myself.  Certainly I’ll be able to puts lots of time into training, and for now it will be mostly walking a lot.  Just thought of something:  I have an excellent, I hope, bottle of wine I got in Italy several years ago squirreled away upstairs.  Whenever the settlement is reached I’ll probably get it out and celebrate.  It’ll probably be close to $100 now if it can be found at a better wine shop.

7-23  Monday  Think I have mentioned this before:  I am staying up lots later and getting up earlier, and staying up.  It was not that long ago I was ready for bed at 8 pm and slept till 9 am or even later.  Now it is common for me to stay up till 10:30 or even 11 and get up around 7 am.  I get to do my walks while the marine layer is still on and fairly cool.

Finally ordered the yoga cd and it appears there is a very active support group.  I’ve already received 7 emails letting me know there is a great support group and be sure to take before and after photos.  I might just do that and be featured on their Warriors Page.  That would be so cool, even if I don’t make it the end result is gonna be great.

I had a little trouble going to sleep last night, did not lay down until about 10:45 or so and was up at 12:30 am for a while.  Damn restless leg bothered me sorta lots last night, finally drifted off ?????.  Got up around 8 and vacuumed downstairs cause the cleaning lady is coming tomorrow and the house should be at least halfway clean.  After that, no go at all, farted around and worked really hard at being lazy meaning no shower till noon and finally dressed about 1 pm.  Don’t feel bad, not really in a bad mood, just not with it at all today.  I will make myself do at least a little PT today and piddle around in the garage a bit.

Ended up doing no PT to speak of but did an exercise that DDP Yoga had on FB.  I admit it does feel better good, just need to get in a better mood so I’m with the program.Wed, tomorrow is a big day, Nancy and I meet with Ron to discuss the lawsuit.  I am so ready to get everything over with and start, really start, on getting me back.   Have no idea what it is about, maybe because we are getting closer to the end?

7-25 Wed   Today is a big day, I think, but I am just not with it today.  I don’t feel bad, just sorta out of sorts and can’t really describe it other to say it is yucky. My head is on poorly too, tinnitus is a bit worse, everything, it seems, is crappy.  Maybe the feeling of being trapped, not able to do much other than fart around a tiny bit on this or that is contributing.

One thing I do enjoy is reading ultra runner blogs, just makes me wish I could do something.  I’ll never be fast again, but I think with lots of training and yoga, probably lots and lots of long walks, slow jogs, very slow jogs, I might be able to do some of the easy runs.  When I can drive again, being out there definitely will happen.  I want so badly to start a blog and post on FB about my trials and the comebacks but I need to wait until everything is settled. It would be nice to get lots of positive feedback.

I did see Ron this afternoon and things will start in fast forward soon.  Nancy gives her deposition Aug 9th. I will go see a psychologist and an ophthalmologist sometime in the next few weeks.  There will be a preliminary hearing on Sept 17th and after that, I just don’t know. Oh, the City of Fullerton will probably kick in 3 or 400,000 and maybe even $500,000 towards the settlement.   It turns out Ron is good professional friends with the defense attorney and that probably helps a bunch. I mentioned this earlier, Ron is most happy with the 75-25% my fault changing to 25-75% my fault.  It’s getting better all the time, but I still wish the end would just hurry up. At least I think I do, sometimes the wait is better.

Went to the dermatologist today and he removed a quarter sized piece, basel cell cancer, from my left sideburn area and it did smart a bit, especially the second time when he needed to get the leftover carcinogenic cells.  Go back tomorrow and he’ll take a piece of skin off my shoulder to use as a skin graft.  Did it hurt?  There were a couple of times I really flinched and moaned a little and those were not moans of pleasure. As I said before, I can’t blame this on the accident, just being out in the sun too long for too many years.

I did pull a good one.  When they were setting up the appointment Thursday was mentioned and I said that was ok.  What I did not hear was “Aug 16th, thought she meant next Thurs!, and here I am 3 weeks early. They worked me in and Austin came and got me at the bank just as we planned all along. Nancy did not have to take me back home and so no wasted trip for her and that was good.

Went back today to get a skin graft cut out of my shoulder and implanted on my face.  Just a couple of flinches, good ones, but not too bad at all.  Supposed to put ointment  on every hour, ended up every couple hours so I coulda been a little better.  When I got home I looked at my shoulder, wow, a cut about 3” long with about 15 stitches! At least no hurt.  I’m kinda backing off the yoga for cause I need not stretch my shoulder stitches for a few days.

Doug Malewicki, an older very good running friend and another ultra running star, Gordy Ainsleigh, had the best business cards to hand out for the Trans Rockies run. “U Bin Geezered”  They’ll hand the cards out to everyone they pass and it will probably be quite a few.

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When I get back out on the trails, maybe in Oct/Nov, I certainly will have some cards made up with me wearing my new shirt.

As I think about the maybe upcoming interview with a psychologist might be a good thing.  I think about all I can tell him, or her, is along the same things I’ve written about for months.  I just wanna get me back and I will work hard at it and there is no way to recover 2 lost years of my life.  I’m tired of being old and decrepit.  Being old is not too bad, it’s being decrepit that really pisses me off.  I am really starting to dislike having to depend upon someone else to go places and not doing anything I used to do with ease. About all I can do is go forward, maybe slowly, maybe backwards now and then, but keep on going forward.  It’ll be nice when everything is settled because there is much I want to do and can get to work on it.

Sun July 29   Finally got around to checking the elevation change around our block, it’s about 40 ft.  So a 1 mile walk, 4 laps, means there is about 160 feet elevation change up and down and that means I am getting a bit of a hill workout.  Be most interesting when I try for the Chino Hills 10k in Nov. But at least it is all walkable on fire roads with just a short single track trail.  I really don’t care if it takes me 3 hours to do a 10k, all it means is that I am really back and it’ll be so fun to be out there.

Did the DDP Yoga energy workout today for the first time and, let me tell you it is one hell of a workout for doing almost absolutely nothing.  No impossible positions, maybe hard for a few but almost anyone can get there within a few weeks.  No weights, no running in place, it really appears to be doing nothing but I was out of breath  and the heart rate did jump a few notches.  All this in just a 21 minute workout, there is no doubt that almost everyone can benefit with only a small investment of time several times a week. Of course if the goal is to lose weight one probably needs to cut out the half dozen Krispy Crème donuts every morning, the big slice of cheesecake, and the midnight snack of a pie slice.

I really wished I knew about DDP Yoga and used it before the accident, I’d probably be in much better shape now. Since I’ve nutin else to do, I’ll probably try use it every day and maybe even 2x a day. Let you know in a few weeks how I progress. Don’t mind wearing the hard ankle brace too much but I have been, for a few days at least, been doing w/o any ankle brace at all.  Seems I do walk a bit better than a few months ago.  About the only time, I now wear the hard ankle brace is if I am out outside or walking outside and that is more because of the legal issues.  If it were just me, I would definitely try a walk around the block with no brace.  Maybe in a couple months I can do w/o the hard brace and just use the flex brace and go from there.

Crap, I can go from being comfy to cold in a nano second, from ok to stuffy or too warm nearly as fast, and all over the place.  Crap, I go outside where it is not stuffy to me and I get cold and here is it nearly August and I get cold outside, what the heck is going on?

End of July, done for another month.

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