Friday, August 26, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

2 Week Post Op Visit

I had my 2 week followup visit with the surgeon. Everything is great and there are no restrictions on my activities. I can get back to doing some serious training.



Monday, July 25, 2011

Hernia Day 7

I am board! Seven days lounging about is sinful, I need to get off the dole and reenter civil society. Tomorrow, it's back to work and more importantly back to working out. Enough is enough!

As far as the recovery is concerned, it was uneventful and relatively pain free. I was able to do everything I wanted to do. The problem was the only thing I wanted to do was watch TV and eat ice-cream.
My home has become couch potato central. Gotta get up and move!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hernia day 2

So far the post surgery recovery has been easy. All the post operative pain has been controlled by the meds, ice packs and bourbon.

I was able to walk few laps around the block, go out to lunch and do some light gardening. The rest of the days was spent watching TV. I am becoming addictive to swamp people. I wonder if Trader Joes sells gator bites?



Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bilateral Hernia day 1

Yesterday was surgery day. We arrive at St. Joseph's a little after 6 am. Check in was very quick since I did the pre registration on line. All we had to do was steep up to an airport like kiosk and scan our driver's license. I was given some paperwork and a lojack line bracelet that would track my whereabouts in the hospital. This was pretty cool since my wife could watch on a monitor and get real time updates where I was.

We were then directed to the outpatient surgery center. The lojack must have been working because as soon as we arrived a nurse was calling me to come back to the prep area.

Prep was simple, get naked, put on gown, start IV. We had a short talk talk with the Surgeon and Anesthesiologist.( I lost a bit of faith in the latter when he said no one should run over 3 miles at a time)

I was wheel chaired to the OR and got on the table. 15 seconds later I was out.

The procedure took about 1 1/2 hours. I awoke in the recover room feeling fairly well but told the nurse that I needed more painkiller. I have learned to never refuse good drugs. I drank a coke and was allowed to dress, pausing a bit to admire my new manscaping.

I was wheeled out to the car and was home before noon. I took w painkiller and iced my incisions and spent the rest if the day in bed watching tv.

This morning I woke up a bit sore but that was easily controlled by the meds. We did a short walk and picked a few things from the garden.

I moving slow but doing better than I thought I would be doing.

Time to take another pill.





Tuesday, July 12, 2011

It is Summer.... So That Means Injury Time

Training has been going well. I been able to get some good miles in and still dedicate the weekends to home renovations. What could a routine physical find? I am a mean lean running machine.

Then came those dreaded words ... Turn your head and cough. "Mr. Howard you are the proud owner of not one but two hernias. How is next Tuesday for your surgery"?

Oh F... There goes the summer

I have a few days to get my life in order before the surgery. Prepare for 2 weeks of intense blogging.







Monday, May 9, 2011

Frederick 1/2 Marathon

On Saturday I had the repeated plesure of joining my fellow GEICO pacers and pace the half marathon. It was a great day for a 13.1 mile tour of Frederick, Md.

I was assigned to lead the 2:20 group. Together with my co pacer Dwight, we lead a great group of runners to a 2:19:56 finish.

Congradulations to all the runners and thanks to my wife, Renae, for her support of the pace team.



Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Pacing Gig


I am pacing the 5 hour group for the Kentucky Derby Marathon. Looking forward to a great race and a post race Bourbon in one of my favorite cities.


http://www.derbyfestivalmarathon.com