In the first week of August I came down with some kind of illness that caused vomiting, and fever in excess of 102 degrees. The first signs were Sunday August 1st with a feeling of discomfort, August 2 I had a 101 fever, the 3rd I was in the bed with a fever around 102 and nausea, the 4th high fever and nausea, Thursday night into Friday morning I was up at 2am vomiting and with a fever of between 102 – 1.2.3, so my wife rushed me to the local emergency room at Christus Memorial Hospital in Jasper, Texas.
After a series of lab work the doctors could not figure out what was wrong, but I started to recover. The doctors think it was some kind of virus, but my Hepatitis A, B and C test all came back negative.
7 – 8 days before I started feeling bad, I had gone camping and gotten two ticks on my back. So the doctors tested for popular tick borne diseases – Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichiosis but all of the test came back negative.
Long story short I stayed in the hospital 3 days and was released Monday August 9, 2010. The doctor said no physical activity for another week, and told me to stay home for another 3 days.
After that illness, I felt that I had lost some of the physical fitness that I had gained in the weeks before. The first time back on the treadmill took more energy then just 2 weeks before. So I felt that I was starting all over again.
Fast forward 3 weeks. I was going for 2.5 miles on the treadmill, so at the start of the week I bumped it up to 3.5 miles in 1 hour and 5 minutes. This is a good steady pace – not too fast and not too slow. Got off the treadmill, rested for a little bit, played some Left 4 Dead 2 and went to bed around 10:30pm.
Got up the next morning, got ready for work, walked down the steps from my house, and a shooting pain went through my knee. This pain was bad enough to make me say “ow that hurt.” After staying off the treadmill and taking ibuprofen for almost 3 weeks the pain has finally gone way.
Last night I got on the treadmill for the first time in almost 3 weeks – speed was at 2.5 miles per hour, and I only walked for only .55 miles. The good thing, no pain the next day. The bad thing, I could feel that I have lost a lot of the physical fitness that I had gained in June and July. Its like I’am having to start all over again from a mystery illness and a knee injury. But that is just the way life is. If the horse throws you off, you get right back on. So now, I’am going to set a goal to be back at 3.5 miles in 1 hour, some light weights and crunches for a total workout of 1 hour and 15 minutes – 1 hour and 20 minutes by the end of October.
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