Lingering Death

Symian virus image

Symian virus” by Original uploader was Phoebus87 at en.wikipedia – Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

OK, it’s not as bad as that, really. But I have spent the better part of three months being sick. I was recalling, over the weekend, Matt de Neef‘s (of theclimbingcyclist.com and cyclingtips.com) story last year where he wasn’t doing well for about three months. In his case his cause wasn’t obvious, for me though the cause is clear. I’ve had a flu for almost three months now, and frankly it’s gotten old.

Armidale is a great place to live and work. I’ve got a five minute commute to work, there’s lots of great places to ride bikes, and people are (in general, at least) accepting of cyclists and (again, for the most part) tend to have a better attitude towards blind people than some other places I’ve lived. The downside to Armidale is the fact that the University attracts people from all over the world. People who bring their own unique viruses with them.

This year has been a particularly bad one for both influenza and pneumonia. I have at least been fortunate in not contracting the latter. People have been off work for extended periods, the hospital has been busy.

In my case it’s not just been the flu, but a variety of secondary bacterial infections. My body has been fighting battled for my health on multiple fronts. I’ve had multiple courses of antibiotics, and by the end of one I’ve been feeling better. I’ve gone back to work, done a session on the trainer or gone for a ride, and a few days later I’m back at home, exhausted and sick again.

I’m nearing the end of my third course of antibiotics, this time something stronger and longer. I am actually feeling better, I’m probably at 90%. This time I’m being restrained and not leaping back into things before I’ve finally kicked this virus out of my body. Restraining myself is a thing.

Observations have been made about loss of muscle tone and definition, about some gains in weight. The lack of endorphins from exercise is missing. I just have to tell myself that this is the better path, long-term.

On the other hand I’ve been spending some time on fund raising, speaking to Austin College and working towards sourcing some raffle prizes as well as setting up our donations web app (PayPal option coming soon!). I guess it’s not all bad.

We were planning on riding the Walcha Road Bike Challenge this year (which I’ve not done before as it clashes with being away for Around the Bay), but I’ve pretty much decided I’m not going to be up to it.

Wish me luck for recovery…

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