Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wordy Wednesday...

Well it's been awhile...and it seems like longer than it's been. The last 3 weeks have been a little crazy..well maybe crazy isn't the best word to describe it. One word that wouldn't describe it is "training"  I went from the longest streak of exercise in a long time to the longest streak of no exercise all in the same month. I'll try to keep this story less then novel length.

As many of you know my boys and I were headed to Cancun on vacation. My parents were going on a 3 week vacation leaving Denver and driving to Florida were they would catch a flight to meet us before heading back to Florida and going to the Daytona 500. Wednesday my Mom started feeling bad and thought she had the flu, by Friday as we were headed to the airport I talked with my dad and they were headed to the emergency room. They had canceled their trip as they were due to fly out that day also. This put a bit of a damper on things but we went and kept in touch with my dad. Things seemed to be getting a little better and then on Monday night/Tuesday morning all hell broke lose and mom ended up sedated and on a ventilator. Needless to say my Dad was scared and worried and all alone in a strange town. I was freaked out and in a strange country. I called an aunt and had her find us a flight to Ft. Lauderdale as soon as possible. As luck would have it there was a flight out around noon getting us there by 4ish. We arrived at the hospital to find that things were about the same. After sitting with mom for awhile we had the task of finding a place to stay and getting a flight out for my boys the next day so they could get back to Denver. Over the next week Dad and I worried, and trusted in the Doctors that told us she was getting stronger and more stable while on the ventilator. Then finally came the day to try to wean her off of it. The first try was unsuccessful, but as they brought her out of sedation we finally got to see her eyes open and it was such a relief. The next day we were able to get her awake and breathing enough to take her off the ventilator and she continued to become more awake. What a relief when she started talking to us. Even if it was to tell us that race car driver Jimmy Johnson was wandering the halls. :) She continued to get stronger and on Friday 2 weeks after I left home I returned. Mom is doing pretty darn good these days, although she is still very weak, especially her legs after 3 weeks in a bed. She really can't stand yet so there is some work to be done.  It is still one day at time and we have no idea when they will be able to come home, but we are hoping for sooner rather than later.

So now I am back at work and trying to catch up, and after just 2 workouts I am now fighting a cold. I have not had a cold in I don't know how long. So with a very few exceptions I have done no training for the last 3 weeks. It has come to my attention that I have a 1/2 marathon in 6 weeks and I am very ill prepared. Hopefully this cold will run it's course quickly and I can be running soon.

So that's my story... I will leave you with a few photos from Cancun.
 The view from our room of one of the pools and the beach
 Josh enjoying the hammock
 Zach spent much time in this one reading.
 A little shell searching
 One of two peacocks that wandered the hotel grounds
 The beach one evening. It was so calm where we were and you could walk out really far and still only be chest deep.
 Doing what I did best. Lounging in the sun or shade.
Josh, Me and Zach before dinner one evening.


Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal said...

So sorry to hear about your mother! Hopefully everything turns ok!

PS Cancun looks awesome!

Matthew Smith said...

Wow! That's some scary stuff with your mom. I hope everything works out for everybody.

You guys looked like you had a blast in Cancun. I'm a little jealous!!!

Happy Runner Girl said...

Sorry about your mom! Hope she is getting better! Cute pic of you and your boys!

Tara said...

There's a race car driver named Jimmy Johnson? That's my dad's name! Hah.

I am so glad that your mom is doing better, so scary to have to watch her go through that. Hugs.

I love the picture of you and your boys; you look beautiful Julie!

Diana said...

Glad to hear that your Mom is off the ventilator! Hope you had some nice Respiratory Therapists taking care of her! Amazing how fast your body can go weak from being in bed, but being on the ventilator can suck the life out of you....glad all is getting better!
Love the last picture of you and your boys!

Terzah said...

I'm glad to hear that your mom is doing better--how scary for all of you. No wonder you have a cold--that's a lot of stress packed into one short period of time. The workouts will come back. And remember! If you want to walk the half, I'll be your buddy. :^)

Jill said...

I should have read your blog before I sent you a text, huh??? :)

I hope and pray every day that your mom will get better soon and your parents can get home to their house; I think that would really help her a lot. At least she wouldn't see Jimmy wandering the halls at the hospital.

Cancun...oh how I miss thee! I have a jar full of shells from when we went, love looking at them!

Hang in there, girl!! Thinking of you.

adena said...

good to see you back and will continue sending prayers your way.

Let's go to Cancun!!!

Christi said...

I am so sorry you had such a hard time. I hope your mother is doing better and on the mend. I am sending prayers her way.

If you need anything, please let me know!

Jennifer said...

Oh my - so glad that your mom is recovering. How is your dad doing?

Cancun looks so lovely, how wonderful that you and your boys got away!

Wishing you a speedy recovery from your cold as you ease back into training.

Aimee said...

OH NO! That must have been so scary for you. I'm so glad that your mom is doing better.

Kepa Wong said...

I am so happy your mom is doing better. That was scary. I will pray for her continued healing.

Your vacation photos are beautiful. Looks like you folks were having fun.

Raina said...

Cancun is looking beautiful!
I am so sorry about your mom. That must have been very scary. Really glad that she is doing better now though. Reminds me not to take my parents for granted.

Hope all shapes up OK for your half!

Have a great weekend :)

Anonymous said...

Such a relief that your mom is improving - what a scare for your whole family! Hope that things continue to improve and doctors are able to sort out what happened.

Hope you are better soon and able to get back to training. Cancun does look beautiful!


Julie Arts said...

I'm so glad your mom is doing better. SO SCARY!

I love your pics of Cancun. You look gorgeous!
Being able to walk out that far into the light blue water - so incredible! You can't help but relax in that humidity and heat :-)

brg said...

oh man! Hope your mother recovers fully and quickly. Looks like you had a nice vacation with your boys. don't forget to take care of yourself!

Katie @ Will Race for Carbs said...

I am so glad you mom is doing better. That is so scary. Last year my father in law got the flu and pneumonia at the same time and they had to sedate him and put him on a ventilator. He was so disoriented for a long time because of it. It is a scary thing! So I am so glad she is getting stronger. I am so epically tardy on reading this she might even be home now!

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