Distance makes the heart grow fonder…. was that true for you peeps? Sorry I have been away so long… truth be told I don’t even know what happened…. After my second sinus surgery in May I slowly eased back into running only to have my sinus symptoms start again at the end of May which made running very difficult- I had little to no energy. Some how after 6 days of not running I managed to pull off a half marathon up in Duluth at Grandmas in a great time…. 1:46- 8:05 per mile. I went up there with my cousin Bekah and her hubby Jeff…..met some friends on Friday….we had a blast…. Then got up at 4am on saturday- boarded the bus half way to Two Harbors and ran back to Duluth. It was so much fun… the course is beautful and flat and the crowd was AMAZING- even college kids who offer you a beer bong while you run … I didn’t take them up on their offer but some people did! I would highly recommend the race!! I think we will all be back again next year!
Since the race a friend hooked me up with an amazing doctor at the Mayo Clinic and he set me up with a bunch of doctors to see if we can figure out what on earth is causing me to feel like this… so I am writing this from a Hilton in Rochester after my first day at the Mayo Clinic….I started my day at 7:30am with Dr. Walt Wilson… the Dr. that my friend set me up with. We chatted for a while and he did an in depth exam which all was normal. From there I had a urinary test which was also normal. Followed by a lot of blood tests not fun but the good news is that they were all normal as well. He also rechecked my lactose intolerance and gluten and we should have those results tomorrow. I then had an MRI, followed by a CT, and x rays…. all of which showed no abnormalities which is great as well. I ended my day by seeing an ENT which specializes in sinus headaches… she reviewed my MRI and CT’s from before and after the surgeries as well as the ones today and said that I have a hypoplastic left maxilary sinus which basically means that my left sinus in unusually small but that this is the case in 1/3 of people and most never show symptoms. From what she can see in the MRI, I am still getting air into the sinus so it is not blocked. They basically told me that this is something that they would not of performed surgery on because opening the sinus can lead to scar tissue which makes it worst- which was tough to hear but it is what it is. Basically she believes that I am in fact not having sinus infections but rather a form of headache variant or migraine variant which is also what Walt thought. So tomorrow I see an allergist, and oral surgeon to rule out allergies and jaw issues causing the headaches since I grind my teeth at night and had TMJ with both girls, and an eye dr to make sure it is not stemming from my eyes. Then I come back down here next tuesday to see their TMJ specialist and their sleep study consultant…. they may want to do a sleep study to rule out sleep apnea as a cause for the headaches….. then finally I will see a Neurologist- which we are still trying to schedule…. the Neuro is the most important but before I see them and they verify the headaches or migraines we need to see all the others to rule the rest out! So- we are on the road to figuring it all out- and the good news today is that we ruled out a lot of the bad things that would of required surgery or have a scary outcome… now we just need to keep narrowing it down.
Thats all for now….
Distance: 13.1 miles…. 1:46
Song: Domino by Jessie J
Quote: “The first half of the race don’t be an idiot, the second half don’t be a wimp”