Boy, I can’t believe it. The end of 2010 is near. I was thinking about titling this post “2010 a Bittersweet Year.” Then I thought, no it was not exactly that, how about “2010 a Bitter and Sweet Year.” Regardless of these titles, I decided on a much plainer one.
I have to admit, 2010 was a sweet year. Here are some highlights:
1) In February, my second son little “R” was born (here is a post on his birth). Little R was born 10 weeks early and spent the first 7 weeks of his life in the hospital. Even though the circumstance of R’s birth is a tad bitter, the outcome was totally sweet. God is good!!!
2) In April, I walked my first half marathon. I loved the race and hope to walk it in 2011.
3) In August, I decided to start blogging again after a many month hiatus. I am so glad that I did. I have met so many new friends this year because of it. I hope that continues into 2011.
4) In October, I walked my first marathon. This was a really tough race. I started getting sick about the start of training for this event, but I overcame the health issues and finished the race. I still struggle with this race emotionally. However I am happy to have done it.
I have to admit, 2010 was a bitter year.
1) In August, I was diagnosed with asthma. My first symptoms really started about two weeks after walking my first half marathon in April. I did not know what was going on so I waited it out hoping it would pass. By July, I was really starting to go down hill and managed to get my first bout of bronchitis. One of my meds prescribed to me was a rescue inhaler (ProAir, which I like better than Ventolin but my insurance won’t pay its share for me to get it). I learned pretty quickly after daily use of the inhaler that something is just not right. So, after a month on the inhaler and I was starting to run out. I went to see my primary doctor for some help and he referred me to a pulmonologist. Come to find out, after my thorough PFT (Pulmonary Function Test), I definitely had asthma. Yeah, a lung function of 54% without meds, yikes!
Needless to say, this was a big blow for me. I have had my moments of feeling sorry for myself, which I still struggle with. Having asthma has been a whole lifestyle change for me. October and November, I had two of my worst asthma episodes so far. I have never been that sick in my life. Heck, this marathoner could not even climb a flight of stairs or barely drive himself to urgent care for help. I know, it will take some time to get use to this new norm and I have gotten better.
As for my outlook for the year 2011, I really have no expectations. I am going to continue to search for a spiritual home and take care of my health issues. Plus, a little racing, God willing.