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June 28, 2010

Well, OK, Tests say my Heart is Behaving, and I Can get back in the Saddle

Since I last reported in an MRI was on the agenda, and later so was a Treadmill, and a Holter Monitor.

This post on my other blog, last week, tells the details of taking those tests:

The Poking, and Prodding, Continues

I've been riding my bike again, for one direction of my work commute, 5 miles, and last wednesday night, before my vacation started, I rode the full 22 miles from Long Beach to Santa Ana. ;-D

The upshot of the tests seem to show that my heart was not the cause of my seizure, and I can get back in the saddle, and ride, as well as walk, and hike, as part of an effort to fight high Bad Cholesterol, and lower my weight.

June 28, 2010 in Life, The Bike Trail, and Everything | Permalink | Comments (1)

June 08, 2010

We Won? Really? Well, I'll Be!

I don't blog about bicycle racing much at all but, as regular readers know, I love history! ;-D

This morning a very cool story has come out of London.

President Jacques Rogge has presented an Olympic gold medal to a Belgian cyclist - 62 years after he won it, The Times newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Eugene Van Roosbroeck, 82, and his two team-mates - 81-year-old Lode Wouters and the late Leon De Lathouwer - were blissfully unaware they had won the team cycle race at the 1948 Olympics in London.

The trio simply got on the bus after the 194 kilometres ride while the judges sorted out who had won the medals....

Van Roosbroeck said that the trio weren't even aware that medals were awarded for the event, which was officially started by the then Princess Elizabeth, now Elizabeth II.

"It was only afterwards that we heard we were the best team. None of us thought that there was a medal awarded for the team event.

You can read the rest of the story, here. ;-D

June 8, 2010 in Cycling News Network | Permalink | Comments (0)

June 05, 2010

Still no Bicycling, But I DO now Have Proof I have a Brain!

The last 2 weeks have been interesting, around here, as I continue going to work, and begin to get some test done in order to get a handle on what happened to me as discussed in my last post.

This post, on my other blog, includes an eyewitness account of my May 7 Seizure.

Nikita_EEG I saw the Neurologist on the 27th, and no real bad news is good news, I suppose. ;-D

The Doc checked my reflexes, asked me questions about what happened read the description my co-worker gave, and looked over the EEG results, which I also saw for the first time that day, as well.
 
Basically the report concluded that even though it was a normal Awake & Drowsy EEG...there appears to be some episodes of Heart Block on the EEG which needs evaluation (A heart rate of 60 beats per min, with some dropped beats, sometimes occuring as often as every 3rd beat...).
 
The Doc was of the opinion that what happened to me could have been caused by heart blockage issues, and is going to tell my personal Doc that he recommends I get an MRI, and a Cardiac Work-up.
 
I also have had real sore knees, since that day (I've had them before, but just attributed it to being a little over weight, or riding my bike far too much.), and plan to ask my Doc about them as well.
 
Daddys_Brain1Yesteray morning I went to the hospital and had an MRI done on my noggin!

I had to lay very, very still as this huge, noisy machine spent 15 minutes, or so, mapping what passes for my brain. ;-D

After it was all over I was given a very cool CD with 174 images of my head, and brain, in Black & White.

Let me tell you, it was immensely gratifying to know that I have a brain, afterall, considering some of the things I've done, or not done, in the first 50 years of my life. ;-D

Sitting here, at home, looking at all the images of my head, and brain, was absolutely fascinating.

How MRI works.

What it all means, including the notations, I have no clue yet.

Next up will be a Cardiac Work-up.

Once that is completed I will meet with the Neurologist, again, so he can explain what the results all mean, and then I can plan for what to do next.

Daddys_Brain3 

See, see, bicyclists are NOT brainless! ;-D

Well, this one isn't, at least, hee, hee! ;-D

About that image on the right...

No, no, no, I was NOT wearing one of those night light contraptions one can strap to their head when cycling at night!. ;-D

If you are interested this post has a link to the music the tech had me listen to during the procedure, as well as a song parody I was inspired to write. ;-D

Thank you to everyone who has sent me well wishes, and encouragement, the last 2 weeks, it means a lot to me.

June 5, 2010 in Life, The Bike Trail, and Everything | Permalink | Comments (1)