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Old 08-10-09, 08:29 AM   #1
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Tour de Cure: Houston

Tour de Cure Houston

It's happening Sept 19th this year. It's almost like flying under the radar. I'm thinking I really wanna ride this one, but I'm not sure of I can raise the cash or how far I can go by then.

Ya see, on July 30th I woke up that morning with my entire left side numb. Knowing that it wasn't normal and wouldn't "just go away", I got myself down to the V.A. hospital here in Houston. Long story short, I had a TIA stroke, very high blood pressure, and I noticed that about mid way through my 5 day stay they started pricking my fingers, taking readings, then coming back a few minutes later with insulin shots for me.

Good grief! It's like practically over night I went from Healthy Middle-Aged Man (TM) to Old Invalid Dude (TM) overnight.
It sucks.

I'm doing better now. I've been out of hospital nearly a week. Taking my meds religiously. Watching my intake and started riding my bike on a 1 mile back road loop in the neighborhood multiple laps for training. I have a diabetes class to go to at the V.A. tomorrow. I still have reminders of my "episode" . A little numbness to the face and legs, a feeling in my left hand like I'm wearing a gauntlet of sunburn up to the middle of my forearm.

Hopefully, you'll see me September 19th as a Red Rider.

Now I'm going to go ride 10 loops.
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Old 08-11-09, 05:54 PM   #2
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Damn man, that really sucks! Glad to hear you're working through it.

I'm a vet too, btw...something to talk about on our next ride!
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Old 08-11-09, 08:43 PM   #3
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I just got back from my diabetes class at the V.A.. Rode my bike there and back from Sharpstown.

Here is typical V.A. SNAFU. The doctor set me up with a blood sugar meter, 10 lancets came with it, but no test strips. The nurse that gave me the meter and sorta taught me how to use it (no strips) suggested I go to the 2A unit and find the doc and have her authorize the strips. I go there and a nurse tells me the doc isn't in the unit that she's down stair in Neuro clinic. I go there and they say that doctor doesn't exist. They never heard of her, but they get another doc to authorized the strips. He tells me I can pick them up in the pharmacy. By that time it's after 4:30 and the pharmacy is full of outpatients getting their meds. So I kill an hour in the pharmacy, get my test strips, go outside and find my front tire flat. I take the tube out.....can't find a puncture. Put everything back together, pump up the tire and ride home. When I get to like Main I feel the tire start to shimmy. It's going flat. End up walking bike to Planet Bikes where it's 10 minutes til closing. I bought 3 tubes and they set me up. Stopped to draw money. Get a couple of groceries and make it home just about the time it gets dark and I'm about to fall out. Show the wife the new toy and she points out I still only have 10 lancets and no alcohol swabs. DOH!

Supposedly by September 3rd they will set me up with a primary care doctor, and I won't have to go anywhere near the V.A. until then. On the bright side I was feeling great riding the bike up until the time I got the flat while riding on the MUP. Then everything went down hill.
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Old 08-12-09, 08:09 AM   #4
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Best of luck on your recovery, TA.
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Is the August 29th ride off?
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I'm wanting to say no. Everything I've learned so far isn,t to discouraging however the two times I've had flat tires coming back from the V.A. have had some really adverse reactions that really kicked my butt.

Doctors & nurses I asked said go for it. Wife says go for it. I'm testing the waters training up for it. I really want to do it to train up for it and use it as a training ride for Tour de Cure where my goal is the century route. The challenge is to regulate my blood sugar levels keeping them neither to high or letting them drop too low while riding.

They have me on 500 mg metformin tabs twice a day but I was told that it's slow acting and may take a month before it kicks in. So whenever I get my butt kicked riding, I get depressed and think the 29th is off, but when I recover get back on my bike and think I gotta get strong again for riding 51 miles on the 29th and 100 miles at TdC ( total for the day should be a little over 200 km. riding back and forth from home, another distance personal best ).

Be a little patient with me while I learn about proper diet and blood sugar levels. Right now this is the major part of my work out startagy.
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I have the 29th penciled in to ride that day for the 51 miler. Let me know as the date approaches if we are on for that ride.

I would like to run charity rides like the Tour de Cure and Tour of Pink, but since these events are around a month away, it would be hard to fund raise the $150 dollars each rider is required to. The entry fees are reasonable by themselves, but time is short to fund raise the money for each event. Most people know about the MS150, so it is easier to raise for that ride and you have a much larger time window to fundraise the necessary funds. I hope the medical treatment continues to improve your condition.

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Glad to see you are getting care, even if it is convoluted. Next time you run into a bind like that along the MUP, remember I am a phone call away, and have tubes of various sizes, and can bring a floor pump, too.
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Thanks Rex. The folks at the V.A. are doing a pretty good job over all. They are stretched pretty thin. The hospital Here in Houston does serve the entire Area around Houston as well.

Thing is, if you don't complain then folks will think there's something wrong with you mentally. I may be a little crazed but I'm not totally loony.
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