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Old 01-05-17, 07:00 PM
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How I spent My Christmas vacation

This year, for the first time in a very long time, I took vacation from December 23 through January 3. The plan was to ride the heck out of my new Colnago Master.

Alas, however, life has a funny way to turn one's plans around.

I had been experiencing severe headaches for several weeks. Like any self-respecting 60 years old weekend warrior, I kept thinking that Tylenol and more exercise would make the headaches go away. After all, pain is just weakness leaving the body, right? And I had my gorgeous, sexy Master to ride, so what could go wrong?

Well, my wife who is far wiser than me in all things, finally dragged me to the doctor. One brain MRI later they found a subdural hematoma on the left side of my brain.

A cranial angiogram disclosed that the hematoma was caused by a small leak in a brain blood vessel. The neurosurgeon performed emergency surgery and fixed the fistula (leak) using superglue yep that's right super glue!

The doctor said that had the vessel ruptured, especially while riding, or climbing, I could have faced a stroke, or even death. So I consider myself extremely fortunate and blessed.

I am now home resting comfortably. No more headaches, but no bike riding for at least a month.

On the down side, I did not get to ride my new bike and did not get to meet my annual mileage goal.

On the plus side, my wife and I spent a lot of together quality time, albeit in a hospital room, I came home to our new rescue German shepherd and my bikes are all clean, waxed and ready to ride as soon as my doctor drops the starter's flag!

Be safe out there and listen to your body's signals...it is trying to warn you.
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Cripes, man ... I'm glad that all turned out OK.

Wives are the reason married men live longer (pretty good Yogi Berraism, eh?).

A month off the bike is a small price to pay for all the fun you'll have later.

I spent NYE the same way any self-respecting newly minted 60 year old would:

Sound asleep on the couch, snot dribbling from my nose, sinuses and chest hopelessly clogged, with the nearby TV rolling through old COPS reruns. Woo Hoo!
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Old 01-05-17, 07:38 PM
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Yikes! Glad you found that early enough to get treatment.

Any history of bonks on the head, from falling off the bike, walking into a low overhead structure, etc.?

Alas, I've had lifelong bouts with cluster headaches, possibly trigeminal neuralgia (more recent tentative diagnosis, thanks -- oddly enough -- to a dentist). Hurts like hell, often has sidelined me from work, family and things I enjoy, but tests show no indications of tumors, aneurysm, etc. So, on the one hand, good news. On the other hand, nothing seems to prevent them completely.

Had one last night -- a headache that felt like a corkscrew in my left eyeball, with pain radiating along the paths of the trigeminal nerve -- which was probably caused by riding a couple of hours in freezing wind without a face mask. Everything else was warm, and the last time I rode in cold weather, a couple of weeks ago at 23F, I was fine afterward -- that ride I wore a paper surgical mask which kept my breath warm and moist, so much so that I had a beard icicle from condensation! I need to remember to do that for every cold ride this winter.
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"All things considered, I'll take the fire brigade over the fire."
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Glad you're doing OK,

but now I think I have a headache.
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Sounds like it was maybe sorta a close call.
Glad you'll be riding later in the year.
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"Merry Christmas" is all I can say.
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Wish you the best. Recover fast.
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It's crazy to realize how much of our lives is really out of our control, no matter how much we try otherwise! So glad that you got it checked out, and sounds like a good outcome. Enjoy the time off the bike - according to another thread we could be riding until we're 105 years old.
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WOW... Thank God your wife got to the doc.
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Best part of this story is that Ernesto is the one telling it and not being posted by someone else letting us know some really bad news. Your wife gets flowers and dinner out at the restaurant of her choice, you know that you owe her this one.....

PM coming eja.

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Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
Cripes, man ... I'm glad that all turned out OK.

Wives are the reason married men live longer (pretty good Yogi Berraism, eh?).

A month off the bike is a small price to pay for all the fun you'll have later.

I spent NYE the same way any self-respecting newly minted 60 year old would:

Sound asleep on the couch, snot dribbling from my nose, sinuses and chest hopelessly clogged, with the nearby TV rolling through old COPS reruns. Woo Hoo!
A few years back my wife and I ran into a rough patch and divorce seemed inevitable.

Thankfully cycling (plus a lot of mutual work) saved our marriage. I am glad we are back together.

If you were watching COPS re-runs you missed out on Mariah Carey's stellar performance.

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Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
Best part of this story is that Ernesto is the one telling it and not being posted by someone else letting us know some really bad news. Your wife gets flowers and dinner out at the restaurant of her choice, you know that you owe her this one.....

PM coming eja.

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Bill, got your PM, thank you.

Took my lovely wife out to her favorite local steak house (Mastro's) to celebrate my homecoming while watching USC come back in a thriller to win the 2017 Rose Bowl game.

Life is good.
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Originally Posted by freedomrider1 View Post
WOW... Thank God your wife got to the doc.
Yep, she said if I keep doing typically dumb male things like ignoring headaches and chestpain I then better up my life insurance.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
"All things considered, I'll take the fire brigade over the fire."
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Glad you are OK.


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Winston was a wise guy, like W.C. Fields.
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Glad to hear your doing well.

I too spent the holidays in the hospital! Not for me, but for my 22 year old daughter. She also had a brain bleed, and then what they call an ischemic stroke. She too had many CT scans, and MRI's. But thankfully no surgery yet. They have to wait until the blood that has pooled in her brain clears so they can get a better picture of exactly what is amiss. She also had a severe headache, and finally went to the ER. She has so far, and hopefully never, has shown any signs that this has effected her brain function. For my wife and I it was a frightening ride on an emotional roller coaster.

Enjoy the ride!
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Glad to hear your doing well.

I too spent the holidays in the hospital! Not for me, but for my 22 year old daughter. She also had a brain bleed, and then what they call an ischemic stroke. She too had many CT scans, and MRI's. But thankfully no surgery yet. They have to wait until the blood that has pooled in her brain clears so they can get a better picture of exactly what is amiss. She also had a severe headache, and finally went to the ER. She has so far, and hopefully never, has shown any signs that this has effected her brain function. For my wife and I it was a frightening ride on an emotional roller coaster.

Enjoy the ride!
I am very sorry to read about your daughter. Nothing is as frightening as hearing that a child is afflicted with a major illness, especially one as young as your daughter.

Our oldesr daughter, aged 31, was diagnosed with breast cancer last February. It has been a constant battle, with many ups and many downs. If I could, I would gladly trade places with her and let the cancer invade my body. I am a tough SOB and those cancer cells would be in a real fight. Alas, however, life does not work that way.

I will pray for your daughter that this be a minor bump in a long, healthy and prosperous life.

Cheers!
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Originally Posted by h2oxtc View Post
It's crazy to realize how much of our lives is really out of our control, no matter how much we try otherwise! So glad that you got it checked out, and sounds like a good outcome. Enjoy the time off the bike - according to another thread we could be riding until we're 105 years old.
I read the story of the 105 yo French cycliste while I was in the hospital. I showed it to my docs and I told them: fix me up so I can do that.

They all looked at me and replied, "Damn it Ernesto, we are doctors, not miracle workers!" (With apologies to Dr. McCoy )
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Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
Glad you're doing OK,

but now I think I have a headache.
Funny, I used to think that I gave headaches, not got them.
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I spent Christmas vacation off my bike; due to a suggestion from my wife that I should spend some "family time" with my son, daughter in law and three grandkids (whom I have not seen for several years).

Wow, kids grow up quick! The oldest is 15, middle one 12 and young one (just a baby last time I saw him) is 8. Yikes, time is passing quickly.

So we flew to Albuquerque, drove a rental Hyundai to Santa Fe and spent a week (almost) there. We went hiking in a couple of parks with the kids (Tent Rocks and Bandelier if you know Santa Fe) visited my son's pediatric dental practice (Dentistry for Kids!) and had a good time talking with everyone.

Of course, as soon as I was back home I grabbed my bike and rode up GMR/GRR to Mt. Baldy Village but still . . . a little time off the time was a good thing.

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Waitaminnit -- you're saying your rescue dog cleaned all your bikes? I may have to rethink not having a dog!

Glad to hear you caught it early enough and are on the mend.
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
Funny, I used to think that I gave headaches, not got them.
That's the lawyer in you channeling yourself.....

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Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
I spent Christmas vacation off my bike; due to a suggestion from my wife that I should spend some "family time" with my son, daughter in law and three grandkids (whom I have not seen for several years).

Wow, kids grow up quick! The oldest is 15, middle one 12 and young one (just a baby last time I saw him) is 8. Yikes, time is passing quickly.

So we flew to Albuquerque, drove a rental Hyundai to Santa Fe and spent a week (almost) there. We went hiking in a couple of parks with the kids (Tent Rocks and Bandelier if you know Santa Fe) visited my son's pediatric dental practice (Dentistry for Kids!) and had a good time talking with everyone.

Of course, as soon as I was back home I grabbed my bike and rode up GMR/GRR to Mt. Baldy Village but still . . . a little time off the time was a good thing.

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One of my kids went to school in New Mexico. Santa Fe is a great place to spend Christmas. The food alone can bring back the dead.

Bandalier Park s a great place to hike. Great Indian rock ruins, from the Anasazi Tribe I believe. You can hike down one of the canyons and see waterfalls and the Rio Grande.

Absolutely gorgeous.
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Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
That's the lawyer in you channeling yourself.....

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Ha ha ha...you know me too well my friend!
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Waitaminnit -- you're saying your rescue dog cleaned all your bikes? I may have to rethink not having a dog!

Glad to hear you caught it early enough and are on the mend.
It is amazing what a couple of German shepherds can do...when they decide to work together.
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