Monday, March 28, 2016

Weekend Wrap Up

I hope everyone has recovered from their Easter candy hangovers. I was fortunate that my mom didn't have a chance to buy candy due to my dad's health scare. So I did not have the opportunity to overindulge.

It was a busy weekend. On Saturday afternoon we went to the Sharks game. As part of their 25th Anniversary, they are having alumni days where they bring back a different retired player to honor them. They bring him out, do a little video of highlights, and have them drop the puck. This weekend was one of my favorite players, Douglas "Crankshaft" Murray. He was a defenseman who played for the Sharks from 2005 - 2012. He could lay a hit on you that would rattle your teeth.

During every game, the Sharks do a "player profile" during one of the breaks in the action. They'll put up a video of a featured player - Saturday was Murray since it was his alumni day. Again, more video highlights and then they give out a signed jersey from that player to the fan in the "lucky seat." For the record, my husband has had these season tickets since they day the Sharks started playing at the newly built San Jose arena - so 23 of their 25 years in existence. I've been going to the games with him for at least 20 of those years and we have never won a single thing - not a jersey, not event tickets, not even free pizza which they used to give out. Finally after 23 years it was my husband's lucky day. He was the lucky seat! He won the signed Murray jersey. He was so shocked but so excited. I wish I realized what was happening because I would have loved to have gotten a picture of his face.

The autographed jersey
After the game we headed to my parents house for a pre-Easter get together with the family. We were all there and my dad seems to be doing really well after his health scare last week. He is tired and sleeps a lot, but the doctors say it's a normal part of the brain healing. We are all very grateful that he seems no worse for wear.

Since we had no plans for Easter yesterday, we decided it would be a good day to tackle the jungle that was our backyard. During four years of drought, it was a pretty simple project. Mow the lawn every once in a while and occasionally pull some weeds. Well we finally had a really wet winter, and things got out of control. We've been mowing the lawn in the backyard pretty regularly just so Emma could  do her business back there, but the side yard got totally out of control.

This is where we normally grow tomatoes. Dandelions, anyone?
We filled the entire large compost bin with weeds and lawn clippings. It was a major project but it looks so much better now. I'm so glad it's done.

And that's a wrap for now.

Friday, March 25, 2016

The Brain is Pretty Incredible

Monday afternoon I was at work doing my thing to get ready for a big meeting on Tuesday when I received the following text from my mom.

As it turns out, the reason my mom beat the ambulance to the ER is because they told her they were taking him to one hospital but wound up going to another one. After the ER staff was able to help my mom track him down, she called me. They had taken him to the ER that was literally blocks away from my office. Could I run down there so he wasn't alone? Of course! So I ran out of work and headed to the ER while my mom drove in the pouring rain from almost 20 miles away. Let me tell you, I've never felt like such a grown-up in my life.

When I first got there they wouldn't let me see him because they were evaluating him. But after a few minutes I could go be with him. He was awake and alert but confused. And not everything he said made sense. But I could tell that he knew he wasn't making sense. He would get a word wrong, or he would go to say something and you could tell he was searching for the right word. He was able to understand everything I said to him, but there was definitely some confusion on where he was and where my mom was.

After doctor visits, nurse visits, a nurse practitioner visit, and a CAT scan he was finally admitted. And two days later he was home and almost like nothing ever happened. Fortunately it was a minor stroke, he had no paralysis, and he can answer almost anything you ask him correctly. (There where a few funny moments in the hospital - like when he answered that he was 43 years old. This would make him younger than me, and it would make my mom a major cougar!)

After all of the stress, I feel incredibly lucky that I will get to have my dad around for a while longer. It's amazing to me how the brain can be scrambled one day, then correct itself a few days later.

Me and my dad.

If you have a family history of stroke or suspect someone might be having one, here are some things to look for.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Un-Race Report

So I was supposed to do a 10k on Sunday...but I flaked. Like I mean, totally didn't even set my alarm clock flaked.

I found out late last week that my friend who was doing the event with me wasn't going to make it. I was disappointed at first, but figured since I wasn't necessarily trained for 10k I'd go and do the 5k by myself instead.

My parents were coming over Saturday night to hang out and watch hockey and basketball, so I figured it would be a mellow night. But instead my brother, sister-in-law, and niece all came too and it turned into a "less mellow" night. In other words, the beer and wine were flowing. We had a great time, laughed way too much over a joke about pancakes, and stayed up too late for someone who was supposed to race in the morning.

So when I finally went to bed, I decided I wouldn't set an alarm but if I woke up in time I'd get up and go. I normally don't sleep past 7:00 on weekends anyway so there was a good chance I'd still make it. And I did wake up in time, but my warm bed was more appealing then driving 40 minutes to walk a 5k by myself. So I rolled over and caught a few more Zzzzz's.

And I don't feel the slightest bit guilty about it. Time and memories with family are way more important.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Marching Through March

Another month already half over - it seems like every time I turn around I need to flip the page on the calendar to a new month. So, what have I been doing lately?

Well, I went to see Bruce Springsteen on Sunday night. It was such an amazing show. I don't know how many times I've seen Bruce - somewhere in the double digits - but I have to say this was probably the best show I've seen. They played for 3 1/2 hours non-stop. The band sounded tight. I danced my ass off. It was amazing.

Me and my bro at the show - nosebleed section!

I've been pretty consistent with getting to spin class at least once a week, and most weeks twice. I was also doing a lot of walking, too, until the rains returned last week. But the storms have passed so I'm looking forward to spending more time outside walking - especially now that we've changed the clocks and I can stay out longer. It's not that I won't walk in the dark, I will around my neighborhood. But I like to walk on the Bay Trail and it's not lit so I won't go there after dark.

What's up next? I'm walking a 10k on Sunday - race report to follow!