A Second Surgery


In case you haven’t heard, I’ll be headed back in for surgery on my elbow next Tuesday. The wires that they wrapped around my elbow have been driving me pretty much nuts; I can’t set my elbow on anything harder than a couch pillow without wincing in pain. So I called my surgeon up and asked him to take them out. He agreed. The good news is that my arm will be a lot less sensitive, and they may be able to remove some of the scar tissue from surgery one. Bad news is that I’m off the bike for about two weeks while the skin heals back up (faster recovery time than before at least!).

On top of that, I had to get a pre-op workup done this weekend, as the hospital anticipates “extremely high turnover” Tuesday so they won’t have time the day of. Not a huge deal, except I had to miss this morning’s ride to go verify that I’m not pregnant, hypertensive, anemic or any other random condition that might prevent surgery. You’d think I would have found this out before yesterday, but with only 5 days between my request and the surgery…apparently you have to adapt to last minute appointments. After a couple weeks off the bike due to the holidays (excepting spin class week), I’m hoping that I can manage not to fall too behind my teammates in training. Le sigh. Think I’m going to go out and hit the LGCT now to get a few miles in while I can!

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An often sarcastic, occasionally humorous journal of my training adventures in preparation for the Livestrong century ride. I took up cycling back in '07 in hopes of meeting new people, and, with the help of Team in Training, making my small positive difference in the world -- and haven't stopped spinning since. Follow along as my Trek road bike and I try and hash out our differences, hopefully with me upright and in the saddle.

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