|My Great Grandparents|
On the other hand, the other most major killer in my family is heart disease. I got my results from my Calcium Scoring test, the test that measures how clogged your arteries are. I got the remarkable score of 0!!! No clogging, no lesions, no calcification in heart, lungs or any other structures nearby. These results were completely unexpected as I have a history of high blood pressure and high cholesterol and have been overweight since I was 8 or so. I actually shed a tiny tear of joy when I got the news. As of right now, I have a pretty much clean bill of health! I can't tell you what a gift that is!
Friday the 13th, after ending an extraordinarily busy day at work, and with enough stress coursing through me to change the number on that heart test, my son and I decided to participate in a 5K event downtown in my city. When it started at 7pm, the temperature without windchill was somewhere around 6 degrees above. There was a little wind, and after having freezing rain prior to the drop in temperature, the trails/streets/sidewalks were so icy! We walked most of the way, which was my original intent, but my son, being 13, felt self-conscious when we were last, so he insisted we run to catch up to the others a few times. Let me tell you, my knee was reminding me why I'm not supposed to run. While I was running, I got a familiar, warm, good feeling and my brain filled with delightful thoughts of taking it up again, really trying to find a way, but if I get a trainer, and the right shoes...But I woke up the minute I stopped running and felt the swelling start to encompass my knee. I lost about 40% of the cartilage so it is not a good idea for me to run. At any rate, we finished in about an hour, which isn't too shabby for walking, on ice, in the f-f-freezing cold!
|Yes, he does already tower over me at the age of 13. I am only 5 ft!|
My son said he'd like to do more 5K's when the weather is nicer and I think that would be a great thing for both of us. I'd like to get to a point where walking that long doesn't kill my knees, back and hips, but it did comfort me a little to hear him complain about the same parts of his body, then I know it's not just because I am old and out of shape!
I don't have any words of wisdom tonight, just a quick catch up since I've been gone longer than I anticipated. I will try to not let things lapse so long from now on.