Sorry for my long time between posts. It's been a little difficult lately. I'm not looking for pity, but I thought I'd tell you what has been going on. If you remember back in August I was blogging about our family all being sick. Well I haven't gotten any better since, in fact worse. I've finally found out I have a form of pneumonia caused by a legionella infection. Legionella affects about 18,000 people each year. I guess I should consider myself lucky, considering this is the second time I've had it. Last time was fall of 2007 while I was training for my last marathon. That infection caused some loss of lung power, which is what lead to my physically worst marathon ever and the reason I skipped this years race. I toyed with the upcoming one, but I can't train like this (at least not effectively; my stubborness in 2007 kept me going even though I probably shouldn't have). I'm hoping to be better in time to at least train for this year's Phoenix 10K in November.
The good thing is this isn't contagious, so that's a relief. On the bad side is only certain anti-biotics work on it and this one, Clarithromycin, has been hard on me. It causes headache (which no matter how much aspirin or Tylenol I take has been with me since Monday), nausea, and in my case sleeplessness. I keep feeling if I could get one good night's sleep I'd feel so much better. I'm an otherwise healthy person so being sick like this really bothers me. Hopefully I feel better by the weekend.
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