Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Sometimes...

...you just have to continue searching for the right answers regarding your health and welfare. After having close to a week mulling over what (more like what not) the nurse practitioner told me, I've made an appointment with a Sports Injury Doctor at PSI Ottawa , located at Scotiabank Place, where the Ottawa Senators hockey team play. I'm sure if they can keep the Sen's in one piece, they'll be able to help me.

Why is it your own Doctor does not have time to see you and when you call a Sports Doctor, they can take you almost immediately?

The marathon group have been wonderful about keeping me posted as to their progress. This Sunday will be their very first 32K run. I am so disappointed that I won't be with them. Depending upon what the Sports Doctor tells me, maybe I can pull out my mountain bike and ride with them. We will see.

On another note, while we are on the topic of health, a good friend of mine who owns the courier service I've been using since 1994, just came in to drop off the monthly bill. He looked drawn and just not his cheery self. His Scottish humour always makes me laugh and we always talk about Scotland and their current news. I mentioned that he looked like he's lost weight. His eyes welled up and he told me he was diagnosed with inoperable prostate cancer. The cancer has already spread to his bones and that he maybe has three years.

I am such a puddle of emotion when someone whom I really like tells me something that distressing. I came around from my desk and gave him a big hug, we both had a few tears and some sniffles, even though he is an older gentleman, he is still a friend.

When it is something as important as your health, please, take the steps to be checked out properly, if you don't like what they are telling you or you are uncomfortable with the individual who is your Doctor, take control your life and your health and look for someone you can work with and whom you trust.

This is YOUR life, make it the best it can be. None of us are going to get out alive, so what time you do have on this earth, make every minute count.

Life's fun if you don't weaken,

Lily

27 comments:

Marlene said...

I'm so sorry about your friend. That is heart-breaking. :(

Good luck with the doctor and thanks for the great advice.

Chic Runner said...

So sorry about your friend. I totally agree with what you are saying on this topic. I think life should be lived minute by minute. :)

Ps love the pic!!

Carly said...

((hugs)) I am so sorry about your friend. It is always heartbreaking hearing news like that. Thanks for the words of wisdom. I could not agree more!

Good luck with your appointment.

Anonymous said...

oh dear... poor guy... keep smiling when you see him... he'd rather that than the pity as he continues to work.
Shall keep your friend in my thoughts Lily..

and you too! Hang in there and listen to the words of the medicine men. We've been to PSI for the older daughter rehab after her knee surgery. They were fab!

HUGS
t

Jo Lynn said...

You never know what tomorrow brings. Live today like it's your last day on earth. Go to bed with no regrets. Live it fully. ;)

Runner Leana said...

Oh Laurel, I'm so sorry about your friend. I hope you have some better luck with the sports doc. Sounds like you made a good decision there.

Carolina John said...

i hope your knee feels better soon. my bike really loved her spring tune up. and i've got a lower left leg problem that my docs can't figure out. hang in there, we'll all feel better soon.

thanks for stopping by the blog!

Wes said...

Holding out for good news from the sports doc! Sux for your friend. We don't get to choose. We just get to deal. I can have a lot of fun in three years. I hope he does too...

bill carter said...

Hello Dear Lily

Sorry to hear that the knee is giving you some heartache. I do subconsciously know that each one of us is only one injury from being sidelined, but it really hits home when it happens to someone you know. Or feel like you know. You get my drift.

I am also very sorry about your friend. Life is such a gift and we have to realize how precious each second, minute, hour, day really can be.

Hang in there and get better already, would ya?

Hugs from Michigan.

D10 said...

I am so sorry to hear about your friend. News like that always hits hard, so sad. I agree, you have to be your own advocate. When something doesn't feel right or you don't like the answer you got, it is never a bad thing to get a second opinion.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

sorry about your friend. good message to be your own advocate and do what you can with the time you have! we never know how long we have.

good luck with the sports doc

Kim said...

{{Hugs}} Thinking of you and your friend.

Go get yourself checked out and hopefully they can get you on the road soon.

And yeah...I'm okay...did I say something to make you think I wasn't? I'm wayyy good. :) Thanks for checking in on me though!

TNTcoach Ken said...

Good advice, it's sometimes hard for men to go to the doctor. I on the other hand am a regular with mine.

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

Tell your friend to keep looking for other doctors and other treatments. They told my uncle he only had 6 months to live with prostate/bone cancer. He found a research hospital in Texas and lived a great life for another 6 years before he caught pnemonia and died. Never, ever, ever stop fighting.

Groover said...

"... if you don't like what they are telling you or you are uncomfortable with the individual who is your Doctor, take control your life and your health and look for someone you can work with and whom you trust."

I always find a piece of everyday wisdom in your posts. This is so true. Thanks for reminding us all.

Xenia said...

Oh, L, I am so sorry about your friend. Hugs to you. I'll keep him in my thoughts.

Take care and thanks for the wise words.

Shilingi-Moja said...

I hate to read the news about your friend. And, a good word about staying on top of one's health. We can't completely prevent illness and disease, but taking of oneself certainly increases the odds.

Jess said...

So sorry to hear about your friend!

Ted said...

Your post took my breath away. For a moment, I was trying to find a way to get the air suck right back in. I know and been there when I lost my brother to melanoma. I am so sorry to hear about your friend. I don't know if this will help but do have him seek second opinion. I did get a life-threatening misdiagnosis back then but did get second opinion which changed the course. Hugs to you and my thoughts and prayer for your friend.

teacherwoman said...

So sorry to hear about your friend.

*hugs*

Alexandra said...

I am sure the hug meant so much to your friend!

I hope the sports doctor can do something for you! Good luck with that!

Melanie said...

hugs, sorry about your friend. My uncle recently got a similar diagnosis :( Good luck at your appointment!

bluecolnago said...

sorry to hear about your friend, young lady. you give some pretty sage advice about life. you only get one go 'round, make the most of it!

raino said...

'why is it your own Doctor does not have time to see you and when you call a Sports Doctor, they can take you almost immediately'...tis the million dollar question.

be on the mend.

Nat said...

Amen to that sister. Sports med guys are never that busy. It's odd, and I don't even think you need a referral.

I'm sorry about your friend. Hugs.

Kilroy said...

Didn't Biff Naked write a song about that ... "Everyday" ...

I have been told by a very wise person that if we live our lives as if "it matters", there is a fairly good chance of making it to the finish line with fewer regrets.

I will add your friend to my prayers ...

Bonnie said...

Hey Laurel! I was wondering what was up with you (I didn't see you on Sunday with your peeps). I think it's ridiculous that someone would tell you your to old to be out running. Have they never heard of Ed Whitlock, age 78 or Fuaja Singh, age 98 who are still regular marathon runners?

I'll try to make a long story short...I have 2 dogs who both blew their knees out...because we didn't want to spend $3,000 on an operation our Vet recommended that we try giving them Glucosamine, Chondroitin & MSM. This was available @ Costco in 1 tablet that contains all 3 ingredients. We have been giving this to our dogs for over a year now & they have had no problems with thier knees.

This year I developed a problem with my knee. I started thinking about my dogs...& thought why not give it a try. I have been taking this combination for a couple of months now & my knee feels wonderful! It really is worth the try!

Hope to see you out on the trail very soon