Transplant Athlete
Sunday, April 23, 2006
  Back Problem

I went to see the Dr. about my back and he said it was probably just a back spasm. I may have pinched a nerve, but he says its healing fine and not to worry. He sent me out the door with a prescription for a muscle relaxant and told me to use a heating pad on my back and do some stretches and then ice after any serious exercise. The muscle relaxant didn't seem to do much the first day or two, but I'm almost back to my full range of motion. I hope the pain goes away soon.

On a related side note, I drove down to Florida friday night and arrived a couple hours before the start of the Katie Ride For Life. Why is this related to my back problem? I love my 1995 Chevy Cavalier, but the seats suck for long distance driving and my back was leading a revolt (As they said in GI JANE, "The best thing about Pain is it lets you know you're still alive"or in my case, still awake). The ride has gotten even bigger and the new route is incredibly scenic. It was really tough to take in the scenery as the group I was in averaged around 21 mph. Incredibly, I jumped back into the car and made the return trip home the same day. I had to stop for a fuel stop (for me and the car) in North Carolina and a one hour nap just south of Fredericksburg,VA. I'm going to try to get around 5 hours sleep and join the DC Randonneurs for a century ride out of Warrenton, VA.


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I've gone through kidney failure twice. The first time in 2000, my mother donated a kidney; and again in 2008, I'm on dialysis waiting for a breakthrough in immuno-suppression medicines before seeking a new kidney.

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