Update: For those who have passed on well-wishes, I have been put on a couple of inhalers and the likely culprit is asthma, which wouldn’t be a huge shock considering I’ve had chronic bronchitis most of my lift. Such are things, moving on!
I was planning on getting into the Dome this week or the next, to get a little taste of what the 2019 DJ Swing was going to look and feel like, and I hope to still get out next week.
The delay is a health-induced one – I mentioned being under the weather during the Christmas season, but things have been a little more serious.
I have had chronic bronchitis for years, and this particular time around, the nasty bug that has been wreaking havoc in these parts had me coughing for weeks on end, and I’ve developed a cough syncope.
For those who don’t know what that is, I’ve coughed so hard and long that at times I’ve blacked right out and fallen over.
Kind Of Like This…
Thus far, I’ve keeled over at least a dozen times, apart from the times I’ve been fortunate enough to be sitting or lying down when the fits struck.
I spent a day at the ER and hospital last week getting checked out and, among my injuries in all of the falls, I have a (now-healed) split lip, a big shiner on the left eye, a sprained right wrist and bruised or cracked ribs (falling against the toilet while coughing into the bathroom sink).
Happy New Year!
ECG, bloodwork and chest X-rays all came back normal, so I’ll be getting some pulmonary testing done next (to check for asthma, a condition that commonly causes syncope) and some cardiac monitoring (for possible arrhythmia brought on by the hard coughing).
For now however, I’m on the shelf with swinging.
In short, I made a few easy swings with the SwingRite today and, to my chagrin, the wrist and ribs are a no-go for the present.
I’ve also taken the month off my new interest, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, until things have settled down. Kind of hard to train in this condition.
Hopefully it’s just bruised muscles and not actual cracked ribs and I’ll be fit again in a few days.
The cough is thankfully abating thanks to some meds and inhalers, and great news! I haven’t fallen over today, which is the first time since the 28th… so, baby steps.
I’m eager to get this year underway.
More to come!
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