Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Items of Interest

This has been a good week overall.  I've noticed a complete shift in my attitude.  I'm happier, more energetic, and I'm willing to do more things around the house.  For instance, yesterday I had half an hour at home before having to leave for a lesson.  In the past that half hour would have been spent on Facebook or on the computer, but yesterday it was spent doing dishes and then reading in the few spare minutes I had.  This is an improvement.  That said, though, yesterday and Monday felt a little off.

I could tell my attitude had shifted, and I was still happy, but I was so unbelievably tired.  For most of the day on Monday, I had a stiff neck and a headache.  It even carried into Tuesday a little.  I wanted to sleep through most of the day, and I even cut my workouts short just because I couldn't handle them.  Monday especially, I was really thirsty and I found I had to work harder to swallow (like sinus drainage, but different). 

A lot of possibilities went through my mind.  I hadn't eaten the best over the weekend (that's my off time), and that could be affecting things.  Maybe I had over-trained, and my body was too tired from Saturday's run, although I felt fine on Sunday.  I was really scared I was getting a cold.  The only really puzzling piece was my hand.  There was a large, inflamed spot on my left hand.  It was very sensitive to temperature changes and ached a bit.  The area around it was even a little numb.

I don't know why I didn't think of it earlier, but all of a sudden it dawned on.  Sunday evening, I had decided to weed the flower beds.  I couldn't find my gloves, and I don't have any problem getting dirty, so I did it bare handed.  While weeding, I saw a small black widow spider.  I told Hans that if I started feeling ill, it might be best to go to a doctor, but other than wanting to call it an early night, I felt fine.  Now I'm wondering if all my symptoms from the past few days are actually the result of a mild black widow bite.  I'm fine now, but it's interesting to consider.  Heck, I'd rather that than to catch the flu!

Today, though, since I'm feeling much improved, I took Cody and Lollie, and we met up with Shannon and Ollie for a romp by the river.  After much swimming, jumping, and running, and one adventure downstream where he had to rescue a lost toy, I brought home two very tired, VERY DIRTY dogs.  Two baths later and a change of clothes for me, I now have two very tired dogs.  It's a good life.

There's one last thing I wanted to share with y'all today.  I got a glimpse of myself in the mirror today.  I was rushing to change my clothes and grab some lunch, when I caught a glimpse of myself.  I look at myself in the mirror everyday, but this for some reason was different.  I suddenly saw the way my body is starting to change.  I saw how my belly is getting smaller and my legs are becoming toned.  As I put on my clothes, I felt how much looser my jeans are.  My well-fitted top is a little less well-fitted.  I saw all this, and it made me smile.  Oh, and it made me want to go for another run!


  1. Um aren't Black Widow's deadly? Eeew! I'm totally creeped out right now. I'm so glad I've never seen on in MN.

    1. They can be deadly, but tend to only be so in small children, the elderly, and pets. IF it was a spider bite, it didn't have a lot of venom in it, but a lot of the symptoms matched up, just on a milder level.