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Friday, May 30, 2008

because it's my home...

I don't even know where to begin...

I tried to laugh my way through it and the laughter did help but it is the amazing community that is really pulling me along... and...I thank you...

Well, I went... to the homeopathic doctor... I just couldn't bring myself to a real doctor with creepy cold waiting rooms and crying kids and boogers and coughing people and dirty magazines with coffee stains...

After a pee test they found some white blood cells that aren't supposed to be there so then they checked my outside temp which I am sweating bullets and hot to the touch (but I already know that, all the guys tell me that! Just kidding, my attitude is coming back)! Then my body temp is 97.2 pretty darn low, normal low is 97.8 so I caught a virus between who knows where on some plane from Lord only knows by touching some germ from someone...

Luckily it's not a flu or cold... just some weirdo virus. Not a bug you can smash with a quick fix pill (that I wouldn't take anyway). A virus that has to do it's thing. 3-10 days on average... this morning is day 9 of being JUNKY... so I am HOPING that I can be awake and alive for Honu...

My cure... well, with all my training I need to be better about my diet (hey, I eat so good!) BUT I am also not living a normal active life... Triathlon training requires more, (Who knew??) so I was prescribed a great mulit vitamin and a lovely Iron supplement. I was also in my own personal med tent at the doctors. I got a saline drip and a vitamin drip to put back in all the stuff I flushed out by over hydrating my dehydrated self. Nice, me and water poisoning, like at Ironman!

How am I now? SO thankful it isn't anything "serious". Still in a bit of tears. Would be worse off if not for Jen Naughty holding my hand through all this. In fact, the entire community has been so supportive. I have never received so much love in my life. Everyone on the island knows how much I love racing at home and to not be a part of any local race (a Peaman or the Ironman) really breaks my heart.

The phone calls, the emails, the voodoo recipes and foods you have given, the Naughty family willing to pay my doctor bills (I still am crying that I have friends that awesome that are willing to pull strings to get me the best help possible and pay for it!), to those that are offering advice & support, thank you...

Truly Kona is the best little home on Earth...

Today I will take in my bike and run check bags in hopes tomorrow I wake up able to participate. The plan to race is no longer my goal... and I am okay with that. Triathlon doesn't define me and knowing I have not been too sporty this week, just being healthy enough to show up and swim-bike-run would mean so much to me. Why even do the race then? Because this is my home and there is no place better to do what you love most than at home...



25 Comments:

Blogger Beth said...

I'm rooting for you Bree! And praying for you lots too! Whether you can race or not...I just hope you get healthy and back to feeling your normal self! Hang in there!!

May 30, 2008 at 9:53 AM

 
Blogger Patrick said...

Bree.... as always wishing you all the best. Glad it's not too serious. You id the issue and taking corrective action and soon will be strong again. Japan is just around the corner. Come Sat AM hope you feel great and refreshed! If not, hang with me and we will cheer on our fellow island residents during the race and your little sis!

Your sparkling tears will be flushed away by your million watt smile while the sun creeps over Hapuna beach saturday morning casting an everlasting golden glow upon your heart. Embrace the moment & enjoy the company!

Hey by the way...what's up with that Anonymous comment on your last blog?

patrick

May 30, 2008 at 10:16 AM

 
Blogger IM Able said...

So glad that you are feeling better! Our bodies are amazing things -- when left to their own devices, they often will surprise us with resiliency!

Continue the pace towards full strength and heal well!

May 30, 2008 at 10:37 AM

 
Blogger E.L.F. said...

Bree, listen to your body, it says...

I have a fever and the only prescription is...

cupcakes

It's true. Again, I just know these things. It's like my sixth sense.

May 30, 2008 at 11:11 AM

 
Blogger Cricket said...

Bree so glad you are feeling better! I only wish we were all there to cheer Brooke on and you if you end up competing! Kona is such an awesome place to you- *"Thanks" Kona for caring for my Niece!
God Bless & Best Wishes!

May 30, 2008 at 11:14 AM

 
Blogger Rory said...

Just have fun. I wish I had a cure for you. I am cheering from Boulder!

May 30, 2008 at 11:27 AM

 
Blogger Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) said...

Just go out there, smile and do your own thing. We'll understand if its not your "A" game. Enjoy it as much as possible. I will miss the race (no live coverage?) but when I get back after my swim Sunday morning (in Taiwan time), I'll be eager to know what transpired.

May 30, 2008 at 1:23 PM

 
Blogger ShirleyPerly said...

I'm glad to hear it's nothing serious. All my fingers and toes are crossed for you to be able to enjoy Honu. I'll be back in Kona Monday night and hope to see you sometime this trip.

May 30, 2008 at 2:55 PM

 
Blogger Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

I'm all with ELF. She really knows her stuff. And she's great at cupcake and sheet cake selection.

Hang in there - I wish I could make everything better... but you hit the nail on the head when you said that you get to just be out there swimming-biking-running, and doing what you love. You are amazing, your performance is amazing, and this is just a small blip on the radar screen. Good healing vibes - rest assured, you're doing the right thing.

And a cupcake or two wouldn't hurt. :)

May 30, 2008 at 4:22 PM

 
Blogger Sarah said...

Bree,

Here's to cupcakes and healing! I'm sending you lots of great vibes and just hoping for the best. You have so much support because you are such a giver yourself! You inspire and you motivate and you share your sunshine with everybody. How couldn't people want to support you in a low moment?

Just keep hanging on, resting and thinking positively. I'll keep my fingers crossed. :)

p.s. I shared your two quotes from a few posts ago with my spinning class last night. They really loved it. Thank you for sharing!

May 30, 2008 at 5:29 PM

 
Blogger Ryan Denner said...

wow, you have one of the coolest blogs ever!

May 30, 2008 at 6:34 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Bree! Hoping that you feel well enough to do what you love tomorrow! (if you get a chance my husband had a thought on your illness and I'll send it to your email). Good luck!! Courtney

May 30, 2008 at 6:54 PM

 
Blogger Kellye Mills said...

I'm really sorry that you are still under the weather, but I'm glad to hear that it should clear up really quickly and you'll be well on your way to Japan! I really hope to see you tomorrow! If I don't see you beforehand, have a great race and enjoy just having fun. Think of it as a fun day!!

May 30, 2008 at 7:07 PM

 
Anonymous Naughty Nottage said...

Go with the force Bree......your heart will give you your answer.......trust.......

May 30, 2008 at 7:18 PM

 
Blogger Kellye Mills said...

Hey Bree! Thanks for your thoughts and sweet offers! I put your number with my stuff and will probably seriously take you up on your offer for tomorrow. Because we won't be coming back here in between the race and the awards program. So I'll call you from my cell number after the race.

I hope you are feeling well enough to race tomorrow! I'll be thinking about you!!

May 30, 2008 at 7:33 PM

 
Blogger alison said...

Hi Bree, Hope you are feeling well enough to race tomorrow. I've also been sick for the past week and skipped a triathlon today..though I wasn't too attached to doing it. How was the acupuncture? If you the want the number of the best acupuncturist in Kona let me know!

May 30, 2008 at 8:44 PM

 
Blogger triguyjt said...

first of all best to you bree..

you getting so much love from the folks in kona is amazing...
there has to be two reasons.
1. everyone says you are an amazing person
2. kona is filled with amazing , thoughful , caring people.

I think its a tie.

May 31, 2008 at 6:03 AM

 
Blogger kerrie said...

sending healthy healing thoughts your way! i know things will work out as needed....if you need to rest, you will and it will be a great day to spectate- and if you are wake up feeling great, enjoy the days out there with all your friends and family cheering you on.

you have picked a great time to get sick though :) - you are at home with people who care about you and you are far enough out from your big races that a little rest now will do you a whole lot of good in the coming weeks!!!

May 31, 2008 at 6:11 AM

 
Blogger Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) said...

Hope you continue to recover well! All the best!

May 31, 2008 at 10:34 AM

 
Blogger Trigirlpink said...

Ok... this is just a little blip in the radar screen and yes it sucks big time you can't *race* but like you've already stated, triathlon doesn't define you and because of that, there are many many many more stars to reach for and rewards to be gained. This is one race. Tough luck it's on your own turf but it's not IM Championships, right? More important, I'd gather.
Rest up chicka chicka. You got a LONG LONG season still ahead. Yeah for Purell! Boo for viruses.
xx
e

May 31, 2008 at 3:11 PM

 
Blogger Mel said...

Bree hugs to you....I know you were probably sad not to race..but you know it is for the best, let your body heal and be ready for Japan baby :) Get fired up (not like I need to tell you that, as you are always fired up)...Coach knows best!!!!

June 1, 2008 at 3:45 AM

 
Blogger Jodi Joye said...

Bree,

Not to worry..I had you in my thoughts Sunday at the 1/2 IM in Macaon GA.... tring to draw from all your positve words of wisdom ...I was also trying to find my happy little place....but it was way toooo hot for me...bonked the run a bit but the other two were good.
Hope you feel better.
jj

When you are feeling better maybe you can share some hot weather tips for the run...nutrition.

June 1, 2008 at 7:13 AM

 
Blogger TriGirl Kate O said...

Read on Rachel ross's blog that you didn't race--I'm sorry for you that you had to sit it out, but usually coach knows best (Usually being the key word.) I'm sure good came out of it though--had I been racing it would've helped to have you cheering! Here's to a healthy comeback, and get ready to kick some serious japanese bootie!

June 1, 2008 at 2:39 PM

 
Blogger Shan said...

Sending love and hugs your way!! Even though this isn't the most opportune time for sickness (there's never a good time!), your body is letting you know it's time to rest. I'm sure that resting and allowing your body to recuperate from all the hard training (and the virus) will allowing you to have an amazing race in Japan! Some of my best efforts came after a nasty cold when I let my body get some much needed R&R.

Hope this comment finds you feeling MUCH better!

June 1, 2008 at 4:24 PM

 
Blogger Bob Mitera said...

Sounds like the virus that went ripping through here in April. I think you're right about the plane. I don't think they clean planes anymore. I'm also sure I look like a freak when I am wiping down every surface when I sit with anti bacterial wipes. I leave the plane cleaner than when I got there.

June 2, 2008 at 6:09 AM

 

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