Cycle Days Challenge: October

Another month has passed by. I’m deliberately not riding or using the computer much in the evenings after big days of mental exertion at work. So I’ve got a bunch of catching up to do on everyone’s adventures over the past few weeks! This also means I only rode on 10 of 18 work days this month, and I didn’t ride a whole lot in total – just 215 kms (a total that would just be a couple days of kms in my normal life).

But life is still far from normal. The good news is that the reduction in physical activity has seen my fatigue become more manageable. I’m sleeping better. I don’t feel like death when I wake – just tired. My brain fog has significantly lessened. My joint and muscle pain are no longer constant. The brain MRI showed inflammation but no permanent damage. The other West Nile tests show it is not hanging out in my kidneys like it sometimes likes to do. The infectious disease doctor says that even though I will likely never fully recover, I should still see more significant improvements over the next 12-18 months. I also just survived a huge two weeks at work with only a minor regression in symptoms… so we’re healing… we’re just not riding much in that process.

So there is no video for this month either. On all of the work days that I rode, I cycled with my old neighbour. Those rides are very slow, gentle and mundane. They are not really conducive to photos. So for the October Cycle Days ‘video’, I am including a photo of my old neighbour (remember he was a top amateur cyclist back in the day and has an Order of Australia medal) on a short ride we did along the lake at Mulwala one Sunday. Cycling together is good for both of us in different ways.

I don’t know what November will bring… no guarantees on cycling as I continue to focus on healing my neuro-immune system. Go ride for me!

Nerdy chick in Australia who loves to ride and is accompanied by the crew: 'The Commander' Verne and the 'Mental Health Specialist' Kermit.

16 response to "Cycle Days Challenge: October"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: October 31, 2018

    Hi Emily,
    Thanks for the update on your condition. I think about you quite often when I don’t see some kind of post here for a while. I’m rooting for you and for a miraculous recovery.


    • By: The Navigator Posted: November 1, 2018

      Thanks, Greg. I need to go ‘pray’ in the Church of the Great Outdoors more often. Feel free, Pope Gregory, to bless my poor mitochondria 😉

  2. By: Seasidejanet Posted: October 31, 2018

    Hi Em… glad to see you are having some progress!! keep doing what you need to do for your health. We miss your rides. It we’d much rather see you getting better! I’m glad your friend is able to ride with you…it is a WinWin!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: November 1, 2018

      Yes, riding with my old neighbour is win-win because it helps him stave off depression and it keeps me from riding too hard!

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: October 31, 2018

    Sounds like we have all been thinking about you and missing you, Em! Good to hear from you again and that you are healing.

  4. By: NancyG Posted: October 31, 2018

    Thanks for letting us know your condition and the progress you are making. I know we all look forward to your ride posts, but more importantly to your physical healing. Sounds like you are doing just what you should be doing.

  5. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: October 31, 2018

    Good to see you are improving even if at a reduced cycling level — although, 130+ miles isnt too shabby!
    All the Best, take care.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: November 1, 2018

      Thanks, Rich. Hope you have had great fall colours and that the bridge has re-emerged from the corn post-harvest. I also hope you have more good weather before the cold, cloudy stuff sets in 🙂

  6. By: Bill Stone Posted: October 31, 2018

    Hang in there, Em. Small steps (and short rides) will lead to the destination you desire.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: November 1, 2018

      Thanks, Bill – I know you understand my frustration and then the resignation to deal with limitations. You amaze me with what you are achieving with your bum shoulder, though!

  7. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: November 1, 2018

    Hang in there Emily, you have a great attitude and it sounds like things will improve, just take it easy.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: November 1, 2018

      Thanks – 15 months into it and maybe only halfway to getting significantly better… it’s a good thing I prefer endurance-type rides rather than sprints 🙂

  8. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: November 1, 2018

    It’s good that you can ride with your old neighbour – I remember you telling us about him a couple of years ago. I am sure he appreciates both your company and getting out on his bike.

    I am with the others – take it slow, invest in your health for the next couple of years and clear it out of your system the best you can.

    Mosquito magnet Tony will learn from your misfortune and apply repellant whenever they are around !

    • By: The Navigator Posted: November 1, 2018

      Thanks, Tony. Yes, stay away from the mozzies… but if you must get bitten go for something in the Ross River family instead of the dengue/malaria/Murray River encephalitis family. Alphaviruses target joints, instead of organs and your brain like the flaviviruses. Both give you the unrelenting fatigue. Climate change will make transmission more prevalent and the viruses more virulent, or so they say! It seems a very pleasant future 😉

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