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!