I played in a team pool (billiards) tournament this weekend with my husband and oldest son and a couple of other young men that made up our team. It was a joy.
It is something that I used to do quite often; but that was over a decade ago. I just starting playing again a little over a year ago.
It sure brings back the old competiveness in me.
It was quite a challenge since I am still experiencing shakiness in my body & other symptoms like getting soooo cold while everyone else is hot & still some headaches & sore throat just lately again; but they both only last hours now instead of the weeks & months that they used to. I cannot express how much I look forward to when this stage of my healing if done. I feel like I am getting really close. From what I understand, the brain & nervous system are the last to heal. Almost everyday now, I am free of the joint and muscle pain that has plagued me so steadily & brutally. Just now lately my fatigue has started to come in much shorter spells that I can work through easier. Awesome!
Regardless, of my challenges; we still finished 7th-8th out of the 35 teams in our division. Of course, we wanted better & felt we were capable of it, just narrowly missing our chance to move on; but I consider what we did, a success anyway.
Friday night we played until well after midnight and had to be back before 8:30 am Saturday morning. Figure in driving, showering, packing food... I got 4 hours of sleep. Saturday night we did not get done playing until well after midnight again. If we had won our last match, we would have needed to be back to play in the finals this morning before 8 am. It was best for me that we lost, so I could finally sleep at least 8 hours; but I would have gladly toughed it out to be in the finals.
I do feel like quite the 'health nerd' doing what I have to do to keep going. It takes extra planning, but I would not last very long at all if I did not do this.
I have enough food packed in a cooler out in our vehicle; to get me through the long days of competition & I head outside in between our matches to eat & rest in a heated seat. I also had a hot thermos of organic green tea to help warm me up.
I carry nuts & protein bars in my purse in case I get caught having to stay inside for a long stretch; so I never get too low on energy as that will just exaggerate all my symptoms. I drink water, water, water. It's hard to understand how the 'normal' people can function drinking all of that pop and alcohol. I have a hard enough time walking and talking with just water. Someday, when I am healthier I might indulge in a beer or two again; but I really don't miss that anymore either.
I am a little jealous of the carefree-ness of these people that don't need to be so careful & conscious about every little thing they put in their bodies; but I am definitely not jealous of what they are putting in their bodies. Mostly the smell of it, is enough to turn me off.
I always have wondered, even back in my "other life"... even then I used to sneak granola bars & baby carrots into the tournaments, so I wouldn't have to resort to eating something that would 'weigh me down' mentally & physically...
Why don't these places offer other more healthy food as well?. Would it be so hard to have some bananas & oranges & some mixed raw veggies available for purchase? Would it be so hard to have some unbreaded meat without msg & other things added to it? Am I really the only one that would eat it?
I think others would appreciate it as well; but it is just not as important for them.
Anyway, I need to move on and get back to my normal life now and catch up on laundry and dishes.
If you made it this far, thanks for listening to me
& have a great Spark Week everyone!