Last week, I had my quarterly CF Clinic check-up. In the last year or so before my transplant, my clinic visits were agonizingly stressful because there was always a good chance that I would be admitted to hospital for 2-week course of antibiotics. Now when I go to clinic, it’s almost like a celebration – “bloodwork looks good”, “your PFTs are still increasing”, “your bone density is remarkable”, “tell me what you’re doing for exercise”, “how was your vacation?”, “where are you going next?”, “see you in three months”.
Next clinic visit will be to the Transplant Clinic at Toronto General Hospital in September. I go there for an annual check-up; this will be my 4th. I will get bloodwork, x-rays, CT scan, Pulmonary Function Tests and a 6-minute walk test – all before 10:30am. Then I will meet with my clinic nurse and surgeon in the afternoon.
Quarterly during the first 2 years, I would have had to undergo a bronchoscopy -- where they go in with a scope and claws and take a few tissue samples of my lungs to see if there is any rejection. Not the most comfortable procedure and it also prohibited me from flying within 48 hours due to the high risk of complications from the pressure changes on board aircraft. Thankfully, after 2 years, there are no more” bronchs” unless there is cause for concern. This year and last, I have been able to fly into Toronto the night before and home in the late afternoon. Last year, I flew into Toronto Island Airport and was able to walk from the airport to my hotel, from my hotel to clinic and from clinic to the airport.
As far as my training goes, I have registered for the Pictou County YMCA Triathlon at Melmerby Beach on Sunday, July 24th. I will be in the “Super Sprint” event which starts with a 300 metre swim, then transitions to an 8 kilometre cycle, and then a 2 kilometre run. I’m a little worried about swimming 300m in the ocean with a bunch of hands and feet in my face. While 8k on the bike would appear easy, a large part of the bike course is uphill. I hope to have enough left in the tank to run the entire 2k run, as it is relatively flat. My goal is to finish in 55 minutes -- 15 minutes in the water, 25 minutes on the bike and 15 minutes on the run. I will put up some pictures in my next blog entry.
The last few weeks of hockey have been just OK. It’s definitely good preparation for my camp with the Jackals. There are a lot of good shooters and playmakers, but few natural defencemen. I’m seeing a lot of odd man breaks and a lot of “east-west” stuff. I am getting quite a workout and seeing lots of tough shots; many of which I stop. I do get mad at myself if I let in a clear shot or give up a juicy rebound, but otherwise am pretty happy with my play. I know that I have a lot of energy left after taking my lumps for 90 minutes each week, which is good.
I hope to make a few more blog entries before camp.