trailgumby wrote:Amen to that.lgbran wrote:...Physical and mental health is something you can't take for granted.,
++ to that.
I’ve only agreed to prolonged time off the bike due to the uncertainty around the underlying cause. It has been a very slow recovery for me. The initial treatment with the CDT got rid of all the dangerous clot, but the long term scarring and PST is no easy fix.
My temporary IVC Filter comes out before Easter, probably after my January Ultrasound.
It’s likely I’ll be on the anti-coagulation for life, so I gave up bike racing and sold my race bike, but I am going to get back to commuting daily and going on weekend rides. I’ve got a new frameset coming in February, so I will have a project to work on until the filter is removed, then it’s a case of getting back in shape. I’m 10kg up on my weight at the moment, and the mental health is suffering because of it. I see a psychologist every couple of weeks to get me through. Physically my leg is slowly returning to what i’d call normal sensations. Hopefully the vein has shrunk a bit more and opened up at the same time. At the last scan it was still almost completely blocked, but as I have large collateral veins it’s not a huge issue.
Ultimately I think i would choose riding and dying early over sitting around and getting fat and dying of obesity. Where I struggle now is that my 2 hour commute on the bike has been replaced with 3 hours on a bus, and I no longer have time for any other physical activity as I have already lost an extra hour out of my day. My wife has been back at uni so I have been getting up to 5:30am, go to work, finish at 4, pick up kids at 5:45pm on my way home, then get them sorted. My wife gets home at 7:30pm, so there just isn’t any time in the day left at the moment.
Here’s hoping that 2018 turns things around.