Most days of the week around 1:30 PM, you will find me at Planet Fitness.
For starters, I walk on a treadmill for one hour. I can usually reach three miles at a 4 degree tilt.
I make sure to clean the treadmill before I start with a disinfectant provided by the gym.
I start out with a four pound ball, thrown overhand for 30 easy repitions.
Then I go through a succession of heavier balls, increasing my reps with each new ball. For these heavier balls, I throw with my hands over my head.
I throw the 15 lb ball at least 40 times. On a good day, I can go for 50 throws.
I tell you that story so I can tell you this one:
Fot the last couple of weeks, my head has felt like a block of concrete. I had no idea why.
Wednesday (Nov. 25), I cleaned out my ears, thinking the wax was causing problems. Nothing,
Then my neck hurt and my tongue started swelling up.
The last thought I had as I went to sleep Wednesday night was that our son David was going to find me dead the next day. From choking on my tongue.
I didn’t die, but felt miserable Thursday morning – Thanksgiving Day.
I called Instant Care – closed.
I called my doctor – closed.
It didn’t feel right to check into the ER for an ear infection.
In desperation, I self-medicated with an antihistimine.
It seems to have helped.
I spent most of Thanksgiving Day in bed.
Now to connect the two stories:
I have felt for a very long time that the medicine balls are very dirty. I haven’t wiped them down with disinfectant like I have the treadmill. In particular, I have suspected the 15 lb ball of dropping all kinds of junk into my face as I lift it over my head.
A regular germ factory.