Everything after May 2018 can be defined as "After Mayo" and will remain a key milestone for the rest of my life. I hope I'm not so cautious in the future about my immune system and virus exposure. COVID didn't help, but now that we are vaccinated, I'm finding the balance between protecting myself from a flare-up and putting my EBV/CMV adventure on a back shelf. We won't forget the lessons learned and the precious value of good health.
The 10-12 months after I returned from the Mayo Clinic were a very important part of my recovery. Before Part 1, I took my health and energy levels for granted. I could easily knock out double workouts, put in a long day of work, travel and adventure all weekend without concern and usually driving others into the ground. I had a good run for over 40 years.
Once things started going sideways in Spring 2017, and flipped me upside down Fall 2017 into 2018, I was (and still am) afraid that "Jenny" was never coming back. The trip to Mayo (Part 2) was never the cure, just a step in the process and luckily we left in May with no official scary diagnosis and a plan to continue on the path to recovery. Of course, I am hopeful I'll return to "Jenny" Version1 but I'm ok with the Jenny V2 that understands the power of a virus, conserving energy, and being grateful for my health.
I continued to do the things that were working before the trip to Rochester and added a few more.
- Homeopath (monthly)
- CranioSacral treatments (monthly)
- Japanese Acupuncture (monthly)
- Massage, specifically for my neck (monthly)
- Pilates (weekly)
- Exercise (hiking for months, then slowly introduced cycling back in and finally skiing)
- HRV monitoring (daily) - ithlete and then Whoop
- Bloodwork (not as frequent)
- Work (part-time)
- Journaling (daily)
- Meditation (daily)
- Yoga/Stretching (daily)
|Aug 2018 - Tour of Utah|
Kept to hikes while everyone biked, but that's ok
Back on the bike & able to ride over 15mph without dizziness & headache
|March 2019 - I'm back!|
Able to ski at speed and all day with energy