30 September 2010

Two PRs

I set two personal records yesterday.

I extended the double back weave record from 35 to 36.

I also counted to 10 for the first time in a triple loop. A triple loop is throw, throw, throw, catch, throw, catch, throw, catch... (this is a triple loop of 3 because there are 3 catches). Three disks in the air some of the time.

Ford

27 September 2010

Double Back Loop


I set a personal best of 14 in a double back loop on the beach. A double back loop is two disks, each catch behind the back, using only one hand.

The beach after 10am has a stronger, more consistent wind than I am used to. It is much to strong for multiple disks at my current skill level. So, I worked on fundamentals. A left-handed throw directly down the beach would come back to me. A right-handed throw 30 degrees to sea would come back to me. I do not remember seeing this pattern before. Fun!

There exists video proof that I was in the water...

Ford



23 September 2010

July Check

July was checkup time at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital. This time it was just a blood draw and a look over/q & a time with the doctor. A new Fellow doctor came in the exam room and hmmm'd. Then asked how long Ford had been anemic. ??? That was a first. At no time had anyone mentioned or indicated that Ford was anemic (it sure explains the lack of energy, however). We both shrugged and looked back at him blankly. Bright fellow that he was, he sensed that this was something new. He pointed out on the reports that the hemoglobin numbers had been going down the past three checkups. He indicated that it was not an iron deficiency. He continued with the general questions and then left the room to find and consult with Dr. Glenn. When Dr. Glenn came into the room, she looked at Ford with an amazed look we see with all doctors' visits. She told him how good he looked. Then she began asking whether he was bleeding out anywhere. Was he bruising or retaining fluids? No and no were the responses. Evidently, one of the causes of the type of anemia that Ford was exhibiting is caused by blood loss. He really does know what that looks like now after the experience he had after his knee surgery and he was 4 units low. She thought a few minutes, then continued with the rest of the exam. She asked about his coumadin, made some notes, and said that she would see him in October when the PET scan would be done along with blood work. Other than the drop in hemoglobin, all looked good.

This was the one year mark since ending the chemo treatment.

13 September 2010

WR

World Record today. Double back weave: 35.

If your sport is obscure enough, any personal best is a world record.


So, two frisbees. That is the double. Catch behind the back. That is

the back. Throw right, catch left; throw left, catch right. That is the
weave. Double back weave. Who else does this?

Thirty-five consecutive throws and catches. Personal best.


Marched about 60 meters into an inconsistent light wind.


Ford

12 September 2010

Why the Half Marathon?

In January of this year, our oldest daughter phoned Ford and asked if he would be her training buddy to run a half marathon (I will refer to her in this blog as "S"). The Utah Valley Marathon was scheduled for 12 June 2010. The route: from a point just south of the tunnel in Provo Canyon straight down University Avenue turning west into the Prove Towne Center Mall parking area in south Provo. She had also enlisted one of her sisters, our second daughter, (who was not living in Utah) to train and run it also (I will refer to her as "E"). "S" had a great plan worked out on how to get them all in shape and be able to train on a schedule preparing them for a half marathon. She sent them each a guide so they would all be working from the same information. Each would run certain days on their own. Ford and "S" would get together once or twice a week and run together. As often as possible, "E" would make arrangements to be in Utah to run with them. They began running portions of the route increasing the distance each time. Together they had set a goal for finishing the race under 4 hours, easily doable without creating stress or injury. They wanted to be able to enjoy this whole experience as well as accomplish the actual running of the race.

They made a great team supporting each other. As they began to progress, their confidence increased with their abilities. They talked, planned out every detail, and they ran.

There were a few days and weeks that Ford had to take off due to injury. Usually this was when he had tried to work beyond the scheduled training and push too hard. (Great learning opportunity.)

The day came to pick up the race packets. The excitement really began to build. "E" came to Provo several days before the race. The big day came. The runners had to be delivered up to the starting point early.
If I remember correctly, there were over 1,000 runners in the half marathon category. The full marathon runners were starting their route further up the canyon at the Wallsburg turnoff. The weather was cloudy and cool. Not long after dropping them off, it began to mist in the canyon. It rained hard along the route.

Ford, "S," and "E" stretched, warmed up, and then, after a bit of a delay in the start, were off and running. They talked each other through the jitters and excitement of wanting to take off too fast in the beginning. They kept to the pace and strategy that they had worked on. Family members were leapfrogging along the race route to cheer, encourage, and give them support. By the time the runners began exiting the canyon, the rain had stopped. The three of them looked good all the way. They were talking and smiling and giving the "thumbs up." At about the turnoff point from University Avenue into the mall area, "E" got this burst of energy and began a sprint. Ford and "S" pursued. Ford felt great and easily caught up and they crossed the finish line in with great strides. They had not only completed the race and enjoyed the run, they exceeded their goal by running it under 3 hours. For their first time, they felt this was awesome! Most all of us have felt that just training and running the race was awesome. The two daughters have plans to continue running, however Ford said that he was done and will return to his recumbent trike and frisbee.

The response of each of the doctors that Ford has follow-ups with is basically the same. They express amazement at how good he looks, shake their heads when they hear that he has run a half marathon, and are delighted with his continued progress.

That about sums up the response and feelings most of us have. That and an immense feeling of gratitude.

10 September 2010

Greetings!

Greetings to all who might still be keeping an interest in our adventures! A few of you have mentioned the fact that there have been no posts for many months. Apologies to all. Time has moved very fast.

Since the last post was in June and it is currently September, I have pondered whether to "start from today" or "catch up."

Realizing that starting from today would lead to a number of questions from a lack of background, I've decided to post a brief current status and then attempt to "catch up."

On 12 June 2010, Ford completed his first (and has declared: his last) 1/2 marathon. The last post gave a brief announcement about his accomplishment. I had hopes that Ford himself would sit down and give details. Days turned into weeks and then months and hence, I failed to post any other updates.
(Is that an excuse or disclaimer?) sigh

In January of 2009, when Ford had received the diagnosis of cancer and he decided to receive chemo treatments, we discussed whether it would be prudent to have his braces removed. Not knowing what lie ahead, yet having friends and associates that have experienced extensive vomiting, blistering sores in the mouth and throat, and being overall miserable, having braces would be one more thing to be concerned about. So he had them removed. This turned out to be a very good decision. However, most, if not all, progress that had been made was lost. On 30 August 2010, his braces were put back on. He is dealing with the realities of braces, ie: pain, flossing, broken brackets, loss of freedom of eating many things he enjoys. As is usual for Ford, he is dealing very well with it all.

He also has been experiencing headaches for about 6-8 weeks. As as is also usual for Ford, he revealed that pain to me about week 4. We are currently researching, asking a lot of questions, and trying to determine what to do. More on this later.

Suffice it to say that Ford is looking great, feeling good (with the above exceptions), he is working full time, playing as much as he can, and loving his opportunities to serve in the Provo Temple. On Wednesday, 8 September 2010, we were delighted to be able to recognize and celebrate another birthday with him. Life is sweet and we have much for which we are grateful.

And we still would not trade our experiences with any one else....