Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Exercise and the hidden Gotcha!

One of the other things that has been in the forefront of my mind has been the need to be more active.  With that in mind (in January) I decided that I needed a little more accountability in my fitness regimen, so I decided to join the local gym/wellness center.

I've always been pretty healthy (except for that cancer thing a dozen years back) and don't go to the doctor very often.  Sadly, because I DID have that cancer thing, the facility wouldn't accept me until I got a doctor's release.   (Sometimes being honest can be a pain in the patootie)  Off I went to my GP's office.  There they said, "You haven't been here in three years; in order for him to release you, we'll have to do a full physical."  I decided to try elsewhere.  Called the oncologist.  Their office said, "He released you to your GP four years ago; we can't do this for you."  I knew I couldn't go to my GYN because, well, I'd been MIA from there for about 15 months.  But I did make an appointment.

Ended up going to the GP and getting a physical.  Wherein he said, "You could lose a little weight."  Um, Yeah, dude, that's why I'm trying to get you to release me.  *headdesk*  "Oh," he said, "have your GYN do a urinalysis."  Okay.  Went to the girl doc and she says, "Yep, you do have blood in urine.  And you'll need to get an ultrasound done because, hey, by the way, you have fibroids."

HOLD THE PHONE!  This bloaty feeling isn't from JUST sitting at my desk, not exercising, and enjoying my food?!  Nice.

I get a referral to a urologist (still had pesky blood).  Turns out THAT is okay, just my "normal" - and whoever said I was, anyway? - but that the CT showed the measurements.  And so did the ultrasound.  Let's just say if someone is missing a football, I know where it is.

Needless to say, medical stuff doesn't just go like clockwork and all the above 'work' that I did ended up taking about three months.  Blogging DEFINITELY wasn't on the top of my to-do list.  Heck, I was all freaked out there for a little while because I didn't want that cancer thing to come back, you know?  And with all the urology stuff, well, that bothered me.

The good news is that I'm going to have surgery on June 25 to rectify the situation.  Of course, I'll be down for a couple of weeks and on some very interesting pain meds (probably no blogging then, either), but I'll have to deal with it.  Wait... the Tour de France starts on June 30.  Yeah, I'll be fine.

But the REALLY good news is, after I get all this done, I can actually GO TO THE GYM!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Connectivity and Hobbies

So I told you all that I'd try to get some posts together about what I've been up to these past four months.  First off, the whole FUN stuff thing.

I've posted before about how working as a court reporter can be a very lonely thing; we're the only one of US in the room when we're working.  We're alone when we edit our transcripts.  When we are together, though, is convention and, increasingly, on the Internet.  Facebook has been an incredible boon for the court reporters that I know.  It's allowed us to keep in touch with reporters we usually only see once a year at convention.  It's allowed us the ability to "meet" new reporter "friends" in Facebook groups (Court Reporters Vent Here, Encouraging Court Reporting Students, Punctuation for Court Reporters... the list is HUGE!) and develop THOSE new relationships.

I had a cyber meet-up with a reporter in California about two years ago.  Not sure exactly how we ended up "friends" on FB, but we are.  Then I started seeing her posts and she mine (I'm profligate in my posting... I just have WAY TOO MUCH FUN with my life, be it work, vacation, life stories, or just silly observations and have to share!).  Turns out that her husband is a semi-pro cyclist.  We were commenting a LOT on Tour de France happenings and cyclists.  One thing led to another and she posted in the fall (or maybe early spring?) that the Tour of California was coming through her home town and if we wanted to see something up close, we should come visit her.  Remember, we've NEVER MET IN PERSON.  We accepted her invitation.

Who does that?  Invites people they've never met into their home for four nights?  Turns out the four of us were completely simpatico - they're foodies and like a nice wine, not to mention the bike thing.  It was a GREAT four days that included a start at Crissy Field in San Francisco, a roadside view of a mountain stage in Danville (Mount Diablo), and a finish in Livermore.  For my husband and me, it was a bucket-list experience.  For them, I don't know, but...

Anyway.  What I'm trying to say is that when you get out and MEET PEOPLE, whether in real life or online, you have a chance to find people who have similar interests and you can really expand your experiences.  Don't let this "solitary" work type that we have make you a hermit.  Get out and MEET your fellow reporters.  Each of us has a passion or two (or more) outside of court reporting.  Find those reporters who share your passions and develop an even stronger bond than the language of steno.

Don't be afraid to spread your wings on the Internet, be it in message boards, Facebook, or professional networking sites.  You'll be amazed at the relationships that can develop.