I’m at such a loss right now.. CT scan shows a narrowed artery. Today I go through the shitty experience of having a catheter shoved into left and into my left arteries to have a look-see and nothing conclusive is found. And I had to spend my entire day in the hospital, not aloud to move. A nurse literally had to hold pressure on my groin after the procedure for 30 minutes so I wouldn’t bleed out and die. And now I can’t do anything for the rest of the week so I can recover from this angiogram. And it was all for nothing.
I just don’t know what to say. Every journal I’ve read written by a rider who had endofibrosis described their experience and it sounded exactly what I go through almost every time I ride my bike. I’ve gone down dead ends for two years trying to figure this out, and I was sure this was it.
As part of my slave-labor internship this semester I’ve been assigned to take on a shitton of data entry which began last week and will go on for the next 6 weeks. We’re doing two different studies in the human performance lab that require all participants to keep specific dietary logs over a course of three days.
I’m supposed to take those dietary recalls and input the data into a diet analysis software called Foodworks. It’s incredibly tedious. One dietary recall can take an hour or more. And a lot of these people don’t have any idea as to how to track their food intake throughout a day. The packet we gave them asks for specific amounts of each food and a calorie count from the lable, if applicable.
I get these people saying for lunch they are a “sandwich”. Uhh.. that doesn’t help me. What kind of bread? What did you put on the sandwich? How much? It’s so frustrating.
One of the not-so-surprising facts I’ve realized from doing these recalls is how many calories are in alcoholic beverages. A regular beer usually has at least 135 calories. Mixed drinks? Holy shit. Basically, if you go out drinking and plan to get pretty drunk, you’re probably consuming at least half a day’s worth of calories.
I laughed when I did one yesterday and the girl drank 6 beers at like 4am and then went to Mcdonalds on had a meal fit for a king. The next day her dietary intake was almost blank because she slept the entire day.