Training and the Emergency Department

Earlier this week, I went to the pool after work. The new Covid-friendly rules state that there can only be one person in each lane. That means that since there are 3 lanes, there can only be 3 people in the pool. This is a difficult concept for some, I guess.

I got to the pool just as two young girls slid into their lanes. The third lane was occupied by an older gentleman who was actively doing laps. The girls were in the pool to cool off. They were playing, and splashing. Sitting on the stairs. One even managed to wear her paper mask into the pool, tucked into her swimsuit. The girls spent time playing catch with it. I waited patiently. In times past, I would have asked the girls to move to one lane so they could socialize together, but I understand that the rules are in place for a reason.

I stood at the end of the pool waiting. I was wearing my swimsuit, my swim cap, my goggles, my triathlon watch and my waterproof mp3 player, which doubles as earplugs. My towel and flip flops were waiting nearby, with my phone. After about 15 minutes of waiting, the gentleman got out of the pool, so I took his lane. One of the girls asked nicely if I would switch lanes with her so she could be next to her friend. I had to pull my earplugs out to hear what she was saying. I didn’t mind moving, so I shoved the earplugs back in as I ducked under the rope to get into the next lane. This is when all hell broke loose. The earplug portion of the headphones fell off the mp3 player and got lodged in my ear. I tried unsuccessfully to dislodge it. I decided to try a few laps since it didn’t really hurt.

I had just finished the round trip of laps 1 and 2 when I heard yelling. A “gentleman” was yelling at the two girls, telling them to share a lane. The girls very nicely told him that it was one per lane. The man’s wife showed up and he explained that the girls were refusing to move and he started yelling. The girls referred him to the staff at the desk. The staff came in and counted for the man. “Three lanes, three people. That’s the rule. These people were first. You can wait.” The man started yelling about his rights since he pays for gym access. The staff members referred him to the manager and explained that it was out of their hands, since it was mandated by the orange tier of the county. The man left. The wife had left when her husband started yelling about his rights.

So, after the show, I continued my laps. At the end of laps 3 and 4, another man came in, so I paused to try to take the earplug out of my ear again, hoping for another show. The two girls explained that it was 1 person per lane. The man said that he’d wait. What a reasonable answer! Another man, who the first man seemed to know came in and the first man explained 1 per lane. Ok. No problem. He’d wait, too. Man number three came in, greeted the first two men, and said that there was too long a line, so he’d see them tomorrow. Again, another reasonable answer.

I continued my swim until the pressure in my ear became unbearable, and I realized that I would have to get out, shower and dress before I could do anything about the stuck earplug. So I announced to the first man that I was getting out. He was appreciative of the heads up so he could get into position to get into the pool.

I showered and dressed and got to my car. I attempted to take the earplug out with the tweezers in my car. No luck. I was near work, so I briefly thought about asking the nurse at work to help me, because she doesn’t gross out easily, but I realized that the tweezers I had were too sharp. Option 2 was to go home and have my daughter to do it, but again, the tweezers were an issue. I went for option 3, which was to head back to work and hit the emergency room. I walked in as a woman was being brought in. The security guard recognized me as an employee and asked if I had my Covid screening when I worked that morning. Yes, I had. He sent me to register.

I was asked to take a seat. I pulled out my Kindle to read while I waited. The battery had died. Wonderful. Thankfully, I only had to wait about 2 minutes to register. Then I was sent back to the waiting room for another full minute. The triage nurse asked me if I thought that I had something in my ear. No. I know that I have something in my ear. She sent me to a chair next to the triage room. I waited another full minute before the physician’s assistant arrived. He took one look in my ear and announced “Oh! Good! The pool opened!” He left to get tweezers and came back to take 5 seconds to remove the earplug. He asked me to wait for the discharge nurse.

About 5 minutes later, the billing person came in to get my credit card and to tell me that I would be seen soon. I told her that I had already been seen, but was waiting to be sent home. She very kindly told me that once the nurse came in, I didn’t have to wait for the billing person again. I could go. Well, thanks for that.

The nurse came in and told me that she was sorry but legally she had to give me the paperwork telling me that I couldn’t drug seek in the emergency department and that I needed the paperwork to tell me not to put things in my ears or in my nose, but she understood what happened. Ok. All set.

I needed an adventure after all that time hanging out at home, but I really prefer adventures without emergency departments. I’m waiting to see what the next adventure will be.

Online Zumba

I was less than thrilled when my gym closed, opened, closed again. I was beyond thrilled when I found out that my gym was offering classes online!

Unfortunately, the time that my favorite Zumba teacher teaches classes overlaps with my classes for school, but I’m able to get in a half hour or so twice a week.

I know there are YouTube videos and such with instructors teaching classes, but this is nice because I’m familiar with the instructor. I hope they continue on when the gym finally opens.

Opening pools in California

Opening pools in California petition

I love swimming. The majority of my exercise came from swimming. Then I had foot issues and surgery. Then I got really sick in January. I was ready to get back into the pool when everything was suddenly shut down.

It looks as if the gyms in my area won’t be opening any time soon because they can’t open safely. The local pools can because of the way the virus is dissipated in the water. Plus chlorine levels kill it off.

Swimmers are generally bright people and we do understand that locker rooms are difficult to control. The discussion has been about swimming your laps, washing hands, throwing on a cover up, and going home to change. Not unreasonable.

There’s a petition going around asking for the pools to open, so we can get some exercise. I’ve attached it above.

Back at the Gym

I keep saying that I need to get back at it with the gym. Yesterday, I finally made it. I gave myself a time to leave the house, with a plan of what I’d do at the gym. I was going to the one closer to home, so I wasn’t as familiar with it, like I am with the one near with work.

I made it out the door about a half hour late, and only got two “emergency” texts and one “emergency” phone call. I dealt with them as best I could, remotely. I continued on to the gym.

I pulled into the parking lot, checking out the underground lot. The sign was confusing, so I parked above ground.

I went in and did my planned workout, slower than I had hoped, but I did it. I asked about the underground parking lot on the way out. I’ll know for next time. I am all about the dumb question.

Hot Chocolate Run 2020

This morning, I did my first 5k since my foot surgery. I have been having lung trouble since the beginning of the year, so I was uncertain about going and my ability to finish.

It was the first 5k for my daughter, too. We took it very slow.

We walked it, but we finished. It was the slowest pace of my life.

We did get our hot chocolate and medals at the end.

Looking Towards 2020

Every year, I set goals. Health goals, general life goals, reading goals, etc. This year, I’m starting to think about them a little earlier than New Year’s Eve.

I have set a goal of 1000 miles between 1/1 and 12/31 this year. It breaks down to just over 2.5 miles a day. Doable. The challenge here is to remember to log the miles.

I am setting my book goal at 100 books for 2020. I easily hit my goal of 75 books this year. I can do this.

I am going to seriously work on shrinking my book stack. My plan of attack is to have a book stack book, a kindle book, a library book, and an audiobook going constantly. This sounds impossible, but I pretty much do this anyway. I also have to add in the bookclub books, which have deadlines. I am going to try harder to get my “What Are You Reading Wednesday” blog posts posted weekly, and on time. We’ll see.

I have a general organization goal. I still have to define exactly what I’m trying to get accomplished, so I am still thinking on this one.

I am going to attempt exercise 5 days a week, which involves getting my daughters and the dogs involved. I also have to get myself up and out of the house early to get to the gym and showered before work. This is a two part project. Organization the night before, and getting to sleep on time. I know I feel better when I’ve been to the gym. I have managed to get the majority of my foot pain under control, so that helps a lot.

I have signed up for a 5k in January. At this point, I’m walking it. I have also signed up for a half marathon in November, which means I need to get myself moving, soon, to train.

I have a lot of big plans for the year. Let’s hope I can take chunks out of the goals and make it happen.

Playgrounds for Seniors

Playgrounds for Seniors

The above linked article talks about playground that have been made for seniors. They are similar to gyms, but are outside. Some places are making them so that both children and seniors can use them. They sound like fun for both generations.

This goes along with the post I wrote earlier about Good News, with the daytime disco parties. Keeping active and social are important to everyone.

What Are You Reading Wednesday

This week’s audiobook is by Jeanne Gaffigan. When Life Gives You Pears. I am really enjoying it, and I’ll be finishing it quickly.

This week’s Kindle book is A Royal Christmas Wish. I started it for a bookclub, but I won’t be able to make the bookclub, so I will relax about finishing it by a certain time.

I have a few library books almost finished and I’ll be ready to return them soon.

I still have books to finish to make my goal of 120 books for the year. I need to get my reading time scheduled. And my gym time, but that’s another matter.

Happy Anniversary!

I got a notification that yesterday was my anniversary with WordPress. I had started the blog on another site, but moved to this one after a few months.

Many posts and many books later, we are still here, and still having adventures.

I hope to get to the gym more, and travel some more. Many more books are going to be read. Hopefully many more adventures will be had, too.

Maybe more guest bloggers, but I sure hope that there will be more guest blog posts.

Here’s to a new year!

Back to the pool

I got up early this morning to get to the pool before work. I thought I was totally prepared this time, but, nope. Something is always forgotten.

Today, I was getting ready to get in the pool and remembered that I never replaced the missing ear piece for my MP3 player for the water. I use them as earplugs, so it cuts my swim short if I don’t have them.

I did my short swim and went to get into the hot tub. There was a pair of women’s running shoes by the stairs to the hot tub. No woman in sight. Why leave them where someone will be dripping water on them? How do you randomly leave shoes by the hot tub?

Anyhow, I showed up. That’s the toughest part.