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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

5 times Grateful

The room-mate is okay -- he went to his midterm today, and he is currently playing video games! The ER said it was a panic attack, which is weird because he is the chillest guy. The only times I've seen him worried is at the end of a race when someone wants to overtake him, ha. Jokes.

I just wanted to update that I am grateful for 5 things today:
  1. Yoga, and its amazing powers to make my knees pop. Yoga on a rest day after running stretches everything in the most perfect way.
  2. Being surrounded by loving people that would have my back if I ever needed help. This was demonstrated this very morning, as the other roomies called 911 for a friend, helped friend get dressed and organized for an ER trip, and helped clean up puke, without being asked to. Which is better than I did, as I was laughing the whole time.
  3. Snow that falls when I'm inside and behaves when I have to walk home. Yeah!
  4. 8tracks! Best music website EVER.
  5. The opportunity to spend next week at a hotel in peace and quiet as I study for my exams, work out at the gym, and take full advantage of the sauna - for free :)

I hope everyone has an awesome week! I will probably never update this many times in a row ever again :D

Monday, February 13, 2012

Ambulance visit

Well it's not going to be a boring night when you have to call an ambulance for a friend.
My roomie that's a triathlete ( rarely gets sick. But when he does, he REALLY gets sick.
I was chatting with him tonight on facebook, which I'm embarassed to say is a way we communicate too often, for people living in the same house. He was saying he felt a little numb, he was having chills and his stomach hurt. He'd decided to wait 30mins, then see if he wanted to find a ride to the ER.

I've been to the ER with him before. It's a long, long wait. Especially for those outside, in the waiting room. So it was a good idea. But then I laughed and said, "wouldn't it be funny if we were in the ER on valentine's day.. I could skip school and get to see a lot of cool things in the hospital."

(I love hospitals.)

Well, it was less than 5 minutes later that I heard stumbling on the stairs, and he was knocking on the first door he could get to. I woke up our other roomies, and we sat our sick one on the couch. He told us he wanted to go to the hospital, so my first reaction was call all our friends that have cars.

Our other room-mate went straight to 911. I hate calling 911. They respond quickly, but all they'd do is rush here, say we're silly kids, and then leave. Or tell us we're silly kids, charge us $240 and laugh. I wasn't expecting the ambulance to come over and the paramedics say that we should rush him to the hospital.

(and that didn't happen)

After the roomie answered a lot of questions to the operator, lights flashed outside our windows. Two paramedics came in and asked a lot more questions. He was shaking - chills, but no fever. His heart rate was fine. He was hyperventilating, and they blamed the glass of wine he'd had earlier. There was nothing to indicate that this was bad. The spasms in his wrists and numbness in his face weren't too worrisome.
So they said he's fine, encouraged him to see our university clinic in the morning, and sleep it off.
They made him sign to acknowledge that he'd been assessed, and someone witness-signed it.

And then the roomie threw up everywhere. It was clear. They were sure it was from drinking.
They kept asking us why we weren't asleep. I had woken up two room-mates, and I had just finished reading for my midterm. We're not bad kids. It's a Monday night!!

So after he decided he couldn't sleep this off, he decided to go for a ride, that I'm sure will cost him $240. The roomie that called got to go with him, even though I love hospitals :(

And me? Well I can't sleep. The last time this roomie was in the ER, he had pneumonia and the whole trip took 7 hours. I was all prepared to go, and I had my reading book ready. But I can't sleep now... I'm hoping they'll say he has something silly. I'm hoping we can laugh about this at the weekend, and that he'll be fine for Reading Week.
I don't know if I should still skip school, I'm pretty tired. But I can't sleep until I get the all-clear text.
Time for more studying, I reckon.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!


Went for a long run yesterday, on the riverside trail: 10k in 68 minutes. I think that beats my official PR, which is weird because I wasn't going especially fast, and I was wanted to walk the last 1.5miles, as my knee was hurting. But I wanted to get home faster (it was an out-and-back route) so I sprinted, walked, sprinted, walked, etc. The trail was clear, and it was great going out, as they'd opened up the construction part. But turning around and coming back was terrible - all the wind and cold was aiming at my face, and my lips and hands went numb :(

I told myself I'd go for a walk today at some point, as my legs felt good walking to school. However, I only found time after class (at 10pm), and I didn't want to walk alone at night, so I went for a short, slow run. My short run was a little over 4km, and felt pretty good. At one point I saw a man walking on the sidewalk, and as I was calculating how to get past him, he stepped aside and gave me a thumbs up :) Some running support karma, I say, as I did just that to two people on the riverfront last night during my run :)

Wave at the next person you see running!
And have a good week :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

light snow

It's lightly snowing outside, and I'm happily indoors catching up on my class reading, making notes, and studying for my last-first midterm of my BSW career!
As some of you may know, I've recently signed up for my first yoga class - Yoga 101 at my university gym. I felt it was a big, scary step to take, and I'd put it off for almost 4 years. But I decided to just go pay and sign up, as the student rates are good, and as an employee, I'm supposed to promote the classes we offer! And we all know that once you put money down... you may as well go and make the most of it, or you'll lose that money.
So I've been going for 3 weeks. This was the first week I went to both classes (there are two a week) because my schedule was a bit clear. I remember being SO SORE after my first class, it seemed that all my muscle groups hurt. I still feel a bit of something in my back now, but for the most part, my muscles are happy :) I'm pleased to say that I've noticed some improvement already, comparing my performance in class now to when I started. Or it may just be me making things up. At the very least, I know what the general pattern of the class is, and what sun salutations actually ARE, and how your breathing is supposed to match. So I'm getting more out of it, and I'm so, so glad I signed up.

I've been quite busy with school and placement. I've cleared my schedule around for this weekend, thinking I'd go up to London. I finally have a semi-free Friday, and I can't believe how well everything worked out, that I have NOTHING I need to do this weekend, so I can stay in with my Community book and learn it thoroughly :)
Next week is Reading week, and I'm still not sure what I'm going to be busy doing.... I just hope that the snowflakes lightly falling today add up and we can enjoy a little bit of winter this year.

Should I be careful what I wish for?!

Have great weekends, everyone!