Seven days from now, I will not achieve the wellness challenge I announced in my last post. Due to a schedule conflict, I switched to an earlier half-marathon event, condensing the slow and steady training I had carefully planned. When I reached 8 miles, my body started to give me messages: Headaches, nausea, increased fatigue, night sweats, and finally, a case of thrush. Four years ago, my first experience with thrush was due to a high dose of prednisone, a drug that’s been out of my system for a year and a half. Without steroids to blame, my decision not to run the half-marathon was immediate.
An oral yeast infection can be painful and unsightly, but compared to other lupus symptoms, it’s minor and manageable. So, why give up so quickly? There were other factors that were affecting my health besides running long distances, but the message was clear: “Stop. Slow down. This is not the time.”
Fortunately, I was able to cure my thrush naturally with an apple cider vinegar rinse (1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in one cup of water) and probiotics. I went easy on the running and with additional rest and nutrition, all the symptoms I was experiencing disappeared. I plan to do the 10 K next week instead, with the goal of running or walking it according to how I feel. I still want to run/walk a half-marathon one day and although I can’t say I completed this year’s wellness challenge, I feel I’ve passed an important test. When I told my brother about my decision, he said, “if this had been 4 – 6 years ago, you would have gone ahead and done it anyway. I’m proud of you.” So, this is where I am; a long ways off of that half marathon finish line, taking a nap on the side of the track. If that’s where I am, then it’s a good place to be.
On another note, you’ll notice I’ve been experimenting with a new look for the blog. Let me know what you think!