FitOldDog’s Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Stent Graft Extension Has Survived Ironman Training And The Aneurysm Is Shrinking Again! Good News!

Hi folks, welcome! After completing (not wonderfully, but finishing anyway, though I lost my bet of a crab dinner to Greg who had a great race) the Eagleman Half Ironman last weekend, I went to the Cleveland Clinic for my 6 month checkup. All is well, in spite of concerns about cycling adversely affecting the stent graft extension that was installed about 6 months ago - so now to prepare for the 2014 ... Read more

Food For Thought For Those With Aortic Disease Based On A Simple Cycling Experiment With A Slinky

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FitOldDog Is Pleased To Achieve Ironman All World Athlete Status, But He Wishes He Was Running In The Boston Marathon Today With Jeff

Interesting vignettes told by Jeff, at Fleet Feet, Carrboro, NC, USA, and paraphrased here by FitOldDog: "I had a really bad case of plantar fasciitis one year, but I was entered in a 100-mile running race so I ran it anyway. It was hell for the first 60 miles, then the pain in my feet vanished, and it never came back." [FitOldDog: How about that for a cure for plantar fasciitis?]. "I bought some new socks, ... Read more

Providing Exercise Advice To Aortic Patients From The Patient’s Perspective

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Aortic Patient Versus Athlete With Stent: Take Care How You Label Yourself As It Will Create Your Reality

Hi folks, welcome to my blather! There are many ways to look death in the face, but the real trick is to look life in the face. Aging comes with all sorts of health challenges, including the possibility of aortic disease. If you label yourself as an aortic patient or cripple, that's what you'll be, a prisoner of your aneurysm, stent graft or other type of repair, or whatever other issue you are facing for that ... Read more

FitOldDog Interviews His Endovascular Surgeon At The Cleveland Clinic, OH, And Expresses His Sincere Thanks – Now Back To The Ironman

"But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,  In proving foresight may be vain;  The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men  Gang aft agley..." Rabbie Burns Hi folks, welcome! You don't make it in life alone, as you depend on many others for your sustenance and well being. I'm certainly very grateful for the support I received at the Cleveland Clinic with a recent repair to my displaced abdominal aortic aneurysm ... Read more

Training In 2014 With A Health Challenge? Think, Collect Data, Estimate Benefit Over Risk, Then Get On With Your Sport And Your Life

Hi folks, welcome to my thoughts on training as an older athlete with some aortic issues! The real trick to training with a health challenge is to understand your condition, modify your activity for the better (safer) as best you can, and get on with that which you enjoy, as safely as possible. I'm going to use my situation, the issue of cycling with an abdominal aortic aneurysm stent graft extension into ... Read more

Your Outside Problems Can Often Be Fixed On The Inside With A Little Work

"Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy." Aristotle (born 384 BCE) Brainy Quotes Hi folks! Another lovely day. No? If it seems as if something is wrong with your world, maybe something is wrong with your attitude - look inside ... Read more

Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.