Lyrica is a weird drug because it makes you feel that groggy "just woke up" in the morning all the time, so you keep thinking that some caffeine will clear your head. No matter how much Coke I drank, my head stayed foggy. It's OK though, at least I got to drink a lot of Coke.
Maybe it's all the sugar from the Coke, but now I feel the need to share a rant with everyone.
Do you know what's not inspiring? Ignoring doctor's advice or trying to "prove the doctors wrong" by continuing to do whatever activity they told you stop. I don't know why it's inspiring for people to keep running when doctors tell them to stop but if someone keeps smoking when doctors tell them to stop, then that's just dumb and selfish.
In general, doctors know what the fuck they are talking about. If you don't think your doctor knows his or her shit, then find a new doctor. That doesn't mean to just shop around until you find a doctor who tells you what you want to hear. If one doctor says what you want to do is a good idea and 10 other doctors tell you it's an awful and self-destructive idea, then you need to not be an idiot. Cherry picking information to support what you want to believe is the epitome of dumbassery.
|If Google was a guy|
The fine point that some people seem to miss is that there is a big difference between a doctor telling you that you shouldn't do something versus the doctor telling you that you can't do something. Also, just because you ignore the doctor's advice and nothing awful happens right away, that doesn't prove that you're right. You know who is usually right in the long run? Doctors.
So yes, reading blogs and knowing people who are running against the doctor's orders ticks me off. There is an element of "Why aren't you doing it too?" to it, or perhaps I'm projecting. I'm sure if I really shopped around, I could find a doctor or surgeon who would tell me that I could run again, or I could just say "Fuck it" and run again despite everything I've been told. I'd probably be fine...for a while. When I see people flouting their doctor's orders to not run and nothing awful happens to them right away and they credit vitamins, determination and/or Jesus, it makes a part of me wonder if I could be an exception too. Too bad that nothing is ever that easy.
The hard part is that even on drugs that make me stupid, I can't lie to myself about how everything would be just fine if I started doing almost daily high impact activities again. I'm really good at lying to myself too, which really makes me wonder about people that I know who don't follow their doctor's recommendations. Yes, not running sucks. Do you know what else sucks? Surgery and not being able to take care of my own kids. I don't know about those other people, but I'm trying to avoid that for as long as possible and a hobby isn't worth accelerating that timeline.
|One of the reasons I don't run|
On an mostly unrelated note, several people suggested that I should consider race walking after Saturday's 6 Hour race. I've never actually seen someone race walking in real life (just mocking videos of them on YouTube) but I'm pretty sure they walk super fast, not just my "walking like I have to pee and there is a bathroom right ahead" style of walking. I did get the news yesterday that they amended the official results and now my official distance for the six hours is 25.2 miles, which makes me happier than the 24.97. I guess this means I can no longer say "Jesus, you could WALK a marathon in six hours." Not that I would ever say anything that snobby, nope not me.
Join in my ranting. How much do people who think they know better than doctors piss you off? Feel free to include people who don't vaccinate their kids. Measles is a thing again, thanks a lot assholes.