When It Rains, It Pours

12 May

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Day 43 (5/3) – zero day (Bo and I were lazy)
Day 44 (5/4) – zero day with Dad (i.e., pancakes, Iron Man 3, Dairy Queen, etc.)
Day 45 (5/5) – zero day (Bo and I lazy again + meltdown)
Day 46 (5/6) – 7.8 miles (on my own now)
Day 47 (5/7) – 18.6 miles
Day 48 (5/8) – 16.0 miles
Day 49 (5/9) – 19.7 miles
Day 50 (5/10) – throat infection part 2
Day 51 (5/11) – throat infection part 2, cont.
Total AT Mileage to Date – 530.7 miles

Yep, it’s still raining – literally and figuratively.

In the past week, there’s been the incessant rain, the split with Bojangles, the post-split dialogue with Bojangles, and the nasty recurrence of my throat infection (after my amoxicillin ran out).

So then I took a course of azithromycin and spent two nights at the Bates Motel (a.k.a. the Travel Inn in Marion, Virginia).

Last night was my 5th bad night – so I went back to the doctor this morning. And got a steroid shot in my left butt cheek, an antibiotic shot in my right cheek, and a 10-day script for some more antibiotics. Infection be gone already!

I just walked across the street to the America’s Best Value Inn, where I’ll spend two more nights. I plan on taking six showers a day (because they have shampoo here!) and listening to Bob Dylan’s A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall on repeat (thanks Erin and Jan!).

So yeah, it sucks. Sometimes I have pangs where I feel like a worthless bum.

But I can honestly say that life is still good. An hour phone call to a dear friend undergoing chemo put things into perspective pretty quickly for me. He’s got a sore throat that feels like swallowing nails the whole way down. And that’s complaint #7 on his list. If he were complaining, that is…

So now I’m off on a morning stroll to Wal-Mart to fill my prescription, buy a book, and smile at someone.

I’d like to thank all those who have send good thoughts my way – via text, comment, my Dad, or telepathy – and reminded me that every storm runs out of rain.

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3 Responses to “When It Rains, It Pours”

  1. Anonymous May 12, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Hope the rain is finished for a while for you and you can stay dry and warm! You are doing amazing!! According to Steve, Shenandoah is beautiful!

  2. mjurasius May 12, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    Lucie, Been following your blog since I started the AT myself. I started April 14, and have made it to Atkins, VA. I’ve experienced some hellacious storms myself! 100 mph wind, rain and sleet passing over the Roan Highlands on May 5 and thunderstorm during my late afternoon summit of White Top. I should run into you at some point! My trail name is Rock Steady, changed in Hampton from my former name “schist”.

    Follow the Foliation of the Appalachian Mike Jurasius 805-234-0084

  3. Rick and Kathi Van Pelt May 13, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

    Hang in there – the rainbow is on the way! Love and prayers, Us

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