Monday, August 5, 2013
HPN Awareness Week 4 - 11 August
This week I will be wearing a badge, just like the one above. It is HPN Awareness week. Check out the attached clip and you will see an excellent 2 minute video. When I saw this for the first time this morning it made me teary - it's so cool to see all the people in our HPN family (that we are in touch with online) and that they have life because of this magic fluid they get directly into their veins.... take a peek and you may recognise a little boy too!
Sam's had a great couple of weeks, loving kindergarten, been really active and happy.... so much so that I abandoned the family and went to Taupo for the weekend. I had booked it months ago so I could run the Taupo half marathon.... a training run for the Auckland marathon in November. Well as 'life' had happened and I hadn't been for a run in weeks, I cancelled my place last week but thought I'd go for a weekend away with a friend and catch up with my sister and family (Elaine). When I got to Taupo and saw the runners of all shapes and sizes at registration, I kind of caught the running fever and rebooked.... and spent Saturday night regretting it..... But yesterday I ran and walked the Taupo half. At one point I was so sore and I was chatting to my running buddy (who graciously walked when I walked!)... we figured that the army must be on to something when they jog with their little echo chants to keep them motivated.... so we made one up for ourselves and found ourselves chortling with laughter - it didn't help us run any faster, but made for a fun day. I feel to share it with you... it went like this:
I don't know but I've been told.......
I'm pretty fat and very old......
I wet my pants when I laugh......
But we will run this Taupo half..... sound off, etc et al!
So I write this with achy knees but a new resolve to get into my training for November. Seeing my HPN 'family' living life to the full, it inspires me to make the most of my days and make each day count. I have to confess to one and all that I have down graded from a full marathon to a half. With 4 of the last 5 weeks in hospital I just am so behind on training that I was getting a bit stressed and it was being counter productive. I am disappointed in myself, but I have to be a bit realistic.
So as you eat your sandwiches at lunch time, or sit to eat dinner with your family, especially this week spare a thought for the inspiring people that can't do that - eat and enjoy your food and time with family. We hope and pray that one day soon Sam might be able to do both.