Thursday, September 6, 2012

Three Things Thursday ...

Racing Day -  On Sunday morning, I will be racing Patriots Sprint Triathlon. It will be the first time at the sprint distance that I will be showing up on race day trained to race. In the past, I failed to execute a single day of my training plans (apart from running) and I'm kind of psyched to see what I can do.

Even better, my previous sprints have been pool swims of 300-400m, while this race is 750m in open water. So, what does that mean? Well, obviously, it's an instant PR. And I really like those.

The only downside to this whole thing is that it's looking like rain for Sunday morning. And if you've ever met me and my bike, you know that we have trust issues. And I trust TigerBlood even less in the rain.

School Woes - Dizzle and Doodle are mildly obsessed with going to school, which, as a total nerd, I love. I was the same way as a kid. In fact, I once made my mom drive me to school during a tropical storm, so that I could keep my perfect attendance that year. (Note: the school district had officially made school "optional" that day. As in, there would be no buses, but if you could get there you could go. It wasn't "optional" in my book.)

Anyway, they are completely rainbows and unicorns about the whole experience. Except when they're not.

Like yesterday, when Doodle cried because she did NOT have homework.


I guess my mentioning that Wednesdays are homework day in Kindergarten got her really excited and when the teacher didn't deliver, tears were shed.

I tried to console her and told her to go get a workbook and do a couple of exercises, but it was no good. She told me that was "fake homework."

Duh. I should have known that.

Break It Down - Dilly heads back to the ortho today to check on the status of her break.

She freaking loves her cast ...

There are two things that annoy me about this ...

1. Our appointment is at 2:40 p.m., 25 minutes after I pickup of Dizzle and Doodle from school. The office is approximately 20 minutes from the school, which means that I am going to frantically rush over there. Then, since they are always running late, I'll have to wait (with 3 small children) for over an hour to be seen by the doctor.

2. Dilly's break was pretty severe. It went completely through the bone (think one bone in two pieces) and she only avoided surgery because the doctor in Rhode Island set it so well. And although miracles can happen, we (and her doctor) are pretty confident that three and a half weeks in a cast isn't going to be long enough to heal it completely. Despite knowing this, the ortho we go to ALWAYS removes the cast before taking a follow-up x-ray. Then, if the break isn't completely healed, they recast the injury. Do you see where I am going with this?

Apparently, they would rather torture my kid with a cast removal than take the x-ray with it on. (Note: you can take an x-ray with a cast in place. They did it multiple times after they set it in the ER.) I'm pretty sure they only follow this procedure to be able to charge you/your insurance for another cast. And casts aren't cheap.  Trust me. We've been charged for five in the last three years ...


Marlene said...

Good luck at the sprint! Can't wait to see what you can do with some solid training. CRUSH IT!

Fingers crossed for no rain. Of my 4 tris this summer, 4 have rained so far. NO MORE PLEASE.

ltlindian said...

You could refuse to have it removed until you see the xray. Your kid, your choice. I have no qualms about telling any doctor that I don't want to pay for more than what I have to. I have people tell me that all the time and I'm not offended. It's YOUR healthcare and YOUR money and YOUR kid.

Good luck with the tri! You'll be great!

Unknown said...

we just got out hard cast yestereday! They took x-rays in the soft cast and the hard cast - so yes it can be done. We go back in two weeks.....for another follow up.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Enjoy your race!

I love when kids love school. I'm not such a fan of lots of homework.

I hope I dont find out what a cast cost.

Jessica (Pace of Me) said...

1. you are going to rock your tri on sunday. rain or no rain!! i can't wait to hear about it.
2. fake homework - that is hilarious! your girls are so cute and i love that they are so excited about school.
3. poor sweet girl! i can't believe they are taking the cast off for an x-ray only to more than likely have to put it right back on. she is tough like her mama though! i'll be thinking of you this afternoon!

Katie said...

UGH to your ortho. But good luck this weekend!

Unknown said...

I love that the girls are so into school. I was the same way! ;)

Good luck this weekend. Don't fret about the rain. just take it slow! :)

And what the heck is up with removing the cast. You are right... $$$ in their eyes. Hugs to all of you!

ajh said...

It rained at my last triathlon (I love saying that) and it was okay. It rained before it so everything was soaked - not good. Sun came out for the swim. Big whoop. Then about half way through the bike it poured. I went slowly down hills believe me. I have trust issues too. Then the run was fine. Once I was into it I didn't care that it was wet and rainy. Good luck. Have fun. Can't wait to read about it. Love tri reports these days.

Amanda@runninghood said...

1. Good luck on your tri!
2. Love that your kids love school. And homework.
3. Five casts?? Yikes.
4. i really hope that things go smoothly with the doc/cast/xray, etc.
5. Loved reading

H Love said...

Tear up your sprint...but be careful doing so!!

Waiting and docs can be very annoying.


Anonymous said...

Good luck with the tri on Sunday! 2 of my friends are doing the same triathlon!

RunToTheFinish said...

major good luck this weekend!!! Love instant PR's and the confidence that comes from consistent training!