The final week of the fitness challenge didn’t go as I originally planned. My plan was to work out one more time with my trainer, run the obstacle course and then enjoy the hour-long walk event tomorrow. None of that went as I had hoped, and it was entirely out of my control.
My 3-year-old son was admitted into the hospital on Tuesday morning with a diagnosis of reactive airway disease and pneumonia. Every day we were told that he might get released just to be told that it wasn’t happening yet. The week was one long emotional roller coaster filled with stress, not so great food choices, no exercise and more stress. I had to put a hold on my life, including work and school, and run back and forth to the hospital, which is an hour away.
I had to cancel my training session with Donna and the obstacle course. There was no way I could leave my son in the hospital, and my other three kids needed me.
My son was released Friday afternoon. While he isn’t 100 percent yet, he is doing much better. I still cannot leave him though. He needs breathing treatments every four hours, and just doesn’t want mommy to leave his side. I have to get back to the real world on Monday, so this weekend it’s all about him. This is the reason I will not be at the walk event tomorrow. Most people understand and will still be attending to represent the Pocono Record. I encourage everyone that was planning on going to still go and have fun. Do a lap for me and my son.
My big challenge now is to get back into my normal routine. I don’t think it will be too much of a problem. I have a mini gym in my house and I plan to get a workout in today. I don’t feel any negative changes from the past week, but now it’s time to get back into the routine I had kept for the past eight weeks.
If you missed it, here is the story about the challenge as a whole that ran in Thursday’s paper and online. http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090917/FEATURES/909170313 On Monday the Pocono People feature will focus on Matt Rumph, the CEO of the Pocono Family YMCA. He has done amazing things for the YMCA, so be sure to read all about it.
I enjoyed being a part of the challenge, and proving that it can be done even if you have a hectic life. Nothing stopped me until something serious happened. I plan on continuing the working out and eating healthy, and I will continue to take my family on that journey as well.