It’s been a whirlwind since my last post after Ryan and I finished the CNO Financial Group Monumental Half Marathon here in Indianapolis.
A lot has happened since the first of last November. Most of it expected. Some of it completely unexpected.
For the most part, the little project Wendy and I had been working on for the better part of 18 months is nearly complete. Actually, what our builder Rex Basey and his contractors have been working on is about done.
On Dec. 21, we moved into our new house that we broke ground last Feb. 24. We moved about two miles south from where we had been living.When the state of Indiana announced it had decided to bring the new I-69 interstate (that will eventually connect Indianapolis to Evansville) up State Road 37, I decided we needed to move.
Not literally, but if we stayed where we lived when State Road 37 is finally converted into I-69, the road would essentially be in my side yard. That’s when I looked at Wendy about a week after the announcement and asked her, “If there was one thing you want what would it be?” She must have read my mind because without hesitation she looked right at me and said, “Let’s build our dream home the way we really want it this time!”
Her wish was my command.
We liked the design of our current abode. We made a few tweaks to it. We also wanted the entire basement finished time this. We interviewed several builders and showed them what we wanted. They in turn showed us their ideas and their cost. When the smoke settled from an intense conversation one night – not as bad as when smoke literally came out of Donnie Walsh’s office right before the NBA trade deadline in 1994 as Pacers coach Larry Brown opened the door and yelled back, “If you get me Mark Jackson now we win the championship this season!” – the decision to hire Rex Basey was made.
I was ecstatic when Basey informed me that my childhood friend’s, Chris Emerson, masonry company would be bricking and stoning our house.
Now we wait as Basey and his band of contractors come in on a daily basis to complete the basement. We are anxiously awaiting the finished product because we miss the theater room and I’m already tired of driving over to the old house to play snooker. Plus, we have a couple of new toys for even the adults to use in the “game room.”
I passed my accounting final. Now, once I get the three papers I need to write for my ethical leadership class, I will be halfway through my MBA program. This also means I’ll have at least one foot out the door from my current position. Little upset though with the programs new grading guidelines. They no longer give percentage points. I can no longer say what my grade-point average is – UGH!
Of course, Ryan and I continue to run. After we ran a “zero-week” plan for recovery from the great Hal Higdon to finish November, we started maintenance running and keeping our base mileage up. During this time, we ran the Turkey Burn 5k at Craig Park in Greenwood. We saw a lot of our friends. Ryan also finally got to tell Colleen he beat her time with his PR at Monumental. She was quite happy for her virtual running buddy.
A few days after running the Turkey Burn race, we had an unexpected change in our lives. Throw in my work schedule along with both of us coming down sick the best word to describe our running was sporadic.
We once again are running separately as we begin training for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon (500 Mini). Ryan began track practice (it begins today, but not actually sure when I will post this) this week. He’s running for Indy Genesis and again being coached by Ben Houston. I am running in the mornings by myself. Although I plan to join my friend, Brian Wilson, for some runs as he trains to race the Boston Marathon on April 16.
Running lonely allows me to do the following:
I can clear my mind and brainstorm when I need. This will be extremely helpful as I write the final two papers for my class while I am on vacation this week.
I have already decided – at least I am – running the 500 Mini for fun. I still plan to run it with Ryan, but when we get to the famed 2 1/2-mile oval that is the world’s greatest race course – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – I plan to have some fun.
On the flip side of wanting to have fun, for me this training cycle will be meant to get my mind and body ready for November. Running by myself and seeing what I have done through various workouts, I want a shot at breaking my personal record of 1:35:00. I plan to discuss that in a future post.
Being out by myself has also allowed me to vent and run the frustration of what’s going with Luke.
On the night of Nov. 27, I was studying accounting and watching the Pacers game when Wendy called. She informed me there had been an incident with Luke. He had passed out while playing tag at the end of his TrailLife group meeting. They were in the emergency room at Community South. He was stable and they were running tests to see what had happened.
All the tests came back clear. Luke was sent to a cardiologist and a neurosurgeon. All of their tests returned clear as well.
A few days later not only was Luke fainting, but he began having seizures. We again made a trip to the ER. Another CT scan returned clear.
Then on Dec. 18 Luke’s episodes became more intense and when he would regain consciousness he wasn’t normal. It was like he transformed into another personality. We then ended up at Riley Children’s Hospital the night before we were supposed to move into our new house.
They did another CT scan, MRI along with all the other blood work. All of that came back clear again. It was then decided to admit Luke and keep him overnight. They did a video EEG and he had several episodes throughout the night.
The seizures were what they were called “pseudo seizures.” Unfortunately, he did not transform into different personalities. He was released and an appointment was scheduled with a psychiatrist at Riley for Jan. 2.
Fast forward – the seizures and fainting continued along with the different personalities. Since about Dec. 26 the only personality to really come out is an autistic version of himself. Luke knows us and even does his school work in this altered state.
When Wendy and Luke went to see the psychiatrist Jan. 2, they were informed that doctor was not in our insurance network. We were then referred to another psychiatrist on our side of town. They only see new patients on Fridays. The next opening was Feb. 23. They called a few days later and said they had a cancellation and could Luke.
Wendy and Luke went to that appointment. Luke had a couple of episodes where he transformed into that altered state during the meeting. That psychiatrist said his symptoms were something she wasn’t familiar with. She then referred us to another psychiatrist.
They finally called toward the end of last week. That doctor’s next opening is – APRIL 10! Not next week. Not in two weeks. Not even in the month of February or March – but APRIL FREAKING TENTH!
We keep being told as long as Luke’s not harming himself it will be OK. We are to keep a daily log of what happens. How long he’s a different personality. We also have to mark down what was going on when he changes and does he faint and have seizures when it happens. There have a been a few times when he hasn’t fainted or had a seizure.
Luke was diagnosed with conversion disorder while at Riley, but the psychiatrist we saw two weeks ago doesn’t believe that’s the right diagnosis. They really aren’t sure what’s going on with Luke. There’s so many possibilities they say. With Luke turning 13 back in October this all could be a really interesting case of puberty gone awry. Or it could be the stress of the move along with trying to get all of his school work done prior to it. My third oldest son has always been quite the competitor. He’s also quite the perfectionist when it comes to his school work.
We wait until April 10 for possibly the right diagnosis and treatment plan.