Italy, August 22, 2005
I have finally been released from hospital after being cleared of Lyme's disease. It took the medical staff six long days of ongoing tests before making the final diagnosis. Once diagnosed I was then hooked up to an intravenous drip for 24 hours a day, receiving a strong dose of antibiotics for six consecutive days.
Last Monday for the first time since being admitted I returned a negative blood test; clear of any viral or bacterial infection. I expressed to the doctor that I had responded well to the antibiotics and had not experienced any symptoms for the past 4-5 days. However, I was kept in for one more night for observation.
It is now five days after my release from hospital and I'm jumping out of my skin - pumped with accumulated energy - and rearing to go.
I travelled from Holland to Livigno (Italy) last Thursday for a 12-day training block. The town is buzzing with cycling enthusiasts as the World MTB Champs are being held here next week!
Yesterday, I climbed to 2787m...in a chair lift. It was freezing cold while I was taking in the beautiful scenery! The next morning (today) the mountains were covered in snow and the temperature had dropped to an unbearable 5 degrees. One hour on the bike was as much shivering as the body could take!
After easing into things for a couple of days I'm hoping that tomorrow's training will be a little more productive - ie; WARMER - which means ABOVE 5 degrees!
Keep an eye out for a training report during the next 10 days.