Last Saturday, I felt terrible and basically napped most of the day. My wife and I had gone to visit her parents, and I had to apologize for how I felt and not being able to stay awake. I did manage to sit down and eat dinner that night though, which I haven't been able to do much recently. Well, I usually eat something, but it's rarely the meal that's been prepared. I think I ate a salad for the first time in a month. This time of year, I am usually eating multiple salads every day, but my appetite has been so messed up, that I have just stayed away from most vegetables for the past month.
Sunday, I felt a little better, but still rested a lot to make sure I'd get through the Neil Young show. Monday, despite a short night of sleep after the show, I felt the best I've felt in a month. But, it was just one good day, and I've had lots of decent days in the past couple months, only to feel terrible the next day.
I even thought about doing CrossFit on Monday, but my wife was exhausted and just wanted to go home after work. I didn't want to try a workout enough to argue with her.
Tuesday, I felt pretty good again. Two days in a row! The only downside is that it was a hot and humid day. I walked for about 1.5 miles at lunch and I was tired after that. My wife went to CrossFit that night, but I didn't want to try a workout in the heat.
Yesterday (Wednesday), I felt decent again. This was really encouraging - three consecutive days of feeling decent. So, I decided to try CrossFit.
The warm-up involved some shoulder mobility work, jumping air squats and 2x100 run. I was amazed that I could breathe OK on the runs. That alone was a huge change. A month ago, despite losing body weight, I was out of breath on even the shortest, slowest runs. That seems to have changed.
The strength workout was 10 rounds of 5 strict presses and 10-20 sit-ups. I opted for only 7 sit-ups and I kept the weights light on the strict presses - 65#-80#. A few months ago, I would have done this workout at 95#-110#. But, I want to ease back in and not get sick again. As it was, 4 sets at 80# was pretty much my limit.
After the lifting portion of the workout, we had a 10 minute workout. My goal was max reps of 1) 10 ball slams (20# - very light for me) and 2) 50 single-under rope jumps. I got six rounds plus 10 more ball slams. I had gotten tired during the workout, but I did OK.
Tonight, we get to choose our own movements, and I plan to do some rowing, pull-ups, push-ups, and deadlifts - all at an easy level.
And then, I can hopefully go to the hematologist tomorrow and tell him that things seem to be improving. I'd still like to understand what caused this, but a permanent recovery is more important to me than knowing why it happened.