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  1. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    Oh my goodness. So the bright side is that you know what it is now and it sounds like it's fixable. I can understand how frustrating it will be to not be in the pool for a while. Please pop in here every once in a while with updates and maybe we can bring you a little cheer until you're all healed. Please heal quickly, Fort.
    Thx Fly! It will indeed be very frustrating. Being a couch potato does not agree!
  2. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kwhenderson
    Oh Leslie, I am so sorry, but thankful you are in good hands with your surgeon. Do keep us posted on the surgery and your progress. You and your doctor will be in my prayers for complete restoration. And, yes, praise that the blood clot did not break loose. Your contributions to the swimming community will be missed from your personal performances to your blog. Fortunately we can still access your previous posts for our training! Thanks for all you've done for those who follow you. I know you, and you'll be back stronger than ever. Hang in there. Hopefully your whole family will be together for Thanksgiving. Blessings!!
    Thanks so much Kristin. Good luck to you this SCM season!
  3. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny100
    Hang-in there Fort. I will miss your blogs and workout comments until you return. I have been reading them since you were posting HIT swimming workouts. There will be an upside to this, even though it may not be apparent right now.
    Kenny, I so appreciate that you took the time to write me a note. I do miss writing the HIT workouts. But I was still doing them. Hopefully, I'll be back doing them.
  4. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Leslie, I wish you the best of success in the surgery and the recovery. And, while you might not feel like blogging because you won't be working out, know that you have a supportive community here behind you. We'll all be pulling for you!

    Thanks for the support Patrick. I'll report in on how the surgery goes.
  5. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by scyfreestyler
    As you noted, thankfully no clots to lungs or brain. The time out of the water will be tough and the age group timing is poor, but I think you'll come back better than ever. I look forward to following along. Hope your surgery goes as smoothly as possible.
    Thanks Matt. I hope it all does go smoothly. Fingers crossed.
  6. Kurt Dickson's Avatar
    Weird you had to go to Johns Hopkins to get an ultrasound as that would have been the only thing I could think of to order. Also, seems strange that streamlining is felt to be the culprit. Most blood clots are from venous stasis and I would think you would have to streamline for several hours to get that. Perhaps a combination of vascular injury and genetic predisposition on top of the thoracic outlet obstruction.

    As has been said, we are all pulling (hey, swim pun) for you. Best wishes on surgery and a short recovery.
  7. flystorms's Avatar
    Oh my goodness. So the bright side is that you know what it is now and it sounds like it's fixable. I can understand how frustrating it will be to not be in the pool for a while. Please pop in here every once in a while with updates and maybe we can bring you a little cheer until you're all healed. Please heal quickly, Fort.
  8. kwhenderson's Avatar
    Oh Leslie, I am so sorry, but thankful you are in good hands with your surgeon. Do keep us posted on the surgery and your progress. You and your doctor will be in my prayers for complete restoration. And, yes, praise that the blood clot did not break loose. Your contributions to the swimming community will be missed from your personal performances to your blog. Fortunately we can still access your previous posts for our training! Thanks for all you've done for those who follow you. I know you, and you'll be back stronger than ever. Hang in there. Hopefully your whole family will be together for Thanksgiving. Blessings!!
  9. Kenny100's Avatar
    Hang-in there Fort. I will miss your blogs and workout comments until you return. I have been reading them since you were posting HIT swimming workouts. There will be an upside to this, even though it may not be apparent right now.
  10. pwb's Avatar
    Leslie, I wish you the best of success in the surgery and the recovery. And, while you might not feel like blogging because you won't be working out, know that you have a supportive community here behind you. We'll all be pulling for you!
  11. scyfreestyler's Avatar
    As you noted, thankfully no clots to lungs or brain. The time out of the water will be tough and the age group timing is poor, but I think you'll come back better than ever. I look forward to following along. Hope your surgery goes as smoothly as possible.
  12. Sojerz's Avatar
    Good luck at Johns Hopkins - hope they can id the cause and a way to recover quickly.
  13. Karl_S's Avatar
    I called Marriott and explained the situation and, thankfully, they are going to refund my money.
    That's a step in the right direction. Hopefully your arm weirdness gets healthy soon too.
  14. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    That rots. It must be a Massachusetts thing. Several years ago I was to attend a conference in Boston. I got ill on the train ride there, had to get off in NYC and change my ticket to return home. I wound up forfeiting the conference fee and the hotel fee, as well as paying extra to change my train ticket. In the end I wound up paying several k$ to have the pleasure of standing in line at NY Penn Station to change my ticket while my head was spinning with vertigo. To top it off, when I let the organizer know that I would be unable to deliver my talk he got mad at me.

    Best wishes for getting your mystery issue resolved soon.
    That sounds awful. Idk ... I've been to NE Champs many times and never had non-refundable reservations before. I called Marriott and explained the situation and, thankfully, they are going to refund my money. They still have a month to book the room, so it was probably a good decision not to really piss off a long time customer.
  15. Karl_S's Avatar
    Also cross that my hotel reservation for NE Champs was non-refundable.
    That rots. It must be a Massachusetts thing. Several years ago I was to attend a conference in Boston. I got ill on the train ride there, had to get off in NYC and change my ticket to return home. I wound up forfeiting the conference fee and the hotel fee, as well as paying extra to change my train ticket. In the end I wound up paying several k$ to have the pleasure of standing in line at NY Penn Station to change my ticket while my head was spinning with vertigo. To top it off, when I let the organizer know that I would be unable to deliver my talk he got mad at me.

    Best wishes for getting your mystery issue resolved soon.
  16. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kurt Dickson
    Sorry. You have had a lot of weird medical things happen to you. Hopefully, somebody can get you figured out or you may have to start going slow with me so you don't hurt yourself. Good luck.
    Thanks Kurt. Yeah, I can deal with tendonitis or broken toes. This weird thing that no one has ever encountered (if it is even that) sucks.
  17. Kurt Dickson's Avatar
    Sorry. You have had a lot of weird medical things happen to you. Hopefully, somebody can get you figured out or you may have to start going slow with me so you don't hurt yourself. Good luck.
  18. flystorms's Avatar
    Poor kiddo. He's had a rough time the past year or so. I hope you can find a way to relieve the pain.
  19. Sojerz's Avatar
    Sorry to hear this. Good luck Leslie with the further diagnosis. Hoping for the best.
  20. The Fortress's Avatar
    Thanks so much Bruce, especially for the dr recommendation. I would definitely travel to get an experienced surgeon if it comes to that. I had thought of going to Mayo as my father was a dr there and my brother lives there. The diagnostic quagmire is definitely frustrating. What surgery did you have if I may ask? I worry a bit bc my sister had two TOS surgeries. They helped but were not completely curative in that she can still get swelling if she overdoes any overhead activity. Did you stop swimming at the onset of the symptoms? The only symptom that I don't have is distended veins, but they could be obscured by all the muscle.
    Updated November 7th, 2016 at 11:07 AM by The Fortress
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