Monday, June 11, 2007

Zanstorm goes on the IR List

It has been a troubling week for me. My health has gone south in the past couple of weeks. Discomfort in my legs and arms has escalated into nausea and burning and tingling sensations from the top of my head to the end of my toes. Yesterday I couldn't keep the food in my stomach.
At least any heart or blood conditions have been ruled out. I just got out of ER and the kind doctor has suggested anxiety. Normally I am an extremely laid back kinda guy so I scoffed at the suggestion of anxiety. But I guess on occasion it hits the most 'seemingly' laid back people when they are not even aware of it.
So, for the first time in my 33-year life, I am on a drug, called Clonezapam. It will relax me I hope.
Anyhow, I call it hockey separation anxiety for a joke. I just can't cope with the lack of hockey during the summer!
If any of you reading this have been affected by this feel free to share a story. And if you ever have these symptoms, consider anxiety as an option.
Aside from that, I am going to change my lifestyle a bit and keep any anxiety levels down. Perhaps getting back in shape would be a terrific start! And drinking less......damn!

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At June 11, 2007 at 9:17 p.m. , Anonymous GZ Expat said...

I don't have anxiety issues...I find solace in Australian football or rugby to ease my need for violent sport during the summer months. The Rugby World Cup is coming hang in there.

But, I do need to lose some weight...watching too much hockey and not working out enough is catching up with me. Gotta get back to playing shape and work on it over the summer.

I heard Willie Mitchell on the Team 1040 podcast say...'you'll find me out on the river or in the gym this summer.' Well, I'll be in my office or...maybe I can find a gym.

At June 11, 2007 at 11:13 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I'm going to take up fishing if the river ever clears up!

At June 12, 2007 at 8:59 a.m. , Blogger Jibblescribbits said...

As someone who is very close to someone who has anxiety issues, I know how much trouble this can cause. I wish you a healthy recovery, and hope you can find some ways to relax.

I am sure the flooding has taken it's toll on you as well. I hopoe that goes down as well.

At June 12, 2007 at 10:04 a.m. , Blogger James said...

Hope ya feel better soon! Hey, Mats re-upped for a year today so that should help! ;)

Take er easy!

At June 12, 2007 at 11:27 a.m. , Blogger John said...

The nervous system is a crazy thing, all puns aside. My focus in college was neuropsychology, and I also experienced a bout of depression/post-traumatic stress during those years(combo of school, grandfather dying, breaking a long term relationship, and trying to run a college radio station).

I started having headaches, pain all over my body, complete weakness, sleeping A LOT, all sorts of digestive issues... but never *felt* sad or any over all feeling of being depressed. Numerous doctor visits and tests, and they finally asked me about stress in my life. Bingo, and off I went to Zoloft land.

Being the psych student I was, I knew that I had to focus my energy in beating it. Plus, I was in college and poor with no health insurance to keep paying for the pills.

Lots of running, working out, diet changes, better vitamin regiment, and SUNLIGHT. Stopped being a night owl and learned to love sunlight, a natural source of vitamin D that influences the creation of serotonin[] in your brain.

That's a lot easier to do than said, and if it weren't for my education, I probably would have had a tougher route to recovery, not that it got that bad. Still, I knew how bad it could get if I didn't do something NOW. And, I still go through the motions today because I like feeling good dammit! :p

Hang in there. I'm sure some days are worse than others, but the more you focus on the positive outcome, the better things will be.

At June 12, 2007 at 11:34 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Thanks, everyone. I have to say, the drugs are helping out a TON.
But I will need to be more positive in the future and make smarter decisions. I don't want to be hooked on antibiotics for eternity either!

John, I hear ya. Those are great points.

At June 12, 2007 at 1:26 p.m. , Blogger PB said...

Hiya -

Adding my voice to the throng of wishing you a healthy recovery.

My wife and I watch the Tour de France to help us cope with the absence of our favorite sport.

In many ways, it can be as grueling on the individual athlete as hockey can be on the individual player (and team).

At June 12, 2007 at 4:11 p.m. , Anonymous Doobie said...

I guess this would be the wrong time to tell you about Roberto Luongo's retirement from the NHL so that he can pursue figure skating, curling and yak herding.

What? You didn't hear?

At June 12, 2007 at 4:37 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...


At June 12, 2007 at 9:42 p.m. , Anonymous Temujin said...

Glad to hear things are still going smoothly today bud. My brother and I are going to try and play squash sometime this week. It's been five years or so since I played, but it's been fifteen years since my bro played! I've got a decided advantage :-)

Maybe I'll let you know when we are playing. If you can make it you should come along. Two can play while the other is "resting".

Apart from that, we really ought to go for a nice hike one of these days. As soon as I stop with the 60 hour work weeks, we'll have to explore the great outdoors. Keep well my friend.

At June 13, 2007 at 12:28 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Hiking=yes!!! Let's get in shape and then hit the Hudson Bay Peak and sign the book!

I'm in for squash as well! Never done it!! These exercises will justify our lazing around playing Canucks Dynasty Mode on NHL 07! haha

At June 13, 2007 at 10:26 a.m. , Blogger Mike said...

I'd argue perhaps you are not drinking enough and your body is revolting in anger. Then again, please note I am not a doctor, but rather a complete idiot. Feel better man...the puck drops in 114 days or so.


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