I’m here, but no longer out there.

Things aren’t going well.  I asked Al about recovering from bronchitis around a year ago, but I never could get riding again like I had used to ride.  Then things got worse.  I got sick again.  Just worse then I had ever been.  I left work early on February 27, driving straight to the hospital in Beaufort. (My wife works there in the Birthing Center).

I was there for three days, having been diagnosed with asthmatic bronchitis and a failing heart valve.  The virus from the bronchitis got into my heart and damaged the muscle around the valve for my left ventricle.  The kind of news that doesn’t help your mood, but does answer the question of what is wrong with me.

Trying to ride a bike for more then 20 minutes is nearly impossible.  I can feel my heart thumping out of  sync, as the right works better then the left.  Work isn’t much better.  Getting tasks done is harder then it used to be.  If it wasn’t for the years of experience, I’d probably loose my job.

I’ve sold off much of my bicycles and equipment.  I still have my road bike, as nobody wants 7-speed, and my SS/FG  that I refused to sell.  I’ve also kept all of my tools.

What to do know?  The diabetes keeps me from having a replacement valve.  I’ve come to accept what this leads to before I’ve wrote this entry, and I will continue to contribute for as long as I can.

  • Hi greencannondale and I certainly hope to see more posts from you. From my understanding you have a wealth of knowledge you could share that many would gain from :)
    Pity I wasn’t living near you as I and a few others like older 7/8 speed stuff and could have bought it from you, you may be surprised who wants older bikes :)

    Hope some positive thoughts and feelings sent from me to you can help and please post anything from your wealth of knowledge, maybe even some interesting funny experiences you have had during your time in the industry and around bikes.
    Cheers
    Shane

  • Holy crow, GC!!! I read this a few days, ago and you’ve been on my mind ever since. I’m one of those who did believe that wonderfully positive things can arise despite how a situation looks. If you can, keep an optimistic outlook. …and keep on posting. We love to hear from yoU!

    Sending you and your family positive thoughts and prayers. Keep us updated!