Last week I had my blood drawn for my blood test. The results came back earlier this week. The Factor VIII activity has fallen from 248% to 160%. This is good but it is still above normal. The D-Dimer count is down from 0.23 to 0.11. This is excellent. The Anti-Thrombin III activity is pretty flat from 101% to 97%. This is also very good.
Today I went to see my hematologist (Dr. Grover). There is good news and not-so-good news. The good news is that my counts are normal enough for me to get off the blood thinner drug (Xarelto) if I were a “normal” person. However, since I have a pretty crazy training regimen, I am more prone to dehydration and therefore he recommended that I stay on the Xarelto regimen for now. Overall though, I am quite happy because I can see a day in the not-so-distant future when I will be off Xarelto and will be biking again. This means that my budding Ironman career (humor intended once again) will be revived.
For now though, I will concentrate running events. New York (November 1, 2015) and London (April 20, 2016) marathons are my upcoming “A” races. My training is going quite well!
This evening, I went to the cardio sculpt class taught by a new instructor; Jamie. There were only 4 people in this super-tough hard-rocking class with an active tempo and lots of crunches, weights, lunges and squats mixed in. My body is surely going to feel it tomorrow!