May-2023 update Garry McGivern’s regular monthly update. I was hoping to spare you all May’s monthly update by being away on my bike, but I’m staying at home in light of what’s happened over the past couple of weeks. But at least with me staying home, you don’t have to put up with me drivelling on every day and boring you with daily updates!
The month started well with my ride around Brittany, and it was good to put my new Irish passport to good use. It had taken a long time to get and wasn’t cheap if you add up all the costs. But it was well worth it, and I look forward to getting plenty more use out of it. If you remember, I only had a week to spare cycling around France and had to return home because of some hospital appointments, which, if you don’t know, didn’t go too well. And I’ve been diagnosed with Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy (DCM). I explain more about that in a YouTube video. And there’s a link to Myelopathy.org on the front page of the website.
I’m still not totally sure what DCM means for me and how it will impact my lifestyle in the long and short term. But I’ve been given a list of things to watch out for. I hope to learn more next week when I return to the hospital. But from what I’ve read, DCM is like a spinal injury in slow motion. Let’s hope it’s very slow, and I can continue on as usual for many years.
While I was having all these tests and scans, I was also diagnosed with carpal tunnel in both wrists. I was told I could have them operated on or have some injections, which I presume were steroid injections. But as they don’t worry me, I decided to leave them as they are for now. Especially as every time I have an operation, it doesn’t seem to work out too well. When I had a slipped disc in 2013, I had two operations and an injection, and none of them worked. And, of course, we all know about the ongoing saga of my hip! And besides, I think I’d rather save the steroid injections for my hip, as I think you can only have so many.
Not a very cheerful update, and I apologise for that. But I’m optimistic for the future and hope to have many more miles in the saddle. You don’t get rid of me that easily!
Garry McGivern Travelsonabike2 May-2023 Brittany bicycle-tour photo-album on Flickr. Photographs that Garry took on his 500-mile cycle ride around Brittany. It was only a short tour, as Garry didn’t have a huge amount of time as he had to return home for some investigative hospital appointments. (The results of which are in a YouTube video published on Garry’s YouTube channel).
Unfortunately, the weather on Garry’s ride wasn’t that great, and a lot of the photographs reflect this with the grey sky’s. Photos always look better when there’s a blue sky, but beggars can’t be choosers. And there are still plenty of photos. Click on the picture below to view on Garry’s Flickr page.
You can read more about Garry’s ride around Brittany on the Brittany tour page. There are also one or two more photos on Garry’s Facebook and Instagram pages, which you can view without subscribing. But if you already subscribe to social media, why not follow Garry. You can also subscribe to Garry’s blog and receive news and updates straight to your inbox.
This Google map is from Garry’s Brittany bicycle-tour in May-2023. It shows where Garry spent each night on his 500-mile ride around Brittany. Behind each pin on the map is a brief description of the day’s ride and the miles cycled.
Not one of Garry’s longer rides, but he only had a week to spare. He had hoped to explore more of Brittany and stick closer to the coast. But time and weather weren’t on Garry’s side. Neither was his fitness as he struggled to cycle sixty miles a day. Although, after saying that, sixty miles does seem to be Garry’s usual distance nowadays.
Despite the bad weather, it was an enjoyable ride, although it seemed too early for many of the campsites to be open. On more than one occasion, Garry struggled to find an open campsite, and hopefully, it was because of the time of year and not because they were permanently closed.
You can find out more by visiting the Brittany Bicycle Tour page.
Brittany Bicycle-Tour Map May-2023
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An update video from Garry McGivern, which apparently is now called a podcast on Garry’s YouTube channel, it was posted on his YouTube channel on the 28th-May-2023. The video was recorded earlier in the month, on the 23rd of May, when Garry was on his way to one of his many hospital appointments.
You may or may not remember, but Garry had returned home from his ride around Brittany because he had several hospital appointments he needed to attend, including today. A couple of the other hospital appointments were for a nerve conduction test and an MRI scan. Well, he’s already got the results, and they’re not as positive as Garry might have hoped.
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YouTube Video 28th-May-2023 (Garry McGivern May 2023 Update)