I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Back Up Again

Remember the band Chumbawamba from the 90’s? They had that one hit, Tubthumping. In case you don’t know it by that name, it’s the one that goes…”I get knocked down, but I get back up again. You’re never going to keep me down.” The story of my life.

Sometimes, living with a chronic illness and pain is a battle. I was finally back at the gym, and I hit my three day weekly workout goal for the 2nd week and well on my way through my 3rd. But then, you have a crap day. 

What? You want me to get out of bed? Unfortunately, or fortunately…I’m not sure which. I’m stubborn and I keep pushing and pushing. I get out of bed, even with the pain or whatever ails me that day.

I had every intention of making it to the gym at my usual 6am time. This morning. However, I’d had a long night. Since my CAD in September, I’ve been having a lot of pain in my head and neck that only happens at night. It wakes me up out of a dead sleep. I know it is just nerve pain from the healing, but sometimes the anxiety gets the best of me. I find it hard to go back to sleep, to turn my head off, to not wonder if these are new pains. Maybe, it’s because of something that I did at the gym. Maybe, I’m pushing myself too hard. Maybe…maybe…maybe.

Maybe, I just need a few days. I need to remember that the Doctor knows best and I’m supposed to be out there.

This is my excuse today. I got knocked down, but I get back up again. From the words of Debbie Reynolds in Unsinkable Molly Brown…”I ain’t down yet”!

Road ID Slim 2 Review

I have been a Road ID fan since I started my running journey a few years ago.

I already own a Road ID Sport and a Shoe ID. The assurance that it offers is incomparable for those that participate in sports alone. It provides life saving and emergency contact information to emergency personnel or first responders quickly. I provide essential information on my Road ID that tells them that I have Marfan Syndrome and makes them aware of my heart issues.

I ordered the Road ID Slim 2 to have a nicer option to wear everyday. They released a rose gold option with leather and pastel color options. Since my latest hospital stay, I’ve just wanted to have some quickly accessible information always available for emergency services. I often wondered…what if I hadn’t been conscious when I entered the hospital? Would they have known that I was at risk for a dissection? This will just give me some peace of mind that my most important information is immediately available.

The Road ID ordering process is painless. They give you pointers on what information to put on your ID. Road ID offers both an interactive and original version. The interactive allows you to put limited information on the ID and then for a $9.99 annual fee, emergency personnel are given a toll free number to call for more information. I prefer the original version, for the fact that it saves them crucial minutes in care.

The Road ID Slim 2 starts at $24.99 and gives you the flexibility to add additional bands for $2.99. The faceplates come in silver, gold, rose gold, black, and others. There is also 18 different band colors to choose from, including leather.

I’m a sucker for rose gold and that was my choice for everyday wear. I had my order within a week and it was carefully packaged. The mailer made me laugh out loud.


The band comes in a nice metal box. I ordered the leather and it comes un-assembled to allow you to cut to your desired length.


I love how slim and unassuming it is and it’s even smaller than my Fitbit Charge 2. Unlike some of the tackier medical alert bracelets, it looks nice for everyday wear. The Slim 2 is well built and looks like it will last me for years to come.

If you would like to order a Road ID, I have a coupon for $5.00 off your order until 5/19. Use this link when ordering, https://www.roadid.com/?TafInvite=4JPHP&CID=TAFGTBVPRTN. I hope you love it as much as I do and the peace of mind that Road ID offers.