PARRABUDDY.BLOGSPOT was started to help find a way for “Adaptive / Physically Challenged / Paralympic Cyclists ” to enjoy riding their bikes on the Daily Route of the famous Pro Tour Race Routes such as the “ Giro d’Italia " and the " Tour de France " !

Through lack of support i have been unable to achieve that goal and unless people decide to assist there is little chance that my 19th season will be any more successful !

London 2012 Paralympics was amazing for ALL , not just those participating but those who followed via the Media !

Since 2009 several other Blogs have been created to cover various other subjects !

Below is a guide to their separate purposes :

In the main Parrabuddy is about “Adaptive / Physically Challenged Sport” and Health Issues.

Skippi-cyclist is about personal issues and Road Safety Issues.

SkippyAus is about matters relating to Oz and some personal memories from my life there.

Tourdafarce & Tourdafrance are about matters relating to the Pro Tour , Racers and some personal experiences during my various visits to ride the Pro Tour routes .

Skippy (blogging) is about a variety of issues on the Internet .

NOT ALL postings arrive in their correct area but I will generally try to separate my views on Doping and Sporting Fraud from Road Safety Issues .

Comments ARE WELCOMED since this shows that those reading are interested in the subject matter ! Enjoy comments made to other blogs so wonder why only " anonymous " posts here !

Over the period of these "Blogs" I have had visibility on Twitter as “Skippydetour” and on Facebook as “Skippy Mc Carthy” where Google usually advise postings on the Blogs as they occur .

When any of you visit these Blogs I hope I am able to add value to your day and provide a source of information if not inspiration . Please consider asking your friends and contacts to add their support as many of the Para Athletes are struggling to find the resources to compete in Events at regional Levels let alone National Levels .

You the reader have the possibility to help these Amazing Athletes in your own way and contacting your National Paralympic Internet Site for relevant info is a good start !

Jul 5, 2011

Blood Control Procedures

Before leaving Austria for the Dauphine Libere and Tour de Suisse i had the usual blood control tests for the "embolism/thrombosis " and happily it was around 2% but yesterday after finishing the ride into Redon and with time to pass until the racers arrived i headed down to the local hospital . Fortunately for me the hospital was quite close and the personnel there were really cooperative and did the tests within minutes of my arrival .

Whilst awaiting the results i was able to watch the action on their TV and see Tyler commemmorate his friend " Wouter " after crossing the finish line with his hands making a " W " ! Thought this was a great gesture and it was certainly a team effort as Garmin had to work really hard to control the race to allow him that opportunity . Methinks that HTC was aware of this possibility and allowed some latitude as "King Cav" was not as competitive in the finishing gallop ! Seems he was sandwiched by two other racers after leaving his train behind but a fifth place under the circumstances should be applauded .

As a result of the tests i have had to reduce my dosage so as to avoid getting too far above the 2% level that my medical team want , but i had thought the European Medical card meant free treatment but then Euro 28 was reasonable !

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