As some of you know from earlier posts, I'm carrying around an abdominal aneurysm the size of a parsnip, likely thanks to my heavy-duty cycling of a decade ago.
I've been off the bike for the past year, to see if the growth of this aneurysm can be attributed to cycling. If no cycling means no growth, then I will be likely off the bike for the foreseeable future. If the aneurysm continues to grow in diameter, than cycling may not be the contributing factor and I can ride again, although some form of surgical intervention becomes more likely, with all its consequences.
So, my CT scan is set for September. I'll hear from the doc later in the month. If the news is "good" (which I interpret as, "well Bill, cycling seems to have had no impact on the growth of your aneurysm"), then I'll be riding around Waterloo Region again, and what a joy that will be.
If the news is "bad," (that is, "Bill, your aneurysm has not grown in size and we attribute that to you not riding"), then I will be off the bike for the foreseeable future. I have already begun checking out e-bikes as an option, because I believe in two-wheeled transport as a significant factor in our future transportation options, and plan to be a part of that, in any way possible.
For complete transparency, I should note that my family sees non-cycling as longevity, for me. So they are happy if I get an e-bike, whatever the doctor says.
I foresee an e-bike future. I'll keep you up to date. Keep your fingers crossed for me.