Day 7 – A Day In The Life of A #LG4CF Hockey Player

To give you a sense of life here in Longest Game of Hockey for Cystic Fibrosis land, here’s what my day looked like yesterday (i.e., Day 6):

12 am – Get off the ice from my 8 pm to midnight shift. Take off all my hockey gear, making sure to hang it up so it will dry before my next shift. Remove all the bandaids and moleskin that I have covering my various blisters.

12:20 am – Have a shower. Get dressed. Do some stretches while drying hair (too cold out in the RV to go to bed with wet hair).

12:40 am – Eat a sandwich. Chat with a fellow player who is also eating a sandwich. Brush teeth – but with no toothpaste since I forgot my toothpaste in the dressing room and I’m not going back into the cold, cold rink1.

1 am – Collapse into bed. Remind self to thank Krista Lee for bringing me an extra blanket2. Fall instantly to sleep.

6:15 am – Alarm goes off. Wake up. Discover braces are virtually stuck to the inside of my mouth because I’m so dehydrated. Get out of bed, decide it’s too cold. Wrap blanket around self and head out to food tent. Stomach feels upset, but force myself to eat breakfast.

6:45 am – Physiotherapy appointment. Physiotherapist removes yesterday’s tape, stretches me out, applies the interferential machine and then tapes up my back again.

7:15 am – Start bandaging up all my blisters and spots where blisters feel like they might be forming.

7:30 am – Put on all my hockey gear.

8:00 am – Hit the ice. Play hockey for the next 4 hours straight. Note: We have one sub, so we rotate through the group as to who sits on the bench. Sitting on the bench lasts anywhere from 2 minutes to ~10 minutes, depending on if you need to eat something, open a new bottle of Gatorade or Good4U Energy drink, bandage a new wound, etc. and on how badly the next person needs a rest. We also get a 10 minutes after every hour for the zamboni to clean the ice, though often they only clean the ice every second hour.

12 pm – The next group of players arrives, so we can leave!

12:05 pm – Take off all my hockey gear, making sure to hang it up so it will dry before my next shift. Remove all the bandaids and moleskin that I have covering my various blisters.

12:15 pm – Have a shower. Get dressed. Do some stretches while drying hair (too cold out in the RV to go to bed with wet hair).

1:00 pm – Head to the food tent. Have some lunch.

1:20 pm – Go upstairs to the room reserved for player only. Call my mom and chat with her and my niece, who is visiting my parents this week.

1:45 pm – Kalev arrives to visit me! Rejoice that he has not only brought me the Advil, Tylenol, throat lozenges3, and bandaids that I asked him to pick up, but also a boatload of other medical supplies that he is generously donating to our cause!

2:00 pm – Get a massage. Curse my psoas muscle, which is very tight and thus, very painful for the massage therapist to work out.

2:15 pm – Visit with Kalev. Lament the lack of coffee in my life. Feel really silly when Kalev points out that they sell coffee at the restaurant upstairs. Accept his generous offer to go get one for me.

2:20 pm – Fall asleep in lawn chair while Kalev fetches my coffee.

2:27 pm – More visiting with Kalev. So nice to have my friends here to support me!

3:15 pm – Head back to the rink for my next shift.

3:20 pm – Start bandaging up all my blisters and spots where blisters feel like they might be forming.

3:30 pm – Put on all my hockey gear.

4:00 pm – Hit the ice. Play hockey for the next 4 hours straight.

6:30 pm – KJ from Team Red yells, “Hey Beth, you have some fans!” and I look up to see my friends Candace & Roger, and their two adorable boys, Hannen and Henley, who have come to cheer me on, complete with a “Go Team Beth!” sign. Having fans definitely kicks my game up a notch!

8:00 pm – The next group of players arrives, so we can leave!

8:05 pm – Take off all my hockey gear, making sure to hang it up so it will dry before my next shift. Remove all the bandaids and moleskin that I have covering my various blisters.

8:15 pm – Have a shower. Get dressed. Do some stretches while drying hair (too cold out in the RV to go to bed with wet hair).

9:00 pm – Head to the food tent. Have some dinner.

9:45 pm – Write quick blog posting on my phone.

10 pm – Go to sleep, knowing that I have to be up at 3 am for my next session of hockey!

  1. We are only allowed, according to Guinness rules, to be in the building and the fenced in RV area and the only door that leads from the RV area to the building is through the freezing cold rink! []
  2. Thanks, Krista Lee! []
  3. Three difference kinds! []