SUP Saturday Rebellion

Lil' Red and FriendsPatience, recovery, and rehab…

I teach it. I preach it. I skipped it.

Lil’ Red’s whispers grew in my ear.  

Echoing, bellowing, 

“Let’s go to the river,” He shouted.

I ventured out for a short stand up paddle boarding session today.  Tie down straps did not work, the launch fees increased from 3 to 10 dollars.  The crowd started by 9AM when the grounds used to be ghostly until closer to 10:30.

My legs were shaky and my balance faulty.  There were no falls or splashes.  It was clear that I had skimped on my preparation.  My flexibility was surprisingly constrained when transitioning from kneeling to standing.  The muscles in both feet have been spoiled.  A few minutes later, I was back on shore.

It was nice to be back out on the water!

With new exercises in mind, I put Lil’ Red away for another day.

 

Season change, holidays and health

Cold puppy

Time change, temperature change, humidity change, allergies, diet change, flu season, stress-both good and bad, busy schedules, travel, cold season, visitors, drivers in a hurry, caring for others who are ill, food left out too long at parties, icy sidewalks, shoveling snow

It can be hard for any of us to get through these months without some sort of illness or injury. For those walking the line with health issues, they can just get pushed over the edge.

Bad Dance Partners

Respiratory issues + cold/flu
Congestive Heart Failure + ham
Diabetes + cookies
Kidney damage + dehydration
Arthritis + cold weather
Liver issues + champagne
Autoimmune disease + stress
Bad driver + impatient traffic
Colitis + potluck dinner
Osteoporosis + freezing rain
Dental work + caramel and nuts

It’s a rough world. Stay safe my friends.
Wow, sorry so doom and gloom.
Happy New Year!!!

Cold Prevention

It’s that time of year!  The leaves are changing.  The weather is beautiful.  People are sneezing and getting sinus infections.  Fa la la la la…

Colds are around the corner.  

Tips come in lists.  So, here is my list:

  1. Wash your hands often.  For at least 20 seconds.  Try singing happy birthday to time yourself.
  2. Clean door and refrigerator handles at home.
  3. Do NOT share towels.
  4. Clean everything at work.  Phones, handles, keyboards, pens…everything!  Cleaning wipes or disinfectants can be used on non-porous surfaces.  Lysol type sprays can be used on fabrics.
  5. Stay away from sick people!  Be rude.  They should understand and if they do not, they are rude.
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Pain

We don’t seem to understand it.  We are not that good at controlling it.  We are becoming better at addressing it.  We have a long way to go.

OxyContinPicture from Encyclopedia.com.  Info Video

There was a post on My Lymphoma Journey addressing this issue and it really got me thinking.

We are just leaving the declared decade of pain control and research.  So, where are we?  Pain is now the fifth vital sign.  Hospitals, doctors, and drug companies are now more attentive to the issue and attempt to relieve their patients’ agony.  There are still areas for awareness improvement.  For example: Medicare reimbursement, at some levels, is dependent on functional improvement.  Sleep and pain are not considered functional.  Therefore, a person can have 9/10 pain while trying to get dressed (after a sleepless night) but as long as they can get dressed independently they do not need treatment.

Opioid insanity

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There are some great new medicines on the market to help with pain control.  There are some to help neurogenic pain, such as Neurontin and Lyrica. (Hard to miss all the Lyrica commercials).  These are not opiate based.  Rather they seem to have their roots in seizure control medicines.  They do have their own side effects but can be very helpful.

Drugs, such as oxycodone, are being used to treat everything from acute (new) pain to chronic (long term) pain.  It is very powerful and has a pretty high street value.  Due to the abuse and over prescribing by many individuals, states are beginning to crack down on its use.  This includes more paperwork for doctors.  While making sure medicines are used ethically and as intended is very important, especially with narcotics, the increased paperwork and investigations have meant a new barrier to access.  Some doctors stopped prescribing it in order to avoid the whole issue.  Some pharmacists try to avoid it for the same reason.  Who wants to go to jail or lose their license because they did not research their patients’ lives enough.  I witnessed a doctor in the hospital accusing a patient of being a wimp and a “clock watcher”.  Only to discover later, he just did not like all the paperwork that he had to do every time he prescribed pain medicine.

An issue of particular importance for chronic pain patients is opioid-induced hyperalgesia.

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How to Identify Venomous Snakes

Exploring the great outdoors is a wonderful way to relax and workout.  With extensive research and years of experience, I have learned how to differentiate between a deadly bear and a bear statue.  I have also learned the difference between gators and gator tail stew. Snakes are a bit more challenging.  Top photo credit:  reptilechannel.com

This young man has some good info on the topic with a unique delivery style.

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Yogi From:  http://journalstar.com

Mad Momma from: http://modernsurvivalonline.com

Highlights on Living

Today’s six month highlight list includes posts for life management and general tips.

  1. Advanced Directives
  2. Don’t Take Things so Seriously
  3. Taking Care of Your Teeth
  4. GIGO
  5. Personal Mission Statements
  6. Scheduling Priorities with Covey Video
  7. Dating
  8. Crucial Conversations
  9. The Melting Pot of Ideas and People
  10. Tennis Ball Uses

Diet Highlights

As the six month anniversary review continues, today the diet and food post highlights will be featured.

  1. Food Sensitivity
  2. Diet Wars
  3. For the Love of Coffee
  4. Eating Socially
  5. Probiotics
  6. Things to Add to Juice
  7. Sugar Highs
  8. The Start of the Fast