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!!!

Adrenal Fatigue – One year later

It has been about a year since test results showed that my cortisol and aldosterone levels were really low.  Click for first post on symptoms and causes.

I did not wish to wait until my next doctor’s visit to test again so I found the lab they used and requested a cortisol test.  If I retest aldosterone levels, it will have to wait for a regular MD visit and traditional lab work.

Drum rolllll:

Before

Before

After

After

Something seems to be working!!

I also did an AM blood sample that showed a level within the normal range.

For a few weeks prior to the test, I was not taking any adrenal support supplements.  I was still using an increased amount of salt in the form of Himalayan salt.

Yonanas!

 

I have a new toy!  It took me a month to get it out of the box and play with it but I think its a winner for occasional useFrozen bananas and strawberries.

Whenever I had spotted bananas that I would not get to in time, I peeled and threw them in the freezer.  I also cleaned, prepped, and stored some strawberries when there was a BOGO free deal at the store.

 

I let them defrost for 15 minutes…well closer to 30 after  talking with a Fruit mashneighbor.

You put the fruit in the chute and out comes some soft serve ice-cream type food.

 

Where's the hot fudge??

Where’s the hot fudge??

The Most Common Mistake in Self-Treating Achilles Tendonitis

I encountered three people in the past two weeks that were all self-treating Achilles tendinitis.

They all were getting worse.  

They all were making the same mistake.

This is my public service announcement for the week.  Many of us employ the treat by consensus plan.  We consult Dr. Google.  We ask friends.  We call family.  We listen to trainers that a friend of a friend’s aunt knows.  I know I do it.  Apparently, some of my friends do as well.  Adding to that, we have the voice of our fourth grade gym teacher in our head; “no pain, no gain”.

The consensus/group think treatment for Achilles tendinitis seems to be:  stretch till it bleeds.  

The calf muscle group is often tight and needs to be stretched.  However, overstretching can irritate an injured muscle or tendon.  If the pain is where the tendon inserts onto the heel, you can start to weaken the insertion point.  My little art project:

Relaxed Muscle Fibers

Relaxed muscle fibers

Stretched muscle fibers

Stretched muscle fibers

Torn Muscle Fibers

Torn muscle fibers

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Using the Health Insurance Marketplace

Healthcare.gov

One of the pleasures of being self-employed is that I have to purchase my own health insurance.  Sorry, this post may be bit boring for my international friends.

In order for the insurance to be active by the first of next month, I had to apply by the 15th of this month.

It was easy!

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Mandatory Flu Vaccination

** This is just my personal understanding and take on the issue. Please discuss this issue with your family physician or LLMD if you have any questions or concerns!

Many hospital systems around the country are instituting mandatory flu vaccination policies for their employees. This is in an effort to protect patients as much as possible. Someone may have the flu, be contagious, and not be displaying any flu symptoms yet. Compliance with flu vaccinations by hospital staff has remained at lower than optimal levels. Mandatory policies dramatically increase staff participation and compliance.

So what’s my problem?

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