Starting a little less than a year ago, I would walk my father’s miniature Schnauzer, Austin, as well as my terrier mix, Noel. Each dog weighed about 20 pounds, walked rapidly while following their nose, and did not have strong obedience training (which means that they pulled while on the leash). While they loved the walks, I ended up paying the ultimate price last spring with lower back pain.
So I was very interested in a Houston Chronicle column by Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz entitled, “Back Hurt? Check Your Attitude.” The good doctors noted that people who are older than 30 years of age tend to have had or will have lower back pain due to improper posture while driving and working on computers. However, they suggest that your attitude can affect the status of your back. “What you think will happen next – healthy recovery or chronic pain – dramatically affects what will happen. The more optimistic and can-do your mind-s...
A few weeks back I had knee surgery. I wrote a post about my concerns having to do with adhesives that may be used during or after surgery as I have skin reactions with certain adhesives.
Being clear with my doctors before the procedure was helpful: they didn't use any adhesives on or around my incisions, which was great. Annoyingly, I did have a reaction -- one big hive -- to the Ace bandage and had to remove it with 24 hours after the procedure versus the 72 they prefer. Ah well.
Having any procedure with anesthesia with asthma and allergies seems a little extra dicey, at least for the person who's receiving sedation, etc. Luckily, my anesthesiologist had asthma himself! Yup, we chit-chatted about all things asthma and turns out we took the same medications as children ( Theophylline , in case you were wondering).
For the past year or so leading up to the surgery for my knee, I had been experiencing back pain. Looking for non-medical, non-surgical ways to relax my...
My Garden, and Oh My Aching Back
My gardening hobby was taken away from me at the age of 29. SCHREEEECH! Wait a minute, I don't think so. Getting my hands dirty, watching my plants thrive, and smelling my roses; I cannot give this up. No way! When my back says no , I find another way. I have learned to adapt my gardening habits to suit my physical abilities because giving up a pleasurable activity is not an ideal option. Being smarter than my problem is the best option. Here are some ways that I have continued to enjoy my garden.
1. Staging Projects
I used to prune all 25 of my roses in one day. Those days are gone, baby, gone. Now, I stage such big projects over the course of multiple days. On the first day, I might prune five rose bushes; the second day maybe three bushes and so on. By spreading the task out over time, I allow my back to recover. I do not let my back get too overwhelmed. This concept can apply to any chore. Everything gets done eventually. Pacin...
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