Recently my 13 year old daughter told me, "I really admire Grandma. Even though she is old and has a difficult time getting around, she gets out and does the things she loves to do." Wow! What an amazing observation from my daughter and what a wonderful gift my mom has unknowingly passed onto my daughter.
My mom is amazing. Although she will be 71 years old this month, she still lives her life as if she was 30 years old, minus the miniskirts and high heels. She often says her mind still wants to get up and go like she was 30 years old, not almost 71 years old.
My mom spent most of her adult years caring for her six children. She worked part time as a nurse so that she could be home with us the majority of the time. As the younger group of kids made it to school, she began focusing on her own career. She not only received her bachelor's degree while working and caring for a family but she went on to achieve her m...
ANSWER TO QUESTION REGARDING "OVERLAPPING ARTHRITIS"
From a reader: "I have
an overlapping arthritis, based on my last x-rays, I have deterioration in all
of the fingers on my left hand, as well as my knuckles and wrists on both
hands. I also have deterioration in 3 fingers on my right hand. ...
I would like to know
if you could advise me of any arthritis drugs that could maybe slow down the
Answer: Deterioration could mean several things - including joint deformities or joint erosions.
An even more important question deals with whether you have
active joint disease that would respond to even more aggressive therapy. Perhaps the damage is done, so to speak. If that is the case, no drug is going to
reverse the deformities that have developed as a result of the unchecked
inflammation of progressive rheumatoid arthritis.
You mention swelling, but you have no morning
stiffness. Usually, patients with active
Basics of using the
heart rate monitor.
Nobody wants a new gadget in his life but using a heart rate
monitor is a superb idea to help you get much more out of aerobic exercise. So,
WHAT IS IT? It's a simple gadget that tells you how hard your heart is
working...in particular, how many times a minute it is beating. Almost all such
monitors are two part gizmos... a strap to go around your chest and a unit like
a wrist watch that goes on your wrist. The strap picks up the electrical beat
from your heart and radios the news to the little computer/wrist watch. The
most popular one is made by POLAR and the simple ones (all you need) cost about
$50. It is easy to use and it will do more for your aerobic exercise than any
thing other than a good pair of sneaks.
How do you use a
heart rate monitor?
People are scared of these little suckers because they think
they are techy and hard to use. They are not. I can do it, just to give you an idea. Just strap it on and - in a
few minutes, afte...
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