Acknowledge. Accept. Prioritize. These are tenets of Save Our Selves, also
known as Secular Organizations for Sobriety, a self-empowerment addiction
recovery group founded over 23 years ago. When I arrested my addiction to alcohol in 1978 and founded SOS in 1985, I
had successfully applied these tenets both cognitively and viscerally assuring
my own recovery . I continued to smoke
cigarettes, however, until 1993 and I thought and felt little about it.
Whenever I’d see a dying film star do a pitch on T.V. to
stop smoking, I wouldn’t connect it to yours truly. So for thirty years it was second nature to
me when I excused myself from a non-smoking environment to light up, shared
cigarettes with other smokers, paced – cigarette in hand – while preparing for
a talk about addiction recovery, etc. And I had plenty of company. Even
today the birds of a feather phenomenon still applies; in my case, however, I
Alternative Names Radial head dislocation; Pulled elbow; Dislocated elbow - children; Elbow - nursemaid's; Elbow - pulled; Elbow subluxation; Dislocation - elbow - partial; Dislocation - radial head Symptoms When the injury occurs, the child usually begins crying right away and refuses to use the arm because of elbow pain. The child may hold the arm slightly bent (flexed) at the elbow and pressed up against the belly (abdominal) area. The child will move the shoulder, but not the elbow. Some children stop crying as the first pain goes away, but continue to refuse to move the elbow. Signs and tests The health care provider will examine the child. The child will be unable to rotate the arm at the elbow so that the palm is up and will have trouble bending (flexing) the elbow all the way.
Human beings are well designed for many things. We have large brains for poetry and quantum mechanics; we are good long distance runners, and of course have these awesome opposable thumbs. Unfortunately, some parts are not designed very well for our 21st century lifestyles. The low back , or lumbar spine, is first on my list for sending back (or forward?) to the engineers. A close second though might be the " knee cap " or patellofemoral joint.
The "knee cap" or patella is an ovoid shaped bone whose main purpose is to act as a fulcrum that big muscle on the front of your thigh, the quadriceps. (I'll wait while you grab your high school physics book). There are plenty of folks who do not have patellae, but because this causes the quad muscle to work inefficiently, few of these folks can run or climb stairs well. The design issue with the patella is that it articulates, or rubs up against, the end of the femur bone (thus the "patellofemoral" joint). For those of us who have pa...
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