One of the questions I’m often asked by my readers is how I stay fit and trim. Let me dispel the “fit” myth immediately. I’m not fit and shame on me. My husband dragged me to join his gym last year and you can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been there. [Read more…]
How motivated are you to work out? I’ve felt guilty about my sluggish lifestyle for years. I know exercise is good for me. Sitting at my computer most of the day isn’t. I used to be dedicated about exercise years ago, then lost interest and got sedentary.
I joined a fancy gym, several months ago when the physical therapist suggested Pilates. It felt like pulling teeth to go. When my new orthopedist told me to not do any exercise for now, I phoned my gym and put my membership on hold. Why did I feel relieved to do that?
I finally have an answer to my continuing hip problems. From a doctor who didn’t discount me because of my age. [Read more…]
It sure doesn’t feel like it. But of course that’s when I need to do it the most.
These days, when I sit to meditate my mind shifts into high gear. Things that haven’t worried me for weeks, are suddenly urgent. What? They’ve waited until I sit to meditate to become critical? Feels like it. [Read more…]
Hip Update- 18 weeks post falling.
Last week was my follow-up with the orthopedic surgeon.
Six weeks ago he’d prescribed physical therapy twice a week. He’d assured me I didn’t need surgery on my torn Labrum, (hip cartilage)
I did the physical therapy, then joined a gym and started doing Pilates, which the physical therapist had recommended.
The update he found is:
Minimal improvement in range of motion.
Continued pain in torn/frayed Labrum.
Pain in the two femur cracks is improving and he assures me, will continue to improve on their own.
He said I should expect a bit more improvement in my range of motion, but not a lot.
I can almost do a split with my uninjured hip. Not even close with the other one.
I asked why he would not operate to repair my torn cartilage. I got a deer in the headlights stare from him.
Then a long pause.
I asked, “is it because I’m too old to bother?”
Blank, guilty stare from him.
Remember I’m wearing blue paper shorts and not happy.
He said I have no bone spurs or arthritis in my hip. And here’s when I wanted to choke the life out of him.
He asked, “how do you feel about jogging?”
I told him I used to, but stopped because of shin splints and bunions.
“Good. Don’t. Ever.”
I asked what he meant, but had a nauseating hunch where this was going.
Dead silence, and this is when I wanted to shatter his skull.
“Don’t ever jog again. Do not jump. Don’t even run up and down stairs. Ever again. I could almost hear a door slamming. A door to feeling strong and confident about my body. Assured and confident vs cautious and doubtful.
Stanford Hospital is
reported to be one of the finest in the country.
Another Stanford Orthopedic Surgeon had refused to even see me for this injury, simply because I was over 50!
Discrimination? Feels like it to me. Are they so concerned with keeping their “stellar” track record for recovery unblemished, they’ll only operate on young athletes who have this injury?
This is the best Stanford Hospital can do for me. I’m pissed off and disgusted.
I’m flying to southern California for my Deepak Chopra retreat this morning. And not one moment too soon. It’s been a rough week.
My oldest, dearest friend from childhood is going with me. I’m actually older than her by 4 months. Which I thought was cool, in middle school. Now? Not quite so much :))
We have “shared history” as a bond, that newer friendships can’t duplicate. She was there as my birth family disintegrated. I was there through her family struggles. There are no secrets, and no lies between us. This trip will be a blast on many levels!
An update on my hip. The MRI showed I did break it. I also ripped the cartilage that holds my leg in the socket. Who knew one trip and fall could do such a thing? Apparently not the urgent care doctor who looked at my X-rays 5 weeks ago, and said I was fine, just bruised. [Read more…]