Monday, August 1, 2016

Back Ache Treatment

My back has developed into major pain city. The whole pelvis feels like it is biting me. I was taking pain pills: Ibuprofen, Tylenol.  I even went to a back doctor, who looked like he was readying his itchy scalpel fingers.  He did agree to send me to PT, but said that surgery usually gets better results than physical therapy.

I have a set of 4.5" inflatable balls that I use for some exercises. I put one under my pelvis, while lying on my back. I didn't feel like getting up and doing anything, so I lay there, on the ball, for about an hour.  When I got up, I felt sore, but the biting pain was gone. The next morning, I was no longer sore, and the pain was gone.

The pain started to come back in the evening -- the sides of my pelvis, just above where my legs attach hurt so much I didn't think I could walk my dog.  I lay on the ball again for 15 minutes and the pain disappeared.

I do not usually endorse commercial products.  I am not in contact with anybody who makes or promotes this product. Nobody is paying me for an endorsement.  Probably other balls of similar size will work. If you have something similar around the house, by all means try that. This works for me.  I had two friends over who also have low back aches.  It worked for one of them, but not the other.


The Miracle Ball Method: Relieve Your Pain, Reshape Your Body, Reduce Your Stress [2 Miracle Balls Included]

Monday, July 4, 2016

Colin Powell for Hilllary's VP



This is a team that can win.
And with a Real Republican on the ticket, Republicans have no reason to vote otherwise.

Colin Powell for Hilllary's VP



This is a team that can win.
And with a Real Republican on the ticket, Republicans have no reason to vote otherwise.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

My Doctor's Response to Research on Dexa Scans

My doctor’s response to information on the lack of value for dexa scans is a model for good medicine.

I sent her these three links to studies of bone fractures and bone density:

http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJM199503233321202  bone brittleness in white women

http://press.endocrine.org/doi/full/10.1210/jc.2004-1568 bone fracture in women without osteoporosis

http://www.bmj.com/content/315/7102/221 -- bone density and risk of hip fracture in men and women

Here is her response:

Dear Lois,
Thank you so much for all the information you’ve sent!  It confirms what I’ve suspected and I’ll be sharing it with my colleagues.  I appreciate the detective work you’ve done – I am lucky to learn from patients like you.
Sincerely,
Katherine

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Acting Mature

I recently read an article claiming that choosing to act mature was far more useful than self-inquiry. It first that seemed like a disconnect.
The more I thought about it, the more I remembered that the thing I like about "enlightened" or "wise" people is how mature they are. They don't anger easily.
And what is it that I find when I do self-inquiry?  I find all the things that bug me, all the things that prove I'm not mature.
So, choosing to act mature seems like a logical first step to becoming mature.
If practicing maturity brings the results I want, then that is a step towards outgrowing the immature responses that don't get the results I want.
And if it doesn't, I don't see any negatives. Acting immature doesn't work, so why not try acting mature?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Perils of Tooth Brushing

On my recent visit to my dentist, I had a worn out filling that had to be replaced.  No new decay. No gum disease. Very little for the hygienist to scrape off my teeth.
My only problem was that the cold water being squirted into my mouth hurt.
I asked the hygienist about it.
She told me that the same tooth brushing and flossing that keeps my mouth disease free damages the gums. Quite simply, the gums are worn down at the base of the teeth and now the cold water can land on exposed roots.
She gave me a tube of temperature sensitive toothpaste. The instructions are to brush my teeth and floss them as I usually do at night, and then smear this paste on them and let it sit all night. She claims in a few months, my teeth won’t be cold sensitive any more, but I have to do this for the rest of my life. Or there is surgery, that will temporarily build up the gums, but brushing will wear them down again.

One more problem with growing old.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Young Man at the Door

My neighborhood has had a deluge of teens selling magazine subscriptions. I get magazines in the mail without ever ordering them. I get letters offering to use my unspent airline miles for magazines. If I wanted to read magazines, I would not need to buy them.

With my aging eyes, the computer monitor is easier to read than a magazine printed on glossy paper.

Yesterday’s teen was different.  I saw the clipboard and said, “I’m not going to buy any magazines.”

He said, “I’m not selling magazines.”

So, I said, “I’m not in the market for anything.”

Then he said, “Don’t you want me to go to college?”

I said, “I very much want you to go to college if that is what you want. What does college have to do with door-to-door selling?”

He said, “If I sell 100 subscriptions, I have a chance at a scholarship to Penn State.”

I started feeling sorry for him.  He reminded me of the time my blue bird leader sat our troop down at a table in front of the grocery store with a stack of vacuum packed cans of peanuts to sell.  I hadn’t sat there 10 minutes when a woman came out of the store and said, “The peanuts are cheaper inside.”  I felt embarrassed. Blue Birds were supposed to be an upstanding youth organization and here I was overcharging people for groceries.

This magazine selling gig for a chance at a scholarship – not even for a cut of the take – seemed wrong.

I told the young man, “That doesn’t sound legitimate.”

He gave me a terrified look and ran.