Monthly Archives: September 2014

Knee Surgeries 1 & 2

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On May 29, 2014, I had my double knee arthroscopies.  That’s right, BOTH knees were ‘scoped.  The Right knee had a lot more going on with it, than the left.  Older problems since I was 12 and a lot more was done to it, including removing a plum-sized bony growth between my knee and thigh!!

On May 29th, around 7pm, during a 2nd trip to the bathroom, I ruptured (tore away) the Patellar Tendon.  That kept me from being able to lift my R leg.

This is my knees a couple of days after surgery–you can see the bruising around the knee.  This lasted for weeks!

My knees after  Arthroscopy

My knees after Arthroscopy

 

 

These are my knees wrapped in Ace Bandages!

Ace Bandage-wrapped knees

Ace Bandage-wrapped knees

 

 

 

This is me walking with my walker during the two weeks after these surgeries.IMG_0754

 

 

 

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My Sciatica Symptoms

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What is Sciatica anyway?  Before it attacked me in 2010-2012, I thought it was something only old people got, like lumbago (yes!).  I’m not ‘old’, am I?

Electrical, burning pain that sears its way down the path that this very large nerve travels, from your spinal cord to your toes!  Here’s more…about my story

INSOMNIA REMEDIES

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What keeps you up at night?  Pain, worries, noise, light, medications, cold feet (literally) can all contribute to insomnia.  I’ve created a whole resource page with helpful hints on improving your nighttime (or whenever you get most of your) slumber.

Sometimes, just getting some intermittent relief is better than going nightly without sleep, week in and week out. Hopefully something here has been helpful to you in the past. If none of these have worked for you and you have found something that has worked for you, please let me know in the Comments section below. I’d like to add them to the list. Thanks for following me!

Creamy Comfort Butternut Squash Soup with Honey Roasted Pecans

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Creamy Comfort Butternut Squash Soup with Honey Roasted Pecans

Add this to your repertoire of GF foods! I like Butternut Squash in the Fall–very comfy food-ish. Yummmm.

Tabitha's Gluten Free Dishes

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This naturally gluten, grain and dairy free soup is a creamy luxurious hug in a bowl.  A hug that will boost your health though its inflammation busting ingredients of turmeric, ginger, coconut milk and bone broth, aka chicken stock. Helping you manage pain, combat and ward of bugs and viruses , auto immune diseases and generally look after your body inside and out.

Coconut milk has had ill informed bad press in the past due to its high fat content, but it can actually help you lose weight.   The healthy fatty acids in coconut milk are understood to actually boost your metabolism and immune system, WOW!

It’s also one of natures strongest medicines full of vitamins, anti oxidants and lauric acid, that help fight and prevent viruses, infections and disease.

I love the creaminess coconut milk adds without the lactose of regular cream.  It’s a great handy addition to…

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Dr. Nina’s What You Need to Know About Chronic Pain: Part 1

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Dr. Nina’s What You Need to Know About Chronic Pain: Part 1

This is a nice article from a medical doctor posting in another blog/magazine on Chronic Pain.

How do we explain something to someone that they cannot see, feel, or touch? It can make it very difficult to believe, understand, or feel compassion for. However, for many, chronic pain is a daily struggle on the inside while we may look fine on the outside. September is Pain Awareness Month and rightfully so–over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. And it comes with a heavy price tag estimated as high as $635 billion a year for medical care and lost productivity. This is more than the yearly costs for cancer, heart disease and diabetes. And there is no price tag that can be placed on the suffering and loss of happiness that it causes.

Dr. Nina’s What You Need to Know About Chronic Pain:

What Is Chronic Pain? The International Association for the Study of Pain defines it as “ongoing or recurrent pain, lasting beyond the usual course…

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‘Pain Matters’ Film

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Be sure to set your DVR to record Pain Matters, a film chronicling the lives of several people in different walks of life dealing with chronic pain.  This is a production of the American Chronic Pain Association.  It will air on the Discovery Channel once in November –16th–and twice in December–7th & 14–all at 8:00AM.  You may also watch it here online.