Here’s another one of my favorite quotes.
Have you ever seen a quote that strikes you? Well, I do all the time so I’m going to start posting the ones that catch my interest. Borrow them, use them, let them be your inspiration. So here’s the first one.
‘Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.’’
– Jim Ryun
Have a Great Tuesday!
I just spent the last two hours crafting a blog post about my inability to write since publishing Second Chances: A New Star and the dang WordPress or something crumps on my as I hit publish! Grrrrrrr.
Oh well, what I wrote may or may not show up but its really annoying.
I don’t hate technology but I do find it frustrating how dependent we are on it. Ten years ago, I would forget to charge my phone (much to my husband’s annoyance) but it wasn’t the end of the world. Now, if I’m below 30% I start looking for a charging cable. A guy at work was so desperate for a charger this week, that he pulled out one of our old docking stations (with speakers) to charge his phone. (We recently got some cool wifi speakers that don’t require us to have our phones in with us.)
Much is changed and changing in my life. The next few years are going to be crazy with stages in life changing. My oldest is off to college next year, followed by the girl 3 years later. And I still have one more after that but not for 10 years before he leaves the “roost”. I’ve been dealing with their pre-launching so that I’m not taken off guard when they start to spread their wings and fly into the big, bad world.
It’s a weird and cool time for being a parent, getting your kid prepared to become an adult. I don’t know how my parents did it because they were so cool about it and let me find my own path. I’m trying to do the same but in my own way. Time files way too fast either way.
There are a few things that I might try out here on the site. Of course this is a place for my expression and not too much complaining. So hopefully I’ll be trying some things out and see where they go. Wish me well!
I did something interesting this weekend. I wrote three real letters to real people, put stamps on them and put them in the mail. I wrote to my pen pal in Wales, my son’s best friend at boot camp and my cousin. My cousin had texted me a few times while I was at work and I could not get back to her in a timely manner. So I figured a real letter was way better than a text anyway.
Getting a letter in the mail is so much better then getting a bill or a sale flyer. When I get home from work and see that a real person that I know, has sent me a letter can boost my mood and honestly, sometimes the entire family’s mood. Since I have gotten my pen pal in Wales, her letters have become an event for everyone. The family waits for me to read her note and then I give them the highlights. My pen pal is also the best because she also sends me local candies. I have sent her Girl Scout Cookies so far in return. The salt water taffies and Tastykakes will come later but I is a simple but such satifying thing to share these things with someone from another area.
I love writing letters. I can remember writing to my cousins that lived in other states in addition to friends that had moved away. This is something that we have all gotten away from with the discovery of emails and Facebook and text messages. In business, they say the way to write an email, is to keep it short (a few sentinces – no more than a paragraph) and keep it to one topic. That sounds like lots of emails that turn into to do list items if you ask me. There is nothing better getting a letter from a friend. In that letter, they tell you a short story. It’s a story about thier lives at that moment, a snapshop of their lives. It doesn’t have to be a long letter but just reading thier hand written words makes me feel closer to the author. I have never Facebook-ed with my pen pal and have only exchanged a few email and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Someday, I would love to meet her but for right now I am loving the letters that we have been exchanging.
As for my son’s best friend, he has enlisted in the National Guard and is away at boot camp. This is a kid that spends almost as much time at our house as he does his own. Having him gone for the summer has left the house a bit empty and I can’t wait for him to get home to use. It was so exciting when Dom’s first letter arrived. It was addressed to our son, but that didn’t stop us all from reading it. I have written to him twice so far and he says that getting mail is like Christmas to him. (They have their cell phones taken away for all but about 30 minutest a week.) I really hope that the letters that we send him give him a taste of home and we really love getting his letters, giving us a taste of boot camp while keeping him in touch to the live that is still going on at home.
So, in the intrest of writing letters, not note cards or post cards, I am willing to write real letters to the first five people, world wide, who send my their email addresses so that we can exchange addresses. Who’s game to get more in your post box than just bills?
Yup! I got to go back to work this week! I am doing some office work for my Dad in addition, but that’s a lot less stairs and standing.
It felt so good to get back to working with my amazing clients and I survived my first day back. My foot didn’t start bothering me until I was done my last client. Now the train ride, and waiting for the train was another story. When I got down to the platform, I saw that all the seats were taken and my foot was really hurting at that point. It took me a second to realize why no one was paying me any attention. I wasn’t wearing my boot. (I don’t think I need to put a pic of it up again. It’s big, gray, bulky, and I felt like a peg leg pirate walking in it.) When I wore my boot, I got more attention and help, like opening doors etc., then when I was pregnant all three times combined.
Since April 20th, I have been either in a splint or an air cast. For the past two weeks, my shoes have actually MATCHED. Today, the Ortho said that if all goes well, my next appointment in two weeks will be the last one. Sure, I can still have pain and swelling for up to a year but the bones are healed. It’s all soft tissue (muscles, tendons, etc) to get back to “normal”. I am so thrilled to be getting back to my life that seemed to stop over two months ago.
While I was on the couch and unable to work, I decided to do one thing I haven’t done since 2008 when I started massage school. I grew my nails out. As a massage therapist, I need to keep my nails short or else I risk scratching the client. That would be bad. To be honest, the last few weeks of my convalescence, my nails were really beginning to drive me crazy. I had trouble typing and I was constantly having to file them to keep them from breaking. But, they were long, except for the three that broke.
See, I told you they were long. The night before I went back to work, I broke out the nail clippers and file. But before I began clipping away, I measured my nail. The longest nail (the middle finger on my left hand) was over a half an inch! I don’t think my nails have ever been that long with the exception for when I had my nails done for my wedding.
I kind of felt sad as I cut off my nails but I reminded myself of all the times I wanted to just hack them off and that made it a bit better.
So that is what my nails pretty much look like now. It was an interesting diversion while my bones mended. I hope to never be laid up like that again but at least I had some interesting things to attempt to keep me busy.
Yup, I’m still laid up with this bum foot. Thursday I head to the Ortho to hopefully get a date on when I can return to work. I think he even said that he’s going to test me to see if I can put weight on it or not. Who knows. It does feel better but it still hurts. It will probably hurt for a long while but am looking forward to getting mobile again.
So, while I recouperate, I feel like I haven’t done much except watch a lot of Food Network. The Cooking Channel has actually been much more entertaining than Food Network. Much of it is old shows that were on Food Network (can anyone say “Good Eats”?) but there are some really great shows on that channel that are original programing. My two favorites so far are “My Grandma’s Meatballs” and “Extra Virgin” If you have the time (like I do) check them out.
But the bad side to all these cooking shows is my desire to cook, bake, make yummy stuff in the kitchen. But I’m supposed to keep off my foot!! I have made dinner a few times but I am really limited to the ammount of time I can stand basiclly on one foot. Tonight we are having roasted chicken, but that is easy because the oven does most of the work. I just have to get it all prepped and toss it in.
I’d love to try the coffee cake that my friend Vicki posted on Facebook but I don’t think I can handle that quiet yet. When I get to go back to work, I want to bring in some goodies for my awesome co-workers but most of them are total health nuts and if anyone knows me, when I bake, I go for flavor and healthiness is only a side thought. I guess its time to hit up Pintrest for ideas!
No pictures to add in this post. The blue thing from last post was a wool cowl that I made my Mom for Mother’s Day (she loved it) and now I’m finishing the second sleve on a sweater for my Aunt. It’s a really pretty alpaca yarn that I’m working with but my huge fear is that I’m going to run out of yarn before I’m done. I’m sure I’ll be okay but I’m just at that stage of the process where you start to worry about these kinds of things. Not sure what my next project will be. Something nice and quick like a hat. I haven’t even begun to think about Christmas knitting yet. I am so behind already!
Well, time to prep the chicken. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
If you are a friend of mine on Facebook, you may have seen I broke my right foot on Easter Sunday. I fell down a few stairs and knew as I was falling that it was going to hurt once I stopped falling. Boy was I right!
Instead of heading to Easter Dinner at my mom’s house, hubby and I headed to the ER. To their credit, the Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital ER was awesome. We got out of there in 90 minutes with xrays, crutches, a splint and a perscriptiton for pain killers and made it to Mom’s house for a late supper. Boy was that the best ham I ever ate!
It has been decades since I have been on crutches and I can still remember how much of a pain they are. At least they help me get around the house so I’m not completely dependant on family. To their credit, they have all been awesome helping me out over the last three weeks.
Getting up the stairs, and into the house, was quite an ordeal in the beginning. For the first few days, I couldn’t put any weight on my right foot. Now, to my doctor’s shagrin, I can put a bit of weight on the heal of my foot and that makes life SO much easier. I’m getting an Rx for a wheelchair today so I can get out of the house. Heck, May Fair is coming up and since I can’t work, I want to go. (I was orignially scheduled to work that day if it wasn’t for my dang foot.)
The ortho put me in this “pretty” boot and I found that the center console of the minvan made a dang good foot rest. The boot is annoying but does help when I want to get around. Thanks to all my friends on Facebook for tips and pointers to dealing with the boot. I’ve already washed the insert once and about to do it again soon. It gets pretty stinky!
The worst part of it all is, I can not drive nor go to work. Work has been awesome about it but it is killing me to just be sitting at home. Sure I could probably work, once I got to the office (and up four flights of stairs) but it would not be my best work and it would slow up the healing process. So instead, I’ve been hanging out on the pull out futon couch in what the family calls my “nest”. I’ve got all I need, device chargers, my knitting basket, water, my meds. All I need now it to have the bathroom closer and I’d never leave.
So what did I do to myself? After waiting TWO WEEKS for the insurance to ok it, I got an MRI. From all the xrays (both at the ER and the Ortho’s Office) and the MRI report, I found out I broke my foot in 4 places. First of all, my ankle is perfectly fine and so is all the soft tissue (muscles, tendons, etc) besides some swelling. I broke my 1st metatarsal in two places, and the 2nd and 5th in one each. Hey, when I break something, I go all the way with it.
For the past three weeks now, eek – has it been that long already??? I have been not very productive. But today is Tuesday (I started this post on Monday but we had to run out to pick up a perscription for a wheelchair), so it’s time for a bit of change. It is hard for me to sit for long peroids of time at my computer desk, so I have been left to the wireless devices. (I am so glad I got this wireless keyboard for the tablet!)
I have been knitting and I’ve not cut my nails since all this started. I’ve given myself 4 manicures and 2 pedicures. My nails haven’t been this long since 2008. I’m on my thrid knitting project, I did a set of wrist warmers, a cowl and now finishing up a sweater. I actually frogged most of one sleve because I wasn’t happy with it. Once the sweater is done, I think it will be time to get working on Christmas prezzies!
Hopefully I’ll be posting a lot more here in the next few days and weeks and not just to talk about my foot. I’m so done with all this foot drama!
I was going to try to make this a long, drawn out entry but I’m just not feeling it today.
So without further ado, Second Chances: A New Star is free on Amazon for today and tomorrow. (Yeah, it was supposed to be for 5 days but I mucked something up. Oh well, live and learn.)
When you read Second Chances: A New Star, please take a moment to leave a review at Amazon or on Goodreads or even on my Facebook page. I’d love to hear what you guys think of it. It really was a labor of love and I can’t thank those who helped me enough.
My job is very interesting. Normally, as a massage therapist, you go in, work on clients, do some laundry and go home. At my job, we also get to write articles for our client’s monthly newsletter, among other awesome things. It was my turn this month and I thought I would share it here. I hope you enjoy it and maybe help yourself out the next time you are injured.
Injuries, both old and new can keep us from preforming at our best. Clients ask what they can do to recover from injury quickly and prevent further injuries. One of the best things that someone can do is to apply ice or heat but it is important to choose the right therapy and then use it correctly.
For a new, or acute, injury the first thing you want to use is ice. Why? The body wants to rush blood to the injury site which is the cause of swelling, pain, bruising and increased temperature. Applying ice to the area will do two main things. First, it will constrict the blood vessels (vasoconstriction) in the area which will decrease both the swelling and bruising at the site of the injury. Second, it will help to numb the surrounding nerves to decrease the pain.
Within the first 24 hours of injury, the best practice is to use RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Allow yourself time to heal and reduce inflammation is the priority with a new injury. When icing an injury, there are four main stages of cryotherapy that we experience. It is referred to as CBAN: Cold, Burning, Aching, and Numbness. Cold is the initial sensation that can be uncomfortable and usually lasts 0-3 minutes after application. At the 2-7 minute mark, it is common to experience a mild burning and aching sensation followed by numbness around the 5-12 minute marker. If something doesn’t feel right or one of these stages feel like it is taking too long, it is advised to check the skin for possible signs of frostbite.
With a “nagging”, or chronic injury, heat is usually recommended to aid in healing by opening the small blood vessels (vasodilation) to flush the injury site of “old” blood and allow fresh, oxygenated blood to the site. With the exception of a new injury, heat can help to reduce muscle soreness and spasms, especially in the neck, mid and lower back. Those with osteoarthritis can also benefit from heat therapy to increase their range of motion and decrease pain.
Before a workout or any physical exertion, heat can be applied in conjunction with stretching to relax the muscles prior to activity. This is especially beneficial to those “nagging” injuries. Icing an injury before a workout can actually do harm since it could numb the nerves, not alerting the body that further injury is occurring. Instead, save the ice for the post-workout to lessen any inflammation that has occurred.
So, how long do we apply either ice or heat? Funny enough, the time frame is about the same regardless of temperature. The consensus is 20-40 minutes of either ice or heat, as long as you are keeping an eye on the area. Both ice and heat can both do damage to both the skin and the nerves, in extreme condition. With either ice or heat, you want some kind of barrier between the skin to avoid direct contact. If the skin is red, that’s a bad thing. On top of an injury, you don’t need to add frostbite or a burn to the healing process.
Both ice and ice packs are about the same in temperature but the one time use chemical ice packs can get much colder and extra observation at the injury site should be used while use. Heat or ice can be reapplied when the tissue regains both it’s normal color and temperature, usually 30-60 minutes break from application.
If an injury does not show signs of improvement, seek medical care. Further medical attention may be necessary and can include but not limited to: medication, x-rays/MRI, and physical therapy.
From the stubbed toe, jammed finger, sprained ankle, or recovery from surgery, treating yourself with the proper heat therapy, while paying attention to the heat or ice while applied, will help you get you back on your feet and back to normal life with less pain and faster recovery time.
It’s late Saturday morning and the kids are off for their class. All is blessedly quiet here in the house as the dogs are snoozing on the couch. I have an article to write for work (due Monday-ish). I’ve got it all outlined and some of the research done. To be honest, I had all the research done but my computer shut down and I lost the links (without saving them). Oh well, I know I can find them easily again, I just need to motivation to do so.
I should be writing the article and some other short writing assignments but all I have done this morning was play around on Facebook and other time wasters. Did I need to play ALL my Facebook games (there are 3) before I got to writing? No, not really but it felt so good to do something kind of mindless. Work has kept me quiet busy the last few weeks and I think (and hope) it will only get busier. I really do love my day job and all my co-workers are great people. My clients are also awesome, especially when they come back to me and we develop a relationship. All the college kids were getting ready to go on spring break and it was interesting to see their stress levels they were at. I can remember being on all kinds of academic deadlines but that was nothing compared to the “real life” stresses of the “grown up” world.
So, instead of writing this article, that I will post here probably here some time next week, I’m posting here and enjoying the stillness of the house. I’ll get to the article in a bit but sometimes you just have to do stuff that is not productive at all.
The weather is decent today and most of the snow is melted. It feels good not to be wearing five layers of clothing to try to keep warm. Maybe I’ll get outside today and do something but I’ll be happy if I can just open a window for a few minutes.
With spring around the corner, I will leave you with a picture of my orchid that I haven’t killed yet. In fact, this is it’s third bloom and we should get 12 blossoms. Last time we only got 7. I have no idea what I’m doing “right” with it but the directions said to water it with ice cubes and that’s all I basically do beside training the stalk up the wooden support.
I hope everyone is having a great weekend and don’t forget to “Spring Forward” tomorrow morning if you clock doesn’t do it automatically.
P.S. Don’t forget that Second Chances: A New Star is on sale at Amazon.