Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Next 2 years- August 9, 2017

Finally after asking for my doctors to talk they finally got together and did just that about my ankle reconstruction surgeries.
confirmation that I should go ahead with their recommendation and approval of the 2 year course.

I will give my self a shot every night for the next two years in the upper thighs and lower abdomen, rotating sites of course. I will put a picture in later of my bruises. Yes I bruise easily but I am getting better.  Years ago I did Vitamin B12 shot in my thighs. So I know how to do shots, plus I have family with diabetes.

My goals for this 2 year stint is to see my bone mineral density go up, with the happy side effect that my lumbar and greater trochanter will increase also to be normal versus osteopenic.

My fitness plans are pool running and exercise doing what want to do on land in the water first.
Balance exercises on land with in reason.

I will also review and test items for transport of this hormone treatment.

Forteo.com has more info. ( I am not an affiliate of the company nor am I receiving anything from them.)
In short it is a parathyroid hormone and must be kept between 2-8 degree C (36 -46 degrees F).
It is perishable. they say during my 28 day use it can be out a max of 36 hours total. But I am not taking any chances. I want this course of treatment over in 2 years.

This drug helps build and lay down new bone without interfering with the body's natural bone resorption process (recycling of old bone into new bone).

I have used bio-phosphates in the past but had issues with it tearing up my gut and acid reflux after a while even when following the instructions to the letter.

I will test out my travel gear over the next two months. I will report how that goes.

If you have anything you want to ask, Send it to me.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Extended care program

UPDATE: I am now working out just to get back basic functioning without pain after surgery. I have gained weight and struggled with overwhelming fatigue episodes for the past decade plus. I have had Bilateral Fasciotomies (Dec 2012- Jan 2013) and recently ankle reconstructions and bracing(Feb & Apr 2017). These have changed my world both personally and as a Personal trainer. Being told I am not to run or be in an unstable environment has been the pits. I did these procedures so I could run again. My Bones are very soft near the ankle, so until bone mineral density is higher-they say no.

Recommendation form the doctor are more calcium citrate and vitamin D3.
Other suggested recommendations are home made bone broth with collagen.
Stay away from Gluten and other known digestive irritants for myself.
A very simple natural diet.
Some herbal supplements to support healthy bone.

Currently I have switched from the therapy at Logan Regional Hospital to Mountain West Therapy at the The Sports Academy and Racquet club in Logan, UT, because they have a warm therapy pool. Granted I miss the treadmill pool at the hospital, but there is more flexibility in timing. I can go more often without paying more. The extended care program offered through the club in partnership with Mountain West Therapy is really a good deal. Gives you access to all of their facility, other than those services and private lessons, etc that have a fee. MY husband has access because of an agreement with his employer and the club of pay per use fee.

I will write more as a review as I get to know the facility better. Right my main use has been the Therapy and indoor pool, plus locker room as amenities there.

Dry Sauna, Hot tub, Steam room

I will forgo the steam room for now. Past experience has been these rooms are not maintained as they should be and harbor mold types. I am sensitive to these, we will see on a day they are doing maintenance if I choose to go in or not.

The doctor recommended I take up swimming, but it does currently hurt my ankle to actually kick when I swim. So water walking and running in the pool are my options. I can walk on land as long as it is a level stable surface. Bicycling is ok Stationary depending on whether upright or recumbent or spin cycle. It seems that certain manufacturers forgot the short people. So far the spin bike is the best fit. The elliptical did not feel good on my ankles. My feet were picking up as they moved back.

I really just want to run again without pain

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Final Doctor Visit

I went in yesterday for my last visit to see the doctor after Bi-lateral Ankle reconstruction and Brostrom procedures in Late February and Early April.

For now no running or high impact (no plyometrics) or heavy weight lifting, until my bone density is better.

So now realizing I need to take things slowly and work in a methodical way to recover. I realize my muscle mass loss was actually greater than I realized along with my aerobic capacity greatly decreased. Now begins my journey for strengthening my body again. I am starting from a low base line.

For now approved Low impact aerobic activities:
Water Running was approved (Yeah 😌 )
Low impact Step aerobics???

Other Low impact movement activities
Tai Chi

Strengthening activities
Using bands
Body weight exercises
kettle bells
weighted balls
Weights-low to moderate weights
Flexibility activities
Balance activities
Core strengthening activities

That is the short list-

For now I will have to sit down do a movement evaluation....(that may not be pretty at all 😞 )
No pictures to be posted here at this time.

Then putting together a Corrective Exercise program and then getting the Physical Therapist to approve it. Until later......

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Gluten-free Rice Ramen

I really like ramen.
My roommate at BYU was Korean, so I learned to love kim chee and other Asian foods.
Later I spent time in Korea in the military.

But I have always loved Asian cuisine.
Asian cuisine is very healthy and has a lot of veggies. The nutritional value is high while the calorie count is low, but  a meal such as the one below is quote filling.

When I went Gluten-free I was sad because I could not find ramen. So for many years I went without. It was in the past few I have seen different varieties, my problem has been the extras in the seasoning packets. I looked up recipes on the internet through my Cook-N app. I ended making up my own using the others as a template.

 2 cups (1/2 container) Imagine Bone Broth from Sam's club
Amount in encircled thumb and middle finger (1/4 package) Thai rice flat noodles (6-7" long)
closed hand full each of celery and onion both dehydrated. Approx 1-1/2 to 2 Tablespoons
1 lb steamer bag of veggies of choice from Sam's Club (no baby corn)
1 cup chicken precooked freezer portion
-today I added a closed handful of lentils.

I cook this all until the veggies and meat are thawed and heated through plus the lentils and rice noodles are tender.

Then I add GoChuJang Korean Chile Sauce and San-J Tamarai to taste.
Sometimes I add fish (oyster sauce).

If I had kim chee made I would add some of that too.

This splits into two meals unless I have not eaten earlier.

Prep time is about 5 mins or as long as it takes you to throw everything in a pot.
Cook time depends on what is added 10 mins (not frozen, not lentils) 20-30 mins (frozen- lentils)

I will take a picture of my food and add that.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Evaluating and Reporting Body Code/ Emotion Code Rating Numbers

How do I evaluate and report new versus prior rating numbers after my session?

If you seem to be 'stuck' at where your rating numbers are....

Here is our scale:
0=no influence or effect
1=very little noticeable effect
5=noticeable effect
10=major effect

How to use the scale in relation to previous numbers?

- You may be functioning normally physically but emotionally and mentally you feel these effects.
- But in the same light you may feel better emotionally and mentally but physical circumstances have not changed.
- If your outlook is better even if physical circumstances have not changed then base your numbers on your new outlook.

Example : Your item rated 9/10 initially.
                24-48 hours later or more depending, re-evaluating:
      Are you now a  7 instead of 9 for that item.

If you need help please let me know, if you are having issues with numbers.

- Your body may be in the middle of resetting and adjusting.
- We may need to do more sessions too.
- If you need help learning muscle testing let us schedule a time to go over that.

Please contact me to discuss your individual situation after our session.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Personal Post-26 April 2017

I have been in a bit of daze for the last few months, Ok maybe a little bit longer.

April last year, I lost my Uncle who lived close to us. My kids loved him and his wonderful quirky personality. My Aunt really did miss him. She still does.

In October, she re-married a friend from her college days. He was a widower.

Something I need to explain as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, our goal is to marry in the temple for time and eternity. Both my aunt and the uncle (who passed) were married or sealed in the temple. My aunt's new husband and his wife were married or sealed in the temple also. We believe if one spouse proceeds another in death, and both have lived worthily, they will be together again after. So what does that mean for this new union. This temple marriage was only for time-a companion for this life, because they will return to their eternal companions in the next. When you have been married, you do get used to the companionship.

I am so happy to see my Aunt smile and be happy again.

Then in November Thanksgiving Weekend, we lost one of my husband's sisters.
that is when the fog hit. Just shock and dismay somewhat for the family in general, but for my husband and I peace in the end.

Why peace?

Because I knew she was going on to do her next work. She has not left her son alone.
She is his guardian and she will come instantly, all he has to do is call her name.
He saves her seat at family events, I know she comes. He can still feel her.
He insists on buying her favorite lunchable for lunches at grandmas. She is there for that too.

I know she is learning a new job and she will of great service in the times ahead. My Uncle too, he is in the same position.

In December, I took flannel my mother-in-law gave me from the sister who passed and made the night gown in one of my posts. Plus I completed my first bra also in one of my posts. I finished the dolphins background in my bathroom.

The end of February and the beginning of April. I had ankle stabilization and reconstruction surgeries. That has really had me in a fog. I am currently doing my best to catch all of the little that slipped through the cracks between surgeries and non-coherence due to pain meds in recovery-I left most things to my husband to tend to. I will be in an ankle brace after my stitches are out next week. Then back to the torture chamber (physical therapy), I am looking forward to it. My goal is to be able to run again and walk long distances without pain.

While is this state between and after those surgeries. I figured out my why......

This is copied from my facebook post dated April 12, 2017:

You miss a lot when you are out of it from surgeries. Since the end of a February I have been semi disconnected, partially due to the pain meds. Then just doing my best to catch up with everything, because I was out of it. Then just after conference, I am there again. I still want to sleep most of the time, as the stuff is in my system still. I am doing my best to clear it all.
I apologize if these may have put you in a bind because I needed to do something for you.
But I also figured out my 'why', while I was in the state of disconnectedness or I reconnected with it to be more clear.
When I was finishing my Masters(2005), I had interviewed for Medical school at the U of U. I had been told I needed a year and half of prep work at Weber state. Well my kids came front and center so I shelved the idea. Then I started noticing my husbands health. I knew he needed to come home. Initially this was my 'why', then I was after he comes home. What reason do I have to go forward- he will be home. Then I saw OMU out of Samoa. I thought about what I could do as a doctor. I thought about relieving suffering of others, helping them, being able to bring that to other countries. Then I had a rush of tears flow. I still want to do that. But I do not want student loans. I want pay for it my self ($125,000 (base tuition) for 4+years plus the school state side gets their bit for hosting me). I want to practice medicine on my own terms. I want combine my life experience with that trade and bring some thing better to the world. I have reason to build with doTERRA. I have a goal.
I am going to take a nap now.

Yes, I am looking into medical school and it is the reason I desire to build. I want to give back, to serve, to relieve suffering, cloth the naked, feed the hungry.

There were many other things that happened too.
I think I am going to take some 'me' time and go look in a few stores.

**Plus tomorrow is a special day........ It will be our 26th Anniversary, over half of my life with my husband.