Let me tell you a dislocated shoulder hurts! I wish I had a good story to go along with the dislocation but I don’t. It is actually embarrassing, I sneezed. Yup, you read right. I am recovering from shoulder surgery and I sneezed, thereby dislocating my shoulder Friday afternoon. Obviously things like always happen late on a Friday or just before a long weekend. Why, because that is Murphy’s Law.
I decided to get some sleep and see how it felt in the morning. In the morning the pain was the same and I had a nice egg on the top of my shoulder. So what am I to do, my shoulder hurts a lot, constant pain, not the comes and goes variety. If I go to the Emergency Room at the local hospital, I am probably going to wait a minimum of 18 hours, and that is if my arms was mostly severed and there was excessive bleeding. With a dislocated shoulder I couldn’t imagine the wait. I had a choice, I could:
reset it myself,
wait in pain until Monday or
take my chances of at the ER and possible contract something worse during the gruelling wait.
Obviously I chose option 1 since I know a little about how my body goes together. …I wedged myself in a wing back chair, had my wife pull the arm out while I bent and twisted it back into position. She was not a willing participant but she knew I would find a way to do it myself. I then iced the shoulder repeatedly through out the day. By Sunday morning the swelling was greatly reduced and the constant pain was gone. By Monday morning the swelling and 80% of the pain was gone. I headed to PT. After looking at me like I was insane (for not going to the ER) they performed some further minor adjustments; during one of my exercises I experienced a sever, sharp sudden pain, which quickly dissipated. I left PT sore but feeling better. While the dislocation seems to have temporarily pushed back my recovery a week or so things are looking up!
This is an interesting interview with John Wayne, from 1975. It is interesting because what he says in directly applicable to current events. The Duke speaks to the tactics used by liberals then and still in use today. Yes, John Wayne is something of a hero for me. Yes, John Wayne wasn’t his real name; the audio is important for what he says, not necessarily who is saying it.
LANGUAGE WARNING, the audio contains some swears and curses that may not be appropriate for children.
The audio starts out with this quote… “Hell yes, I’m a liberal. I listen to both sides before I make up my mind. Doesn’t that make you a liberal? Not in today’s terms, it doesn’t. These days, you have to be a fucking left-wing radical to be a liberal. Politically, though … I’ve mellowed.”
Another great John Wayne quote:
“I’m quite sure that the concept of a Government-run reservation… seems to be what the socialists are working for now — to have everyone cared for from cradle to grave…. But you can’t whine and bellyache ’cause somebody else got a break and you didn’t, like those Indians are. We’ll all be on a reservation soon if the socialists keep subsidizing groups like them with our tax money.”- John Wayne
The audio is from TonyMacklin.net, the interview took place in 1975. The complete interview can be heard here.
Mid-February I was scheduled to have surgery. A few days before the surgery, 3 days to be exact, I came down with a terrible head cold. Two days before surgery I was miserable, the doctor said we would probably have to reschedule if I wasn’t better and I saw no way that was going to happen. However I was very determined not to reschedule, I was stronger than any cold! FIrst thing I did was hit the cold with a strict regiment of Sudafed (the good kind), Robitussin and Tylenol, in addition I was drinking 3-4 16 oz glasses of fluid an hour, plus Airborne several times a day. Since my stomach was fine, I could eat so I consumed the hottest, spiciest food I could get. It was painful but amazingly helpful for the congestion!
Basically I created what I like to call a hostile work environment for whatever bug had taken up residence in my body. To my wonders, it worked. Less than a day and a half after I began my super cold regiment I had surgery with just a tinge of remaining congestion, which surgery seemed to clear up, probably from the oxygen and anaesthesia. From past experience I have no doubt that if I had not been so aggressive my surgery would have been rescheduled. Was it the regiment, a sort lived cold or just dumb luck? Guess I won’t know for sure until the next time I get a cold, though I am in no hurry to find out!
Here are some of the resources I found to help me come up with my cold remedy regiment:
Here are two other neat health tricks that helped me out:
Clear Nose Congestion
While Sudafed works it isn’t always practical, especially at night. Here’s an easier, quicker, and cheaper remedy to relieve sinus pressure: Alternate thrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth, then pressing between your eyebrows with one finger. Basically you are massaging or rocking the vomer bone in your nasal passage back and forth which helps loosen and breaks up your congestion. It takes about 20 seconds for your congestion to start to drain and you to feel some relief.
Cure a Tickling Throat
A healthy remedy for that tickle in your throat that can cause you to cough and gag. There is a better way to scratch your throat itch other than a lozenges: Scratch your ear! That’s right scratching your ear creates a nerve reflex in your throat that can relieve the tickle causing muscle spasm.
As always, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, drink plenty, get plenty of sleep, exercise, eat healthy; basically live a healthy lifestyle, this is the best way to prevent a cold. But when the inevitable happens, hope these help you as much as they have helped me.
This day is not all about leprechauns, shamrocks and green beer. This is a day to honor and pray to St. Patrick. He was an influential saint who, 1,500 years ago, brought Christianity to the little country of Ireland. He was born about 385 in the British Isles, was carried off while still very young during a raid on Roman Britain by the Irish and sold as a slave. At the end of six years he contrived to escape to Europe, became a monk and was ordained; he then returned to Ireland to preach the Gospel. During the thirty years that his missionary labors continued he covered the Island with churches and monasteries; in 444 he founded the metropolitan see of Armagh. St. Patrick died in 461. After fifteen centuries he remains for all Irishmen the great bishop whom they venerate as their father in the Faith.
While St. Patrick most likely did not drive out all the snakes in Ireland (there is no record that there were any) he did convert a nation state, I think driving out the snakes might have been easier!
I do not drink Coffee…EVER. Most people I know drink Coffee, they are addicted. Most like to start their day with a hot cup of Joe, stating it helps wake them up and get their day going. Given that Coffee has no nutritional value, is addictive and many negative side-effects a bit extreme just to wake up.
If you have a hard time waking up in the morning and want to avoid Coffee, there is a better way. That is right there is a better way to wake up; eat an Apple. Now if you are regular Coffee drinker this may not work for you right away, but Apples are far more healthy for you and usually less expensive too!
How does it work? Why is this so? Fructose, a natural sugar found in fruits, like apples, provide the energy boost you need. An apple contains approximately 20 carbohydrates, your body uses these carbohydrates for fuel. Apples are high in fiber causing the natural sugar to be absorbed more slowly into the system, avoiding the common let down feeling so common after the initial energy buzz of coffee has worn off. Fiber is filling and will keep you from craving a snack or another cup of coffee. For most people a steaming cup of coffee doubles as breakfast; having an apple instead benefit far more than any boost or benefit of coffee as a diet aid. Apples usually contain less than 100 calories each; having no dietary cholesterol or fat. The combination of fiber and vitamins apples contain may help to lower overall cholesterol meaning better blood flow making you more alert! Apples are a great source of B vitamins, which aids in metabolism; and, beta carotene, a well studied antioxidant known to have a long list of health benefits that include warding off respiratory infections, lowering the risk of certain types of cancers, lowering the risk of heart disease and even protecting against ultraviolet radiation when combined with Vitamin C (also found in apples). Vitamin C is known to help the body fight infections. If there is temptation to grab a multivitamin to go with that cup of java, think of this: if a vitamin were to hold all the vitamins, minerals, and fiber of an apple, it would probably be the size of an apple!
At least that is the claim, really not a claim as much as the basis for this post. Why is email healthier for you? The reason is simple, every time to lick a stamp you are consuming one-tenth of a calorie. Yes, one-tenth of a percent is what you are saving every time you send an email instead of a letter. I am afraid there is a great injustice being done to young Brides as they invite all their relatives to their wedding! TEN calories for every 100 people you invite!!
So, why am I writing this? It does seem a little ridiculous doesn’t it? It is. Obviously you will burn off that one-tenth of a calorie walking to the mailbox to send your letter, something that doesn’t happen with email. But the point really is how silly and obsessive we can be about calories and health. We can be so silly and obsessive that our common-sense goes out the window.
My point is; when we are sitting surfing the internet or writing an email, we are not active. When we are not active, we atrophy. Do yourself a favor, write a friend a letter, consume one-tenth of a calorie and then walk to the mailbox or post office and mail that letter! Your friend will probably be pleasantly surprised too! Walking to the mailbox can be the first step towards a more active and healthy life. Give it a try…