Friday, April 27, 2012

Plantar Fasciitis and Aging

Oh, but the morning pain in my heel just about makes me fall down when I first get out of bed!  Last year it was the right heel; this year the left heel.

My treatment included all the massages, stretching, orthotic inserts, and even rolling my foot over a frozen water bottle, but nothing worked like the application of dexamethasone, which is a synthetic antiinflammatory steroid. Six treatments of this and I began to feel like I was healing and would be able to walk some distances again.

I've not even tried running, and now the other heel is giving me trouble. The doctor says it is part of the aging process, along with carrying extra weight now that I am not exercising like I did twenty years ago. I was a long-distance runner, flat-footed, and I over-pronated, so all of those contributed to small tears in the fascia and the resulting scar tissue build-up.  I guess I am now enduring the consequences as I age.

I know the exercises I should be doing, but if nothing short of dexamethasone will do the trick then back to the doctor I will go, limping all the way.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Oldest Thing in our house (besides me)

This morning I saw that my wife had left the ironing board standing out where she had hurriedly used it before she left for work.

As I folded it up to put away in the closet I noticed how old and squeaky it was.  I also saw how tattered the cover, how worn the paint, how OLD!   This must be the oldest "tool" in our home.  I don't count antique furniture, of course, but this thing must nearly qualify as an antique.

The good new is: THIS ironing board may OUTLAST US ALL!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Earth Day is 42 year's old

I remember the FIRST Earth Day, April 22, 1970.  I probably remember it because I was in college at the time, so I was very "involved" with whatever the hot social causes were at the time.  But it really doesn't seem like 42 years have gone by, and that is typical, I guess, for a person as he or she ages.  Time flies, and nothing seems as far back as it really is.
Earth Day and Earth Week have become more and more important over the years and 175 countries of the World now observe this special alert on the state of our planet's health.  The emphasis back in 1970 was environmental damage caused by oil spills, open garbage dumps, toxic chemicals in our soil and food, air pollution and water pollution from industrial factories, etc.  Today, Global Warming probably tops the list of our survival concerns, along with deforestation, sea surface temperatures, drought, and many other issues.  I realize that many of our environmental concerns today are either the result of Global Warming or contribute to it.  I hope the youth of today find the enthusiasm, intelligence, and political will to correct the many problems facing the World.  I won't be here but I would like for my children and grandchildren to survive in a future World.
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