Going Under the Knife

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I had a client visit me last week with a difficult but not uncommon situation. She is an active school teacher who injured her shoulder. The MRI showed a tear in her shoulder, but it was questionable if it was the source of her pain. She explained, “My dilemma is if I postpone my surgery I will have to wait three months for another opportunity. If that happens, I will lose time teaching, but if I wait until next summer, then insurance will not pay”. I asked, “How much time do you have before you must decide?” She replied, “I have one week to decide whether to get surgery”.

I have unfortunately consulted with too many people in this same situation. Surgery is expensive and recovery takes time . Too often, potential surgical candidates have mistaken the word “recovery” with “pre-injury status.” The body absolutely recovers in 6-8 weeks, but to achieve pre-injury status could take anywhere from one to five years depending how diligent the patient.

The fact is surgery interrupts your life–no matter how simple. The reason professional athletes can return so quickly after surgery is they are highly motivated and have an organization footing the bill for the long hours of highly supervised rehab. Most insurance companies would never pay for all the reinforcement; and motivation without reinforcement is very difficult.

Surgery is never an easy question, but before you decide, do some serious research . As for my client’s situation, time and the insurance company’s willingness to pay compelled her into surgery. The following is a list of questions you should try to answer or at least ponder before you decide to get surgery.

Download PreSurgeryQuestions.pdf

Leadership in Baghdad

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blast-wall-baghdad1.jpg One of the keys to leadership is the ability to turn obstacles into advantage. Finding within yourself a different view that allows you to transform pain or injury into fuel for growth is truly a gift.

In Baghdad, miles of blast walls surround the city. They are placed to minimize damage of car bombers and attackers. To the people of Baghdad, it is a painful reminder of growing tensions.

A group of 40 artists lead by Baruir al-Sheik are turning injury into healing and leadership. They are using the miles of blast wall as canvases for murals cheap nike air max one. These murals are reminders of strength, their past, and hope for the future. “We want people to feel their environment, to remember their history,” says al-Sheik, 32. “Hopefully it will remind some people that there is good news in this country, not all bad.”

I think it is interesting the most visible change in Baghdad is being initiated by artists.

We Need Heroes

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When Tina Turner sang “We don’t need another hero,” she had it all wrong. We do need heroes, but not to rescue us. We need heroes to remind us that we have not even touched the surface of our potential.

A great example is Kellie Lim. At the age of 8, she contracted bacterial meningitis and due to complications had her right forearm, three fingertips of her left hand and both of her legs below the knees amputated new balance 373. Kellie Lim just graduated from UCLA medical school and will begin the arduous residency program at UCLA Medical Center.

I highly recommend that you read the article about this woman and all she has overcome as a pediatrician. This Asian sister is a hero we all have to find in ourselves.

Forget Carrots

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vision-training-contacts.jpg Baseball players are going to great lengths to gain competitive edge by using tinted contacts and $85,000 ocular devices that squeeze the most out of visual information. It’s essentially a “high-speed pitching machine that fires marked tennis balls at speeds up to 155 mph.” A friend of mine recently observed, “I really noticed that my vision went down hill after quitting tennis in college…but, it improved when I took tennis up again a few years ago.” So I felt like putting to rest some myths about vision .

Myth1: Your vision only gets worse with time.
This is not true. Just like fitness, if you are willing to maintain it you will stay in good heath. Other than when a supermodel walks by, when was the last time you did eye exercises – let alone on a program? The eyes have muscles and they need to be worked out: up close, far away, in movement, in the dark and in the light.
Myth 2: There is nothing you can do once your eyes start going bad except wear glasses.
This thought is more pervasive than you might think. People still believe once you have knee pain you are destined to have knee surgery. This is absolutely true if you are not willing to change you lifestyle. So, as long as you are willing to work, there are things you can do about your vision.
Myth 3: It is impossible to change your vision (Even as of late, I have been told by a health care provider).
As we see with baseball players whose careers depend on their vision, you can work to improve and if not anything else get more out of your vision.
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Over and over the body shows that maintenance goes a long way and obstacles such as weakness and pain are not a good reason to quit trying. I am issuing a challenge to you (and myself): to create an exercise program for your eyes (personally, I have incorporated it into my cardio/core training program). Work on it at least 3 to 5 days a week for 8 weeks, and see what changes. Throughout life, we have opportunities to improve ourselves. It is not just a privilege of 18 to 25 year olds. Please drop a line and tell me how this challenge works for you. As for me, I am going to work on something I was told would not change and will see what happens in a year. There is no doubt it will be hard work and will have to go against every current belief…even my own.
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I’ll be posting some eye exercises in the near future.

Mile High Club for Hamsters

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hamster.jpgAccording to MSNBC.com, a group of Argentinian scientists have discovered a new use for Viagra – jet lag. Apparently, there is a molecule in Viagra that inhibits the brain’s ability to tell time (circadian rhythm). I know erections have caused most of mankind to forget far more important things than time . It gives a new meaning to flying the friendly