Time to ReCLAIM My Life Once Again

hypocrite - walk the talk

Being able to walk again is a miracle – and my talk is my commitment to myself and others to be honest and accountable, to speak and act with integrity.

Long time no blog… I couldn’t, felt like a hypocrite. Here I have this wonderful vehicle to share my progress to health and vitality and I was going downhill fast…

While I tried to maintain a good exercise program my mobility decreased and my pain increased. The old saying no pain no gain – screw that, I had lots of pain and no results.  I didn’t understand, all my life I’ve been able to do what I wanted and suddenly I was losing it; physically, emotionally and spiritually. I couldn’t stand up straight. Standing, even in a Quasimodo-like posture, for more than a few moments was excruciating. Walking was only accomplished in an awkward bent position, mostly with my knees locked tight together. Distances of more than a block were out of the question. I had to brace myself on the sink to brush my teeth, to prep meals. My world was crashing in on me.

dr. rosenbergFinally, I went to the doctor. Eventually I was diagnosed with degenerative osteo-arthritis in both hips. They both had to be replaced. And I learned the exercises I was pushing myself to do were making it worse, not better. Needless to say I was scared shitless. But I had faith in my surgeon; Dr. Brian Rosenberg is a world renowned bone & joint surgeon with an excellent reputation. Literally. People come from as far away as Japan to see him.

Dr. Rosenberg did the surgery on my left hip Monday, September 29th and the right hip on Wednesday, October 1st.  I was discharged on Saturday after being able to walk all around the ward, navigate steps up and down and navigate ramps and simulated curbs.

Thanks to home health and PT at home I quit using the walker after two weeks, cleared to drive after three weeks.  Just one month later, I am getting about the house just fine yet use a cane when going out just to be on the safe side.

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Just trying to do this position hurts so bad plus I had to have a pillow under my hips.

It has been beyond successful, it is a miracle. I can stand straight as a soldier, I can walk perfectly upright and stride, just like a homo sapiens. I can stand with my weight evenly distributed on both feet and it doesn’t hurt at all!

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Now I can this, again, no problem!

Before the surgery it was almost impossible to do even a modified cobra position on my elbows, now I’m back to being able to do full cobra up on my hands with no pain, just the feeling of a good healthy stretch. My God we don’t realize how precious simple things can be until they are taken away and oh, the gratitude when they are returned!

I’ve just begun outpatient PT. The physical therapist that evaluated me prior to the surgery (I went there for help with exercises to help strengthen me before surgery) is the same one that evaluated me now, a month after surgery. She actually gasped twice at the range of motion I am able to accomplish now, especially when I was able to do a full cobra effortlessly!

tai chengI may never be allowed to do a full straight back leg lunge or warrior pose. Dr. Rosenberg says no running programs like C25K, although he said if a dog is chasing me I can run. But I can cycle, swim, hike and walk. He is also familiar with some of the Beachbody programs and I hope to begin the Tai Cheng program in a couple weeks.

And now this journey back to mobility and vitality is what I’m going to share with you. Are you facing challenges? There is one thing I know to my core, the best way for me to help myself is for me to help others. Come join me, let me know how I can support you.

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All About Ginger

In Herbal Medicine

Ginger_PlantGinger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These substances are believed to explain why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly.

Ginger is also regarded as an excellent carminative (promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract).

What to Buy

ginger rootsWhenever possible, choose fresh ginger over the dried form of the spice since it is not only superior in flavor but contains higher levels of gingerol as well as ginger’s active protease (it’s anti-inflammatory compound).

How to Grow

Ginger is fairly easy to grow, just buy a good firm rhizome piece from the grocery store andginger root soak it overnight. Make sure it has some “eyes” as that’s where the plants are going to grow from. Plant your ginger in late winter/early spring. Ginger is a tropical plant so here in Western NC, I’d grow it in a pot to bring it in over the winter as ginger does not like it when the temp dips into the low 40s or colder. It likes it crowded, so stick about (3) 3”-4” rhizomes into a 14” pot.

Ginger Ale Recipe

Here is a simple recipe for ginger ale – refreshing and good for you, too!

  • ginger ale homemade1 cup fresh ginger sliced (no need to peel fresh ginger
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • club soda
  • fresh mint

Directions:

Combine ginger, sugar and water into a saucepan and simmer for about 10 minutes, until sugar dissolves. Strain the syrup and let cool.
In a glass with ice, pour over 1 part ginger syrup to 3 parts club soda. Add a fresh sprig of mint and enjoy!

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Its Stuffed Mushroom Day!

In honor of Stuffed Mushroom Day, I’m sharing one of my favorite recipes. Well actually, it was yesterday, February 4th, but I’m just sharing last night’s dinner with you today. Using pre cooked or left over rice, this is one of those elegant to the table in less than 30 minutes dishes that people will swoon over .

Nadine’s Favorite Stuffed Portabellos

Recipe for Two

  • Stuffed Portobello2 Big Portabello Mushrooms
  • few tbs olive oil, divided
  • 4tbs balsamic vinegar, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped,divided
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • Half yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced thin
  • handful of fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 c cooked brown rice
  • a splash of white wine and 3 splashes broth
  • Feta Cheese (optional)
  • S&P

 
Preheat Oven to 375

Clean two big portabellos with a dry soft veggie brush or paper towel
Remove stem and scrape gills – chop up the stem and reserve w/gills to add to the filling
Drizzle inside the caps w/little olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Sprinkle one chopped medium size clove of garlic and add one sprig of fresh Rosemary to each cap. Season with a little S&P. Bake in the oven about, but no longer than 15 minutes, while you prepare the rest of the filling.

Add about 2 tbs olive oil to sauté pan and heat to medium. Sauté onion, celery, last 2 cloves garlic and the mushroom stems & gills bout 4 minutes  until onions are translucent and the mushrooms soften. Add spinach (or kale is good, too) just till it wilts, add brown rice (or wild or white). Add white wine and veggie broth (or meat broth or water) S&P to taste and let heat through. Caps should just about be ready to come out of the oven.

Stir the liquid from the caps into the filling. Fill mushroom caps. Top with a little (or a lot!) of feta cheese, return to oven and reduce heat to 200.

In the sauté pan, add the rest, about  3 tbs, balsamic vinegar and reduce over med high heat to almost a syrup, about 3-5 minutes.

Plate your mushrooms and drizzle with vinegar reduction and I had mine with steamed carrots and a simple side salad : oo-la-la!

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