Posts Tagged physical therapy

Snow Snow and More Snow

Posted by Jen in Daily-Dallies, Health Nuts |

So, guess what kind of weather we’re having right now?
Yep…it’s the snowy kind.  According to, we’re supposed be getting about 20 inches by Friday.  My daughter already found out that she has off tomorrow and this isn’t even the worst part of the storm yet – we’re supposed to get almost a foot of snow on just Thursday alone.  I have a feeling that no one will be going anywhere until the weekend.  That’s fine by me.  As long as I know my family is home safe and sound, I have no problem with snowstorms.  They give me a chance to snuggle with my blankets and pillows and tea and books and laptop and watch the snow fall outside the two large windows in my room.  I love that.  :)

So, things have been good here.  I’ve been going to physical therapy for the past few weeks to take care of the neck and back pain I have. Wish I knew how it all started – I still want to blame the mono I had last year.  I feel like I never really recovered completely from the mono.  In any case, the PT is helping a little…I’m definitely not getting any of those tension headaches anymore.  Thank goodness.

Sadly, I have bit of a new problem now.  I have been trying to get back into some kind of exercise routine again – good for stress, good for the heart, etc.  Well, I think I went a little too crazy with the stomach crunches the other night and I ended up pulling some kind of muscle in my abdomen.  At least, I think that is what happened.  All I know is that I started feeling some kind of weird pain slightly below my ribs and toward the center of my stomach area.  Over the next few days, the weird pain began to feel more like a ripping, burning, OUCH kind of pain.  Sometimes when I bend over, it actually feels like something it hitting up against my lower rib.  I think it’s strained or swollen or both.

Either that or it’s that tumor I’ve always been afraid of getting.  "It’s not a tumor," said Arnold.

In any case, I now have to put ice packs on my stomach for the abdominal muscle swelling and heating pads on my back for the back pain I have.  LOL  Seriously.  I am a little broken.  I’m heading to the doctor on Monday just to make sure it’s only a sprain.  This sure puts a damper on my exercise plans.   Oh well!  The exercise machines will be waiting for me until I get better.  In the meantime, I’ll just stick with some yoga and my strength training.  I always liked arm and shoulder exercises better than those darned crunches anyway.  It stinks a little when we start getting old. (Psst…this is where someone posts a comment to assure me that 30-ish isn’t old.)  :)   I sure don’t feel old most of the time, but when my body starts falling apart after a few stomach crunches, I definitely start to wonder!

Soup Success

Posted by Jen in Daily-Dallies |
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Well, I was pretty pleased with myself tonight. I made a turkey/chicken soup for Meghan that was totally Candida friendly and it was sooooo tasty! We had some leftover turkey and I found some unseasoned frozen chicken in the freezer so I decided to throw them in a pot and try my hand at homemade soup. The “unseasoned” part of the chicken was important since so many of those frozen Purdue chickens have some kind of ingredient that Meghan can’t eat on her diet. I found one with vinegar in it, which is a big No-No when it comes to fighting Candida.
So, the rest of the soup had carrots, celery, and onion. I had some bottled chicken stock on hand, just in case, but I really didn’t need it. The soup flavored itself quite nicely (with a bit of salt, pepper, parsley and celery salt.) She had some Wasa rye crisps on the side and a few peach slices, too. (I am known for trying to hit all the food groups at every meal.)

I’m just glad I found a recipe that I can give her and not feel like I’m forcing her to eat it because she has no choice.

This week is going to be a busy one for me. I have Physical Therapy for my back on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Tomorrow is Meg’s dentist appointment. Tuesday is a doctor’s appointment for me and Thursday is parent/teacher conferences.

The best news of all, though, is that I start my temp job next Tuesday for the Census Bureau. The money I make from that will be enough to pay for one of my college courses.
After that, I’ll be on the lookout for a job in one of the area medical/health offices. I don’t care if I’m filing paperwork – I just want to work in some kind of job environment that relates to the health profession in some way. I only need to do it for a few months in order to get the money to complete the final classes for my degree.
I’m getting there…