helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
Two handed typing - Up to about 60 wpm now - not up to speed because I still have the split loosely in place to allow wrist to rest on wrist-shaped surface at all times.

Able to oppose index & middle finger to thumb now. (before could not oppose middle finger). Thumb opposing the ring and pinky, still working on - moving to the stress point but not beyond. Nice to know the average rat has better opposing ability than I do... Edit: I was able to oppose the ring finger today (July 3).

Ability to lift with left hand. Tested by lifting a coffee cup full of coffee so I could open door with right hand. Success - no pain, huzzah.

Discoloration and swelling - still there but fading.

Ability to bend fingers - still stiff - need PT

Ability to make fist - not good - need time, PT

Ability to grasp - fairly good, oddly enough. Need time, PT to get up to snuff.

Ability to move thumb to "thumbs up" position - not good, need PT and time - one of the bones that governs that was broken.

The future -- Not happy until I resolve a few things.

Usual line of treatment for people in my demographic - Biophosphonates. I was tested last year and told my bone density was low and was told to take a biophosphonate called Fosamax. Refused due to particularly gruesome side effects, and also due to the fact that my father experienced some of those side effects when he took it.

Would Fosamax have prevented this fracture? I don't know, but I doubt it. Not how I fell on it and given the tiny radius of my wrist. The new wrist now looks like a normal wrist. My right one looks like a small kid's wrist.

If it had broken while taking Fosamax, the Fosamax would have impeded healing. This is how it works: It prevents old bone re-absorption and new bone growth while it adds mineral substance to existing bone. Thus the bones become dense but brittle and non-regenerative. That would be rather bad in the current situation.

Alternative medicine route: http://www.algaecal.com
Real or quacks? Again, I don't know. People have reported good results.

Further uneasy questions: Why did I fall? Tripped? (that's how my brain parsed it at the time) All my life (from childhood) I've taken these weird spills occasionally. I'll be walking along and suddenly I'll fall. Does my foot catch on something? Does my ankle give out (many sprains as a kid)? A weird muscle/nerve glitch? Bad shoes? I never fell or sprained an ankle as long as I wore my high-top ren shoes, though. Maybe I'll go back to wearing those all the time for good weather and high-top boots in bad weather.
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
This link provides effects of deficiencies of some vitamins and minerals. The interesting bit is, it also provides effects of too much of same. Some of the "too much" effects were far worse than those of the deficiencies, and some were identical. No wonder I've never been able to tolerate designer vitamins - the doses are often dangerously high. Vitamin A was particularly grim, but even the more seemingly innocuous ones like calcium are a problem at high doses. Worth a read and fact cross-referencing.
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
I wonder what the truth is in this mess:

Several fibromyalgia and seizure medications (one being Lyrica) have been linked with increased suicidal thoughts and actions.

Some of the sites that talk about the suicide/Lyrica link belong to lawyers.

Some of the sites that promote Lyrica as something beneficial belong to Pfizer.

In the event that there is a link between these types of meds and suicide:

I wonder why the same drugs that soothe the areas of the central nervous system affected by fibromyalgia (Lyrica), epilepsy (Neurontin), and nicotine withdrawal (Chantix) can allegedly lead to suicidal thoughts and actions. Existing epilepsy drugs often include suicide warnings on the labels as a matter of standard policy, so this is not something previously unheard of. Do all these things affect the same part of the CNS? If Lyrica helps with CNS pain, maybe there's an area of the brain being numbed or suppressed (the same one that's affected by Chantix and Neurontin)?

The answer would depend upon how each of these medications works.

According to http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/100005038.html:
how does it work? )

So that's how Lyrica works (and it's also used for anxiety and epilepsy).

Let me think about that for a second. It acts like GABA, but it really isn't GABA. It is kind of like kitten milk replacement formula in that respect. You can feed a kitten with an eyedropper and keep it alive, but not offer it the warmth and comfort of a mother cat's fur

Maybe after a while the body knows. You may not know yourself, but the body knows that it's not the real thing. GABA might be a lot more complex than pregabalin. The electrical impulses may be stabilized but something very deep is not getting fed.

Going into the metaphysical realm with this, the feel is hollow, "not there". Kind of like a cardboard box, a placeholder, without the actual contents of the box being inside of it. A Christmas card without a sender. The system can be tricked for a while, but eventually may catch on that something is missing.

So many factors, variables, interactions, involved in a living system. Hard to replace any element of it and not affect the whole thing.
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
In which the gods love me, part umpteen(s)...

We were moving furniture around yesterday and while [livejournal.com profile] rialian was in the kitchen, I got the inspiration to move the TV table (minus the TV) to the opposite wall. This entailed moving the TV, which I'd done before, so didn't think anything of it. However, as I was moving it this time, something caught on something which tipped something in the wrong direction, and the TV slipped off of the table, and right onto my foot. Now it takes a lot less than a large old-style TV to break the small bones in the instep, so I was certain my foot was toast for the next 6 weeks (crutches, broken foot shoe, the works). I just sat where I was as Rialian hovered over me to make sure I was ok. I was reluctant to move, because I was *sure* it must be broken, and I'd feel the tell-tale sharp pain as soon as I tried to move. I put my head down on the table with my hands over my eyes and just sat there. Rialian told me to walk over to the chair and sit down. I did, and there was only slight pain. While he gathered the (unharmed) TV from the floor and moved the tables the rest of the way, I just sat there, every so often examining my foot for the pretty colors that indicate a broken bone. Nothing. It was kind of sore, so there was no "lack of feeling" to worry about. There was a slight bruise a day later. But nothing else. Now there's a slightly darker bruise, no swelling, and no soreness.

This was about the luckiest episode of a large object falling on someone's foot that I have ever encountered.
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
My mom has had macular degeneration for a while, meaning the central vision is deteriorating due to weakening and bursting of blood vessels on the retina and subsequent pooling of fluid in the eye. She's been eating a lot of vitmin A-laden yellow and green vegetables and taking leutine, and it had stabilized for a while, but one eye recently got worse. She decided to try a treatment recommended by her doctor. We weighed the side effects and she decided that she wanted to go through with it, since the alternative was to lose vision in that eye. She had the first injection last week. There were no side effects so far (it's an ongoing treatment) and her vision in that eye has cleared up. I hope in the long term that there continue to be no side effects. I'm glad that she's able to see better. The fracture she got when she fell earlier this year is all mended - she can raise her arm over her head a lot more than anyone predicted, and since going off the bad medications has gone back to exercising every day. If an 89-year-old person can do her exercises, so can I...
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
I went to visit my mom today to see how she was doing. She seems to be doing really well -- at least for now. She continued physical therapy, and is now able to raise her arm above her head, whereas they told her she never would be able to do that. The dizziness and unsteadiness that caused the falls in the first place has pretty much disappeared since going off the Liptor and the anti-seizure drug they gave her (she never had seizures and her cholesterol is fine).

The only problem now is, she has to have an injection on the 14th to stop macular degeneration in her right eye. in most cases the degeneration stops after three injections of this stuff and in 40% of cases vision actually improves. The only problem is, there are possible side effects. We reviewed the side effects, and she made the decision to go through with it, since the possible benefits would be worth it to her. Let's hope this works and that there are no side effects.

Other than that, everything seems good. To my surprise, she told me that she'd done 45 minutes of exercises this morning. Wow. I'm rather impressed. If she can do 45 minutes of exercises at age 89, then so can I. I do anyway, but that's added incentive to keep going. Maybe that's who I caught the exercise bug from.
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
A few days ago, our new set of three Gabrielle Roth DVDs arrived (The Wave, Inner Wave, and Power Wave). We had a couple of her CDs and books ([livejournal.com profile] rialian has always liked her) but we never knew about the DVDs until a friend showed them to us (thanks!) So... we've been doing her dance meditations for a couple of days now. The main benefit of these DVDs is that they are a great excuse to move around (should someone need an excuse). Motion is a prerequisite to all sorts of good things like relaxing sore muscles, weight loss, health, longevity, etc.
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
The following brain exercises were lifted from http://www.roadtoreading.org/personal/brain_power.html. This list proves that most people I know have very exercised brains...

"To keep your brain active you must challenge it. A huge challenge is learning a new language which is a common recommendation. However there are many smaller mental exercises you can do to keep your brain in shape:

  • Playing with words (puns, puzzles)
  • Games (computer, board, outdoor, etc.)
  • Reading
  • Calculating mentally instead of relying on a calculator
  • Writing
  • Socializing

There is no end to the list of activities that can energize our brains."

Brain exercises at 7 tonite!

April 2010



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