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Posted: May 14, 2012

Well, as you all know, I’ve been going to physio for a work related problem.  I’m wearing a tennis elbow bracelet as I type this out to you and today my therapist said to even wear it when I’m sailing!  Ovey!

While I was sitting with ice on my elbow after being shown some new exercises to strengthen up the tendons (she removed one exercise – which was really painful – and actually aggravating my shoulder) – I listened in on a couple of women next to me.

They were both runners – one lady - Sue – who is  my age – had gone running – but cross country – and sadly – this had aggravated her ankle she’d broken years before (Achilles tendon).  So, she has to take it easy for running while she repairs – but is planning on doing a 5K marathon in Ottawa in a few weeks.  The other lady next to her was a fit looking gal – who I took to be in her 60’s – 70’s – and she was … 85 years old.  Supposedly she is one of the oldest marathon runners here in Montreal / Ottawa area – and usually she’s the only female runner in that age category – so she always gets 1st prize!

I found out all this information after speaking to Sue as we made our way outside about how I envied folks like her that are so fit.  I explained that as a diabetic on insulin – it can be challenging – but that it CAN BE DONE (am I determined or what?)!  I told her that I used to run back in the 80's – and had gotten to that point of “runners high”.  Then sadly, I stopped when moving back to UK, since my father had told me “they don’t run over there”.  I wish I’d not listened to his advice – since I never took up running again.

I’ve never really been an uber active person.  In high school, I stopped taking physical education after having knee problems (swelling up).  So after Grade 9, that was pretty well it for any daily physical exercise.  Then of course, school finished, work started and … who has the time to exercise (well –the arm muscles for a pint of beer <lol>).  The only other time I really got active was when I worked downtown in Montreal – and running for bus connections / taking the stairs instead of the escalator for connecting Metro cars – I was in really good shape. 

Sue took up running at the Running Room after her father had died of a heart attack – and she was a few pounds overweight (she was that scared of following in his footsteps).   She started off slowly – and now 6 years later – is 40 pounds lighter – she runs every day – and actively participates in marathons.  So, after exchanging business cards (she’s like me – works from home) – I am going to seriously look into joining the free runs that they have Wednesday nights (and Sundays maybe) for now – and get my ass into gear.  I don’t plan on being faster than a speeding bullet – but like Sue says – whatever pace makes you happy – is the main thing.  And even better, maybe I’ll shed some weight, but that’s not my main goal for running.  It’s more about getting out there, being active, and being with other people that have the same goals as I do!

My big thing will be adjusting my insulin to suit what I’m doing for this activity – and this time I will not be on MDI (multiple dosage injections) – so I’m hoping I’ll be in better control due to being able to adjust since I’m only on one insulin type with my Animas 2020 pump – instead of two.  Anyone reading this – who maybe has some tips for me – let me know!

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Posted: May 9, 2012


Well, joking aside.  I’ve been having a few health problems lately.  Not diabetes related, thank goodness, just plain ol’ normal human being ailments.  One of them being a gynecological problem – which I’ll find out more about after having finally seen a gynecologist  (over a 2 month wait for an ER visit - welcome to  Quebec’s health system – and the waiting game we play).  The gynecologist is suspecting endometriosis – but until the samples she took are analysed – and I see her mid-June – I’m in a holding pattern while I cope with feeling like a bloated pig and not having much energy.

So, what I’ve been diagnosed this week is tennis elbowBillie Jean King – look out!  Not!!  What my physiotherapist is calling this condition for the 21st century is “technology elbow”.  She sees a lot of folks like myself, who work at computers all day long, as well as, and this surprised me, folks who text on their cells a lot.  Well, I have been sending out more text lately on my cell phone, and also since earlier this year, I’ve been working from my kitchen on my netbook (yes – I’ve amazed a lot of people that I can actually perform work from this little thing).  So, of course, kitchen table isn’t exactly ergonomics.  Since my first physio appointment a few days ago – I’m now religiously working from my basement office – but will get tips on how to make it more ergonomic hopefully not cause this problem anymore.  Check out this great video from an ergonomics consultant who knows her stuff!

The other thing going thru’ my head … change occupations – but I love writing, researching, and heck it’s what pays my bills along with the other work I pick up here and there (I’m a Jill of All Trades).  So until I figure out another way to make a living – I’ll stick to what I am doing for now (though pole dancing is still one of my #1 dreams – to keep me fit). 

So, while I get myself repaired (many thanks to my DH for finally giving me the shove to get this looked at – he’s worried I’ll be useless as crew on Jenna’s Journey <lol>), I’ll not be online as much as I like to be (sorry Facebook / Twitter followers).  My next step is to perhaps get a voice recognition program for my computer – that will allow me to compose what I type out manually, to give me some relief – but I’m thinking positive that once I’ve mastered how to not allow this to occur again – I’ll be back in the saddle again full time.

Off to do some exercises – and take a break from this machine that goes bing!

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