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Wearing Many Hats
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Here I am again wearing my PT/health-thinking hat. It had been months since I last wrote anything on my healthysport website. One reason was a visit to the ER due to abscess after my dental work by a Dentist whom I picked out of my HMO insurance catalogue (a stupid move on my part). Told her I was diabetic and isn’t it prudent to err on the side of caution and prescribe me antibiotics as protection? Oh no she said, you look very healthy. No need for meds. Just go to any drug store for any over-the-counter pain meds.
Main lesson here: if you are diabetic, choose your Dentist carefully. I got swollen. I needed IV antibiotics. I lost at least 8 pounds due to inability to eat solid foods. I was not able to run for at least a month.
Thankfully I am now gradually returning to my running routine. I am regaining my old weight bit by bit. I am fully recovered.
I am back to busily wearing different hats - as a programmer, blogger, reader of fantasy novels and PT. I can get overwhelmed sometimes especially when I study a new language and trying to do a complex web app using it. Seriously, if you are new to a computer language, KISS is the first rule. But do I follow this rule? Of course not.
But I feel an update on this site is desperately needed so I’d start with things that I read from PT journals I subscribe to.
Since election is in 4 days, my main area of interest is health care (politically). Clinton’s main thrust is a continuation and tweaking of Obamacare PLUS a public option for insurance which I’d like to see as a preparation for universal healthcare. ALSO, she is floating the idea of dropping Medicare coverage to 55+ which can be awesome for me since I will turn that age next year. If Trump has a better option, and right now all I am hearing is repeal and replace with something ‘better’, I’d go with him. Some of Trump’s health care ideas, like treating premiums as tax deductibles and health care savings and being able to subscribe to insurance across state lines and mandatory transparency on the fees charged by hospitals and clinics (which will stimulate competition and market-driven pricing) are good. But he is also encouraging a ‘pick and choose’ approach for insurance coverage which, in the past had encouraged insurance companies to drop or at least deny some services to people with pre-existing conditions.
That is how I understand the two candidates’ positions on healthcare. Obviously I also take issue with other aspects of their platforms but I’d rather have other websites deal with that. I would like to keep my site health-oriented.
Let me present you some facts(From PT in Motion).
Did you know that :
-- healthcare costs increased an annual average of 2.4 percent from 2003 to 2008 then slowed to 0.7 percent between 2008 to 2012? Is that due to Obamacare, efficient care, electronic record keeping, better negotiations between hospitals and insurance, less sick people, people who would rather die than be hospitalized? What do you think?
--15,781 is the average number of injuries that occur in amusement parks every year for people under 20 that prompt visits to ER, and 8.0 percent of them involve traumatic brain injuries? So parents watch out!
--9.8 percent is the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in the US in 2014 for adults above 18 years old. 23.1 percent (which was the highest prevalence) was among women 65 and over?
--3.7 days was the number of physically inactive days reported by Americans in a 30 day period?
--563 calories was number of calories burned by 180 pound person playing beach volleyball?
--The lowest rate of hospitalization per 1000 Medicare patients in the US was recorded in Hawaii at 28.2, followed by Utah at 34.0, followed by Idaho at 36.4. National average is 62.9. Something must be doing some people good in some states?
Another Active Saturday in Town
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Ok. Update time. So - I still live where I live. And enjoying every bit of it. I am far from living in the best part of the world. I simply know how to enjoy the things given me no matter how cheap they are. People like me see a rainbow everywhere we go. But I prefer to let the embedded pictures tell you what I experience and see, from the sea to the parks, from my shoes to the fish I baked. I sometimes wonder why some claim to suffer from fear, anxiety or depression. If you just go out there in an early morning and walk those legs and open your eyes, you’d realize life is not bad at all.
The last few weeks were hectic for me. There was the website I am working on. There were books I read ( bio of Elon Musk, Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint) and immersion into my ‘programming zone’. Yes I had some extra days off. But then, I suddenly became needed at work the following week. From the ‘programming zone’ I switched to my daily work of treating patients in the hospital ( which is a completely different zone, I tell ya). I am getting used to this lifestyle now. Sudden work and sudden off work. Good thing is, I am tapering off at work and start doing things that I enjoy. Unfortunately, I have to work around my less income.
But I am about to blog a few things I heard and saw in the last few days.
I had a few stroke patients who 1) one of them claims she did gardening under this Florida heat for more than 3 hours 2) another claims that he biked or worked out more than 2 hours (again under the Florida heat - BTW, this guy also skips his BP medicines) both of them are blaming super hot Florida for their strokes and both seem to be recovering well. Obviously they are both active.
Let me be clear that I am not establishing a direct correlation between ‘heat/overdoing tasks’ and stroke ok? It just so happens that the two patients (or their families) that I saw last week were blaming the heat for their strokes. There are other factors to consider before categorically attributing some stroke to one specific factor. Like blood pressure, heart condition, BP, DM, previous strokes, palpitations etc. But to err on the side of caution, I guess it is safe for people way over 50 years old or so (like me) to be careful when doing activities outdoors. I once ran 5 miles and on my way to my place I saw how dirty the landscape was and I instantly went into my landscaping mode that involved a lot of bending, pulling weeds etcetera and at one point I thought I’d pass out. Yeah, it was that very hot and humid. And stupid for my part. True we can easily get carried away but it’s better to withdraw early and reschedule a heavy task (no matter how enjoyable) for another day just to give the body a break and to recuperate.
An old car is an old car. I will not subject an old car to non-stop ‘round the US’ trip. That’s what I subscribe to. Friends lets be firm about certain things to make sure we don’t jeopardize our health:
Avoid over doing things.
Avoid sudden change in lifestyle (such as running a marathon after months of inactivity or playing golf the whole day due to being on vacation mode).
Be careful about sudden transitioning such as getting up abruptly from laying down, or bending too long and then quickly standing (gardening).
Be sensible dealing with the weather.
- Most of all, take your medications and don’t alter without informing your MD.
- Most of all, be active, eat good, enjoy life. Have an activity-filled week ahead of you.
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