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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Saw my doc this a.m. and things are pointing toward sciatica of some sort...looks to me from my 'net research and the symptoms I'm having to be of the Piriform's variety, however I'm no medical professional. Will be seeing a physical therapist Fri. a.m., hoping for some help there...have had great assistance from Physical Therapists in the past.

Found some helpful info / tips @ CoolRunning.com:


The pain is somewhat less today, I think rest and caution are helping.

I have to chuckle some over all the potentially risky things I do...whizzing down hills on my bike at high speeds, dealing with traffic; possibly tripping and tangling my limbs in cross country skis and everything else...surviving this all to be hung up by something else altogether!

Thx everyone for the well wishes...!


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AMETHYST0809 5/11/2010 8:46AM

    Sorry to hear you are still hurting Don! I look forward to your "exploits" with the bike and poles.... :) My son is having major problems with his back right now, related to a herniated disc at the L3,4,5; he is large and they are talking about him haviong lap band surgery to help with weight loss before doing anything else. He is in a lot of pain, and doesn't like to push himself, so exercise will probably be minimal for a while. They are sending him a pain clinic, so I'm hoping that once he gets more comfortable, he'll want to get out and move around some more. Is anybody familiar with Dr. Tvetenstrand's bariatric surgery clinic? Other recommendations for doctors who do that kind of surgery? I will encourage him to get on the Spark in the meantime! Good luck with your problem Don! We're rooting for you to get better!

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BARBARA_BOO 5/11/2010 1:38AM

    I had something similar in 2002.

The pains would radiate from my sit bone down my right leg, not the left. Doctors called mine "spondelolysis", wanted to fuse my 4th &5th lumbar vertebrae, sent me home with an exercise sheet, a diet and a back brace. I avoided surgery.

I have since had an inflamed piriformis on the right side, during a time when I was taking several dance classes a week (4 yrs ago). My doctor called the piriformis problem "ballet butt", since many dancers suffer from it. (I'm sure you will find it amusing to tell people you have "ballet butt".) Weekly pilates classes with a very good professional for the past 4 yrs has kept the piriformis quiet. No more spondelolysis, either. PT will do wonders for you. Take care of your A$$.

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FRECKS96 5/6/2010 10:46PM

    Oh, that stinks. I really hope that PT helps and that you're feeling better soon. Take care of yourself. Your bike and walking poles will be lonely without you!

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AMABILE75 5/6/2010 7:24AM

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you that all works out well and quickly!! Keep us posted!!!


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DRASADAF 5/6/2010 4:27AM

    oh i am really sorry to hear about this...take great care of yourself emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 5/6/2010 12:56AM

    so sorry to hear................
at least you know what it is...........
and can do something to make it better.........
take care..........wishing you well soon.....
blessings and hugs............lita

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 5/6/2010 12:48AM

    I hope all goes well with the physical therapist, Don! Sad to hear that you're having pain, and I hope that you can keep safe while still being active.

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SMILINGBREYES 5/5/2010 11:49PM

    I have this ever since I try to pull a skid of ice that melted to the cooler floor. Should have used the power jack but instead used the manual one and pull did I in the wrong place, my lower back. Physical therapy (PT) goes a long way in helping! First one I had was young but EXCELLENT. Caught that I have two problems not one. One leg is shorter than the other. Every so often my back goes out along with the leg.

Try the heating pad and laying flat on the back with NO pillow. Helps me loads. Its painful I know. Brought tears to my eyes and this from a gal who has a high tolerance of pain.

Feel better and hoping the PT gives you some GREAT stretching exercise to make the pain go away quicker!

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HAPPYMOM8 5/5/2010 10:43PM

    So sorry! Sounds awful. but glad you are getting help. docs seem to do wonders in no time these days.
thanks for the goodie

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JOY1918 5/5/2010 9:33PM

    Yup nerve pain is no fun. I have a disc issue and can relate. I have really pushed myself this past month with cardio and weight training and now am paying for it. Ice, naprosyn, and rest sure do help.

Good luck, hope all goes well with PT.

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SATYAGRAHA 5/5/2010 8:55PM

    Bummer! Hope you get well soon! Take good care of yourself!

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COLOURFULME 5/5/2010 6:34PM

    Yikes! Don't like to be right!
Take care!! emoticon

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SIRCATNIP1 5/5/2010 6:33PM

    Hope you feel better

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SVELTINGTON 5/5/2010 6:09PM

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Take it easy and get well soon!

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WILLOW49 5/5/2010 5:37PM

    You should listen to your son, after all he's a neurosurgical PA!

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_VALEO_ 5/5/2010 5:06PM

    I feel for you, I had one and was a physical wreck during months.
Yet your tub remedy is a good solution, I remember how better I felt in water (the only sport I could do was aquafitness.)

Wish you a speedy recovery.

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MIZZSB 5/5/2010 4:22PM

thats gotta hurt Don!
Hope you can get some help friday.

take care! emoticon

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    Ouch. Glad you went to your doctor and you are starting to feel better. Hope you are back to it soon!!!!!

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Turns out it was a good thing I didn't bike today as the rain was so on again off again but INTENSE when it came...! Wouldn't want to get caught in one of THOSE cloudbursts! Betcha one of these days I'll zig when I should've zagged and STILL get nailed...ah well, all the more to BLOG about...lol!

So today was looking mighty fine despite the lack of a bike in the picture as I worked through my lunch hour during a cloudburst and THEN when I was ready for my lunch break, the clouds parted and I got out for my 3 mile RiverWalk with my Nordic Poles. Back to my appointments with clients...the storm clouds gathered again. Wrapped up my day and the sun popped out stronger than ever? Sure what the heck, off to my private practice office with my poles to see a client and then back to my car...another 3 miles of Nordic Walking.

Except: on my return trip a very weird, sharp pain began radiating down my left leg, sort of beginning around my butt / sit bone. I had to slow down considerably to make it to the car. Then stopped to pick up a few groceries. MORE intense...depending on my grocery cart WAY too much! Get home? Barely weight bearing on my left leg.

No falls, no new & different movements, nothing out of the ordinary but this blasted PAIN! I am blessed with a pretty hardy physique and RARELY have anything significant along the aches and pains line...so I'm SPOILED and spending much time grumbling! Forget the ibu / aceto route...don't know WHEN I last took any of those, not about to start now.

I pulled out the big guns: whenever ANYTHING is bothering me physically, even flu-like gastro stuff...I'm in the tub for the longest, hottest soak I can tolerate. I always shower...tub? reserved for these rare occasions. Felt wonderful! Of course I wasn't MOVING either! Since getting out I'm back to grumbling.

If no improvement by tomorrow I guess it's off to my primary care doc to see what the heck this is all about.

I've been so proud of my body, feeling so much younger than my years. But tonight this old coot is feeling every one of those years...grrr!

I'll keep you all posted!


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L*I*T*A* 5/5/2010 4:57PM

    wishing you well.............
blessings and hugs............lita

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KOOLBREEZE75 5/5/2010 4:22PM

    Hope you're feeling better soon!

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    Ugh. I sure hope it feels better Don. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

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VALERIEMAHA 5/5/2010 9:52AM

    I almost immediately thought, upon reading your description, ike SVELTINGTON said -- thesciatica nerve, which is a relatively easily remedied problem. Actually certain yoga poses can relieve it. Google it!

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LADYGWEN25 5/5/2010 9:02AM

    I hope you feel better soon Don :(

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SVELTINGTON 5/5/2010 9:00AM

    Take care. Sounds like Sciatica. Ouch!

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FRECKS96 5/5/2010 8:50AM

    Aw Don, I really hope you're feeling better soon. Take care of yourself.

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CARRIE1948 5/5/2010 7:34AM

    Good luck.

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BARBARA_BOO 5/5/2010 4:15AM

    I hope you're not grounded for long. I feel pretty invincible for my years, too. So, I hear your disappointment. The hot bath is also my preferred remedy. Sorry it was only a temporary fix this time. I'll check back to see how you're doing. You are not a "coot".

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_VALEO_ 5/5/2010 3:39AM

    I hope you just did an awkward move, and it is nothing serious.
I like your tub "remedy"... I used it too; unfortunately I don't have a bath tub anymore.

Take care.

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COLOURFULME 5/5/2010 2:23AM

    Sounds like sciatica to me!
The only remedy is rest.
Question is only how did you get it. What funny movement did you make even unconsciously.
Anyway hang in there and do go to your gp!!

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JAE_HENNINGTON 5/5/2010 12:00AM

  I hope in the morning you will be feeling much better... sending love and light to you my dear friend

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SUZIAND 5/4/2010 11:32PM

    Awww Don! Please take care of yourself! I'm glad you have the sense to go get it checked out right away! Some people...most people....wait and wait.

I'll keep you in my thoughts and hope you have a speedy recovery! Keep us posted on it!!

Suz : )

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SANDRA0011 5/4/2010 10:49PM

    Take care of yourself. emoticon

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Even The Mighty Have Fallen to the Loathsome Cannolis!

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Don't know about you, but this piece of reality TV trivia got a good chuckle from me:


Busy weekend heading out of town yesterday, returning today...visiting in Philadelphia. And HOT! LOVED IT! 95 degrees both days! My Nordic Walking Pole part arrived just in time so I could use them during rest stops. Had a great workout on a Life Fitness elliptical...noticing that my heart rate doesn't climb as much as it used to during the peak of my workouts. Used to reach around 140 or even more...now it seems to peak around 130. One more number to measure progress beyond the scale!

Looks like I'm going to get rained out of cycling much of the week ahead, we'll see how it goes...!

Hope everyone had a GREAT weekend and you all are rested, recharged and ready for the week! :-)


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LOPEYP 5/4/2010 12:33PM

    I love cannolis and I'm glad that Tyson doesn't. More for me!

Way to go on your fitness!

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USARUNNERGIRL 5/4/2010 11:22AM

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Improving your heart rate is such a wonderful improvement to have made. That is awesome. You are a warrior for sure.

Sorry to hear you rained out of your bike ride. emoticon

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ZELLAZM 5/3/2010 2:41PM

    Raining here this whole week, too it looks like. But my schedule will make it possible to hit the gym on several days so I don't have to settle for DVDs in the living room.

Keep Sparkin!

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L*I*T*A* 5/3/2010 11:40AM

    have a great week...........
continue to enjoy the ride....
blessings and hugs.....lita

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SVELTINGTON 5/3/2010 10:18AM

    I liked the clip.
I have had a few "engagements" with other pastry but I am not a fan of cannolis.
I need to get a hrm I have no idea what my rate is, but the dr. said it is 60 resting.
Have a great week!

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PUDDLE_JUMPER 5/3/2010 9:24AM

    Good for Mike abstaining from the Cannoli, I was looking at them and if it had zoomed in one more time I probably would not have been a pretty sight. Unfortunately I have always loved them. Lots of Italian restaurants in my old town. A large Italian American population who know how to cook. But, alas, not today! I will enjoy my healthy breakfast that aren't clog logs as Mike put it. As you are enjoying your healthy bike ride_woohoo! Enjoy your day! emoticon

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_VALEO_ 5/3/2010 3:50AM

    Funny I would have never imagined Tyson being so shy (he seems shy at the beginning of the interview, doesn't he?)... maybe it is the cannolis which made such an impression on him?

Sounds like you had a sporty weekend! a heart rate of 130: that's a great figure!

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DRASADAF 5/3/2010 2:12AM

    hi don long time you didnt encourage me... emoticon

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GRACEFULIFE 5/3/2010 1:12AM

    [cue scene of cannoli with protest signs]
Ddoorn: Mike! Mike! The cannoli are revolting!
Mike: I know! They're too sweet!

ba-dum tss

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COLOURFULME 5/3/2010 12:48AM

    Wow you are realy in shape.
A top heartrate of 130!!!
Keep up the good work!

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 5/2/2010 11:09PM

    Glad to hear you had a great time AND got your rest stop workouts in! I hope the rest of the first week in May is a terrific one!

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Heading out of town this weekend...got a nice surprise in the mail: Leki mailed me a replacement part for my Nordic Pole (For FREE!) just in time to re-assemble and take along so I have them for SPARKIN' during my rest stops! I'll have access to a fitness center, but threw the jump rope in my bag anyhow, just in case. Should have 'net connection to keep up with SP, however might be too busy to bother...(hoping so!).

Had such a picture-perfect day for cycling back & forth to work...couldn't ask for better weather! Ran into what appeared to be a fellow commuter on his bike on the way home too. Nice to chat a teensy bit too. His "exit" came up before mine...before that hill nearby my house. Having to gear down less and less going up these hills as my legs are getting stronger...woo hoo!

We're heading southward where the temps are going to reach the upper 80's over the weekend...can't WAIT!

Everyone make the most of this weekend as it looks to be a beaut for most of us!


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_VALEO_ 5/3/2010 3:39AM

    Hope you had a great weekend.

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SMILINGBREYES 5/2/2010 10:01PM

    I hope yours was a gorgeous and moving weekend. Looking forward to hearing about it tomorrow.

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ZELLAZM 5/1/2010 4:52PM

    Happy Trails --- raining cats and dogs here so it's indoor exercise for me.


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COLOURFULME 5/1/2010 12:09PM

    It's nice to notice the progress!!
Go for it!

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FERRETLOVER1 5/1/2010 9:29AM

    Well, if I had just looked at your blog before I made my comment about where are you traveling...I would have known. Anyway, have a great time!!

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SVELTINGTON 5/1/2010 8:08AM

    Have a great time!
You deserve it!

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L*I*T*A* 4/30/2010 10:53PM

    enjoy enjoy!!!
blessings and hugs.............lita

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FRECKS96 4/30/2010 10:40PM

    Enjoy your getaway! It was gorgeous today!

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OUTDOORGIRL69 4/30/2010 10:28PM

    Have fun

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Minstrel Cyclist...?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Beautiful day for a cycling commute!

Coming home was a bit disorienting though with the fierce gales a-blowin'...but all that SUNSHINE! Just made it right... :-) There were some upside-down, Alice-In-Wonderland moments when I would be pedaling DOWN hills...gravity? Which way did you go? I AM going DOWN the hill, right...? :-)

I've been better at holding onto melodies while biking and actually taking my singing out of the shower room now and then....lol!

My mind drifted to an album I SO enjoyed during my childhood. It was released in 1967...I was eleven. Donovan's "A Gift From a Flower to a Garden." John Lennon's "Imagine" spoke to me in an abstract way about a community of peace and love. But with this album Donovan took the idealism of "Imagine" and made it *REAL* by singing his own folklore & tales of simpler times of serenity of pureness of heart...these songs are just SUCH a delight! The album was originally 2 discs, the first 10 songs were more "grown up," the remaining 12 songs more for "children" of all ages... :-) Although there are some gems among the first 10 ("Sun"...give me comfy lawn chair, good company and a sunny day...you have the essence of this song!) the remaining 12 truly speak to my heart! There is such joy, despair, purity, innocence and depth of feeling! Introduce your children to this music...they may still carry it "within" decades later...!

Here are the ones which came to mind today:

The Mandolin Man and His Secret:


The Tinker and the Crab:




These are not songs to pump you up or get your feet moving. These are songs to stir your heart and soul!

Hope you enjoy!

I'm SO looking forward to another day of sun, wind and movement tomorrow!


PS: Amazon has the CD for $17:


or as an mp3 download for $10:


PPS: It's Arbor Day! Give back to Mother Earth and Plant a Tree!


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ELVENSONG1 5/1/2010 2:40PM

    Awesome tunes. I just took my bike for it's spring tune-up and am looking forward to starting up again. I also got some new "shape up" sneakers and plan to get out and walk more. You are always a motivation for me. And I lobe the tunes. I was also a Donovan fan....but back then my heart belonged to Bobby Sherman. emoticon

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SVELTINGTON 4/30/2010 5:37PM

    Thank you for more great tune recommendations. Congratulations on how well you are doing with your biking!
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SMILINGBREYES 4/30/2010 1:34PM

    Nice to learn something new but a search on youtube didn't yield an ASL version of them. Must have been ahead of our times... *laughing. Thanks for sharing and hope the wind dies down for today's ride!

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L*I*T*A* 4/30/2010 11:36AM

    great songs love them too........
thanks for sharing
blessings and hugs............lita

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COLOURFULME 4/30/2010 9:14AM

    in the city I love to hear music but when I am in nature I want to hear those sounds. It makes me go slower that's true because the rhythm of the music sets my pace.
Enjoy your weekend!!!

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_VALEO_ 4/30/2010 7:00AM

    Thank for reminding me those songs. *hippie smiley*

The song who pops in my mind everytime I bike is "Bicycle race" by Queen

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CCKELLY3 4/30/2010 12:53AM

    Thank you so much for the music links! I'd never heard of this, even though I love the music of that era. My mom used to listen to it on the oldies AM station late at night when I was little so even though I wasn't there, I feel like I grew up in this era. Musically speaking, I did. So discovering something new imbued with the aura of that era is a special gift...thank you. :)

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MNABOY 4/30/2010 12:15AM

    Thanks for the reminder, I am several years ahead of you and had lost my albums in a fire. Ordered the cd

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PUDDLE_JUMPER 4/29/2010 11:45PM

    Glad you enjoyed your commute though I would not feel safe bicycling in traffic with earplugs in. More power to you if you can manage it. Sounds like fun!

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