Posts tagged ‘joints’

March 27, 2012

Whither, Whether the Weather

All my joints were behaving

My walk was a joy

Neither sharp twinges nor tweaks

Appeared to annoy

A light mist gently caressed

While we stepped lively

Oh! The sights! The sounds! The smells!

I’m feeling blithely!

Despite not wanting to go on my dog walk yesterday, once I got to the park, I quite enjoyed myself.  It’s a rare day when all my joints are “quiet”, so we were able to pick up the pace. Perhaps the steady barometric pressure reading had something to do with it. As you can see from the screen shot from The Weather Network, the barometric pressure was fairly constant.

On Forecasting . . ., a post I wrote in 2009, I talk about how I can often feel a rapid shift in barometric pressure. Do you notice it?

My ninety-one year old friend, who has an acute interest in health and well-being, once presented me with the following excerpt:

“Atmospheric pressure decreases a day or two before it rains. The joint has to adjust to the atmospheric pressure. An arthritic joint trying to adjust will cause pain or discomfort. In the same way, your arthritic knee or back may become more inflamed when you fly on an airplane, because of the change in cabin pressure.” Unfortunately, I don’t have the source.

What are your thoughts?

October 25, 2011

How It’s Handled Makes a Difference

In an earlier post, I talked about using China mugs because they are pretty light-weight.

There’s another consideration, regardless of the type of mug you get. It’s the handle.

This type of handle puts a lot of pressure on already weakened joints:

I look for mugs that allow me to grasp the handle with four  fingers. Like this


There’s that small advantage that Terry was speaking of in Bunny Ears vs Round-the-Tree.

October 13, 2011

Double-Duty Luggage

Laptop. LCD projector. Books. Props. Prizes. These are just a few of the things that I bring with me whenever I present at a conference or do a workshop.

I have tried many types of “wheels” to help me get whatever I’m transporting into the room. I am conscious about protecting my joints from the strain of all that heavy lifting and about conserving my energy for what I’m being paid to do.

Even if I’m not going anywhere, at least my luggage is! Everything I need to bring with me, fits in quite well. On the rare occasion that the room I am trying to reach is only accessible via the stairs, I am able to wheel my worldly belongings up behind me.

A big thanks to Kathrin for the artistic layout and for providing the instructions on how to do this.

September 28, 2011

First Flooring It

A recent get-away not only provided me with some R & R, but also with material for several posts.

Some motels do not come equipped with elevators. If that is the case, we always request a room on the ground floor, mainly because it is easier on the joints. Luggage doesn’t have to be lugged up a set of stairs, nor are your knees, feet, arms, hands and back is your body taking an extra beating.

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