Are You Supporting Your Breasts?

The other day Karen tried on a sports bra that wasn’t the right size and we started talking about how important it is to wear a properly fitting bra. In years gone by I was the lingerie manager at a women’s clothing store and I learned a lot about how bras should fit. This was the first time I had considered how important it is to wear the right bra to support my breasts. While Karen was listening, she suggested I write an article about it, since most women do not wear the right size bra. Bras are only as good as their fit. If they don’t fit they are uncomfortable but your bra should make you feel good in your body and excited to wear it, regardless of whether you live in a sports bra or you live for lace and ribbons.

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What To Do After Surgery

In this day and age it is not uncommon to hear of people having surgery to replace or repair their back, knees, hips, etc…It is something that has been happening for a long time, but as technology and medical knowledge has become more and more stellar so has the need to learn the best way to manage healing. The other day Karen walked in the door and asked me to write an article about what to do after surgery, so here it goes!

Rehabilitation is just as important as the surgery. Many patients’ attention is so focused on the actual surgery that they don’t even think about healing time. Healing takes time and patience.

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Get Your Vaccinations Boomers!

Believe it or not, it is hard to get Karen to go to the doctor. You would think since she is such a cheerleader for your health that she would take great care with her own but she finds it difficult to get away from regular life, to do anything that doesn’t happen in the gym. Don’t get me wrong, Karen’s wellness journey has increasingly gotten healthier in the last 10 years or so. She has made a lot of good choices, while easing herself into a life of wellness to learn to eat better, get regular exercise, drink more water and take her medications and supplements properly and this has helped her reduce her weight and bring her blood pressure down while giving her more stamina. I have given up bugging her too much but luckily our doctor makes sure to force her to stop and get a check up annually by refusing to refill her medications until she comes in. It isn’t that she doesn’t like our doctor or that she is afraid of what the doctor will say, she just doesn’t want to miss out on anyone who needs her help.

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The Different Types of Arthritis

One day last month Karen sent me a text asking me to research the different types of arthritis. I was like okay, vague, but how many types can there be? Both Karen and I were deeply shocked when later I called her and told her what I discovered. There are 150 different types of arthritis. That was no typo. There are 150 different types of arthritis. Who knew? We only hear about Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid. Rheumatoid is the one I have. Anyway, I called her and I told her this news.

Her response, “Are you sh***ing me?”

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The Benefits of Body Scan Meditation

This article was originally posted at JamieChasesButterflies.com on June 24, 2017.

The last week I have been practicing body scan meditation. In my pain management class we did this meditation and I did it with my counselor too. At my library I found guided meditation CDs by Jon Kabat-Zinn that I have been following. I like his voice. A long time ago I tried the body scan meditation and the voice did not work for me, so I stopped. I am now on a quest to find meditation CDs that will work for me. Jon Kabat-Zinn works for me so far and I am still looking for others. I do not own a Smart phone and my lap top computer doesn’t have a lot of memory so I am not able to download apps. My pain management class gave a list of apps some of them are free some of them cost money. At the end of this post I will share links to where to find these apps.

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Stand Up Straight

Karen, from Wellness Works NW gave me another writing assignment. Posture. Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, and lying down. Having good posture helps our muscles, joints, and ligaments.

Let me share something about myself. I don’t have great posture. It isn’t something that I pay that much attention too. Do you, my dear reader?

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