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-I need to figure out the seasons for fresh fruit here. So far, the Lincoln "farmer's" market has only offered up rhubarb. I've been buying apples, bananas, and grapes from the organic grocery co-op, but those get old after a while. I am reluctant to buy the Driscoll berries shipped in from California. I've been noticing ripe mulberries strewn across the bike paths here, but as the Joy of Cooking notes, they don't make for the greatest eating. I found information about one local berry farm, in Roca, except that their spring crop was utterly destroyed by hail this spring. So is it that the only other good way of getting fresh fruit is joining one of the CSA's that I didn't join several months ago, or is it still early in the summer? Hard to tell.

-This morning I called around and scheduled a doctor's appointment for July 2. It was relatively painless, but slightly frustrating because I didn't feel like I could bring up the fact that I have to get myself places by bicycle, so it would be really ideal if the hospital a mile south of me could direct me to a primary physician there. I suppose 2.6 miles to their east campus isn't really all that bad, anyway, especially compared to some of the stupid logistics in Texas. Anyway, that step is done. Lots of windshield-wipers, ab work, pigeon pose, and downward dog in the interim. Things are starting to feel much better, and I can almost walk normally again.

-Check out this description of a visit to the Le Creuset factory. The photos and videos of the iron-casting process are phenomenal!

-Time to go inject a bajillion crickets.


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Jun. 24th, 2015 02:14 am (UTC)
Man I am a sucker for metalcasting.
Jun. 24th, 2015 02:34 am (UTC)
I know, right? :-)
Jun. 24th, 2015 02:45 am (UTC)
Rebecca, color me impressed that you've been able to incorporate productive exercises with targeted results so fast Hmmm. I don't have that ability and sort of struggle with getting form, etc. Still not doing the pigeon pose correctly. Also, I plead dolt of the class as when I saw your first oblique reference to windshield wipers a couple of posts ago, no idea what you meant except maybe an offhand way of saying that you were driving a car to work (in the rain?) -i.e. laying off exercise:). Yes, some of us are challenged more than others! Hope that doctor visit is productive & very curious as to what will be recommended as I'm wanting to see a doctor for my suspect periformis syndrome. Mine is inflamed- I think a cortisone shot would be helpful. Stay as resilient and resourceful! as you are! Jim
Jun. 25th, 2015 02:03 am (UTC)
Re: Exercises
Ahh - at some point I linked to a video that demonstrated the windshield wipers. If you do a Google image search, you'll see illustrations of a bunch of different variations of the exercise. The one that is the most helpful for engaging the gluteal muscles (the ones that should be doing the work) is a one-legged version.

I think I have the advantage of knowing my body fairly well, plus having a mother who's a physical therapist (albeit a pediatric one), so she's in touch with how different muscles are supposed to be coordinating with each other.

In lieu of those things, it makes complete sense to work with good health care providers instead. Especially if you're experiencing chronic inflammation. While my piriformis has clearly been pretty pissed off, it has also been responding readily to stretching and strengthening work. If it hadn't been, I'd be in even more of a hurry to talk to a health practitioner about it. I wish you the best with yours!
Jun. 25th, 2015 02:08 am (UTC)
Re: Exercises
I should add - I believe that a big part of what causes piriformis syndrome in a lot of people is weak/over-stretched gluteal muscles. The gluteal muscles are supposed to be the big players in terms of stabilizing movements at the hip. But if they fail to do their job correctly, then the extra strain gets put on the piriformis muscle instead. Since the piriformis is a smaller muscle, and doesn't have as much leverage and the gluteal muscles, this will cause it to freak out and become inflamed/etc. And then the inflammation/etc. cause problems for the sciatic nerve, and things go downhill from there.

So I'm doing the "windshield wipers" to help engage the gluteal muscles and get them to reset to a shorter resting length. This takes the strain off the piriformis, and allows it to rest and recover.

Apparently sitting is really bad for piriformis syndrome, probably because the gluteal muscles get stretched out while sitting. I'm still struggling with the sitting-to-standing transition, but things have been getting much better, and have probably been aided by the fact that I'm doing much more standing at work these days (and am being more attentive about sitting with good posture).
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