Thursday, February 7, 2019
Good Health Is Wealth
Today I feel 90% back to health. This week I finished chiropractic treatment from our accident in October, my foot is now almost fully healed and other than a very mild cough at night the flu/cold is gone. Good health is priceless. You can have all the money in the world but if you don't have your health you have nothing.
This becomes even more apparent the older you get. When you are young you feel invincible. You abuse your body in ways it wasn't meant to be abused. You break something, no problem - you heal fast. The older you get the harder it is to recuperate.
Hubby and I are talking more and more about slowing the company down. He will turn 57 in June and I will turn 50. At him turning 60 we likely will be slowing it right down, at most to part-time. It's the business travel and the live training that is hardest on him - when he gets to stay home he is much happier. I will probably get a part-time job at that point, doing something I like just to get out of the house.
Mom is 76. It takes her much longer to heal now. She had a bone scan this month and her arthritis is fully engulfing her body - she has fibromyalgia as well as me. She needs a much longer course of physio and chiro treatment to heal from our accident. Since cannabis was legalized in Canada in October she was finally willing to look at that for treatment of inflammation, pain and sleeping as she suffers from insomnia just as I do. It seems to be helping her. She wasn't willing to look into medical cannabis prior to legalization due to the stigma but as soon as it was legalized she ordered some oil from our Government online shop. I am sure there are a league of seniors out there just like her - not wanting to break the law but now willing to try it and finding it helping them. She ingests it in the form of brownies or cookies on an as-needed basis, not daily. After a couple of months use she find it helps quite a lot more than all the previous pills her Dr had prescribed. Regardless of what anyone says, cannabis works and it isn't just stoners who were happy when it was legalized. Mom can be a bit of a homebody - so I try and get her out as much as I can in order to help her maintain her health. That sometimes means doing EVERY SINGLE AISLE of the grocery store or Costco in crappy weather just to get her some exercise.
In 2017 I walked over 10,000 steps every single day - right up until last Spring when I had round 1 of tendonitis in my foot. Then my car accident in October and round 2 of tendonitis in my foot again in early December.
Mid-way through our vacation I suddenly realized my foot no longer hurt. I was walking over 10,000 steps and not in pain! My Dr says likely the heat helped along with topical and laser treatment. Now that I am back to feeling better I have changed my goals. With the help of my fitbit (Charge HR if you are wondering the model) my goal now is to expend 2000 calories a day. That is the usual amount of calories I previously hit when I walked 10,000 steps a day. This means instead of pushing it too much on my feet I can do other things like lift weights, ride a bike, sit-ups, jumping jacks - maybe even yoga (I've never tried it) to get there. So starting yesterday I intend to do 2000 calories a day. Wish me luck!