US Poet Wat Whitman wasn’t always a successful poet. During the years before he became successful, he wrote a series on health tips under a pseudonym, and that series (originally published in 1858) was recently rediscovered in a digitized library archive. You can learn more here:
(For what it is worth – Whitman would have probably endorsed the PALEO diet!)
A couple of days ago I wrote a blog about my frustration at my primary care doc at the VA trying to push me onto statin drugs for my cholesterol. In her comment on the blog, my good friend Anita pointed at the Mark’s Daily Apple website ( marksdailyapple.com ) and said it is her Paleo Diet guru. I’m also on the Paleo Diet, but hadn’t seen this site, so I went to take a look.
My chief frustration with the site (at least at first glance) is that it is typical of sites that specialize in fitness – they don’t have anything to say that doesn’t include a fair amount of healthy exercise. If I want to use his program, I need to be able to follow the program. But, after a bone tumor in my left femur in 1980, the femur can’t handle that sort of activity. The permanent limitations I was given back then included: No walking over 1 mile per day TOTAL, No jumping of any kind (like parachute jumps), No pushing pulling or lifting over 30 pounds.
Every time I have ever exceeded those limits, there has been a price to pay. Stress fractures around the site where the bone tumor was have ensured that a week on crutches each time was the minimum price I’ve paid. I actually have a pair of aluminum ones in a closet that I’ve used for years.
But – I had an idea today. My doc asked me on that last visit if I’d thought about getting a hip replacement. I half laughed and said I might get it someday, but when I do we’d have to replace the whole femur because of the bone tumor that caused all this trouble.
It may be time to do that.
Why? Because I’m actually only 53 years along. If I do get a hip/femur replacement, I would have to do physical therapy, and then I’d be free – FREE – to start exercising in earnest again. Keep in mind – before the tumor I was a candidate for the US Army’s Special Forces training. A hip replacement before this summer could mean that I’m able to start training for a half-marathon by the time I’m 55. I can almost get excited just thinking about it. If I also get the migraine headaches under control, I might even be able to go back to work, part-time at least.
It is something tempting to think about. Especially since I just had a short phone call with the Veteran’s Choice program, and they are setting me up with an appointment for a primary care doctor HERE IN TOWN.