Friday, August 26, 2011

Staying Afloat

I live a short drive away from Coney Island here in Brooklyn. Nothing makes me feel better than a swim in the salt water. The beach was beautiful today, the water calm and I was able to swim laps. Swimming loosens up those tight joints and stimulates circulation. With arthritic hips, I won't be running a marathon anytime soon so I will continue to swim. I would welcome stories about success with various exercise programs. What works for you?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Storm is Brewing

For some reason, I can't seem to comment on a comment which was left by Kristin, so here's a new post. I am so sorry to hear about a small child diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis. Arthritis used to be referred to as the "old people's disease" but this is not true, it can affect virtually anyone. Today is especially painful for me, maybe it's the high humidity. It's very humbling to carry a cane but I thank God for it because otherwise I'd be stranded. I hobbled down subway stairs this morning and on my ride into Manhattan I did a mental gratitude list, grateful I can still take a bath, put on my shoes and socks, make breakfast. I have a roof over my head and the bills are paid. But I must ask people for help sometimes, not easy for a person who's been fiercely independent. My prayers go out for all those who suffer from arthritis and for their families.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Suggestions for Healing

Yesterday I had a talk with a Reiki master who suggested that I look into Pilates classes for my arthritic hips. She also suggested that I should supplement my calcium with magnesium since I have osteopenia in addition to osteoarthritis. I would welcome anyone's experiences with Pilates or any other therapy which has proven helpful. Any suggestions about supplements?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Staying Active

I am staying as active as possible. Swimming is especially good for me, I only wish I could stay in the water 24/7. I hope to hear from people about what helps them, i.e., exercise, diet, herbs.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Let Me Introduce Myself

You may know me from my other blog, "brooklynrocks", mostly I am a photographer. Last October I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my hips and I find myself living with an unwanted companion. I just turned 64 and this disease hit me like a ton of bricks. At times very debilitating, I use a cane. Very humbling. On the subway home tonight, I thought "How can I get something positive out of what seems so negative" and it occurred to me to begin a new blog. Perhaps there are already many such blogs on this subject but this is mine and I welcome any and all comments, share your adventures with me. Doubts, fears, successes, therapies, exercises, diets, anything on your mind. I look forward to hearing from you.