Saturday, June 25, 2011

Some pics from the Arizona Biltmore

This is a beautiful hotel and the fact that it looks this lush in the middle of a desert is a testament for wealth or something ....
It was a nice stay, but it can sure make you feel guilty. My consolation is that my boss and I presented our paper and it was very well received by those who attended.

Terrace Court

One of many gardens

View from terrace Court

Outside my room

Outside my room
 Take care everyone.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pics from my 2011 Challenge walk
Getting ready with a good carb breakfast

Enjoying entertainment pre-walk
Entertainment at the Lyric Theatre Stage

Assiniboine Park Tower

Almost ready for my walk

Crowd warming up before walk

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

More foot pain than required.

 So yesterday I went to a podiatrist and he finally diagnosed several issues with my foot.  The good news is that I don't have any broken bones or fractures.  The not-so-good news?  I have plantar fasciitis, posterior tibial tendonitis and tenosynovitis.  Below are three pictures of the injuries.

Posterior Tibial Tendonitis
Posterior Tibial tendonitis
The symptoms of posterior tibial tendon dysfunction include pain in the instep area of the foot and swelling along the course of the tendon. The athlete may also experience pain and swelling right behind the inner ankle bone. There is usually pain when the area is touched along the course of the posterior tibial tendon behind the inner ankle. There may also be burning, shooting, tingling, stabbing pain often because the main nerve is inflamed along the inside of the ankle. Athletes experience pain when exercising or even just walking, steadily worsening toward the end of the day. In severe cases there is significant pain when the athlete moves his/her foot, as well as pain upon passive stretching of the posterior tibial tendon, and on eversion or flattening of the foot. In some cases the tendon may actually rupture or tear, due to weakening of the tendon by the inflammatory process.

Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include pain and tenderness of the bottom (sole) of the foot. This can lead to difficulty in weight-bearing on the involved foot, making it difficult to walk especially the first steps after awakening from sleep. The pain is burning, often sharp, and can be severe. Plantar fasciitis is sometimes also associated with warmth and swelling of the bottom of the foot. The symptoms may come on gradually or appear following an athletic activity

Symptoms include constant pain or pain with motion, limited motion of the ankle, a "crackling" sound when the tendon moves or is touched, and heat and redness over the inflamed tendon.

I now have a lovely, very clunky cast to wear for 4-6 weeks. It looks like this: 

Darco FX Pro Walker High Boot in Classic Black
Foot cast
I know some of you may be thinking that the cancer walk last week was not a good idea given that I've had these issues for the last 5 months but I wanted to do the walk and now I can attend to my foot.  Fortunately when I went to the store this morning to purchase the cast, the salesperson who helped me is also an athletic therapist so I have an appointment with her tomorrow to start an aggressive therapy treatment which hopefully will get me out of the cast in less than 4 weeks.  She said the treatment is going to be painful but since I've been dealing with pain for the last 5 months anyway, at least this pain will lead to getting the issues resolved. 

I'll have to do more biking than walking but that's alright.  I like biking. So that's my next four weeks.  What is yours looking like?


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day; Remembering Dad

Happy Father's Day to all you dads and to all you moms who took the place of dads on many occasions when raising your families.  This morning my son-in-law Trent is running in the Manitoba Marathon relay.  I think he'll be doing the first part which is 5 miles and there are 4 others who will also be doing 5 miles except for the last person who will do 6 .2 miles to finish. He's got a pretty good time.  He can do a half marathon under 2 hours.  Next week he'll be doing a triathlon - swimming, biking and then a 1/2 marathon.  I'll go to see him at the finish line but that's too much for me.  I can do that but not at the same time.  That's the effort part! GOOD LUCK Trent.

Remembering Dad

This is the first year without dad and today is exactly two months since he passed away.  It's strange to think that this year he won't be in my sunroom enjoying a barbeque.  He's spent almost every Father's Day over here in the sunroom lounger watching the wildlife in the backyard and admiring the flowers.  Here is a letter I wrote to Dad on Father's Day 25 years ago in 1986.  There is nothing unusual about me writing letters to people because I still like to write letters and put them in the mailbox and have them arrive at someone's house. I don't know of anyone who isn't excited to receive and open a personal handwritten letter.  I've sent many of them over the years but what's so special about this one is that Dad kept it.  This one ought not to have been written since Dad was living about 5 minutes from me so there was no need for me to write one which I hand delivered to his house.  Anyway, that year I was looking for a card that would express what I was feeling but they all seemed so phony and insincere.  I decided that rather than buying a card for the sake of giving Dad a card, I would write a letter to him. So that's what I did.  I remember that he took it with a surprised expression on his face and he opened and read it.  Then he started to cry. 
He kept the card all this time not just in a box with other cards (he had a stack of them) but this one was kept with his important papers - his title to his house, birth and marriage certificates and his will. Last year he asked me to sort out his papers and I saw the letter there. I was indeed surprised because I recognized the envelope as one that I used to use. I opened the letter and saw my handwriting and the date and put it back. I felt that even though I had written it, I was being intrusive about reading someone else's personal mail. When he passed away, I took the letter intending to keep it. Then I decided to read it at his memorial service because it said what I would have wanted to say. Here it is. For those of you who were at the service, you may remember. For those of you who couldn't be there, here was my tribute to Dad. Happy Father's Day Dad.