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Five For Friday 1/25/13

Written by Katie. Posted in Five For Friday

1.  Medical Stuff:

  • 1 Day of PT.  Reformer and manipulative medicine on my hip. It always flares up when I overdo it on the treadmill.
  • 2 Days of Home Rehab.
  • I battled gastroparesis most of the week, which meant a lot of soup, water, and applesauce, but by Thursday my stomach was feeling almost back to normal.  
  • I had my 6 month cleaning at the dentist.  31 and still no cavities!  (Hopefully I didn’t just jinx myself).

2.  I met my new co-teacher, Ms. Sarah, this past week.  She is from England, has a lot of early childhood experience, teaches pre-school in Wacousta each morning, and seems really excited and eager to jump right in.  Monday is the first day of the second semester, which also marks Ms. Sarah’s first day teaching in the afternoon.  Let this new chapter begin!

3.  I feel like a broken record these last few weeks, but my life has pretty much consisted of school, rest, PT, and benefit planning.  I have a feeling it will stay this way until after the benefit in April.  We had some exciting developments happen this week on the benefit front.  I had a really productive meeting on Friday at our venue, the Kellogg Center.  We also received another generous sponsorship commitment, some new sponsorship leads, a few more silent auction donations came in the mail, and some more of my foundation paperwork is ready to be submitted.  I love the feeling that we are moving forward. Let me just add that this stuff is getting done with an amazing team of people. Like my colleague, Angie always tells me, “Teamwork makes the dream work.”  So true.

4.  I went to the MSU/Ohio State BB game last Saturday. What an exciting game to be at! It got even better when MSU beat Wisconsin on Tuesday.  I think I *strongly dislike* Wisconsin BB more than U of M BB.  There.  I said it.

The girls at the game!

The girls at the game.

5.  As life seems to fly by at a crazy pace, I always try to keep this quote in the back of my mind…

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so.” ~Mary Jean Iron

I would get it tattooed if it wasn’t so long.

(Sorry, Mom).

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Comments (3)

  • Tonya


    What is it that is wrong with your hip? I think I’ve been having iliobital band problems. It’s been bothering my hip and knee. I attempted pilates and it started it up.
    When you started omm treatments did thay make you have waves of dizziness and nausea and sweating like an adrenaline rush? I’ve been needing to find something to reduce my pain. I won’t be able push exercising if I can’t reduce the pain. I tried a few trigger points and felt real sick, not sure if that’s normal. I’m hoping to hold off pain killers of I can, I’m filled with enough pills.


    • Katie


      Hi Tonya,
      Basically my glutes aren’t firing like they should so my quads work overtime, which tightens everything up in front, including my hip, which then pulls on my abdominals. I have been working more on getting my butt to fire at therapy in hopes of getting out of my glutes more. Have you ever heard of Graston’s Therapy? When my hip gives me trouble, I do a few sessions of Graston’s and it usually helps. As far as OMM, if I have too much cranial work done, I get dizzy, really bad headaches, and pretty sick. It has taken much trial and error to figure out how much cranial my body can tolerate. Have you ever tried compound creams for your pain instead of pills? I use a couple different kinds when my pain gets bad. It may be something you want to talk to your doctors about. Sending you gentle hugs.


      • Tonya


        Thank you! Right now, I don’t really have a pain dr. Only a pots dr with an exercise physiologist. I am planning on talking to the exercise physio next time I see him. I’m always telling him my muscles hurt but I have to really get it through to him.
        It is hard because I’ve only been living in my city for a year, I have no idea who the good and bad drs are.
        I’ve been using aspercreme on my neck and it helps some. I’ve been hesitant of others Bc they smell but I may have to suck it up. I also don’t want them messing up my stockings, my thighs and calves hurt a lot. I wonder if that’s a misfiring thing.?


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