My health and fitness year was all about the transitions taking place in my body. You may recall:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Cut big toe
- Titled pelvis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Asthma attack (recent)
and the grandmama of them all peri-menopause. LAWDAMERCY! Yet I’ve been able to recover, adapt and get moving again with the help of some great people, all of which I’m thankful and include:
Dr. Kenyatta Dean – my PCP who ignores every protestation that I have against her recommendations (ORDERS) and doesn’t allow me to use my age to be an excuse for non-compliance.
Dr. Brian D. Neerings – who diagnosed my first foot situation of the year, prescribed proper rehab, no high heels (not ready for that yet) and Superfeet insoles. I haven’t had anymore plantar fascia nor achilles problems since using Superfeet, I highly recommend them.
The staff of Kaiser Permanente Gwinnett Comprehensive Medical Center Urgent Care – who 1)recommended an herbal supplement to ease the hot flashes (bless GOD); 2)humored me and my big toe and my paranoia; 3)took the first X-rays of my back to narrow down the pain/muscle spasm problem; 4)got me breathing again a few weeks ago during this insane asthma situation.
Mary Maloof at Atlanta Physiotherapy Associates – This little bitty woman from NJ put me through the paces, I mean she had me SWEATING and would always reel me back in when I was attempting to do stuff that I wasn’t ready for as yet (jacknifes, squats and such). Thanks to her treatment and the prescribed at-home program I was able to avoid anymore dreadful painkiller side effects.
Jim Hamilton, Jan Stittleburg and Michele Jackson my Tai Chi and Yoga instructors – There were spaces of time during the year in which all I could do was attend their classes and or practice at home. They really helped in keeping my mind right.
The Powered by Soul Spotlight Participants for 2014, Charles L. Mason, Jeffrey Woods, Michael Wilson Jr., Deandra Bryant, Edwin Boatswain, Kori Smith, Damon E. Johnson, – your stories continue to inspire me.