On the Injured List: Pinched Nerve and Epidural Injection

ESI for Lumbar Pain

Monday, I went in for my first of three epidural injections. Unlike the injections given to women in labor, these injections are to help inflammation of the disc in my spine–which is pushing against my nerve. I was terrified of the experience. I hate needles and the thought of how it was going to go down, scared the crap out of me.

Here is a brief description, if you are interested: A nurse came in and took all my vitals and briefed me on what was about to happen. First step was to tell me that I would not be able to drive if given a mild sedative, but I could,  if I decided to go for the local, topical solution. I took the latter. I wanted to be fully aware of what was happening and I could not guarantee that with a mild sedative. Second, I went into a room with two nurses and the doctor. I was hooked to more vital checking machines and laid face down, with my stomach on a pillow. Third, the doctor came in and and numbed the area. As he was looking at the area he was also checking an x-ray machine to ensure accuracy. As the needle went in, I screamed! Yeah, I felt it and it hurt. The doctor, promptly removed the needle and applied more numbing medication. Then, he went in again. This time, I felt nothing. Before I knew it–we were done. After that, I was led to recovery for 10 minutes and given a cold drink. Finally, I was told I could go home, but to take it easy the remainder of the day and to ice the injection area later that night.

The Day(s) After

Tuesday the pain had decreased, however, I still maintained a low profile.

Wednesday (Today), the pain is there but, not as bad as it had been. The only thing now is –wondering. Wondering when and how severe the pain will be when it comes back and what should I do do to protect myself. I am terrified of going back to yoga, but I am going to go back and give it a whirl with a less intense class. Running is out of the question. I have also been researching natural alternatives for joints, bones, and nerve health.  And, I am  seeing a massage therapist in hopes of finding some relief.

Wish me luck, say a prayer, or whatever. This is going to be a painstaking year.

Blogs I Love!! Carrots ‘N’ Cake

This is Tina and her pup Murphy

It’s that time again! I get a chance to share with you one of my favorite blogs. Today’s spotlight is on Carrots ‘N’ Cake.

CNC has become my go to for workouts and recipes. She has rekindled my love for cooking with fresh vegetables and made me fall in love with brussel sprouts. I generally eat healthy but this blog gives me tons of great ideas and I enjoy reading her stories and the fact she posts her and Mal’s (her hubbs) grocery list. Mal and her seem to have a great time and he does not seem to mind that she documents so much of their life on the blog. Tina has the great ability in her writing to make everyone feel welcome. She writes about family; but it’s not all my husband this, and my husband and I that. I appreciate that. She shows that there is more to life than OMG, I’m married! I have stopped following several blogs because of that reason…as a habitually single girl…that gets annoying quick. Don’t think I’m all bitter and stuff but seriously, it’s annoying. As I always say, “Seinfeld relates to life in so many ways” check out this video, Elaine runs into a similar issue. 

Anyway, back to the blog. Another great thing about the blog is that she incorporates a great deal about Murphy. Murphy is her much loved pug. Like me, Tina loves her pup and I enjoy seeing what Murphy gets into next. I like to think that he and Andy are distant friends 🙂

Check out Tina, Murphy and Mal at Carrots ‘N’ Cake

Reblog: We are Harriet: A Moving Tribute

Photo from htorganization.blogspot.com

THOUSANDS of African American women NATIONWIDE are dropping everything and walking for 100 MINUTES – in their communities, wherever they are – starting EXACTLY at 4:30pm EST on SUNDAY, March 10th – as a “MOVING TRIBUTE” – to commemorate Harriet Tubman exactly 100 years after her death.

 ***click here to read more on BGR’s blog***

 

 

Work It! Search Continues for a New Workout Shoe pt. 3

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 Women’s Running Shoe

UPDATE!!! Honestly, I have not sat still long enough while wearing these shoes to even take a picture in them. I LOVE THEM!! I am forever a Brooks girl! These shoes have been amazing. I wear them strictly for working out: running, aerobic walking and at the gym. After a few runs, I did have to add some inserts but after that—there has been no stopping me.

Because of my new found love of Brooks, I have purchased some apparel and discovered Moving Comfort their sister company in the process. I love my Moving Comfort pants. I purchased a ton of work out clothes from Walmart because they were inexpensive and I was just going to sweat in them, right. No. The Danskin pants slide off me as I run and I have mooned people way too many times.

Back to the shoes, the shoes are incredibly comfortable, lightweight, great grip and and make me want to run, jump and play…like a kid.

Andy, has loved the new shoes too, because it means longer adventures for him 🙂

For me the Brooks GTS 13 are the real deal.

 

Work It! Search Continues for a New Workout Shoe

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 Women’s Running Shoe

For over a year now I have been seeking out a good cross training shoe. I  need a shoe that can withstand the outside and yet still be comfortable enough to wear to the gym…I need cross function.

This may sound easy with so many shoes on the market…but trust me it isn’t. Here’s why, I have a long narrow foot, with a mild pronation, and on top of it all…I have no arch, 100% flat. To add to the misery I am a pretty nice sized lady, and I stand at 5’9…so you see my dilemma. I am not that girl that says “oh, my feet are so long…I wear a size 8!” Chick please! I have not been a shoe size 8 since elementary school.  I initially thought I was an 11 until late last year…my feet had grown..ugghh!

So, after 2 very long trips to my local running shoe store and after running the staff crazy–I settled on a pair of Asics. What I wanted to feel, was like I did when I was a kid and got new shoes. I wanted to feel like I could run faster, jump higher and kick a bad guys butt.  I didn’t get that with the Asics…I just didn’t.

Now almost a year later I am at it again, looking for new shoes. I went back to my local Fleet Feet and still they wanted to put me in the upgraded version of the Ascis—no, then I tried Saucony. These felt good, but I had to go to the men’s sizes 😦

Don’t get me wrong not all men shoes are hideous, but these were. So, as a 5’9, shapely female, wearing men’s shoes that look incredibly macho– is not a good look or a good feeling.  So the Saucony’s were not going to work either.

Feeling down but not 100% out, I went to the internet and based on what I learned at the shoe store, I found a shoe that just might work. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 Running shoe.  At $110, these shoes are kind of my last resort. I am expecting my package to come November 20th and I can’t wait to share the final verdict with you on how they fit and feel.

 

Note: These shoes are being purchased with my own money. I am receiving no compensation for this and Brooks Running, quite frankly does not even know I am alive.

 

UPDATE: Running Shoes

asics-gel-kayano-17

A few days after my post about getting new running shoes, I received a call from Jeff at Fleet Feet Louisville and learned that the shoes I ordered did not come in the size I needed. 😦 Another set back. However, he encouraged me to come in and try on a few more pair because believe it or not I had not tried on the entire store. It took me a bit over a week to get back in and try some on…and today was the day. Apparently, I have been wearing the wrong size workout shoe for a while.

I learned today that only one shoe company makes the shoe size I need in women’s. I can’t wear men’s shoes because they are too wide in all the wrong places for my narrow feet. So, I threw down the gauntlet and after talking to the lovely ginger(red head) man at Fleet Feet Louisville and the trainee from Chicago I am now the owner of Asics (the link takes you to zappos.com where they are a bit less expensive than I paid). I also purchased in-soles to help me gain a bit more stability and some much-needed arch support for my flat tootsies.

With my new shoes and compression socks from Fleet Feet Louisville…I am ready to go!

Shoe Search 2012…Search for the Right Running Shoe

I finally made time to go look for running shoes. I knew I had weird feet and if I was going to take this running thing seriously then I needed the right shoes. So I made a trip to my local running store Fleet Feet Shoes for gait testing. In true Keshia fashion my 20 minute-max trip to get shoes turned into an over an hours and half. During this process I had to come to terms with a few unsettling facts like my feet are incredibly long and to top it off very narrow. I have been wearing the wrong size shoes and going bigger made me cringe and the complex about my feet even larger.

Over an hour and half later after trying on more than 10 pairs of shoes including several pairs of Saucony, Asics, Brooks, Adidas, Mizuno, New Balance, and Nike. Like Goldilocks I ran into the problem of shoes being too wide, too hard, too spacious in the heel, not enough support, and not enough stability. And not to mention some were just too small and other that made me feel like Crusty the Clown and I was tripping over the toes…so sad for me.

So in the end we think we may have found the most appropriate shoes for my feet. The are the Nike Zoom Structure. They were great for structure and for the newbie runner I am the offer cushion and amazing support for my archless feet.

My hopefully future running shoes

Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 15 Limited Edition

Both shoes are affordable and are in the price range I am willing to pay. Hopefully this is the start of my new journey and I will keep this up past the accessories phase–which is generally my favorite part 🙂