Monday, January 3, 2011

Brainstorms and Eye Candy


Greetings!!!

Happy New Year to all; I think it's going to be a good one. Well, I said I would tell you how I did at truly enjoying the holidays. It was somewhere between success and failing miserably. I did manage to enjoy the hugs I got but my mind wandered towards work issues more times than I can count. I did enjoy a few mornings walking in the crisp morning air but I didn't find the time to play my guitar or violin. Oh well, there is no sense in beating myself up...I will move forward into the New Year fearlessly trying to wring the life out of each day, each moment. Hope you do too!

I was thinking about how we refer to parts of the body when we express ourselves and it's kind of funny. Here's one example. " It's important to keep your ear to the ground and keep your eyes open for new ideas but make sure you don't put your foot in your mouth when you explain your hair-raising idea to the bubble head beside you or the eyecandy next to them may poke their nose in and twist your arm and you'll be forced to kick their butt and start brainstorming all over again."

How many body parts can you connect with everyday expressions? I'll have more on that next time. For now, be well, keep your chin up and give somebody a leg up whenever you get the chance. Stop pulling your hair out and dip your toe in new waters if you need a new idea. Keep abreast of what's happening, don't be an airhead and always cover your a_ _!

Bye for now.

Monday, December 20, 2010

This Moment!


Greetings,

Carpe Diem, seize the day...I say, take that further and seize Each Moment! At this time of year, it's hard to not feel nostalgic. I remember Christmases past; some good, some not so good. There was one thing that always happened though; I took away memories, sweet moments, frozen in time, to take out and examine whenever I chose and sometimes when I didn't choose. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays and I feel myself being propelled along at warp speed. The next thing I know we are into another year and it's over. This year, I am going to try, and I mean really try, to appreciate and savour the sweet moments and I hope there are alot of them. I am going to melt into each hug, enjoy the chill in the morning air and relax in the beautiful warmth of the firelight. Yes, I really am going to try, hard!!! We need to take a deep breath and give ourselves permission to slow down, enjoy and to live. Please join me. "Remember, this particular moment will never come again." I wish you Happiness, Good Health and many sweet memories now and in the days to come. Merry Christmas and Joy in 2011.
Next time, I'll let you know how I did. Good luck.


Monday, December 13, 2010

Giving Back


Greetings,

We all have different ways of giving back. At this time of year, especially, it's important to think of others that may not have as much as we do. The next book I'd like to share with you was written as a way of giving back to women with breast cancer and their friends and families. Kris Carr is a spunky young woman that gets breast cancer. She chooses to look cancer in the eye and say, #**#!! you! In her book she shares alot, including ways to cope and live and smile. It is funny, captivating and serves as a learning guide for anyone facing a cancer diagnosis. Kris is not only inspirational, she is really the girl next door, so anyone can relate to her story. She is an actress and photographer and has many artistic friends including Sheryl Crow, who writes the foreword for the book.

In the back of the book, there is a really good resource section with cool websites and information. The book is called "Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips", and it covers everything from fashionable hospital gowns to journalling, to what to do when you lose your hair.

I think you'll enjoy this book with it's great photos, cancer posse, and wonderful quotes. It's a keeper.

Until next time, stay safe, give someone a hug and breathe.....yes, don't forget to breathe!


Monday, December 6, 2010

Curves are Beautiful


Greetings,

Well, here we are right before Christmas and many of us are thinking about food, of all things. There is party food, dinners with family and friends, treats for the children and of course, candy canes! Now you may be thinking, what is she talking about now? How does food relate to regular topics on her blog?

The next book I am going to share with you is about food, body image, hunger and beauty and how they are all related, especially for young (and young at heart) women today. The book is called "Hungry", and it was written by Crystal Renn, a stunningly beautiful young woman who got "discovered" and became a model. She struggles with the fact that she has womanly curves and feels she has to deny not only her curves, but her appetite as well. The pressure exerted upon us by the fashion industry and society in general is so strong. I find myself asking, why does it have to be this way? Aren't we more enlightened than that? Obviously not, considering the prevalence of eating disorders and poor self images. This book is well written and gives an intimate look into how Crystal found herself and then gave herself permission to just be. There is no question that Crystal Renn is beautiful, but until she believed it herself, it didn't really matter.

My message to you is... you're beautiful! Take a look in the mirror and start believing it. I think you'll enjoy this book. Happy reading and don't beat yourself up for indulging a little bit. It's really ok.
Bye for now.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Perseverence


Greetings,

I have marvelled at the perseverence of some people. They literally don't quit until they get what they want, achieve what they are trying to achieve or decide to choose a different path altogether. What about those survivors out there that have learned to adapt to their situation, whatever challenges that brings. My hat is off to those of you that have had to overcome physical injuries and painful recoveries. It can make you stronger can't it?

One man named Aron Ralston had to make a tough decision; die or lose an arm and maybe still perish. His book, Between A Rock and A Hard Place, is the story surrounding that choice. It is his heartbreaking account of what happened on one of his many hikes into back country. It is heart wrenching and triumphant and very well told. Aron's story touched me and reminded me what so many of my patients have had to deal with throughout their lives. It makes me thankful that I have the skills to help, even just a little. I highly recommend reading this book if you want a truly inspiring story. James Franco is portraying Aron Ralston in the movie, 127 hours. It promises to be a good one and some are talking Oscar for James Franco.

Be sure and check it out!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Read a Good Book Lately?


Greetings,

I know it has been a long while. What can I say;life is busy. Winter has arrived and there is plenty of snow. What better time to curl up and read a good book. Over the next while, I hope to share some of the great books that I've read with you. I would really like to hear about the ones that you've enjoyed too. I do read alot and my idea of a good book is one that either teaches me something, inspires me or allows me to escape completely between its covers.

Marsha Hunt is one tough cookie. She was immersed in the music scene of the 70s and hung out with Mick Jagger et al. What a brilliantly confident woman at home in her own skin. She looks just as beautiful in her 2005 picture as she looked back in 1968. Her story showcases how strong and resilient women are. It also illustrates for me, how breast cancer does not and cannot diminish someone. That actually applies to any disease. Cancer cannot take a person's soul. Disease and health issues challenge us. Sometimes, it gives us permission to show who we really are. Happy reading and stay warm!!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What makes a Good Prosthesis?


Greetings!!!

What makes a good prosthesis?

Well, I think the most important factor is how the prosthesis makes the wearer feel. Does the prosthesis fit well and look good? What does look good really mean? To me, it means does the prosthesis look natural; does it blend in with the body in a natural way? People tend to notice an absence or hole in the body contour. Does the prosthesis fill the gap so the body contour is smooth? How does the wearer move while wearing their prosthesis? Are they moving in a fluid way or are they contorting the body unnaturally. Does the prosthesis help the wearer perform functions closer to their pre-injury way of functioning? Whether the colour of the prosthesis matches the skin tone or has a bold design, it should look like it belongs to the wearer and whether obvious or not, it should reflect the wearers' personality. These are all things for a Prosthetist or Anaplastologist to strive for when creating a prosthesis for someone. Working together with a client to design and fit the best possible prosthesis gives me so much enjoyment and satisfaction. I really do have one of the best jobs in the world!!!

Until next time, keep smiling!!!

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