Category Archives: Health

Sniff test

Trash day is tomorrow here in NYC — heck , we have it three days a week — so the garbage bags were lining the streets during my evening walk with Rory.

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In my neighborhood most of the bags are Mint-X brand, advertised to be rodent-repellent…which got me thinking —

What do mice have against mint?

Is it poisonous to them? Does it make them sick? Will it irritate their creepy rodent skin?

Nope. They simply don’t like the smell.

Well, la te da. Sorry to offend the disease-carrying little critters.

Sorry about that

My back hurts.

pain blocksI don’t know why. Or even how.

But for the better part of a week, it has been giving me fits.

I’ve seen one doctor; I have an appointment with another on Tuesday. I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes a few more to figure out what’s going on and how to get me some relief.

This isn’t the first time my back has ‘gone out,’ as they say.  But I had forgotten how much it affects everything else. I mean, when it hurts to sit and lie down and walk and stand…

Well, let’s just say it’s hard to find joy in the simple things. Or anything.  You become a big ol’ grouch.

I’m trying not to be. But it hurts when I do.

Do you see…

What makes a person look older?

Grey hair? Mom jeans? A few extra pounds?

According to the announcers calling the UK-Florida basketball game —

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It’s readers.

The announcer actually called them ‘cheaters’ when he spied them in the crowd on UK superfan and actress Ashley Judd. You could hear his disbelief, his teenage fantasies becoming as blurry as the words on her game day program.

She had aged before his very eyes.

One word: progressives.

Riding it out

The lady sitting across the aisle from me on this flight is scared to fly.

She didn’t tell me, but she didn’t have to.

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She is a white knuckle flier.

She has, at intervals, been visibly praying. And fidgeting. And sweating.

When I was very young, I used to get motion sick on airplanes — green, sick and nauseous.

I think that was better.

Sit up straight

I have seen a lot of articles of late on how to achieve the desired posture while sitting at my desk.

desk postureI  didn’t use to have to worry about this kind of thing.

The folks who requisitioned my office furniture did.

But I home office — like more and more workers out there — so now the ergonomics of our home office space is up to us.

You can spend a lot of money on desks and chairs and ‘strategery’ your layout, but some spine czars say simple things like putting a pillow behind your back can make a big difference.

My favorite piece of advice?

Put a book on your head.  Your body automatically aligns itself to maintain balance.  I’ve tried this one, and it works — on me, a little too well.

You see, my head is really flat. I can slump and the book stays.

(That’s why I like this method so much.)

Don’t fence me in

ClaustrophobiaI’ve mentioned here before that I’m claustrophobic.

It’s getting worse instead of better.

I had to have another closed MRI yesterday, and unlike my experience a couple of years ago, I was a bit of a wreck.

The technician used all the bells and whistles to calm my fears — and trick my brain — into thinking I wasn’t in a narrow, closed tube.

But they didn’t work this time.

When I got home, I started reading up on possible therapies, cures even, for this debilitating fear.  Guess what the first recommendation is?

Get an MRI.

Sadists.

 

Ballsy

Lots of people make spectacles of themselves — the Egg included — but this guy is doing it for all the right reasons:

So if you see him — and his very large ball — in your travels, connect!

(And make a donation if you can.)