AUTHOR, DR. BARBARA BERGIN, FALLING OFF HER HORSE IN HER EARLY DAYS OF RIDING
Skiing, motorcycle, bicycle and horseback riding accidents remain a source of new patients for orthopedic surgeons. We see everything from the simple sprain and fracture to the devastated bodies of the victims of these often high-velocity accidents.
Whether due to the impact with another vehicle or to the collision with the hard and unforgiving ground, head injuries can can be life-changing… even fatal. Continue Reading
It’s November (already???), the time of year when we pile additional responsibilities on top of our already-busy schedules. Have you caught yourself saying “I’m in survival mode?” Most of us have. In that state, it is so easy to overlook the small joys and successes that happen every day. Instead of acknowledging the good things, we get caught up in hosting parties, decorating, shopping and the year-end craze, letting these activities control our happiness and self-worth. Hope and joy are replaced by overwhelm and frustration, and we reach the end of the year wishing we had done things differently. Continue Reading
I started emotional eating again, focusing on how my body looks, rather than how it feels. This led to feelings of disconnection and discontent and of course, these feelings perpetuate emotional eating. It’s a vicious cycle. So, how did I stop? I made my life bigger than focusing on how I look.
When you make that your goal – rather than weight loss – food loses its grip.
There are a lot of simple things we can do to prevent a fall. Many of the devastating injuries I see every day in my medical practice are a result of a fall. I’m hoping the fall prevention measures I share with you will become part of the habitual things you do to protect yourself from injury. Continue Reading
“I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date.”
And just how important was that date, when you’re sitting in the ER with a broken wrist and nose? We’re always in such a big hurry, and if it’s not an important date we’re headed to, we just think we’re running out of time. We’re even in a hurry to be at leisure. Continue Reading
This isn’t the post I’d planned to write – it’s not really the post I want to write – which is why, I suppose, I’m returning to writing this series a month later than promised. Continue Reading
My name is Kathleen Staunton. I’m a 16-year-old high school junior. When I was 10, my brother Rory died from sepsis. He grazed his arm playing basketball at school, and four days later he passed away. My brother was super-healthy and was used to getting cuts and scrapes. But this time, when he fell, the graze became infected and Rory got sepsis.
Rory was two years older than me, and he was the best big brother a girl could ask for.
I have become the tail bone pain (coccydynia) expert of Central Texas. Recently I saw someone with coccydynia, from Waco, which is about 100 miles away, because no one there would see it. If a patient calls an orthopedic surgeon’s office in just about any city in Central Texas and asks to be seen for tailbone pain, they will be told there’s no one who will see that, and eventually the patients (99% are women) find me. Continue Reading
How many times a day do you sit on the throne? Obviously for women it’s a lot more than for guys. Getting up from a regular toilet is not much different than getting up from a squat, and squats are bad for your health (more on that another time). Continue Reading
I just returned from a week in Colorado with my family, trading the brutal Texas heat for 40 degree mornings, clean mountain air and roaring campfires under the stars. We were far enough away from city life that there was no internet, and the small cabin owned by my in-laws didn’t even have a TV. We were forced to “unplug” and it was divine.
Ahh, reminders of the good old days, when we spent long hours with friends and family—looking one another in the eyes—and used landlines for local calls because “long distance” was costly. Our mail was delivered once daily, six days a week, and life went on without having to see a picture of what a distant friend had for dinner displayed through social media.