I’m a yoga teacher, not a doctor

In my teacher training, we were reminded that students would ask us all kinds of questions, including us being asked to diagnose something in a student’s body.

I love talking with my students before, during and after class.

Most classes I teach a student tells me it was exactly what they needed. Usually someone tells me they feel so much better after class.

Since I go with themes someone will tell me they are in the service industry and the feet sequence was helpful or they hurt their back earlier in the week and the low back practice made them feel better or the neck sequence felt so good for their strained neck.

Sometimes I have people telling me about an issue in their body that may or may not have anything to do with the sequence I just taught and they want advice.

I can give them advice on poses they can try to help with the issue(s) in the body or poses they might want to avoid. But that’s all I can do. I am a yoga teacher, not a doctor.

But if I don’t know I am honest about that. If it’s something I think I can do … Continue reading

Getting vaccinated, medicated before trip

Curt and I are getting ready to head to Mexico City tomorrow. We haven’t had a real vacation in some time. So I am looking forward to this for a variety of reasons.

Sometime back I e-mailed my doctor asking if there were any recommended vaccines or medications I should take before heading down south.

She recommended Hepatitis A to help with anything I might eat or drink; a new tetanus shot with pertussis to prevent whopping cough and bug spray with Deet.

When I was at the doctor’s office the medical assistant giving me my shots also mentioned typhoid medication would be a good idea. So she got the doctor to write a prescription.

I want to make sure I stay healthy and happy and enjoy my time in Mexico City–where my great-grandmother grew up. (She actually grew up in a village outside of Mexico City called Alamos, which is actually part of the city now.)

Until now I had no idea what typhoid was. And it is nasty with the ewwww factor.

According to Wikipedia, Hep A is usually spread by the fecal-oral route; transmitted person-to-person by ingestion of contaminated food or water or through direct contact … Continue reading

Why I am Child Free By Choice

I think being a mom is the most important job in the world. The second most important job is being president of the United States.

I don’t want to be either.

This post is about why I, along with my husband, have chosen to be Child Free By Choice. It is not a reflection on or judgment  on anyone else. This is about ME.

I don’t ever remember having an overwhelming desire to have a baby.

At some point in my 20s I decided if I was still single at 30 I would adopt a baby.

By the time I was 30 I was married. When Curt and I got married I figured we would have kids. Because that is what you do, right? Get married … have kids …

A little more than a year after we were married we moved to the Bay Area. We were no longer in newspapers, which meant we were no longer working nights, weekends, holidays. We had the same days off and could actually do stuff together. What an amazing concept.

About six months after moving to Berkeley my temporary gig became a full-time job and money was starting to be less of … Continue reading

I earned my beer at the gym

Tonight my friend Monica and I decided to try a class fellow gym friends have been raving about. One of our friends has lost 6 pounds by taking the class, is so much more tone and her booty looks amazing!

This is how the In-Shape City site describes Total Athletic Conditioning: A full body workout with an emphasis on increasing Cardio, Endurance, Strength, Agility and Balance. (50) Minutes of continuous movement with a Sports Conditioning Approach. It’s really 60 minutes and then we stretch.

Wow, talk about an amazing cardio and strength workout. We were drenched in sweat, tired and felt good.

There was a lot of jumping, lunges, weights, squats, kicks …

Tomorrow late morning I have a doctor’s appointment to get some vaccines before we go to Mexico City next month. One of the shots is a tetanus and pertussis shot. So my arm will be sore afterward and I won’t be able to go to my regular Friday night yoga class. I thought about taking the 6:30 a.m. class. Then I looked at the schedule and see that it is the same instructor as tonight and Total Athletic Conditioning. I asked Will about it. He said the … Continue reading

My funky shoulder

 

I think I have mentioned my weird shoulder in past posts. I don’t really know what I did to it. And it is hard to explain what is wrong with it. It sometimes feels like something is slipping out of place. It doesn’t hurt. It is more of a discomfort.

It is noticeable that something funky is going on during some yoga poses, such as Downward Dog or even with my arms up in the air right before a Vinyasa flow or while holding Warrior I or Crecent Lunge.

When I was at the doctor on Monday I mentioned my shoulder to her. I tried to explain to her the funky sensation I have at times in my shoulder.

She asked me if I sleep with my arms above my head. I told her I do. (I pretty much sleep in all positions: on my stomach [not good], on my sides, on my back and sometimes with my arms above my head.)

The doctor told me I should try to stop sleeping with my arms above my head. She said it is likely a slipped tendon. Then she asked me how I thought I could stop … Continue reading

Staying healthy with regular doctor’s visits

Today I visited my doctor for my annual check-up. I was there about three weeks ago for my annual visit. But my doctor had a family emergency so I had to reschedule.

I usually have my appointment in the morning. But today was an afternoon appointment. I had to wait almost a half an hour just to get in the little room.

But once I was in the little room the nurse immediately took my weight, height, blood pressure and asked me the normal questions.

The doctor was in there within minutes of the nurse stepping out.

I had 10-15 minutes today with Dr. Fiscella. In that time she managed to perform my exam, chat me up about my allergies, my weird shoulder, exercise, my cholesterol and past and future travel plans.

I see her once (maybe twice) a year and she remembers that I like to travel. She is well-traveled herself. So I love to hear her stories and talk to her about places we have been and plan to see.

I really like Dr. Fiscella. I like her staff and her nurse practitioners. Everyone seems genuinely kind and happy to work there.

It all made it worth waiting … Continue reading

Impressing the doctor

I had my annual physical today. I have a great doctor. She takes that little bit of time with you–what maybe 10-15 minutes to talk to you and listen.

She was impressed that I have kept the weight off. It has been almost three years. She was impressed that I work out regularly (4-6 times a week–spin and yoga are the main focus). She emphasized how great both yoga and spin are for various reasons. (And my blood pressure was good, too.)

We talked about how to deal with work stress. She always has great advice–whether we talk about work, my plan to not have children, health, travel, etc. She is so non-judgemental and helpful.

I love my doctor’s office. All the women who work there are great and friendly and helpful and seem so happy to work there. I visit maybe three times a year and it is always a good experience.