Sunday, 30 January 2011

Zumba

Last Sunday I went to a Zumba class at my gym. I am going again this afternoon. I don't feel as flexible as I used to, maybe because of the Lymphedema, maybe I am getting old. In a couple of months time I am going on a trip to Korea. There will be quite a few business related restaurantmeals, and as I expect we will be sittting on the floor at low tables I want to see if I can get a bit more flexible and not feel too challenged by this. 

It was indeed a long time since I had been to the gym, but it was good to go, and Zumba – which is a kind of dance class – was fun and good. I almost got into a proper dancemode!
I also intend to attend a yoga class soon. I meant to try the Lymfyoga, but as I am a member of one gym already, and can't afford both, the gym's yoga class will have to do.


Yesterday I went to a wonderful shoe shop near me. They have a good selection of Angulus shoes (don't know if this brand is Danish and/or available in other countries) in ladies sizes and I tried two pairs, but didn't buy anything, they were quite pricey. One pair was very comfy though, and I think it would work for my troubled foot. Now I know my Angulus sizes, and hence a little less risky to buy online, since there is less chance they don't fit and have to be returned.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Glyconutrition

I have bought some UGGs, two pairs, one in 39 and one in 41. There is room for the little toe and they are nice and warm. Support wise they are not particularly good to walk in, but for now the priority is to give the little toe and environs space to recover. Soon I am going to be wrapped for good part of a week – in a responsible manner with breaks and drainage – and I very much hope that the little toe and the bunion can be ready for that challenge. My lower leg indeed need some bandaging, but I have not dared, and my Physiotherapist didn't either last time I was there, due to the sensitive area.

Recently I wrote a renowned radiodoctor in my country to ask about something reg. heavy metals and lymphedema. My suspicion about this appeared mostly to be a blind alley, but he attached an article he wrote about something called glyconutrition. The healthy sugar. In the article he sayes that patients with conditions of genetic errors sometimes see a good effect from glyconutrition. I had never heard of glyco before and perhaps it is no use in my case, but I will try it, even if it may prove to be a waste of money. Imagine if it is not! I don't expect instant cure, but I want to see if it can make some kind of positive difference. As always, I am very interested if anybody out there should have input about this that they'd like to share. Thanks.

I wish you all a great weekend.

Friday, 14 January 2011

The shoehell

The Ichuan (Qi Gong) class has started up again after the holidays, and it's good to be back. I try to do  standing and some exercises every day. The other day I discovered that a little dodgyness – nothing serious – at my left shoulder, something I have noticed every time I've done standing ever since I started on the team is no longer there. I actually think it's been gone for a while, just haven't thought about it. It proves that this system works. I slowly get my body adjusted into what it should be. Whether I can correct my lymphatic system time will tell. Recently I went to see my chiropractor (whoom I have previously discussed the shoulder issue with, but could not do anything) and she said that my body is very good  indeed and completely different – mellow and healthy – than a year ago. I have seen her for many years.

I'm desperate for new shoes! Have searched high and low and tried many, but none fit. There is no room for the forefoot with the toecap on, the little toe gets squashed and it hurts. I bought a pair of casual shoes the other day,
when I tried them on they were fine at the toes, but now they gnaw. Have tried Duckfeet which had lots of lovely room for the toes, but it is a low and very stiff shoe (when they're new) they didn't fit well on my heel, and it is a lot of money for a pair of shoes that one can't know for sure how will sit when they are used a little and the leather is softer. They are also too cold for now.
Is there anyone out there who can recommend brands with plenty of room for the toes?

Angulus and Rieker is a little wider than many others (and my old pair of Angulus is super nice and wide, but the one for the right foot is too small now), but the variety in the stores I've been to is not impressive.
 
Yesterday I made Popeye juice – apple, lemon, zucchini and spinach. Lots of chlorophyll. Tasted allright, will make it again. In the future I'd like to do more green juices, I have a couple more recipes to try. Haven't been drinking wheatgrass juice since before my Asia trip, but is planning a major comeback this spring.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Bunion

Over Christmas and New Year I have had big problems with pressure on my foot. I have now got a proper bunion near the little toe and it has been very sore. One morning after removing the wrapping I had worn for the night there was almost like half a marble sticking out. After a few days inside and thus without shoes, and also without the toecap, things were better, and now it is OK again. I dug out the very first toecap I got and cut a hole where the bunion is, so I now have a little less pressure on it. It works well so far, but for how long it will stay back to unravel. Must really get some new and bigger shoes, will probably have to buy two pair, one in each size, as the lymphedemafoot needs a bigger size than the other one.

I've ordered two more Easy-Slides from Lymphedemaproducts.com, as I recently recieved a discount code for "unlimited shipping" (WINTER). It turned out that it was not applicable to overseas customers, but instead I managed to get a 20% percent discount which would cover the shipping. Subsequently, the company contacted me and said that the shipping choise I made is only for America. This time, however, they will send them by post, but in the future I am looking at $83 for shipping, so this company is no longer an option for me. As I now (well, soon) have three Easy-Slides I won't have to buy for a while, but when I do, I will probably shop from the company where I bought my first Easy-Slide, brightlifedirect.com


Last Sunday I made a pumpkin pie and it came out beautyful. I will definitely make it again next pumpkin season. I used the Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie recipe and it worked fine with my homemade pumpkin puree from my freezer.