Sue is heading to the hospital tomorrow

For our friends and family who keep track of our doings, Sue is headed to Sibley Hospital in Washington DC, tomorrow for her hip replacement surgery. Even though this has become a somewhat routine surgery in today’s world, it still is a major invasion into ones body. I will attempt to keep our friends and family informed as to Sue’s progress. We hope to be home on Thursday. Our daughter Betsy, who is a physical therapist, is coming in from Florida to help out for the week. Please keep Sue in your thoughts.
For those of you who do not read my blog on a regular basis, it would be wise to go back in my blog and learn about hip replacement in case you or a loved one are ever in the same situation as Sue.

I have always said my wife is hip, but now she is getting a new one.

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I can remember the days when I jumped out of bed in the morning with not a care in the world and not a pain in my body. Those days are definitely gone. Just like my old Honda Accord, my body is beginning to wear out. The parts are beginning to show obvious signs of aging. My wife Sue is also experiencing the same problems; in fact, she may need to head to the “garage”, or i.e., to get a “universal joint, her a new hip joint. Somehow, despite her relative good health, her hip has malfunctioned and needs to be replaced. If it was a universal joint for my car, I would have to go to the auto-parts store and decide between a wide variety of brands and grades. Of course, there is the cheap one which might last a while, or the expensive part that may be guaranteed for life. You would think that the way we distribute artificial human parts would be different, but I am here to tell you there is little or no difference. Take my wife’s hip replacement for example. There are three major kinds of hips replacement parts: one is lined with plastic, with a small metal ball inserted into it;
the other looks like a large ball-bearing inserted into a metal cap and the third newer approach is a ceramic device.
Each doctor has his own preference on the matter and is willing to explain in great detail why he prefers a particular joint.
When it comes to the style of surgery used, it gets considerably more complicated. We found out that there are four main procedures used in hip replacement. Get ready for some medical jargon.
The post approach, enters the buttock and requires the cutting of several large muscles; the lateral post approach, enters on the rear side of the buttock and requires cutting several large muscles; the lateral anterior enters the front side of the hip and necessitates the cutting of some muscle; however the anterior method, goes directly into the front of the hip but cuts no muscle. Briefly stated these are the four main ways to surgically enter the hip to replace the joint.
It is easy to find doctors who do the first three approaches and this is the way many physicians were trained to do this operation. It is much more difficult to find a doctor who does the anterior approach. Even though there are positives and negatives associate with all these surgeries, Sue and I decided that the full anterior approach was the best for her. It was interesting as well to find out that there is only one doctor doing this approach in West Virginia and interesting enough, he is doing his first anterior hip replacement this week. Needless to say, we decided that a physician with a little more experience with this method would be a better choice.
So, if you are in need of a hip replacement, which I hope is not the case, take the time to talk to several surgeons before deciding what approach you take. Don’t buy the first universal joint you see, regardless of how shinny it is.

Another reason not to eat wheat

The reasons keep piling up for not consuming wheat.

Here is a video from a major news outlet that should help you quit eating wheat.

If you are diabetic, have high cholesterol, high blood pressure or any of the many diseases that plague our society, you should watch this video!

Getting Older The Right Way

If you have read any of my previous blogs, you know I practice a healthful life-style. I exercise on a regular basis, try to eat well and work hard to keep my weight down. You would think that I would be pretty healthy; basically, I am, but my blood pressure began to go up inexplicably about six months ago and has continued to rise. During that time I attended a Life-line Screening heart clinic and had several tests done on my cardiovascular system. The results suggested that I should see a heart doctor as soon as possible. So, I made an appointment with one in Winchester, Va.  I called the office to request a doctor who was physically fit because I believe that he would better understand what I was dealing with. Six weeks later I got to see that doctor, who in turn made an appointment for me to get a new sonar picture of my carotid artery.  A week later I went to the diagnostic center to get my test. When my cardiologist doctor saw the images, he took them to the vascular surgeon who requested that I get a more detailed CAT scan of my carotid. When the doctor saw the CAT scan results, he decided that I would need surgery on my left carotid which was severely restricted.  I scheduled an appointment with the vascular surgeon, met with him and then we decided to do the procedure on January 23.

Here is a pictures of what they are going to do to me.

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So what is the point of all this?  The current theory on this problem is that it is a combination of life style and genetics. My mom and younger sister both had major issues with their cardiovascular system. With that said, I guess I would expect to have some problems as I aged.  I somewhat believe this, but am leaning more towards life style as a main contributor to this problem. About a year ago I changed my diet to the more current approach referred to as PRIMAL DIET which is sometimes called the CAVEMAN DIET. This diet is quite simple; i.e., eat only things that a caveman would have access to. This means not eating wheat, sugar or anything processed. I believe that my problems developed throughout my entire life despite the fact I had a fairly healthy diet, according to the then current theories. Moreover, I did not smoke and exercised regularly. The problem may lie in the fact that I ate many foods that were at the time thought to be wholesome for almost 60 years. I believe that if I had eaten ‘primally’ during that time, I would not be dealing with these issues today!

This leads us to the collective nightmare that we are facing as a culture. The way we eat today is atrocious! And, if we do not change our eating patterns along with our approach of exercise, it is hard to fully grasp the inevitability of the huge medical issues we are going to face in the near future!  Consider my life as a cautionary tale. I thought I did most things right but probably ate too many Twinkies, too much bread and processed food, and look what that got me-a cruded up artery in my neck!  I suggest that you take a trip to the local Ponderosa restaurant to watch the kind of eating that is going on in that place!  Go to the local Wal-Mart to witness the many obese Americans who walk or ride up and down the isles.  If you do not think we have a problem, then you must be asleep!  We need to reevaluate the way we eat, and hopefully help the next generation of geriatrics avoid the oncoming avalanche that will bankrupt our medical system. The time is now;  we have waited too long and allowed the food industry to lie to us with inpunity.  Serious research needs to be funded to discover the best way to eat and maintain a healthful life style throughout one’s life.  Remember, you decide what you eat.