Hiking the Wonderland Trail, Mt. Rainier 1990/2006

Gentle Reader, The Goodwill Games brought 2300 athletes from 54 countries to Seattle in the summer of 1990.  My husband, Don Bell, chair of the public forum, Target Seattle: Preventing Nuclear War, in 1982, helped organize the representatives to the games from the Soviet Union.  Our house, a few blocks from the University of Washington football … [Read more...]

Pilates for back pain?

Pilates for back pain? Becci announced that after 6 months of attentive Feldenkrais sessions, I was now ready to see Mary Sue Corrado.  Like Becci, Mary Sue is a former dancer and turned to Pilates as a path to help increase body awareness, find pain free exercise movements and improve posture.  After several private lessons in her Bodies in … [Read more...]

Feldenkrais for back pain?

Dear Reader, Feldenkrais for back pain.  My neurologist, head doc for theUniversityofWashingtonsports teams, suggested I see Becci Parsons, former dancer, now Awareness Through Movement and private Feldenkrais practitioner.  “Watch out for your pants,” she said.  “Your clothes can be dangerous to your health.” Her levies were on the baggy side.  … [Read more...]

I need a doctor! What kind?

Gentle Reader, If you suffered trauma to your back, perhaps you would turn to a traditional medical practitioner. An orthopedist, a neurologist, at least your primary care physician. Surely, a medical problem like an excruciating pain in the lower back and the inability to walk unaided would send one to a regular doctor. I chose a chiropractor. … [Read more...]

Traumatic Injury: my story

  Traumatic injury: my story Posted on October 18, 2011   Hello, Gentle Reader, In 1989, I lifted, or should I more accurately say, yanked a large drink box full of wine bottles out of the back seat of a two door Datsun.  I heard something go in my lower back.  I was angry about carrying these bottles up a long flight of … [Read more...]

Traumatic injury: my story

Hello, Gentle Reader, In 1989, I lifted, or should I more accurately say, yanked a large drink box full of wine bottles out of the back seat of a two door Datsun.  I heard something go in my lower back.  I was angry about carrying these bottles up a long flight of stairs to the social hall of a large church.  My husband in his characteristic … [Read more...]

Keep Moving! What do I mean by that?

Hello, Gentle Reader, This morning I began my day with movement.  How do you begin yours?  Here’s my routine: 6:00 or so    Up, stumble into the kitchen to draw and heat a 16 ounce glass of water and squeeze half a lemon in it.  This wakes up my stomach and helps digestion.  More about this in a future blog post. 6:30  after a relaxed complete … [Read more...]

Hello World! Got any aches and pain?

This is a brand new blog about keeping moving when the pain sets in.  Don't fall into a wheelchair if you can possibly help it.  I'll be sharing ideas about how to handle pain from arthritis, some things I've done to stay upright and walking with severe spinal stenosis.  We all need to help each other stay away from the knife and drugs.  Stay tuned … [Read more...]