MAMADEE'S BLOG ~ SP Day: 5273
Things WILL get better!
This is what I tell my BFF often, lately.
They will. I know they will. But sometimes, we all find that hard to believe.
That's where she is, a lot, these days; so I remind her:
27 days ago she couldn't get off the floor;
17 days ago she needed help to get out of a chair;
10 days ago she couldn't take one step without help/support;
7 days ago walking more than 20 feet in one effort was nearly impossible;
and even though there is a struggle with almost every sort of daily activity, she is improving!
She is stronger every day!
She is doing more on her own every day!
And one day, all this will be in the past!
She will walk again like she did before she broke her hip (intertrochanteric fracture)!
Tough times don't last, tough people do!
Today's progress is determined by yesterday's choices
And then the day came, when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom!
This has truly been an experience for the both of us!
The way this fracture happened, and the type of fracture it was, caused a lot of concern among all the doctors,
considering her age (she's much younger than me). We've since learned that there are many things we all do, all the time, that can make our bones weaker than they should be. Most of us will never know that until we have a fracture that makes the doctors wonder!
So what are some of these common things that can lead to bone loss or weak bones?
Let's start with what we eat!
The types of foods we choose to eat could cause changes in how our body uses calcium, which is vital for healthy bones.
...High amounts of processed foods.
...Not enough high-calcium foods.
Eating disorders can lead to weak bones!
Consuming too much alcohol can lead to weak bones!
Smoking can too!
Lots of health conditions can take us down this road too - and not just osteoporosis!
People with many chronic conditions, like...
Plus LOTS of medications!!! Check yours - or ask your pharmacist!
Hormone levels - lots of different hormones! It's amazing how many have an impact in some way on the strength of our bones!
People that have had weight-loss surgery are at high risk of losing bone strength.
Weight & Exercise both have a part in this too!
It's SO IMPORTANT to get & maintain our weight within normal ranges AND to keep up with regular exercise or physical activity.
All these are really good reasons we should all EAT THE RAINBOW (fruits & veggies of all colors)...and lots of it!
GOOD HABITS are just as addictive as bad habits
but MUCH MORE REWARDING!
Til next time!
P.S. If you'd like more info on what causes weak bones, visit this site: medlineplus.gov/