Monday, August 20, 2012

Pillow talk

I once made a joke about a pillow never leading one astray.  But ever since then, I've wondered: was I too flippant?  Did I make light of a serious subject?  It's kept me up at night, I've barely slept a wink.

Pillows are important!  The one you sleep with should be soft enough to make you comfortable, firm enough to support you, and attractive enough to entice you into bed in the first place.

I not ashamed to admit that I have spent the night with more than a few in my past. Some were one night stands - regretted as soon as I woke up in the morning with a stiff neck. Others were longer affairs, pillows I'd grown quite attached too, but sadly our relationship had run its course and the time came for a new pillow. Then there were the pillows I met while I searched for 'the one'.  You know the types.  Pillows you stayed with for too long when you knew they'd only continue to hurt you, the pillow you met that crazy weekend at a friend's cottage, the cushions that lured you in with false promises of peaceful slumbers.  And let us not even discuss those pillows from the 'experimental phase' (I'm thinking of you, water pillow).

I'm happy to say that I think I may have finally found the one. My current pillow is supportive but not rigid. Giving and soft but strong enough to maintain its identity. It is blue and orthopedic, and not the type of pillow I thought I'd spend my nights with - but the head wants what the head wants.  Strange bed fellows indeed!

Between us, I've been tempted lately to upgrade to a fresh version, but suffice to say, I'm sleeping well these days. Well, aside from the crying baby - but that's a whole other problem.

Your perfect pillow is out there!  
Hope you find each other.

Thursday, July 5, 2012


As a chiropractor I often treat hip joints.  It's not my favourite joint in the body, to be perfectly frank.  Sure, it is a well designed joint - nice deep ball and socket, admirable ligamentous and muscular support, symmetrical joint space.  Pretty, yes, but still not my favourite joint to work on.  I find it to be stubborn, difficult to access and sometimes - I'll just say it - the hip can be a pain in the ass.
That said, as a chiropractor with internet access, I'm hip to the latest trends in chiro-fashion.  

Pelvis pants.  

I don't know who this lady is, but I'm assuming she's either a chiropractor or a celebrity - or both!  Probably both.  But imagine the work I could get done with a pair of these pants?  I could wear them to help patients understand anatomy, my patients could wear them to make palpation so much easier, and we'd all be so fashionable to boot.  Oooooh... these would look great with boots!  

Lets hear it for pelvis pants!  Hip, hip.... hooray!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Back at work to work on backs!

*back* at work... get it?  Back?  At work?  
cause i work on a lot of backs?
Ok... not only is it a lame joke, but when I posted this on Facebook, it inspired a series of lame rebuttals.  "Hope it's an easy adjustment!" and "is it all it's cracked up to be?"  Everyone is a comedian.  
But!  I'm back at work!  And I'm better than ever, if not funnier than ever.  And also - we now have a Laser at the clinic!  But more on that soon.  
I'm treating patients on Tuesdays and Thursdays for now, though since I'm here for the Friday morning Pilates class anyway, I can probably be convinced to take a patient or two before or after the class.  (Especially if you join the Pilates class!)

Baby Simon will also be accompanying me at work most days, so be prepared to be charmed.  

Finally, thanks to my patients for their patience (see what I did there!?) during my maternity leave.  It was great to be able to bond with Simon and work on some new jokes.  

Saturday, April 28, 2012

I've been busy. What's your excuse?

I haven't been around much lately. In fact, it has been many months since my last confession... er post. But I have good reasons! I spent some of those months building a baby, then some hours birthing said baby, and lately I've been feeding the baby, changing the baby, feeding the baby, changing the baby... and so on.

But! It occurred to me as I fed the baby and changed the baby last night, that I used to do other things. Like exercise, and blog, and talk with adults. I just got busy and then fell out of the habit.

Life events do this - they throw routine out the window. I see this all the time with patients. Monthly maintenance visits go by the wayside after a baby is born (yours, not mine), a treatment plan is interrupted by a holiday (again, yours... not mine!), healing progress is abandoned upon starting a new job. We are creatures of habit, sure, but just as often we are creatures of un-habit, losing our routines in the upheavals of life.

Since becoming pregnant and then not-pregnant, I've definitely dropped some good habits (and picked up a few bad ones... ).  But I've decided that it is time to get back on track. In addition to waking up every few hours(!), I'm setting up a few more routines in my life. Morning gym workouts, pilates classes at the clinic (any other moms interested?), planning and cooking my meals at home so I can control what I'm eating. Getting back to work soon and getting adjusted regularly. No excuses anymore. I'm scheduling myself in, otherwise I find myself off the to-do list all together.

What have you let fall by the wayside? How do you get back on track??