Alas, I am almost at the end of my January vacation. If you haven’t noticed, I have used a little of this time to switch the blog back to a self-hosted format. That means the URL will now exclusively be ericksodyssey.com. If you have been accessing the blog through WordPress at ericksodyssey.wordpress.com, that will now redirect to this address. I am still using WordPress, and will still be connected to the WordPress Universe via their Jetpack addon. I’ve changed the aesthetics around here a little also. Hope you like it.
I always take the last week of January off because Denice’s birthday is on the 31st. We have a had a really good week together. We went out to a little place called ‘The Island‘ on her birthday to celebrate. The Island is a neat little place next to the Great Smokey Mountains national park. There are several nice restaurants there. We ate at the Timberwood Grill. Before dinner, we took a quick ride on the Great Smokey Mountain Wheel; a two hundred foot ferris wheel.
I have kind of fallen off the wagon as far as my health and fitness this week. I’ve done almost no running and have been eating terribly. I tend to do this when my daily routine gets disrupted. I’m not going to dwell on what is done, just try and learn from it, and hopefully do better next time.
I have discovered a new person out there on the Interwebs, her name is Katy Bowman. She is a “biomechanist,” and author of several books in the realm of movement and health. I like a lot of her ideas, the ones I’ve seen so far anyway. Check out her stuff here: https://nutritiousmovement.com/
Hi friends. Denice and I recently returned from a week in Phoenix Arizona. We went there in the hopes of finding help for Denice at the World renowned, Mayo Clinic. Denice sufferers from severe chronic pain from complications from a previous back surgery. We have exhausted the capabilities of the medical institutions here in Tennessee, so we had hoped that Mayo may be able to do something more.
First of all, the area where Mayo is located is beautiful. Their campus is amazing. It is the desert, full of giant cacti, dusty plains, jagged mountains, searing heat, and all sorts of strange plants and animals. We had a little bit of free time in the evenings to go and explore, and what we saw was spectacular.
The Mayo Clinic is a very impressive place. Denice had a team of doctors who all worked together to help find a solution to her chronic pain. We discovered that her back is structurally perfect. All the fusions and hardware look great. That is a relief because we were worried that more discs may have degenerated since the surgery. Of course, that still leaves her in severe pain that exists in the damaged nerves themselves, something that is very difficult to treat.
We returned home at the end of the week. The clinic gave us a couple of good treatment options, one of which Denice is unable to do right now. Basically, the only way forward is through a treatment plan that Mayo offers at their Pain Rehabilitation Clinic. It is a three-week program that teaches pain management techniques, that according to them, should help Denice control her pain without (or at least with less) pain medication. They are confident that the program will greatly improve her quality of life. She has already enrolled and will be starting in November.
The last couple of months of this year are going to be rough for us. I will have to stay home and work during the weeks, so I will only see her for a few days through this whole process. Lucky for us, Denice has a strong support system in her family, in particular, her mother and stepdad, who will be traveling from Colorado to stay with her through this. With their help and the help of her brother, I think we are going to be able to make this happen. Yes, it is going to happen, and we are enthusiastic that it will make a positive difference in her life.
Greetings my mammalian friends. Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. Denice and I got back from South Carolina last night. We had a great time. The Lady Vols (currently unranked), crushed the South Carolina Game Cocks (#4) with brute force! It was a great game. I’m not really a sports person, but I do like watching women’s basketball. Denice is a big fan of basketball and sports in general.
The trip down was very relaxing. It took a little over four hours, and the first leg of the journey was through the Smokey Mountains. There was a light dusting of snow on the ground as we passed over. It was a stark difference from Columbia. The temperature there was in the sixties during the day. I felt like late spring.
The past few days I have gone a little off the rails with my protocol. It has been a festive time with Denice’s birthday and my vacation, so I have relaxed my adherence to the rules. I am guessing that I have gained a few pounds. I had predicted this lapse. I usually lose control for a little while whenever I am off work for any amount of time. I am going to try to get back on the wagon tomorrow. I will start out with getting a good session of the Wim Hoff Method done in the morning. I have eaten a lot of food over the past few days, so I could probably go a few days without eating if I want to. I’ll reevaluate that tomorrow.
Denice’s Birthday is on Tuesday, but we kicked off the celebrations today with a party. Some friends came over for pizza, cake and ice-cream, and a little game play.
We played a bizarre game called, ‘Watch Ya’ Mouth.’ It’s a game that utilized dental mouth spreaders and strategically designed phrases to force hilarity upon the participants. It was a load of laughs. We had several children with us and they loved it.
On Monday we travel to the magical land of South Carolina to watch the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team do battle with the Game Cocks. That means a road trip. With any luck I will have some fun stories to share when we get back.