Recovery can sometimes be slow

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Posted by Jaime | Posted in Health, Not-so-funny | Posted on 15-11-2010

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I took a break from blogging last week since I got a stomach virus that wrecked me.

I should get back to regular posting this week.

Pain relief right around the corner!

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Posted by Jaime | Posted in Health | Posted on 18-08-2008

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For many people suffering injuries that can cripple you and take years of physical therapy, only to be at 70% of what the injured site used to be, invasive surgery is an option that is not pleasant.

Reading this article about what is being done to repair sports injuries has given me some hope that pain relief is right around the corner:

Fixing broken parts

MethylPREDNIsolone

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Posted by Jaime | Posted in Health, Not-so-funny | Posted on 26-04-2008

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“Eeeerrr!”, Lifting a chair over my head with one hand and carrying my son and wife with the other, I have superhuman strength thanks to the miracle called steroids!

I wish! Actually, hurt my back again and was bedridden for nearly a week. On top of that, I found out that I had a really nasty long infection. So, I had to stay home, read up on OpenGL and take a combination of drugs. Steroids, antibiotics, muscle-relaxers and a transdermal pain reliever patch gave me a pain free week 🙂 Aaaah 🙂

Probably the best $90 spent

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Posted by Jaime | Posted in Coding, Health | Posted on 09-12-2007

During the day, I am a programmer. And at night, I am a programmer and I am happy with that fact! However, at work, I have 2 Mac’s that have the ivory keyboard that Apple shipped with their computers prior to the new aluminum one and I am not happy with that. I used them for 4 months, thinking that it was just me and I needed some time to get used to them. However, I kept missing keys… and this drove me nuts!

Apple Ivory Keyboard 

“Quite your whining!” Okay, okay! I hear you! Why didn’t I do it sooner? Well I would have bought something sooner, but not too many Apple stores carry anything other then Apple keyboards and most of the Apple retailers where I live don’t carry much. So, by luck, I happened to be in Staples and they had a long rack of keyboards for me to fiddle with and to my surprise, I found the Logitech Wave Comfort on display and it was perfect. It comes as a wireless keyboard/mouse combo and it works great! Your hands are perfectly supported and the special buttons, all of them!!!, work as you would expect them to in Mac OS X Tiger and Leopard! 

Logitech Wave Comfort Keyboard 

I’m not getting any money from Logitech to write this review of their innovative and well designed keyboard, although I wouldn’t mind some, but the truth is… this is a great keyboard 🙂 If you are looking for something to replace your keyboard and are unhappy with what you’ve got, give this a try!  

Stand up straight!

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Posted by Jaime | Posted in Health | Posted on 27-11-2007

Hey kids! What’s worse than being forced to watch “The Hills”? I know, I know!!! Being told over and over again by your parents to stand up straight… And you know what… They’re right. As much as it sucks to admit your parents are right, sometimes, this is a bit of advice that actually can save you some big time pain.

Everyone eventually gets back pain. Some people get it quicker than others and trust me… Back pain really really sucks. It’s not like what you think it is. It’s not like what you see on TV and it’s a lot more than your back. When you get back pain, sometimes it only affects your back. Sometimes, it gets much worse and can travel to you legs. Yes, it does travel to your legs and that is just part of the freakiness. 

So how does this happen? Believe it or not, when you slouch, you are forcing your spinal disks backwards toward your spine. When you stand up straight, you distribute your weight equally on your disk and it stays centered. So standing up straight helps, but that’s not the only thing that helps your back. Believe it or not, exercise actually helps. Now, if you’re lifting 200 lbs over your head, your going to mess up your back no matter what! But, if you use a treadmill, do some pull-ups, your actually helping your back!

For those of us who work in an office and are already doomed, like me, there are some things you can do. Check out this website for some good exercises you can do to strengthen your back: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/back-pain/LB00001_D&slide=1

Hey, if you have any tips, share your wisdom and let the world know! Save your back!!!