Archive for July 20, 2012

Aurora, Colorado

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Today was one of those days that makes you remember how precious and short life can be – those people were going to see a movie. For some, they probably couldn’t wait which is why they went to a super late showing. Batman – the blockbuster sequel, part of a bunch of super hero movies people can’t wait to see.  So, they made plans with friends and family, got dressed, probably bought some popcorn or snack, found their seat and settled in for the movie — a scene we all have experienced.  No one in their right mind would ever even imagine what happened — but yet it did. It’s horrific, tragic, senseless, lacks any sort of rationale, in comprehensible, really.

Events like this shake us all to the core — remind us that we live in a world where there are a lot of people out there with a lot of shit going on in their heads. Most of it is harmless shit, but lurking out there are people that endanger us all. There is no easy way for us to figure out who is who and who has what in their head. I am sure in a few days, we will all have a clear picture of who James Holmes is and I am sure we will be reading about the many warning signs and chances there were out there to prevent this from happening. But hindsight is 20/20, and no one in their right mind would envision shootings like this and Columbine to occur, so even if there were some warning signs, would it have mattered? I wonder…

I also wanted to share a story that really gave me chills this morning, Aspiring Sportscaster Among 12 Killed At Colorado Movie Theater; Last Blog Entry Was First-Person Account Of Eaton Centre Shootings.  Read her last blog entry before she fell victim to this shooter — and her mention of narrowly escaping a near death shooting not that long ago and the feelings she got. There are forces in the world larger than we can comprehend…

I can not even begin to imagine the shock, grief, anger and sadness that the community of Aurora, Colorado is and will continue to feel as they confront what just happened to them. My heart and thoughts are with them.

 

The Connection Between Dehydration and Headaches

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I don’t drink enough water! There I said it, came clean. I just don’t and there is no real good reason for it and I know I should but I don’t. When it gets super hot and I workout, it sometimes really knocks me out for a loop and the signs that I am not drinking enough water come knocking on my door.  I usually wake up raring to go, ready to take on whatever workout comes my way.  The days when I just don’t feel like I have it in me, I am now realizing, is usually because I didn’t drink enough the day before or my dinner was salty and really dehydrated me.

According to this About.com entry about Headaches and Dehydration – thirst is not usually the first sign of dehydration.

Thirst is not usually the first symptom or the only symptom of dehydration; other symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dry, flushed skin
  • Muscle cramps, and myofascial pain.

A common sign of dehydration observed in my clinic is extreme muscle pain upon palpation of the muscle tissues. This muscle pain is exhibited upon examination with a positive jump sign. A positive jump sign occurs when a patient reacts strongly to gentle touching of the involved muscles and quickly moves away from the palpating fingers. One of the most common signs of dehydration involves a loss of skin tone or loose, wrinkled skin.

I find that my lips develop a bluish tint, my muscles hurt, I feel fatigued and I get splotchy vision which turns into a headache. It has happened more than a few times now that I can recognize it and make sure I up my intake of the good ole H20 but inevitably, I go back to my habit of not drinking enough the next day or so. I have tried all the tricks — but for some unknown reason, I can’t get it together and drink more! But things will be changing people! I am going to commit to drinking more water- it’s good for the internal and it’s good for the skin.  

This morning I was definitely dehydrated.  I even hit the snooze this morning but managed to get up after it went off. I should have listened to that internal voice after realizing what the workout of the day was and how thirsty I was. The splotchy vision set in pretty early on into the workout and I was slow!

Warmup
600m jog
mobility

Skill
Toes to Bar

WOD
For time:

  • 50 Wall ball
  • 25 Toes-to-bar
  • 40 Wall ball
  • 20 Toes-to-bar
  • 30 Wall ball
  • 15 Toes-to-bar
  • 20 Wall ball
  • 10 Toes-to-bar
  • 10 Wall ball
  • 5 Toes-to-bar

time: 18:50 14# – it sucked the entire time!

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